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Abhilasha Dehankar
Gradaute Research Symposium Officer

I am a second 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!    


Jeff Ethier
Recruitment Officer

I am currently a second year Ph.D. student working in Dr. Ozkan's Heterogeneous Catalysis Research Group (HCRG). Prior to joining OSU, I obtained my Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Florida State University in the Spring of 2014. I am currently studying a new material called swellable organically modified silica (SOMS) as a catalyst support for catalytic water treatment reactions, specifically hydrogenolysis. Outside of lab, you can find me at the Columbus Blue Jackets games or at home watching shows on Netflix. 


Nick Wood
Academic Officer

I am from Westerville, OH, and received my bachelors degree in chemical engineering from the Ohio State University in 2013. Then, for nearly a year, I worked at Ashland Chemical in their Special Polymers and Adhesives division. I am now starting my second year in the Masters program and plan to pursue my PhD upon the completion of my MS degree. I work with Dr. Rathman in the field of Chemical Informatics where I am working to develop new methods for predicting the biological activity of molecules based solely on their structure and physical properties. In my free time I enjoy reading, (especially outside the field of science) camping, disc golf, and much more! I look forward to working with CEGC and getting to meet all of the new students this year!



Hyuntae Sohn
Facilities Officer

I’m a fifth year Ph.D. graduate student working in Dr. Ozkan’s research group. I’m from Seoul, South Korea but I received my bachelors degree here at OSU from our department. During my undergraduate, I worked as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Ozkan’s lab writing my Honors Thesis on cobalt based catalysts for the ethanol steam reforming process. I decided to continue my work as a Ph.D. student and I’m now currently working in several different project areas including steam reforming of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), groundwater remediation, and properties of ceria as a support. I’m looking forward to helping each and every one of you so feel free to stop by my office anytime!


Sourabh Nadgouda
Business Officer

I am a second year Ph.D. student in Dr. Fan’s research group. I got my Bachelor in Chemical Engineering degree from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (formerly known as UDCT) in 2011 after which I worked in Reliance Industries Limited, Dahej at Gas Cracker Unit. My current research focus is in applications of Chemical Looping Technology to produce valuable commodity chemicals. When not working in lab I enjoy playing badminton, table tennis and cricket. I also love reading, especially non-fictional stuff, and am always interested in learning new things.


Atefeh Alizadehbirjandi
Social Officer