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Kai Chen
Academic Officer

I’m a third year Ph.D. student in Dr. Ho’s lab. I am from China and received my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. My current research focuses on CO2 capture using amine-based polymeric composite membranes from flue gas and other sources with low CO2 concentrations. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, jogging and watching music videos and TED talks on YouTube.


Dhruba Deka
Business Officer

I am a second year graduate student and working in Dr. Umit Ozkan’s Heterogeneous Catalysis Research Group. My interest lies in electro-catalysis and high temperature electro-catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into value added products in particular. I did my undergraduate studies in National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal and worked for a couple of years in Reliance Industries Limited before joining the Ohio State University. My hometown is Guwahati, a city located by the river Brahmaputra in the north eastern part of India.





Saurabh Ailawar
Facilities Officer

I am a second year graduate student working in the field of Heterogeneous Catalysis. I am advised by Prof. Umit S. Ozkan. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (2015) from Institute of Chemical Technology (I.C.T.) Mumbai.  I am currently working with a newly synthesized material called Swellable Organically Modified Silica (SOMS). Our work mainly comprises of studying this new material for its application in hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis reactions as a catalyst support. Besides research, my interests are mainly reading, writing and traveling.


Abhilasha Dehankar
Gradaute Research Symposium Officer

I am a third year graduate student advised by Dr. Jessica Winter. I received my degree of Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT, formerly known as UDCT), Mumbai, India and have completed my prior education at my hometown, Amravati, Maharashtra, India. Our research group works in the field of Nanotechnology and my current research deals with the study and analysis of the interaction of the 1 Dimensional nanoparticles with 2 Dimensional interfaces for applications in the field of Medicine, Electronics and Engineering. Other than that I enjoy dancing, listening to music, traveling and organizing!    


Kilho Lee
Recruiting Officer

I am a third year Ph.D. student advised by Dr. Jessica Winter and Dr. Barbara Wyslouzil in the Biological and Applied Nanotechnology Laboratory. Prior to joining OSU, I received my Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and masters in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University. I am currently working on incorporating electrospray techniques to produce micellar nanocomposites. Outside of lab, I enjoy playing basketball and rock climbing.



Tapajyoti Ghosh
Social Officer

I am a third year PhD student working in the process systems engineering group under Professor Bhavik Bakshi. Prior to joining Ohio State, I completed my Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University in India. With a passion for protecting the environment, my research is focussed on methods for practicing Sustainable Engineering. Apart from my research, I have an avid interest in photography, music and cooking.