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Fall 2022

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Dr. Ana C. Alba-Rubio (she/her)

Associate Professor

Principal Investigator

aalbaru@clemson.edu

Postdoctoral research.  Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015).

Ph.D. Applied Physical Chemistry.  Universidad Autónoma de Madrid & ICP-CSIC, Spain (2011).

B.S. Chemical Engineering.  Universidad de Málaga, Spain (2007).

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Dr. Ana C. Alba-Rubio is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Málaga, Spain in 2007. She then moved to the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (CSIC) in Madrid, Spain to pursue her doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr. Manuel López Granados. Her Ph.D. focused on base and acid catalysis for biodiesel production from vegetable oils. As a doctoral student, she enjoyed two short research stays in Brazil and the Netherlands. After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Alba-Rubio joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to conduct postdoctoral research with Prof. James Dumesic and Prof. Manos Mavrikakis. She focused on the controlled synthesis of metal, bimetallic and bifunctional catalysts for reactions of interest in biomass conversion and the direct synthesis of H2O2 from H2 and O2. In 2015, she joined the faculty at the University of Toledo, and in 2021, she moved to Clemson University as an associate professor. Her current research interests involve the rational design and synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts to provide fuels and materials sustainably and the development of nanomaterials for sensing applications. She currently serves as a director of the AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division (CRE). In her spare time, you can find her listening to music, dancing, crafting, reading, or playing with her three dogs and three cats.

  • 2023 - I&EC Early Career Fellow (Industrial & Engineering Chemistry division of the American Chemical Society).

  • 2022 - Catalysis & Science Technology Emerging Investigators.

  • 2022 - Energy & Fuels Rising Stars.

  • 2021 - Nanoscale Emerging Investigators. ​

  • 2020 - I&EC Research Class of Influential Researchers.

  • 2019 - UToledo College of Engineering Excellence in Supervision of Undergraduate Research Award.

  • 2019 - NSF CAREER Award for "Dual Function Materials for Capture and Conversion of CO2 into Methanol and Higher Alcohols."

  • 2018 - UToledo President's Award for Outstanding Contributions in Scholarship and Creative Activity.

  • 2018 - Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority (CSURM) Fellowship to attend the first Gordon Conference. 

  • 2010 - Scholarship from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) to a research stay in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. 

  • 2009 - Scholarship from the Federal University of Ceará to do a research stay in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering. Fortaleza, Brazil.

  • 2006 - Undergraduate Research Scholarship from the Spanish Government to conduct research in the Dept. of Inorganic Chemistry, Crystallography, and Mineralogy at the University of Málaga, Spain.

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Francielle Candian Firmino Marcos

Postdoctoral Researcher

fcandia@clemson.edu

Dr. Francielle Candian Firmino Marcos is a Latin woman scientist. She received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Federal University of Lavras, Brazil in 2010, and the Regional Council of Chemistry recognized her as the best student. She then moved to the São Carlos Institute of Chemistry in São Paulo, Brazil, to pursue her master's and doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr. Elisabete M. Assaf, focusing on heterogeneous catalysis for hydrogen, methanol, and dimethyl ether production. During her Ph.D., she taught physical chemistry as a teaching assistant. After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Marcos joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Federal University of São Carlos and the University of São Paulo to conduct postdoctoral research with Prof. Jose Mansur Assaf, Prof. Elisabete M. Assaf, and Prof. Reinaldo Giudici, including a study abroad at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, associated with Dr. José A. Rodriguez group. She focused on the chemistry of carbon dioxide to produce methanol via hydrogenation. In 2022, she joined Clemson University as a postdoctoral research associate under the supervision of Dr. Ana C. Alba-Rubio. Her current research interests lie in exploring scientific solutions for global sustainability challenges, specifically via heterogeneous catalysis for CO2 capture and conversion. Currently, she also serves as a peer reviewer for RSC Advances and the Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her family and friends, working out, shopping, watching TV, listening to music, or exploring new places.

