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Deven Baser
Academic Officer

I work in Dr. L.-S. Fan’s research group and currently am in the third year of my PhD. I was born and brought up in India and have lived most of my life in Mumbai. I completed my bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in India before coming to OSU for my PhD. I primarily work on chemical looping system which utilizes oxidative coupling of methane to convert methane to higher hydrocarbons. Apart from research, I like to play video games and go on camping or hiking trips.


Deeksha Jain
Business Officer

I am currently a PhD candidate in my fourth year, working in Prof. Umit Ozkan’s Heterogeneous Catalysis Research Group. Before joining the PhD program at OSU, I received my Bachelor in Chemical Engineering degree from Institute of Chemical Technology (formerly UDCT), Mumbai, India in 2014. My current research involves development and fundamental understanding of precious metal-free carbon-based electrocatalysts for applications in polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) regenerative fuel cells. In my leisure time, I love to karaoke, cook, travel and plan fun activities.


Pinaki Ranadive
Facilities Officer

I am a second-year Ph.D. student working in Dr. Nicholas Brunelli’s group. My research focuses on synthesizing various types of nanoparticles using a small-scale continuous jet-mixing reactor, and studying the mixing processes in this reactor to facilitate scale-up. I completed my undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering in 2016 from the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai. Apart from doing research, I like writing poetry, reading about popular science, trying out bakeries, and food touring. 


Mariah Whitaker
Gradaute Research Symposium Officer

I am a fourth year Ph. D. student working in Dr. Nicholas Brunelli’s lab. I am from Indianapolis, IN and completed my Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Xavier University. My research focuses on designing bifunctional catalysts that increase the selectivity for 5-hydroxymethylfural (HMF), a renewable precursor for valuable chemical products, in biomass conversion processes. In my free time, I love to play soccer, hike, try all the amazing food here in Columbus, and obviously cheer on the Buckeyes.    


Xinyu Liu
Recruiting Officer

I am a Ph.D. candidate working in Dr. Bakshi’s group. My hometown is Shijiazhuang, a city located near Beijing in North China. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Beijing University of Chemical Technology. My current research applies process system engineering techniques for the assessment and design of environmental sustainability. This work lies on the intersection between engineering design, industrial ecology, environmental science and data analysis. Apart from research, I enjoy reading, cooking and watching entertainment programs. 

Atefeh Alizadehbirjandi
Social Officer

I am a forth year PhD students working with Professor Winter. I have been in chemical engineering since I was 18 which is a long time ago.I have my undergrad and master degree in chemical engineering. I am from Iran, and my hometown is a very small city named birjand (that is why my last name looks like this). I work on nanoparticle synthesis for drug delivery to cancer cells. I love TAing and teaching and spending time with my students. I am a people person who enjoys spending time with my friends.