POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

 

Kristina

Kristina

Dr. Kristina Golub

Education:
Texas A&M University, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2012
Georgia Tech, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2007

Bio: Dr. Golub completed her BS in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech, and then attended Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, to earn her PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2012. After graduating, she worked at INEOS O&P USA for five years as a product development engineer developing polymerization catalysts and polymer resins. Kristina wanted to pursue more fundamental research in catalyst design with applications in sustainable energy and fuels, and so she returned to academia at Georgia Tech as a postdoctoral researcher and Managing Director of a DOE energy center. Outside of work, she likes hiking, traveling, checking out contemporary art, and having new experiences. 

Research Focus: Metal-organic framework synthesis and characterization for furfural hydrogenation in flow reactor

Email: kgolub@gatech.edu


ian

ian

Dr. Ian Walton

Education:
University at Buffalo, Ph.D. Chemistry, 2016
Florida State University, M.S. Chemistry, 2011
University of West Florida, B.S. Chemistry, 2009

Bio: Ian obtained his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo under the direction of Dr. Jason Benedict, working on the design and synthesis of novel photochromic linkers and subsequent photo-active metal-organic frameworks, as well as developing in situ single-crystal XRD techniques. He joined the Walton lab in August 2016. In his free time he enjoys reading and exploring Atlanta.

Research Focus: Study of the factors affecting stability and the degradation of metal-organic frameworks with respect to acid gas exposure

Email: ian.walton@chbe.gatech.edu


GRADUATE STUDENTS

 

 
Eli

Eli

Eli Carter

Education: University of Florida, B.S. cum laude, Chemical Engineering, 2015 (with physics and math minors)

Bio: Eli was born and raised in Gainesville, FL, and he graduated from the University of Florida in 2015. He joined the Walton Group later that year. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, trivia, rooting for the Gators, and making really bad puns.

Research Focus: Optimization of framework stability and multicomponent adsorption in metal-organic frameworks for carbon capture

Office: Bunger-Henry 324

Email: elicarter93@gatech.edu

 
 

 
Yutao

Yutao

Yutao Gong

Education: University of Pittsburgh, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2015

Bio: Yutao Gong was born and grew up in Jiaxing, China. His hometown, Jinxing, is in the east of China and close to Shanghai and Hangzhou. He came to the United States in 2011 after he graduated from high school in China.  He studied chemical engineering at University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduated in May 2015. In October of the same year, he joined the Walton group. He likes to play guitar, travel and do photography in his free time.

Research Focus: Adsorption separation of alkenes and alkanes using metal-organic frameworks

Office: Bunger-Henry 322

Email: yutao124@gatech.edu

 
 

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Brandon Bout

Education: Vanderbilt University, B.E. Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, 2017

Bio: Brandon was born and raised in a small town in Illinois until moving to Chattanooga, TN after which he attended Vanderbilt University. During his time at Vanderbilt, Brandon worked under Dr. Kane Jennings researching poly(ionic liquid)s before joining the Walton group in 2017. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar and exploring Atlanta.

Research Focus: Carbide-derived carbons for environmental applications

Office: Bunger-Henry 319

Email: bbout3@gatech.edu


Carmen

Carmen

Carmen Chen

Education: New York University, B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2017

Bio: Carmen was born in New York City, New York and graduated from New York University in May 2017. Previously, she did an REU at the University of Kentucky, researching sugar separation using silica membranes. She joined the Walton Group in October 2017. In her free time, she enjoys (hopelessly) rooting for the New York Mets, and visiting her nieces and nephews.

Research Focus: Development of metal-organic frameworks for selective acid gas adsorption

Office: Bunger-Henry 323

Email: carmenchen@gatech.edu


ROHAN

ROHAN

Rohan Murty

Education: Arizona State University, B.S.E. Chemical Engineering, 2017

Bio: Rohan is originally from Phoenix, Arizona; he earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. Rohan joined the Walton group in Fall 2017, and is co-advised by Dr. Mark Prausnitz. In Rohan's free time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing the piano/guitar.

Research Focus: Metal-organic frameworks for drug delivery

Office: Bunger-Henry 322

Email: rohanmurty@gatech.edu


Danny

Danny

danny Shade

Education: Johns Hopkins University, B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2017

Bio: Danny grew up in Maryland. He enjoys hiking, camping, occasionally lifting weights, and always rooting for Joe Flacco and the Ravens.

Research Focus: Separation of complex mixtures by selective adsorption on metal-organic frameworks

Office: Bunger-Henry 319

Email: shade@gatech.edu


Chengzhai

Chengzhai

Chengzhai Wang

Education: Donghua University, B.S., Environmental Engineering, 2014 Peking University, M.S., Environmental Engineering, 2017 

Bio: Chengzhai was born in Shandong, the eastern of China. Previously, he did some research work including electrospinning carbon-nanofiber, supercapacitor for desalination, and MOFs & membrane for phosphate removal. He enjoys playing basketball in his free time, and he is a big fan of Kobe Bryant.

Research Focus: Development of MOFs for natural gas purification.

Office: Bunger-Henry 322

E-mail: cwang704@gatech.edu


Tania

Tania

Tania Evans

Education: University of Maryland, Baltimore County, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2018

Bio: Tania was born and raised in Maryland. She graduated from UMBC in May 2018 and joined the Walton group in the fall of the same year. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading, shopping, and going to concerts. 

Research Focus: Metal-organic frameworks for natural gas purification

Office: Bunger-Henry 320

E-mail: tania.evans@gatech.edu


 
Dagny

Dagny

Queen Dagness "Dagny" the First

Walton Group Mascot

Education: Dagny completed Obedience School Training with highest honors in Manhattan, KS, in March 2008.

Bio: Dags was born in Harper, KS, on December 10, 2007. She joined Dr. Walton's family in February 2008. She loves cheese, peanut butter, jumping on people until they pick her up, and generally being in the vicinity of humans at all times

Research Focus: Current repertoire of skills includes rolling over, playing dead, sitting, and dancing in circles. Also excellent at napping.