James McKone

Principal Investigator

  • Assistant Professor, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2016-present
  • Postdoc 2013-2016, Cornell University
  • PhD 2013, Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
  • B.A. 2008, Chemistry & Music, Saint Olaf College

Manjodh Kaur

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Postdoctoral researcher in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2021-present 
  • Postdoc 2020-2021, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, FL
  • Postdoc 2018-2020, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research,  India
  • PhD 2017, Material Science, Indian Institute of Technology
  • M.S. 2011, Chemistry Panjab University, India
  • B.S. 2009, Chemistry & Botany & Zoology, Punjabi University, India
  • Current Project: Catalyst syntheses for electrochemical applications 
  • Hobbies: Exploring cities, reading, sleeping and cooking

Yifan Deng

PhD Student (co-advised with Götz Veser)

  • Graduate researcher in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2017-present
  • B.S. 2016, Chemistry, Minzu University of China
  • M.S. 2017, Chemical Engineering, Yale University
  • Current Project: Catalyst Design for Methane Upgrading
  • Hobbies: Sleeping and Shopping 

Evan Miu

PhD Student

  • Graduate researcher in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2018-present
  •  B.S. 2016, Chemical Engineering with Honors, Bucknell University
  •  Professional Development Program 2016-2018, BASF Corporation 
  • Current Project: Bridging thermal and electrical catalysis through experimental and computational techniques
  • Hobbies: Soccer, French Horn and Running

Becca Segel

PhD Student (co-advised with Chris Wilmer)

  • Graduate researcher in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2020-present
  •  B.S. 2020, Chemical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
  • Current Project: Designing flow platform to test redox flow battery materials 
  • Hobbies: Swimming and Plant Mom

Sammie Roenigk

PhD Student

  • Graduate researcher in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2020-present
  • B.S. 2016, Chemical Engineering, Minor in Environmental Engineering,  Penn State University
  • Production Management Trainee, 2016-2019, McCain Foods
  • Current Project: Hydrogen Intercalation in reducible metal oxides for applications in catalysis
  • Hobbies: Crocheting, Quilting, and Dancing

Thomas Henry

Undergraduate Student

  • Undergraduate student in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2018-present
  • Current Project: Kinetics Characterization of Redox Couples in Flow Cells
  • Hobbies: Hockey and Golf

Audrey Christiano

Undergraduate Student

  • Undergraduate student in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and Nuclear Engineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2018-present
  • Current Project: Prototyping flow platform to test redox flow battery materials
  • Hobbies: Tinkering and Salvaging 

Mike Kane

Undergraduate Student

  • Undergraduate student in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2018-present
  • Current Project: Building new electrochemical cell to oxidize cyclohexane
  • Hobbies: Rock Climbing and Mountain Biking

Former Group Members

Jeremy Hafner

Undergraduate student, University of Pittsburgh

Jonathan Hightower

Undergraduate student, University of Pittsburgh

Shawnee Sparrow

Undergraduate student, University of Pittsburgh

Jim Hughes

Undergraduate student, University of Pittsburgh

Craig Thomas

Undergraduate student, Georgia Tech

Aruagha (Andrew) Ndukwe

Masters student, University of Pittsburgh

Aayush Mantri

Masters student, University of Pittsburgh

Julia McKay

Undergraduate student, University of Pittsburgh

Gabrielle Davis

Undergraduate student, University of Maryland

Emily Siegel

Undergraduate student, University of Pittsburgh

Qiudi Meng

Masters student, University of Pittsburgh

Margaret Orr

Undergraduate student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Rebekah Habeger

Undergraduate student, Asbury University

Dean Miller

Undergraduate student, University of Pittsburgh

Xavier Strittmatter

Undergraduate student, University of Pittsburgh

Eli Bostian

Masters student, University of Pittsburgh

Ryan Earle

Undergraduate student, University of Pittsburgh

Carissa Yim

Undergraduate student, University of Pittsburgh

Tejal Sawant

PhD student, University of Pittsburgh

Rituja Patil

PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Zach Parr

Masters student, University of Pittsburgh

Jared Coffelt

Undergraduate student, University of Pittsburgh

Jeffrey Hoffman

Undergraduate student, University of Pittsburgh

Todd Ackerman

Undergraduate student, University of Pittsburgh

Max Vance

Undergraduate student, University of Pittsburgh