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Sai Teja Nekkanti

Ph.D. student

snekkan@g.clemson.edu

Sai Teja was born in India. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Sri Venkateswara University, India in 2020. As a part of his undergraduate curriculum, he pursued two industrial internships in his second and third years. His first internship was with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), Visakhapatnam where he studied a working diesel hydrotreating unit to produce ultra-low sulfur diesel. Then, he performed a whole plant mass balance in the production of diamino stilbene disulfonic acid during his second internship at Deepak Nitrite Ltd. After graduating, he started his research journey as a technical assistant under the supervision of Dr. Sunil Kumar Thamida at the Indian Institute of Technology, Tirupati. His work primarily focused on improving the simultaneous saccharification and fermentation reactions to produce bioethanol. He was involved in the commissioning of a pilot plant and lignocellulosic pretreatment studies. He went on to work at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras under the supervision of Dr. Preeti Aghalayam and Dr. Jithin John Varghese on a project for on-board NOutilization in automobiles exhaust. He was responsible for the design and fabrication of the oxidation reactor followed by conducting experiments on the utilization of exhaust gases. Currently, Sai Teja is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University. Under the supervision of Dr. Ana C. Alba-Rubio, he is working on carbon capture and utilization technologies.

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Franchesca Hauck

Ph.D. student

franchh@g.clemson.edu

Franchesca Hauck is from Peachtree Corners, GA. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton in 2022. She also received a Minor in Computer Science. During her undergraduate studies, she participated in a campus-sponsored co-op program where she worked as an RFID applications engineer with Avery Dennison for two terms. She also participated in faculty-sponsored research under the direction of Dr. Joshua Heyne. Her focus was on analyzing property prediction models for sustainable aviation fuels. Currently, Franchesca is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University under the supervision of Dr. Ana C. Alba-Rubio. Her research focuses on carbon dioxide capture and conversion. In her spare time, you can find Franchesca reading, watching TV, playing video games, or trying different local coffee shops.

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Justin Roen

Undergraduate student

jroen@g.clemson.edu

Justin Roen is a Chemical Engineering undergraduate from Fort Mill, SC. He is performing Honors research in heterogeneous catalysis for CO2 conversion under the direction of Dr. Alba-Rubio. In his spare time, he enjoys playing piano, singing with the Clemson University Choirs, working out, and playing tennis.

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Nicole Dinallo

Undergraduate student

ndinall@g.clemson.edu

Nicole is a junior, Chemical Engineering major from Greensboro, North Carolina. She worked in Dr. Kitchens' lab at Clemson before and now she is very excited to become involved in Alba-Rubio's group projects. Nicole is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and plans sisterhood events for the organization.

Alumni

Ibeh Omodolor (Ph.D. 08/2022)
Ibeh Omodolor (Ph.D. 08/2022)

Intel

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Nkem Ofole (M.S. 08/2021)
Nkem Ofole (M.S. 08/2021)

First Solar

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S. Duanghathaipornsuk (Ph.D. 07/2021)
S. Duanghathaipornsuk (Ph.D. 07/2021)
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Kapiamba Fabrice (M.S. 08/2020)
Kapiamba Fabrice (M.S. 08/2020)

Ph.D. at University of Miami

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Haidar Alolaywi (M.S. 08/2020)
Haidar Alolaywi (M.S. 08/2020)

Ph.D. at Univ. of Kentucky

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Hope Otor (M.S. 07/2020)
Hope Otor (M.S. 07/2020)

Ph.D. at Univ. of Notre Dame

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Caleb Hiddleson
Caleb Hiddleson

Bechtel National Inc.

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Godfred Owusu (M.S. 08/2018)
Godfred Owusu (M.S. 08/2018)

Lin & Associates, Inc.

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Subhash Kalidindi (M.S. 07/2017)
Subhash Kalidindi (M.S. 07/2017)

Ph.D. at Tufts University

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Visiting Scholars

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