Prof. Michail Stamatakis
Michail is Professor of Chemical Engineering at UCL, where he has been a member of Academic Staff since 2012. Prior to joining UCL he performed post-doctoral research at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE, USA) under the supervision of Prof. Dionisios G. Vlachos. He obtained his PhD from Rice University (Houston, TX, USA), where he worked under Prof. Kyriacos Zygourakis and Dr Nikos Mantzaris. Michail also holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (Greece), where he did his Diploma Thesis research under the advising of Prof. Andreas Boudouvis, as well as Dr Nikos Mantzaris in the context of two short placements to Rice University as a Visiting Scholar.
Full CV (opens pdf in new window) • UCL Chem. Eng. page • Google Scholar profile.
Dr Raz Lior Benson
Raz obtained his MSci in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, specialising in Chemistry, followed by a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from the same institution. His thesis explored the basic theory underpinning path integral–based simulations of vibrational spectra, with particular focus on the prediction of overtones and combination bands. He joined our lab in October 2021 as a Research Fellow and his research focuses on the development of methods and algorithms for efficient kinetic Monte Carlo simulation.
Dr Hector Prats Garcia
Hector studied Chemistry at the University of Barcelona (Spain). In 2015 he started his PhD also at University of Barcelona with Prof. Francesc Illas and Prof. Ramón Sayós, and in 2019 he defended his Thesis on “Monte Carlo based methods applied to heterogeneous catalysis and gas separation”. Then, he spent one year (2020-2021) at the Technical University of Denmark working on hydrogen redox reactions under the supervision of Dr Karen Chan in the group of Prof. Jens Nørskov. In March 2021, Hector joined the lab as a Marie Curie Fellow, working on computational screening of transition metal carbides for methane partial oxidation.
Zeyu completed his undergraduate and master’s studies at University College London in 2022, graduating with a first class honour degree. He then joined the lab as a PhD student in 2022. His work focuses on developing and using predictive modelling approaches (quantum chemistry calculations and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations) to guide the development of catalytic materials and processes that prevent deactivation via poisoning.
Weitian completed his undergraduate studies at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China, in 2019. He subsequently obtained an MSc in Materials for Energy and Environment at University College London in 2020, before joining the lab in the same year as a PhD student. His work focuses on the catalytic pathways of biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals on single atom alloy catalysts, and adopts quantum chemistry and statistical mechanics methods.
Teng Martin Ma
Teng completed his BSc in Chemical Engineering and Technology from Tianjin University, China, in 2015. He subsequently joined Carnegie Mellon University, USA, and obtained an MSc in Chemical Engineering in 2016. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, he worked at Synfuels China Technology Co. Ltd. in Beijing for 2.5 years, before joining the lab for PhD. His research project aims at elucidating the strong interactions between nanoalloy components and supports, using neural network potentials.
Sai Sharath Yadavalli
Sai Sharath completed his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Trichy, India in 2016. He subsequently worked as a Process Engineer at Dr. Reddy’s, a multinational pharmaceutical company, for about a year. In 2017, he got admitted at the University of Manchester to pursue an MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering. His Master’s thesis involved molecular dynamics simulations to compute the diffusivity of H2S gas in liquid benzene at oil reservoir conditions. He joined the lab in September 2018 for a PhD on “computational design of poisoning-resistant catalysts for methane-steam reforming”.
Affiliated and Visiting Researchers
Dr Miguel Pineda Rodriguez
Miguel obtained a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Los Andes (Merida, Venezuela), and a PhD in Physical Chemistry at Leibniz University Hannover (Hannover, Germany). After his PhD, he worked as researcher in world leading interdisciplinary research institutions in Spain, Belgium, and UK, and as a Lecturer in Physics at Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela. He joined our lab for the first time in 2016 and he has worked on kinetic Monte Carlo method development as well as hydrate modelling. Since January 2023 he is Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in Computational Materials Modelling at UCL.
Dr Julia Schumann
Julia studied Chemistry at the University Tübingen (Germany). In 2011 she started her doctoral studies at the Fritz-Haber-Institute Berlin with Prof. Robert Schlögl, and in 2015 she defended her Thesis on “Cu,Zn-based catalysts for Methanol Synthesis” at the Technical University Berlin (Germany) with “summa cum laude”. She spend two years (2016-2018) at Stanford University (California, USA) investigating transition metal surfaces for higher alcohol synthesis in the group of Prof. Jens Nørskov. In March 2019, Julia joined the lab in a joint position with Prof. Angelos Michaelides’s group (at the time in the UCL Department of Physics), and her research focused on single atom alloys for energy conversion reactions. She is currently a member of the Development Team at FAIRmat.
