Chemical Engineering

Primary Faculty

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Anastasios Angelopoulos

Professor, Department Head, CEAS - Chemical Eng

701L Engineering Research Cntr


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Gregory Beaucage

Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

492 Rhodes Hall


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Carlos C. Co

Assoc Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

566 Engineering Research Cntr


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Junhang Dong

Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

680 Engineering Research Cntr


Professor of Chemical Engineering
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Rakesh Govind

Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

620 Rhodes Hall


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Vadim Guliants

Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

601B Engineering Research Cntr


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Greg M. Harris

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, CEAS - Chemical Eng

846 Engineering Research Cntr


Greg M. Harris is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Harris completed his undergraduate degree at Iowa State University where he majored in Mechanical Engineering and followed with a Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University in the Department of Molecular Biology where he researched the extracellular matrix in novel combinations with biomaterials as potential therapies for nerve injuries.
The lab’s research interests broadly include peripheral nerve and spinal cord injuries, cell-extracellular matrix interactions, biomaterials, and all facets of tissue engineering. This research area is a highly interdisciplinary field integrating many specialties such as engineering, chemistry, and biology. Our studies aim to systematically examine injury and disease states, and use engineering tools to understand and build viable clinical solutions.
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Chia Chi Ho

Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

684 Engineering Research Cntr


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Yuen Koh Kao

Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

686 Rhodes Hall


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Joo-Youp Lee

Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

470 Engineering Research Cntr


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Norman Washington Loney

Professor - Educator, CEAS - Chemical & Env Eng

620i Old Chemistry Building


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Jonathan David Nickels

Asst Professor, CEAS - Chemical & Env Eng

694 Rhodes Hall


Our research focus is the structure and dynamics of soft matter and biological materials.

​Our studies take a primarily deconstructionist approach to systematically investigate the structure and molecular motions at the nanometer scale. This research is highly interdisciplinary, informing applied disciplines such as Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, as well as fundamental scientific fields such as physics, chemistry, biology, and biophysics. We utilize approaches from experimental soft matter physics, molecular biology, and microbiology. 

A few of the topics that we are pursuing include: The Structure, Dynamics, and Phenomena of Biomolecular Hydration Water; Untangling the Nanoscopic Origins of Materials Properties in Low Entropy Liquids; and Insights and Applications from Lipid Phase Behavior. 
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Yoonjee Park

Asst Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

584 Engineering Research Cntr


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Aashish Priye

Asst Professor, CEAS - Chemical & Env Eng

693 Rhodes Hall


Our research is primarily curiosity driven, where we take an engineering and physics based approach to explore biophysical processes occurring at the micro-scale. We then harness these principles towards applications pertaining to global health, bioengineering, and educational outreach. An overview of projects are described below:

Physics of Micro-scale Flows
Fluid flow arising due to thermal gradients (thermal instability driven convective flows) is quite ubiquitous in nature (oceanic currents, cloud formation, etc.) but they can exhibit unique characteristics at the micro-scale, capable of greatly accelerating biomolecular transport and reactions. We use computational tools (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and novel experimental setups (automated microfluidic systems) to study these flow states and evaluate the conditions under which they can be harnessed to actuate biomolecular transport and assembly, accelerate DNA replication and separate cells (based on their shape and size).

Point-of-Care Detection for Global Health
The recent disease outbreaks have exposed some key limitations facing current infectious disease management strategies, particularly when applied in remote underdeveloped areas. Existing approaches are highly resource intensive, relying on dispatching specially trained personnel to isolated locations where biological samples are collected and returned to dedicated laboratories for analysis. A need therefore exists for inexpensive and robust tools that can be broadly deployed to accelerate diagnosis, enable pinpoint delivery of therapeutics, and provide real-time data to better inform decision making. We engineer simple and portable diagnostic tools (such as smartphone based DNA analyzer and lab on a drone) that can be deployed and operated outside the laboratory to address global challenges of healthcare, environmental sampling, agriculture and science outreach. Projects under this area are quite multidisciplinary and collaborative in nature.

Functional Microfluidics
Microfluidics enables large-scale automation in chemical and biological sciences, suggesting the possibility of numerous experiments performed rapidly and in parallel while consuming little reagents. This has led to the emergence of the so-called lab on chip systems, making significant strides in diverse areas ranging from grand challenges such as water purification to fundamental research such as genetic analysis. Despite significant advances, few roadblocks has hindered microfluidic systems from replacing convectional bench-top analytical tools and widely penetrate the point of care in low resource settings where they are needed most. We aim to create the next generation of microfluidic devices using rapid fabrication techniques (3D printing, micro-milling and laser cutting) that would drastically simplify the prototyping and assembly processes of microfluidics systems.

