Organization of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students University of Houston


31st Annual Symposium – Fall 2016

Intro 8:00 am – 8:45 am Registration and Breakfast (Houston Ballroom)
8:45 am – 9:00 am Welcome, OChEGS Advisor (Houston Ballroom)
Reaction Engineering and Catalysis 9:00 am – 9:20 am Wendy Lang (Harold Group)

CO and Hydrocarbon Oxidation on Pd/Ceria-Zirconia/Alumina Three-way Catalysts

9:20 am – 9:40 am Sashank Kasiraju (Grabow Group)

The Nature of the Active Sites of MoO3 for biomass hydrotreating, and ways to Improve It


9:40 am – 10:00 am

Aseem (Harold Group)

Oxidative Coupling of Methane (OCM) on Na2WO4-Mn/SiO2: Impact of Reactor Type

10:00 am – 10:20 am Break
Keynote Speech 10:20 am – 11:20 am Dr. Tracy Davis, Chevron

An industrial approach to the discovery and commercial manufacture of zeolites for catalysis

Biomolecular Engineering 11:20 am – 11:40 am Xingyue An (Varadarajan Group)

Dynamic profiling of cytokine secretion from single immune cells

11:40 am – 12:00 pm Michael Byington (Vekilov and Conrad Groups)

Protein dimers underlie the two-step nucleation mechanism

12:00 pm –12:20 pm Jinsu Kim (Willson Group)

Bacteriophage imaging immunoassay for point-of-care diagnostics

Poster Session 12:20 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break (Houston Ballroom)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Poster Session (Houston Ballroom)
Materials Science and Systems Engineering 2:30 pm – 2:50 pm Katy Olafson (Vekilov and Rimer Groups)

Modes of Antimalarial Drug Inhibition in Hematin Crystallization

2:50 pm – 3:10 pm Vivek Yadav (Robertson and Conrad Groups)

Engineering Smart Polymer Brushes Towards Antifouling Coatings

3:10 pm – 3:30 pm Rui Li (Rimer Group)

Tapestry of Zeolite Crystallization: Self-Assembly of Amorphous Precursors and Their Roles in Crystal Growth Pathways

3:30 pm – 3:50 pm Ryan Poling-Skutvik (Conrad and Krishnamoorti Groups)

Structure and dynamics of nanoparticles dispersed in polymer solutions


3:50 pm – 4:10 pm



Poster Award Presentations and Concluding Remarks


Happy Hour at Calhoun’s Rooftop following conclusion of symposium