Chemical and Biological Engineering Program Faculty

Ingo Pinnau

Ingo Pinnau, Ph.D.
Center Director, AMPM and Professor Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Research Interest: Advanced polymer membranes; gas separation; natural gas separation; olefin/paraffin separation; vapor separation; reverse osmosis; thin-film composite membranes; interfacial  composite membranes; hollow-fiber  membranes; nano-composite membranes; membrane modifications

Klaus-Viktor Peinemann

Klaus-Viktor Peinemann, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research Interest: Multicomponent polymer-based membranes for liquid and gas separation; solvent-stable membranes for nanofiltration/reverse osmosis; self-assembled block copolymer membranes; catalytically active membranes; mixed matrix-membranes; gas and vapor separation; hollow fiber spinning.

Zhiping Lai, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research Interest: Synthesis of high-performance membranes out of ordered porous materials and their applications in separations and catalysis; fabrication of ceramic hollow fibers and their applications in water treatments;  synthesis  and  characterization  of  novel  porous materials and their applications in renewable energy production; development of metal- alloy membranes and their applications in gas separations and membrane reactors; membrane distillation of seawater.
Mani Sarathy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research Interest: Comprehensive chemical kinetics, combustion cyberinfrastructure, reaction mechanism reduction, chemistry of multi-scale reacting flows, laminar flames and flow reactors, advanced analytical chemistry tools, sustainable energy and fuels.


Mohamed Eddaoudi, Ph.D.
Associate Director, AMPM and Professor, Chemical Science (Program Chair)
Research Interest: ​Dr. Eddaoudi’s research is focused in the field of Metal-Organic Materials. He implemented the single-metal-ion-based molecular building block (MBB) and the supermolecular building blocks (SBB) approaches as means for the design and synthesis of functional metal-organic materials (MOMs).
Suzanna Nunes, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division
Professor Environmental Science and engineering
Research Interest: Dr. ​Nunes' research interests is focused on new polymeric materials, their functionalization manufacture into membranes for water-based separation as well as separations in organic solvents.  

Yu Han, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemical Science
Research Interest: Nanoporous and nanostructured materials; electron microscopy; gas adsorption and separation; biomass conversion; heterogeneous catalysis​.

Kazuhiro Takanabe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemical Science
Research Interest: Heterogeneous catalysis, Electrocatalysis, Photocatalysis, Energy production and conversion, Nanomaterials.​
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Professor, Bioscience
Research Interest: Professor Hauser’s research interests align at the interfaces between chemistry, biomedicine, bioengineering and nanotechnology. Focus is on the  development of platform technologies, using smart nanomaterials for regenerative,  biomedical and environmental applications.
Her interest refers to the rational molecular design, synthesis and mechanistic understanding of novel supramolecular structures. Investigated systems include peptide-based nanostructures with an innate propensity to self-assemble to biomimetic architectures applicable for biomedical applications such as cell substrates, sensors and 3D tissue scaffolds for regenerative medicine. Bottom-up nanofabrication is a powerful tool for the development of functional tissue equivalents, organotypic tissues and devices. Moreover, these biomimetic supramolecular constructs will be used for the design and fabrication of novel organ-on-a-chip devices and disease models.
Furthermore, Professor Hauser is interested in 3D bioprinting, using supramolecular organotypic constructs to fabricate high-throughput platforms for drug screening, pathogen detection and other diagnostic purposes. Synthetic biology approaches are explored for the generation of functional biomaterial.