Dr. Ross verplough
Georgia Tech, Ph.D. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, 2017
University of Notre Dame, B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, 2012
Bio: Ross completed his Ph.D. in 2017 at Georgia Tech under the guidance of Dr. David Sholl. His doctoral work focused on using atomistic simulations to predict diffusion of hydrocarbons through nanoporous materials. He spent his childhood years in Northville, Michigan, attending Detroit Catholic Central high school. Afterwards, he became a member of the Fightin' Irish, attending Notre Dame where he was in the marching band for 2 years. He also worked as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Joan Brennecke's ionic liquids laboratory and as her assistant by helping to screen submitted manuscripts for the Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, an ACS publication. Outside of work, he likes hiking, traveling, coding for fun, 3D design/ printing, and spending time with his family.
Research focus: Developing metal-organic frameworks as a platform for improved detection of contaminants
Dr. xiao jiang
Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. Energy & Mineral Engineering, 2015
Dalian University of Technology, M.S. Catalytic Chemistry & Engineering, 2010
Dalian University of Technology, B.S. Chemical Engineering (Industrial Catalysis), 2007
Bio: Dr. Xiao Jiang joined Dr. Walton’s research group in July 2017. He received his Ph.D. majoring in Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State in 2015. At Penn State, his research focused on the development of bimetallic catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation to clean fuels and chemicals. Soccer is his favorite sport.
Research focus: Natural gas purification using MOF-based materials as adsorbents and developing an understanding of the degradation of adsorbents.
Office: Bunger-Henry 387
Dr. Kristina Golub
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
Dr. Ian Walton
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 PhD 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
Education: Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, India, B.Tech (2011), M.Tech (2011), Chemical Engineering
Bio: Lalit was borne and brought up in Maharashra, India. He did his undergraduate education in Mumbai at IIT-Bombay, India’s one of the premier technology schools. He worked on variety of research and group assignments spanning breadth of chemical engineering. He was the key part of the 30-member team that developed and built a pilot-scale biodiesel facility on IIT campus. He also worked for Procter & Gamble for two years as a Power, Controls & Instrumentation engineer & travelled around the world to support engineering projects. His academic & professional assignments allowed him to understand technology problems well. He then joined Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall of 2013 with an aim to develop sustainable technologies that have a strong impact in energy sector.
Research Interests: metal-organic frameworks for carbon dioxide capture
University of Connecticut, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2014
Bio: Jacob was born in California and raised in Rhode Island. He attended the University of Connecticut as an undergraduate with a focus on microbiology and membrane research. After graduation he was accepted to Georgia Tech and joined the Walton group in the fall of 2014.
Research: Polymer/metal-organic framework composites for adsorption and catalysis of a variety of chemical species
Office: BH 320
University of Michigan, B.S.E. Chemical Engineering, 2012
Bio: Julian worked as a process engineer in Auburn Hills, MI, before joining the PhD program at Georgia Tech and is a big sports fan.
Research Focus: Investigating stability and adsorption properties of metal-organic frameworks
Office: Bunger Henry 324
Education: Clemson University, B.S., Chemical Engineering, 2014
Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2016
Bio: Ph.D. Candidate at Georgia Institute of Technology; Born inNew Brunswick, NJ
Previous Work Experience: Chemist at Atotech USA (Summer 2012-2014)
Free Time: lol
Research Focus: Investigation and design of selective adsorption media to remove hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from natural gas and other fuel sources
Office: Bunger Henry 323
Education: Ohio University, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2014
Bio: I was born in Dayton, OH, and have worked in many areas from the federal government to industry involving control systems. I enjoy staying involved in Crossfit and anything active, especially if my dog Miya can come!
Research focus: Creating porous derivatives from carbide materials (Carbide-Derived Carbon and select Metal Organic Frameworks) and tuning them for the grand challenge of acid gas removal.
Office: Bunger Henry 323
Education: University of Florida, B.S. cum laude, Chemical Engineering, 2015 (with physics and math minors)
Bio: Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida; settled on majoring in chemical engineering in the tenth grade; joined the Walton Group Fall 2015. When I'm not in the lab, I enjoy trivia, occasional travel, and (incessantly complaining about) UF football.
Research Focus: Optimization of framework stability and multicomponent adsorption in metal-organic frameworks for carbon capture.
Office: BH 324
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 photography in his free time.
Research Focus: Adsorption separation of alkenes and alkanes using metal-organic frameworks
Office: BH 322
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Queen Dagness "Dagny" the First
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.