We have a few positions open for passionate postdoctoral, graduate (prospective PhD/Master’s applicants) and undergraduate students. Our research is quite multidisciplinary, involving researchers from a wide range of background including engineering (chemical, mechanical, biomedical, electrical and bioengineering), applied physics, biophysics, material science and applied mathematics. Along with frequently publishing our research, we actively explore platforms to commercialize the technologies that are developed in our lab.

If you are interested in joining our lab, please send a copy of recent CV, a brief summary of your projects and a short statement of your research interests to
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Teri Kristine Reed

Executive Director, CEAS - College of Eng & Appl Science

862 Engineering Research Cntr


Dr. Teri Reed is assistant vice president of faculty research development for the Office of Research of the University of Cincinnati and professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engi­neering. She received her BS in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma and spent 7 years in the petroleum industry during which time she earned her MBA. She subsequently received her PhD in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. Dr. Reed’s teaching interests include engineering statistics, multidisciplinary and introductory engineering, quality engineering, diversity and leadership. Her research interests include statistics education, concept inventory development, assessment/evaluation of learning and programs, recruitment and retention, diversity, equity, and cultural humility. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Education, various foundations, and industry.

Teri was the 2016 – 2017 President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) and currently continues as the Immediate Past President.  She is also a member, Board Member and Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and a member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). She was elected the Professional Interest Council (PIC) IV Chair in 2016 and is serving a 3 year term on the ASEE Board of Directors where she will be Vice President of PICs from 2018 - 2019.  She serves as an ABET Engineering Accreditation Council Commissioner for ASEE, is the past co-chair of ASEE’s Undergraduate Experience Council, and past chair of the Diversity Committee. She has served in multiple leadership roles in the Pre-College Engineering Education and Education Research and Methods Divisions, and with the Associate Deans group. She served as a reviewer of the US National Academy of Engineering’s 2008 report, Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering, and the 2010 report, Standards for K-12 Engineering Education? Reed has received a number of professional honors including the 2017 Distinguished Membership Award from SPE, the 2015 ASEE William Elgin Wickenden Award for research paper of the year, the 2013 ASEE Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education, election as a 2010 Fellow Member of ASEE, the 2008 ASEE Outstanding Service Award from the ERM Division, 2007-2008 Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program fellow, and, in fall 2012, Purdue University’s One Brick Higher Award, one of Purdue’s highest honors given by the university president.
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Vesselin N. Shanov

Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

580 Engineering Research Cntr


Short Biography.
Vesselin Shanov is a Professor with the Chemical Engineering program at the School of EEBME and the co-founder and co-director of the teaching and research facility NANOWORLD Lab at the University of Cincinnati. He has over 30 years of academic and industrial experience in research and development related to technologies and facilities for processing of advanced materials and thin films.  Dr. Shanov has been a tenured associate professor at the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, Bulgaria, where he also served as an advisor to over 40 graduate students. He has taught eighteen courses at the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia, Bulgaria and eighteen courses at the University of Cincinnati. His recent research focuses on synthesis, characterization, processing, and application of nanostructured materials with emphasis on carbon nanotubes, graphene, as well as on biodegradable Mg for medical implants. Applications of his research are in the areas of electronics, aerospace, and nanomedicine. Dr. Shanov has more than 300 scientific publications, including 16 patents, 12 provisional patents, and 5 books, cited in about 3,200 different references. Currently, he collaborates with faculties from UC Colleges of Medicine, Applied Science, and Engineering, Oklahoma State University, North Carolina A&T State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Hannover Medical School-Germany. The latter 3 universities, along with UC, are involved in the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials.

Teaching Summary,
  • Taught 25 different courses (listed below) in Materials and Chemical Engineering at two universities; incorporated nanotechnology research into the engineering curricula at UC; teaches advanced topics in Chemical and Materials Engineering in the undergraduate Tech Lab Class, such as: Renewable Energy (Solar Cell, Hydrogen Fuel Cell), Nanotechnology (Carbon Nanotubes and related Nanodevices), Modern Analytical Instrumentation, Vacuum and Plasma Technologies, etc.
  • Considers undergraduate students (UG) research to be a very important tool for teaching engineering, as well as for student retention; works on an individual basis with undergraduate students in the research lab; 3 of my undergraduate students won national aerospace awards for research.
  • Believes teaching through the respected program at UC “Research Experience for Middle and High School Teachers” is a powerful outreach approach that indirectly helps recruit young adults in the field of science and engineering; involved in a 3 year NSF project as Co-PI (Prof. A. Kukreti–PI) and collaborates with Cincinnati School District teachers at UC by teaching a topic on Renewable Energy.
  • Hosts tours of Nanoworld Lab; more than 1,000 students, parents, industry professionals, faculty and Government representatives visit Nanoworld each year; the Nanoworld Lab website is one of the most frequently visited websites at UC.
  • Hosts weekly lab tours at the College for recruiting prospective students which include presentations on the latest achievements in renewable energy, nanotechnology and other science fields.
  • Hosts and teaches in Summer Institute for minority middle and high school students, since 2010.
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Peter Panagiotis G. Smirniotis

