PrincipaI Investigator

Alex Mironenko
Assistant Professor – CHBE – UIUC
(217) 244-8458 –
209B Roger Adams Laboratory

Graduate Students

Ankit Gautam

Ankit started his Ph.D. at UIUC in Spring 2021. Before coming to Illinois, he obtained his MS from Carnegie Mellon University and B.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. Ankit works on multiscale modeling of MoxCy nanoparticles for inexpensive fuel cell electrocatalysts. Outside of the office, he enjoys soccer, playing guitar, and video games.

Lanie graduated from the City College of NY with a BS in Biochemistry and Mathematics minor. She subsequently worked at JUST Inc. as a protein science research associate, where she became interested in modeling to increase the throughput of material discovery. Lanie began her Ph.D. work in Fall 2020 to develop a novel minimally empirical tight-binding potential for chemical reaction modeling. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, camping, and playing video games.

Neil joined UIUC starting in Fall 2021. Neil graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Neil works on investigating reaction mechanisms and kinetics for heterogeneous catalysts for reactions traditionally carried out on homogeneous catalysts. In his free time, Neil plays piano, DOTA 2 and enjoys badminton with his friends.

Banhee Shikha Roy Brishti

Banhee started her Ph.D. at UIUC in Fall 2022. She graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology with a BS in Chemical Engineering. She is currently working on screening metal complexes for alkene separation. She enjoys listening to music and exploring new places in her free time.

Jiqing Zhuang

Jiqing joined the group in Fall 2023. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BS in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. Being the newest member of the group, he is currently working on the development of the non-empirical tight binding model for describing the energy of the molecules. In his free time, he enjoys stargazing, linguistics and listening to music.


Vijay Sundar
Vijay spent 2 years in the group as a postdoc with critical contributions on zeolites for alkene epoxidation and redox-mediated electrochemical separations. He started his position as a postdoc at Texas A&M in March 2023.