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Christopher E. Wilmer

Christopher E. Wilmer

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
B.A.Sc. Engineering Science, University of Toronto, 2007
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2013
Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry, Harvard University, 2014
Co-founder and Technical Advisor, NuMat Technologies
Co-founder and Technical Adviser, Aeronics, Inc.
Co-founder and Managing Editor of Ledger

Selected Awards and Honors
2017 CoMSEF Young Investigator Award
2017 Scialog Fellow
2017 Foresight Fellow
2016 NSF CAREER Award Recipient
2014 Invited speaker to Google’s Solve-for-X annual meeting
2013 AIChE Computational Molecular Science & Engineering Graduate Student Award
2012 Named to the Forbes Top 30-Under-30 list in Energy Innovation
2012 Distinguished Graduate Researcher Award, Chem. Engineering, Northwestern Univ.
2012 ACS Excellence in Graduate Research Award, Energy & Fuels
2012 Invitation to Ring the Closing Bell of the NASDAQ Stock Exchange
2012 Kleiner Perkins Clean Tech Innovation Prize
2012 Grand Prize, Rice Business Plan Competition
2011 NSF International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge Winner

Current Members

Paul Boone

Paul Boone

Lead Software Developer
Paul Boone comes to Pitt with over 16 years of experience in private industry transforming ideas into actual software. He is adept at guiding non-technical people to concrete next steps, but his software and technical experience is extensive and spans data warehousing, database design, optimization and management, data center operations, cloud devops and scaling on AWS, frontend and backend web application frameworks and linux for embedded devices.​

Hasan Babaei

Hasan Babaei

Post Doctoral Fellow
Hasan is modeling thermal transport phenomena in MOFs. He was recently a visiting scholar in Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University, he worked on thermal transport in nanostructure-enhanced phase change materials. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical engineering at the Iran University of Science and Technology and the University of Tehran, respectively.

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Alec Kaija

Alec Kaija

Graduate Student
Alec is investigating structure-property relationships for porous materials. He received a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Rhode Island in 2014. Currently he is investigating structure-property relationships of porous materials for applications including high-pressure methane storage and carbon capture. He is also a co-founder and Technical Adviser of Aeronics, Inc.

Jenna Gustafson

Jenna Gustafson

Graduate Student
Jenna is designing a universal gas sensor (i.e., an electronic nose). She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University at Buffalo in 2014. She also spent a summer doing research at Stony Brook University, where she worked on synthesizing conductive polymers for energy storage applications.

Kutay B. Sezginel

Kutay B. Sezginel

Graduate Student
Kutay is interested in molecular architecture and computational materials design. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Koç University in Istanbul focusing on methane storage in metal-organic frameworks. Currently he is investigating computational design of MOFs and investigating several properties such as drug delivery, adsorption, and thermal transport. He is also working on computational design of artificial molecular machines.

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Brian Day

Brian Day

Graduate Student
Brian in screening materials for electronic conductivity. He received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in 2016 where he worked on synthesizing nanoporous films. He also worked on designing nanostructured electrodes for lithium metal batteries. Presently, he is investigating how to screen MOFs based on their electronic properties.

Michelene Saliba

Michelene Saliba

Undergraduate Researcher
Michelene is designing gas sensors for the detection of lung cancer biomarkers. She is currently working towards a degree in Biology from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Alumni

Genesis Ruiz

Genesis Ruiz

Undergraduate Researcher
Genesis is studying how the partial charges in MOFs may affect the diffusion of gases. She will have earned her degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, in 2019. She has researched in different areas such as Environmental Chemistry, Pharmaceutical and Bio-Medical Engineering. The latter at Washington State University, where she studied techniques for the isolation and purification of potential biomarkers for early diagnostics in cancerous diseases.

Patrick Asinger

Patrick Asinger

Undergraduate Researcher
Patrick is investigating the effects of interpenetrating metal organic frameworks on thermal conductivity. As a fourth-year undergraduate Chemical Engineering major, Patrick explored computational chemistry techniques to investigate the thermal conductivity of interpenetrated MOFs. He is now pursuing a PhD in chemical engineering.

Blake Dube

Blake Dube

Undergraduate Researcher
Blake is mapping the theoretical limits of oxygen storage. He is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, with a major in Chemical Engineering. Blake was awarded the Brackenridge Fellowship to continue his research with the goal of shedding new light on gas storage.

Arash Nouri

Arash Nouri

Graduate Student
He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (SUT). Now, he is getting a PhD in Computational Modeling & Simulation (CMS) where he works on turbulent flow modeling, and a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering.​

Yechuan Zhang

Yechuan Zhang

Graduate Student
Yechuan is interested in petrochemical industrial applications of MOFs. He received his B.S. degree majoring in Oil and Gas Storage and Transportation Engineering. Now, he is pursuing his M.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering. He believes that there is a significant potential in using MOFs to separate impurities in oil and natural gas.

Conor Peytom

Conor Peytom

Undergraduate Researcher
Conor is a third year undergraduate student, seeking his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. In addition to his research, Conor is in the midst of a co-op with a Pittsburgh based process engineering firm, Venture Engineering & Construction.

Tianyi Feng

Tianyi Feng

Graduate Student
Tianyi received her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Dalian University of Technology in China. Tianyi was twice awarded the National Scholarship as an undergraduate student, and was the leader of a National Undergraduate Training Program for Innovation named the synthesis and flocculation properties of polymerized silicate containing magnesium sulfate, aluminum sulfate and ferric sulfate (PSMAF).

Natalie Isenberg

Natalie Isenberg

Undergraduate Researcher
In the WilmerLab, Natalie studied quasicrystals and MOF-sensor arrays using grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations to predict gas adsorption on the sensors.

Katelyn Dray

Katelyn Dray

Undergraduate Researcher
In the WilmerLab, Katelyn designed a series of DNA-origami based drug-delivery tubes and calculated drug diffusivity in them using molecular simulations.