Hibbitts Group Members

Ph.D. Students and Posdocs

Alex Hoffman

  • B.S., Chemistry,
    College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Research Areas

  • Methanol Dehydration
  • HMF Etherification
  • Glucose Isomerization
  • Effects of Acid Site Proximity in Zeolites
  • Machine Learning
  • NOx Reduction

Publications

  • Quantifying Effects of Active Site Proximity on Rates of Methanol Dehydration to Dimethyl Ether over CHA Zeolites through Microkinetic Modeling More Info
  • Theoretical and experimental characterization of adsorbed CO and NO on γ-Al2O3-supported Rh nanoparticles More Info
  • Comparing Alkene Disproportionation and Formaldehyde-mediated Diene Formation Routes in Methanol-to-Olefins Catalysis in MFI and CHA. More Info
  • Experimental and Theoretical Assessments of Aluminum Proximity in MFI Zeolites and its Alteration by Organic and Inorganic Structure-Directing Agents. More Info
  • Rigid Arrangements of Ionic Charge in Zeolite Frameworks Conferred by Specific Al Distributions Preferentially Stabilize Alkanol Dehydration Transition States. More Info
  • Highly Selective Cross-Etherification of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural with Ethanol. More Info
  • Mechanistic Origins of the High-Pressure Inhibition of Methanol Dehydration Rates in Small-Pore Acidic Zeolites. More Info
  • Mechanism and Kinetics of Methylating C6–C12 Methylbenzenes with Methanol and DME in H-MFI Zeolites. More Info
  • Restructuring of MFI Framework Zeolite Models and their Associated Artifacts in DFT Calculations. More Info
  • Tuning Brønsted Acid Strength by Altering Site Proximity in CHA Framework Zeolites. More Info

Awards

  • GRACE Symposium Best-in-Session, 2021

Omar Almarshad

  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Univ., Saudi Arabia

Research Areas

  • CH4 Activation on Oxides

Hansel Montalvo Castro

  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Mayaguez, PR

Research Areas

  • Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons
  • Transition Metal Phosphides

Bailey McAuley

  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Research Areas

  • Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis
  • Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons

Nikki Kragt

  • B.E., Chem. Engr.,
    Venderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN

Research Areas

  • Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons

Jisu Shin

  • M.S., Energy Engr.,
    Hanyang Univ., South Korea
  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Konkuk Univ., South Korea

Research Areas

  • CH4 Activation on Oxides

Conor Waldt

  • M.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Villanova Univ., Villanova, PA
  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Villanova Univ., Villanova, PA

Research Areas

  • Transition Metal Phosphides

B.S. Students

Huston Locht

  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, FL

Research Areas

  • Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons
  • Machine Learning
  • Effects of Acid Site Proximity in Zeolites

Jared Strauss

  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, FL

Research Areas

  • Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons

Haliey Balcom

  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, FL

Research Areas

  • External zeolite sites

Wes Powell

  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, FL

Research Areas

  • Machine Learning

Patrick O'Sullivan

  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, FL

Research Areas

  • Fischer-Tropsh Synthesis

Lydia Thies

  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, FL

Research Areas

  • C–O, C–C, and C–X Hydrogenolysis

Keyla Fernandez

  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, FL

Research Areas

  • Transition Metal Phosphides

Ph.D. Alumni

Paul Kravchenko

  • Works at Clariant
  • Ph.D., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

Research Areas

  • Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis
  • Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons
  • NOx Reduction

Publications

  • Mechanism and Effects of Coverage and Particle Morphology on Rh and Pt Catalyzed NO-H2 Reactions. More Info
  • A New Computational Interface for Catalysis. More Info
  • Mechanism and Kinetics of Methylating C6–C12 Methylbenzenes with Methanol and DME in H-MFI Zeolites. More Info

Awards

  • NSF-GRFP Honorable Mention, 2016

Steven Nystrom

  • Ph.D., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    THETM Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH

Research Areas

  • MOx-promoted Hydrogenolysis
  • Methanol Dehydration
  • NOx Reduction

Publications

  • Rigid Arrangements of Ionic Charge in Zeolite Frameworks Conferred by Specific Al Distributions Preferentially Stabilize Alkanol Dehydration Transition States. More Info
  • Mechanistic Origins of the High-Pressure Inhibition of Methanol Dehydration Rates in Small-Pore Acidic Zeolites. More Info
  • Tuning Brønsted Acid Strength by Altering Site Proximity in CHA Framework Zeolites. More Info

Awards

  • Ray W. Fahien Graduate Teaching Award, 2019

Abdulrahman Almithn

  • Assistant Professor at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
  • Ph.D., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • M.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    King Faisal Univ., Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

Research Areas

  • C–O, C–C, and C–X Hydrogenolysis
  • H2 Chemisorption
  • Metal-Oxide interfaces
  • Transition Metal Phosphides

