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The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering

Faculty & Staff

Director

NameEmailResearch Focus
James Petersen
Director & Professor
jn_petersen@wsu.eduBioremediation of contaminated aqueous systems, modeling of biological processing operations and on-line optimization of biological processes

Named Professors

NameEmailResearch Focus
Alla Kostyukova
The Paul Hohenschuh Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering
alla.kostyukova@wsu.eduRegulation of actin dynamics by actin-binding proteins, protein structure and protein-protein interactions, protein engineering, circular dichroism
Norbert Kruse
Voiland Distinguished Professor
norbert.kruse@wsu.eduHeterogeneous catalysis: from fundamentals to industrial applications
Yong Wang
Voiland Distinguished Professor
yong.wang@pnnl.gov
Development of novel catalytic materials and reaction engineering for the conversion of fossil and biomass feedstocks to fuels and chemicals

Professors

NameEmailResearch Focus
Birgitte Ahring
Professor
Bioproduct Sciences & Engineering Laboratory (BSEL)
bka@wsu.eduMicrobiology, biomass conversion to biofuels and high-value bioproducts
Haluk Beyenal
Professor
beyenal@wsu.eduBiofilms
Su Ha
Professor / Director, O.H. Reaugh Laboratory for Oil and Gas Research
suha@wsu.eduEnergy generations from alternative fuels
Cornelius F. Ivory
Professor
cfivory@wsu.eduElectrofocusing, forensic microelectrophoresis, nanochannel separations, diagnostic microfluidic devices, microchannel sample preparation
Peter Pfromm
Professor
peter.pfromm@wsu.eduAdvancing engineering research in fundamental and applied aspects
Mary Rezac
Professor, Dean of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
mary.rezac@wsu.eduMolecular-level fundamentals of new separation processes; integration of this knowledge with industrial scale processes
Kirk Schulz
Professor, President of Washington State University
PresidentsOffice@wsu.eduCatalysis, surface science, materials science
Bernard Van Wie
Professor
bvanwie@wsu.eduBiotechnology including biosensors and bioanalytical devices, cell and tissue culture, engineering education research

Associate Professors

NameEmailResearch Focus
Wen-ji Dong
Associate Professor
dongwenji@wsu.eduCardiac muscle biology and mechanics, protein chemistry and engineering, fluorescence techniques, computer modeling, nanoscale biosensor design and engineering
David Lin
Associate Professor
davidlin@wsu.eduIntegrated mechanical properties of skeletal muscle and spinal reflexes
Hongfei Lin
Associate Professor
hongfei.lin@wsu.eduCatalyst synthesis and application; catalytic conversion of biomass; CO2 reduction; renewable hydrogen production; fuel cell electrocatalysis; advanced functional nanomaterials; photocatalysis
Jean-Sabin McEwen
Associate Professor
js.mcewen AT wsu.eduAtomistic modeling of catalytic processes for energy applications
Steven R. Saunders
Associate Professor
steven.r.saunders@wsu.eduNanotechnology for novel catalytic systems, sustainable solvent technologies
Anita Vasavada
Associate Professor
vasavada@wsu.eduBiomechanics and neural control of the musculoskeletal system, focusing on the human head and neck system
Xiao Zhang
Associate Professor
x.zhang@wsu.eduBiomass chemistry, biomass conversion to bioproducts and bioenergy

Assistant Professors

NameEmailResearch Focus
David Thiessen
Clinical Assistant Professor
thiessen@wsu.eduFluid mechanics of drops, bubbles, and capillary channels, applications in microgravity
Di Wu
Assistant Professor & Founding Director of Alexandra Navrotsky Institute for Experimental Thermodynamics
d.wu@wsu.eduHeterogeneous catalysis, porous materials, surface science, materials chemistry, thermodynamics, nanogeoscience and nanotechnology
Xianglong Wang
Scholarly Assistant Professor
xianglong.wang@wsu.eduComputer-Aided Detection and Diagnostics with Machine Learning

Emeritus Faculty

NameEmailResearch Focus
Denny Davis
Emeritus Professor
dennycdavis73@gmail.comEngineering education, design education and assessment, engineering entrepreneurship, engineering for K–12 education, pedagogies for innovation and professional development
Howard Davis
Emeritus Professor
davish@wsu.eduEngineering and entrepreneurship pedagogy, technology development and clinical applications of biomedical instrumentation
KNona Liddell
Emeritus Professor
liddell@wsu.eduElectrochemical kinetics and reactor design; Applications to environmental problems and materials processing
R. Mahalingam
Emeritus Professor
mahalingam@wsu.edu
Reid Miller
Emeritus Professor
millerrc@moscow.com
William J. Thomson
Emeritus Professor
privprof@yahoo.com
Richard Zollars
Emeritus Professor
rzollars@wsu.eduColloidal phenomena/interfacial phenomena, multiphase heat transfer, engineering education

