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Principal Investigator

Professor Xiao Su 

Office Number: RAL-105  //  E-mail: x2su@illinois.edu

Xiao Su is an Assistant Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He obtained his Bachelor in Applied Sciences in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2011. He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 2016, working under the supervision of Professor T. Alan Hatton from Chemical Engineering and Professor Timothy F. Jamison from Chemistry. During his doctoral studies, Xiao received the MIT Water Innovation Prize and the MassCEC Catalyst Award for his work on electrochemically-mediated water purification. His research program pursues the molecular engineering of functional materials for advanced separations and process intensification.

 

Group Members

Kwiyong Kim
Postdoc

Office Number: RAL-7

Kwiyong Kim received his Bachelor in Bio and Brain Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering from KAIST in 2012. He earned his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from KAIST in 2018 under the supervision of Prof. Jong-In Han. His thesis focused on the electrochemical synthesis of ammonia from water and dinitrogen as a next-generation energy carrier. He continued his career at Iowa State University, working with Prof. Wenzhen Li on electrocatalysis topics. Kwiyong’s interests at UIUC are on developing new electrochemical systems for energy-efficient water purification processes.

 

Raylin Chen

PhD Student

Office Number: RAL-7  //  E-mail: raylinc2@illinois.edu

Raylin graduated from the University of California Berkeley, in 2017, receiving a dual B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. He has performed undergraduate research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on catalyst synthesis and characterization. His current research interests at UIUC lie in the fundamental investigation of materials synthesis and processing through electrochemical control.

 

Stephen Cotty

PhD Student

Office Number: RAL-7  //  E-mail: cotty2@illinois.edu

Stephen graduated from Clemson University in 2017 in Chemical Engineering. During undergraduate at Clemson, he worked with Prof. Mark Roberts on redox-flow battery research, and also full-time at the Argonne National Laboratory on the design of a pilot-scale Flame Pyrolysis Plant. His focus at UIUC is on leveraging redox electrochemistry for process intensification in chemical and environmental applications.

 

Haley Vapnik

PhD Student

Office Number: RAL-7  //  E-mail: hvapnik2@illinois.edu

Haley received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, in 2018. Her undergraduate research at Purdue involved the study of functional polymers for projects in sensing and enhanced oil recovery, and internships at Logan Aluminum, Kraft Heinz Company, Walt Disney Imageneering and King Nutronics Corporation. Haley’s interests at UIUC focus on functional materials discovery and synthesis for selective electrochemical separations.

 

Undergraduate Researchers


Matthew Brucks

Academic Year: Junior

Expected Graduation: May, 2020

Major: Chemical Engineering

 

 

Shio Kinoshita

Academic Year: Senior

Expected Graduation: December, 2019

Major: Chemistry

 

 

 

Waliyat Oyewole

Academic Year: Junior

Graduation Date: May, 2020

Major: Chemical Engineering

 

 

Thomas Sheehan

Academic Year: Sophomore

Graduation Date: May, 2020

Major: Chemical Engineering