Publications

  • Oxophilicity Drives Oxygen Transfer at a Palladium-Silver Interface for Increased CO Oxidation Activity. More Info
  • Impact of Metal and Heteroatom Identities in the Hydrogenolysis of C–X Bonds (X = C, N, O, S, and Cl). More Info
  • In Situ Spectroscopic Methods for Isolating Reactive Intermediate Structures during Hydrogenolysis Reactions. More Info
  • Comparing Rate and Mechanism of Ethane Hydrogenolysis on Transition Metal Catalysts. More Info
  • Mechanisms and Active Sites for C-O Bond Rupture within 2-Methyltetrahydrofuran over Nickel Phosphide Catalysts. More Info
  • Effects of Catalyst Model and High Adsorbate Coverages in ab initio Studies of Alkane Hydrogenolysis. More Info
  • Supra-Monolayer Coverages on Small Metal Clusters and Their Effects on H2 Chemisorption Particle Size Estimates. More Info

Mykela Deluca

  • Postdoc with Raj Gounder at Purdue University
  • Ph.D., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • M.E., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • B.S., Chemistry,
    Florida Atlantic Univ., Boca Raton, FL

Research Areas

  • Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons

Publications

  • Comparing Alkene Disproportionation and Formaldehyde-mediated Diene Formation Routes in Methanol-to-Olefins Catalysis in MFI and CHA. More Info
  • Alkene, Diene, and Formaldehyde Hydrogenation in H-MFI and H-CHA Zeolite Frameworks during Methanol-to-Olefins Reactions. More Info
  • Prediction of C6–C12 Interconversion Rates Using Novel Zeolite-Specific Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulation Methods. More Info
  • Mechanism and Kinetics of Methylating C6–C12 Methylbenzenes with Methanol and DME in H-MFI Zeolites. More Info
  • Restructuring of MFI Framework Zeolite Models and their Associated Artifacts in DFT Calculations. More Info

Awards

  • WIC Travel Award, 2019
  • GRACE Symposium Best-in-Session, 2019

B.S., M.S., and Visiting Scholar Alumni

Aamish Asai

  • Works at Intel
  • M.S., Chem. Engr., Univ. of Florida, FL

Mohit Gupta

  • Works at Freeport-McMoRan
  • M.S., Chem. Engr., Univ. of Florida, FL

Publications

  • The Dominant Role of Entropy in Stabilizing Sugar Isomerization Transition States within Hydrophobic Zeolite Pores More Info

Varun Krishnan

  • Works at GlobalFoundries
  • M.S., Chem. Engr., Univ. of Florida, FL

Publications

  • Mechanism and Effects of Coverage and Particle Morphology on Rh and Pt Catalyzed NO-H2 Reactions. More Info

Mariya Kulagina

  • Specialist in Chemistry, Novosibirsk State Univ., Novosibirsk, Russia

Sukhdeep Kaur

  • Works at Micron Technologies
  • M.S., Chem. Engr., Univ. of Florida, FL

Publications

  • The Dominant Role of Entropy in Stabilizing Sugar Isomerization Transition States within Hydrophobic Zeolite Pores More Info

Shivang Patel

  • Works at GlobalFoundries
  • M.S., Chem. Engr., Univ. of Florida, FL

Tushar Mahajan

  • M.S., Chem. Engr., Univ. of Florida, FL

Tsung-Wei Liu

  • Graduate Student at Colorado School of Mines
  • M.S., Chem. Engr., Univ. of Florida, FL

Publications

  • Highly Selective Cross-Etherification of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural with Ethanol. More Info

    Manish Godara

  • Works at Micron Technologies
  • M.S., Chem. Engr., Univ. of Florida, FL

Aayush Mittal

  • Works at Micron Technologies
  • M.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • B.E., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Mumbai, India

Awards

  • Arnold J. 'Red' Morway Memorial Graduate Fellowship, 2019

Ibrahim Alfayez

  • M.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Ha'il, Ha'il, Saudi Arabia

Kathleen Dreyer

  • Graduate Student at Northwestern University
  • B.S., Chem. Engr., Univ. of Florida, FL

Publications

  • Interfacial charge distributions in carbon-supported palladium catalysts. More Info

Ashlyn Petro

  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, FL

Joshua Richardson

  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, FL

Lauren Kilburn

  • Graduate Student at Purdue University
  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, FL

Research Areas

  • Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons
  • Propene Oligomerization
  • Fischer-Tropsh Synthesis

Publications

  • Comparing Alkene Disproportionation and Formaldehyde-mediated Diene Formation Routes in Methanol-to-Olefins Catalysis in MFI and CHA. More Info

Urvi Parab

  • M.S., Chem. Engr., Univ. of Florida, FL

Research Areas

  • Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis
  • Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons

Chandani Kela

  • B.E., Chem. Engr., Nirma Univ., India

Research Areas

  • Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons

Francisco Correia

  • B.S., Chem. Engr.,
    Univ. of Florida, FL

Research Areas

  • NOx Reduction