Dr Romain Réocreux
Romain completed most part of his studies in Chemistry at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France (BSc & MSc in Sciences of Matter, MSc in Chemical Education). He then joined the group of Prof. Philippe Sautet and Dr Carine Michel in 2014, for his PhD in Computational Catalysis. Using a large range of ab initio techniques (transition state search, AIMD, rare-event methods) he studied the adsorption and reactivity of biomass compounds on Pt(111) and their role in the stabilisation of γ-alumina in hot liquid water. In November 2017, he joined the lab as a Research Associate, conducting research that focused on understanding the reactivity of single-atom alloy metal catalysts. As of September 2022 he is working with Dr Ozgur Yazaydin at UCL Chemical Engineering.
Display past members of the group.
Pablo Lozano. University of Barcelona, Spain. Visiting M.Sc. student, 20-Jul-2022 - 24-Jul-2022.
Daniel Doltz. University of Barcelona, Spain. Visiting M.Sc. student, 1-Feb-2022 - 30-Apr-2022.
Emanuele Vignola. ENS de Lyon, France. Visiting Ph.D. student, 14-Nov-2015 - 28-Nov-2015.
Benjamin Chen. University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. TYC Junior Research Fellow, 26-Jun-2015 - 15-Aug-2015.
Ryan Lacdao Arevalo. Osaka University, Osaka, Japan. TYC Junior Research Fellow, 9-Sep-2013 - 20-Sep-2013.
Dr Simone Piccinin. Istituto Officina dei Materiali (CNR-IOM), Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), Italy. 15-Jun-2013 - 5-Jul-2013.
Dr Srikanth Ravipati. Jul 2019 - Jan 2021.
Dr Srikanth Divi. Jul 2018 - Sep 2019.
Dr Emanuele Vignola. Jan 2018 - May 2018.
Dr Richard Baochang Wang. Apr 2015 - Jan 2016.
Dr Matthew T. Darby. Oct 2017 - Oct 2020.
Graduate (Research) Students
Giannis D. Savva. UCL Ph.D. student, Sep 2018 - Jul 2022.
Konstantinos G. Papanikolaou. UCL Ph.D. student, Sep 2017 - Feb 2021.
Maria Apostolopoulou. UCL Ph.D. student, Sep 2015 - Sep 2019.
Matthew T. Darby. UCL Ph.D. student, Sep 2013 - Sep 2017.
Graduate (Taught) Students
Simran Effricia Madan. UCL M.Sc. student, academic year of 2021-2022.
Weitian Li. UCL M.Sc. student, academic year of 2019-2020.
Haiyan Li. UCL M.Sc. student, academic year of 2019-2020.
Dezhen Kong. UCL M.Sc. student, academic year of 2019-2020.
Xiaochen Cui. UCL M.Sc. student, academic year of 2019-2020.
Fareed Raghdo. UCL M.Sc. student, academic year of 2018-2019.
Gulled Ali. UCL M.Sc. student, academic year of 2018-2019.
Chak Kiu Jason Tam. UCL M.Sc. student, academic year of 2017-2018.
Zhuolin Li. UCL M.Sc. student, academic year of 2016-2017.
Rustam Turganaly. UCL M.Sc. student, academic year of 2016-2017.
Elmira Hamidova. UCL M.Sc. student, academic year of 2016-2017.
Mohamad Muhieddine. UCL M.Sc. student, academic year of 2015-2016.
François Vermersch. ENS de Lyon, France. Visiting Masters student, 4-May-2015 - 24-Jul-2015.
Victor Nnamdi Emenike. UCL M.Sc. student, academic year of 2012-2013.
Mohammed Abdur Rahim. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2019-2020.
David Okoro. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2019-2020.
Shervin Sharifi Rad. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2018-2019.
Alexander Hedberg. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2018-2019.
Nallie Kayani. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2018-2019.
Mohamed Nasser. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2018-2019.
Darren Lou Wei Hao. Visiting student for a Research Internship, from the National Technological University of Singapore, Singapore, Jan-2018 - Jun-2018.
Samuel Oyemade. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2017-2018.
Serena Nikita Dosanjh. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2017-2018.
Zamri Abdul Raman. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2014-2015.
Tushar Biyani. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2014-2015.
Okobi Ogeah. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2014-2015.
Larry Khanna. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2014-2015.
Ali Abidi. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2013-2014.
Ayooluwa Porter. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2013-2014.
Saeed Akbari-Kamrani. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2012-2013.
Efthymios Ioannidis. Visiting Erasmus student from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, Mar-2013 - Jun-2013. Diploma Thesis research project, co-advised by Prof. Andreas Boudouvis.
Ketan Kumar. Visiting M.Eng. student from Tufts University, USA, academic year of 2012-2013.
Fernando Ruscillo. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2012-2013.
Akash Vijayakumar. UCL M.Eng. student, academic year of 2012-2013.