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Baron Peters, Associate Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering and
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

B.S. Chemical Engineering
   University of Missouri - Columbia (1999)
B.S. Mathematics
   Univeristy of Missouri - Columbia (1999)
PhD Chemical Engineering
   Univeristy of California - Berkeley (2004)

Research interests: catalysis, nucleation, and electron transfer; statistical mechanics and electronic structure theory. In particular, we study nucleation from solution and polymorph selection, catalysis on amorphous supports, and gated electron transfer mechanisms. I coadvise students with Mike Doherty (ChE), Susannah Scott (ChE and Chem), and Joan-Emma Shea (Chem).


Nils Zimmermann, Assistant Specialist
Department of Chemical Engineering

PhD studies in Chemical Engineering
   Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg, Germany (2007-2013)
Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher
   Centre Europeen de Calcul Atomique et Moleculaire, Lyon, France    (2006-2007)
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
   Hamburg University of Technology (2006)
Bachelor of Science in General Engineering Science
    Hamburg University of Technology (2003)

My research has so-far focused on adsorption and diffusion under confinement. This includes transport of hydrocarbons in zeolite nanopores and at gas-zeolite interfaces as well as methane diffusion in clathrate hydrates. I am experienced in using and implementing both equilibrium (e.g., Monte Carlo, molecular dynamics, rare event) and nonequilibrium (e.g., transient molecular dynamics) simulations techniques. In the Peters group, I am looking forward to, system-wise, plunge into something new: nucleation phenomena.


Anthony Fong, Graduate Student
Department of Chemical Engineering

B.S. Chemical Engineering
   University of California, Berkeley (2009)

Amorphous supports influence catalytic activity and selectivity. Grafted Rhenium complexes for olefin metathesis display varying kinetic profiles because of loading, chemical pretreatment, and Lewis acid strength. Investigating these effects at the molecular level can determine the identity of the active site and origin of reactivity, aiding future catalyst design.


Ryan Gotchy Mullen, Graduate Student
Department of Chemical Engineering

B.S. Chemical Engineering
   Brigham Young University (2006)

I seek simple dynamical models that accurately account for solvent effects on barrier-crossing chemical processes. I have provided fundamental insights into reaction rate theory using aqueous ion-pair dissociation as a test case. I am currently researching the effect of surface hydrophobicity on the stability of peptide conformations.


Bryan R. Goldsmith, Graduate Student
Department of Chemical Engineering

B.S. Chemical Engineering
   University of California, Riverside (2010)

My research goals are to facilitate the development of more active and sustainable catalysts for use in either chemical or energy production. I develop computational algorithms and use density functional theory to model the synthesis, activity, and stability of novel homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts. I am also interested in developing promising materials for energy generation and waste heat recovery.


Mark Joswiak, Graduate Student
Department of Chemical Engineering
Co-advised by Michael F. Doherty

B.S. Chemical Engineering
   University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2012)

Research Interests: nucleation and crystal growth.


Geoffrey Poon, Graduate Student
Department of Chemical Engineering

B.S. Chemical Engineering
   University of California, Berkeley (2012)



Evan Sanderson (Chemistry, Class 2013),

Chris Yuan (Chemical Engineering, Class 2015),

Stefan Seritan (Chemistry, Class 2015),

Ryan Do (Chemical Engineering, Class 2015)

Mayada Al Hashem (Chemical Engineering, Class 2015)



Nathan Duff, PhD Chemical Engineering (2013)
Currently a PostDoc in Erik E. Santiso Group at North Carolina State


Brandon Knott, PhD Chemical Engineering (2012)
Currently at National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Vishal Agarwal, Post Doctoral Scholar (2013)