Professor, CEAS - Chemical Eng

601 Engineering Research Cntr


Professor Smirniotis performs research in the fields of i) catalytic clean-up of gaseous streams, ii) photocatalytic degradation of toxics in aqueous and gaseous streams, iii) hydrogen generation, iv) synthesis and characterizations of molecular sieves, v) development of zeolite catalysts for refining and energy process industries, vi) characterization of solid materials and surfaces with state-of-the-art techniques, vii) high temperature separation of carbon dioxide, viii) separation of biomolecules, and ix) reactor modeling and chemical kinetics.
Professor Smirniotis teaches classes in transport phenomena, chemical reaction engineering, process design & control, advanced reaction engineering, molecular sieves and applications, solid materials and surface characterizations, environmental catalysis and reaction engineering, and sustainable energy.
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Stephen W. Thiel

Professor - Educator, Chemical Engineering, CEAS - Chemical Eng

548 Engineering Research Cntr


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John Walter Weidner

Dean, CEAS - College of Eng & Appl Science

801A Engineering Research Cntr


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Jingjie Wu

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, CEAS - Chemical Eng

578 Engineering Research Cntr


Adjunct Faculty

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Anne M. Vonderheide

Assistant Professor - Educator and Director of Undergraduate Studies, A&S Chemistry

508 Rieveschl Hall


Associate Professor -- Educator and Undergraduate Director

Emeritus Faculty

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Stephen J Clarson

Emeritus, CEAS - Chemical Eng

550 Engineering Research Cntr


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Joel R Fried

Emeritus, CEAS - Chemical & Env Eng

A Old Chemistry Building


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Soon Jai Khang

Emeritus, CEAS - Chemical Eng

470 Engineering Research Cntr


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Dale W. Schaefer

Emeritus, CEAS - Chemical & Env Eng

606-I Old Chemistry Building


Secondary Faculty

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Dionysios D. Dionysiou

Professor, CEAS - Environmental Eng & Science

780 Engineering Research Cntr


Research Lab
Professor Dionysiou teaches a graduate-level laboratory course on Unit Operations and Process Monitoring for the Treatment of Polluted Water and Air and an undergraduate course in Environmental Engineering Fundamentals and Process Design.
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Margaret J Kupferle

Assoc Professor, CEAS - Environmental Eng & Science

701B Engineering Research Cntr


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Mingming Lu

Professor, CEAS - Environmental Eng & Science

770 Engineering Research Cntr


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George A Sorial

Professor, CEAS - Environmental Eng & Science

546 Engineering Research Cntr


Dr. Sorial has 36 years of experience in bench scale and pilot scale research and chemical analysis with various analytical instruments.His research interests include: biofiltration, impact of nanoparticles on biofilms, electrochemical processes for destruction of organic contaminants, activated carbon adsorption (micropollutant removal from drinking water, adsorption of micropollutants by activated carbon and alternative adsorbents, characterization of adsorbent materials and natural organic matter, interactions between micropollutants and humic substances), modeling of adsorption systems (equilibrium and dynamics), remediation of contaminated soils, modeling of mercury speciation and chemical interactions in sediments and aquatic systems, fate and transport of nanoparticles, development of analytical methods for analysis, and development of protocols for US EPA in effectiveness of surfactants on oil spills.At the University of Cincinnati, Professor Sorial developed the curriculum for the undergraduate program in Environmental Engineering, teaches graduate courses in the field of Advanced Topics in Environmental Chemistry, Chemical Principles of Environmental Systems, and a graduate laboratory course on Environmental Instrumentation.He also teaches two undergraduate lec/lab course on grand challenges and environmental measurements.He coordinated a number of times in the undergraduate Civil Engineering Capstone Course “Integrated Design Sequence”.
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Maobing Tu

Assoc Professor, CEAS - Environmental Eng & Science

701D Engineering Research Cntr


Our research is centered on the development of cost-effective processes for producing biofuels, chemicals and biomaterials from lignocellulosic biomass. Specifically, we focus on the interface between biochemical engineering and biomass processing chemistry in an integrated biorefinery process. Our research approach is to use a combination of computational study and experimental determination to understand the molecular structure-activity relationship of biomass-derived compounds in the biochemical conversion process.
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David W. Wendell

Assoc Professor, CEAS - Environmental Eng & Science

732 Engineering Research Cntr