Research Professors

NameEmailResearch Focus
Junming Sun
Assistant Research Professor
junming.sun@wsu.eduBio-mass conversion, catalytic bio-oil upgrading, hydrogen and fuel production by ethanol steam reforming, nano-catalysis, and synthesis of nano-metal/metal oxide
Dmitri Tolkatchev
Assistant Research Professor
dmitri.tolkatchev@wsu.eduProtein chemistry and structure, protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions; protein engineering; protein NMR
Oscar Marin-Flores
Assistant Research Professor
omarinflores@wsu.eduBiomass conversion, hydrogen production for fuel cells applications via reforming of liquid fuels, direct solid oxide fuel cells, mathematical modeling of fuel cell systems, photocatalytic/electrochemical processes for CO2 mitigation

Adjunct Faculty

NameEmailResearch Focus
Aaron Wrightaaron.wright@pnnl.govActivity-based protein profiling of microbes and microbial communities involved in biofuel production and drug metabolism
Bert Tannerbertrand.tanner@wsu.eduNormal, mutated, and diseased proteins that influence muscle contraction and relaxation
David Heldebrant
david.heldebrant@pnnl.govDesign and development of switchable ionic liquids that chemically capture acid gases such as carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide from power plant gas emissions; Amine Boranes as potential high energy density fuels for hydrogen fuel cells
Jian Zhi Hujianzhi.hu@pnnl.gov
Louis Scudieroscudiero@wsu.eduModel layered bimetallic materials and core-shell and alloy nanoparticles for formic acid oxidation for portable fuel cells (DFAFCs)
M. Grant Nortonmg_norton@wsu.eduCeramic materials, nanotechnology, and clean technology
Manuel Garcia-Perez
mgarcia-perez@wsu.eduBiomass thermochemical conversion (torrefaction, pyrolysis, gasification and combustion); development and testing of new bio-oil refineries to produce advanced bio-fuels and bio-chemicals; environmental impact of thermochemical processes
Murali Chandramurali@vetmed.wsu.eduUnderstanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for regulation of the contractile machinery of heart muscle cells, and how myofilament remodeling is linked to pathogenesis of heart diseases
Olga A. Marinaolga.marina@pnnl.gov
Ryan Renslowryan.renslow@pnnl.gov
Venky Prabhakaranvenky@pnnl.govPredictive design of electrochemical interfaces in ion separation, energy storage, electrochemical energy conversion, and corrosion science
Zdenek Dohnalekzdenek.dohnalek@wsu.eduExperimental studies of fundamental model systems that are necessary to understand complex processes that take place in heterogeneous catalysis and environment

Staff

NameEmailPhoneOffice
Billy Schmuck
Laboratory Coordinator
bschmuck@wsu.edu509-335-4776107N Wegner Hall
Kate Konen
IT System Administrator
kate.konen@wsu.edu509-335-8039249 Wegner Hall
Lael Gray
Administrative Manager
l.gray@wsu.edu509-335-4731105G Wegner Hall
Malena Braatne-Millstein
Administrative Assistant 1
m.braatne@wsu.edu509-335-3151105D Wegner Hall
Maria Greaney Curry
Academic (Undergraduate) Coordinator
mgreaney@wsu.edu509-335-1041105B Wegner Hall
Nicole Leavitt
Fiscal Analyst 1
nicole.leavitt@wsu.edu509-335-3205105 Wegner Hall
Samantha Bailey
Academic (Graduate) Coordinator
samantha.bailey@wsu.edu509-335-4001105E Wegner Hall
Tucson Smith
Fiscal Analyst 3
smitht@wsu.edu509-335-3811105H Wegner Hall

Postdoctoral Research Associates

NameEmailResearch Focus
Abdul Mohameda.mohamed@wsu.edu
Benjamin (Jamie) Keebenjamin.kee@wsu.edu
Dezhou Gaodezhou.guo@wsu.edu
Dong Jiangdong.jiang@wsu.eduLow-temperature catalytic combustion; Single-atom catalysts (SACs), Ammonia (NH3) synthesis, Mayenite (C12A7) compounds (oxide, electride, and hydride)
Junrui Lijunrui.li@wsu.edu
Weixin Huangweixin.huang@wsu.edu
Yixiao Liyixiao.li@wsu.eduHeterogenous catalysis and reaction engineering study for efficient glucose transformation