Dr Michail Stamatakis
Michail holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (Greece), and a PhD from Rice University (Houston, TX, USA). 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 is currently Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at UCL.
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.
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 is currently working on method development, aiming at harnessing the power of distributed and emerging architectures for kinetic Monte Carlo simulation.
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 in the Department of Physics. Her research focuses on single atom alloys for energy conversion reactions.
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 and is now working on the multi-scale modelling of alcohol oxidation on single-atom alloy metal catalysts.
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”.
Giannis possesses a 5-year MSc equivalent degree in Applied Physics and Mathematics and an MSc degree in Computational Fluid Mechanics, both obtained from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 2016 and 2018 respectively. During the Summer of 2018 he completed an Erasmus+ internship in the lab, focusing on implementing fast queuing systems in kinetic Monte Carlo simulations of catalysts. He is currently pursuing his PhD in the lab, and his work aims at developing novel methods to accelerate kinetic Monte Carlo simulations of reactive systems.
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
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
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.