Graduate students

Brian Pimentel

Education: University of Notre Dame 2013, B.S. ChBE

Bio: Brian was born in Cleveland, Ohio and spent most of his life jumping between Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he finished High School. Attended the University of Notre Dame from 2009-2013 where he conducted research under Dr. Jason Hicks on supported metal-organic framework growth, mesoporous zeolite synthesis and catalytic fast pyrolysis of lignin model compounds. 

Do not disturb during ND Football games.

Office: ES&T 2360


Guanghui Zhu

Education: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, B.S. ChE, 2012                                  University of Maryland College Park, M.S. ChE, 2014

Bio: Guanghui was born in a small town called Heze in east China. He got his undergraduate degree in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2012. After that he finished a master's degree in Metro DC area where he conducted research on 3D imprinted carbon nanoparticles, mesoporous zeolite and microporous composites synthesis and catalytic applications. He joined Lively's group in 2014

Co-Advised by Prof. Christopher Jones


Stephen DeWitt

Education: B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Bio: Stephen was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Attended UMass Lowell from 2011-2015 where he studied Chemical and Nuclear Engineering. At Lowell he conducted research under Dr. Zhiyong Gu working on developing a electrochemical sensor utilizing porous metal nanoparticles. Stephen also spent summers working at Vanderbilt University on stretched membranes for PEM fuel cells and at Idaho National Lab developing and modelling hybrid energy systems. Stephen is also a huge New England sports fan and college hockey fan.

Office: ES&T 2364


Yao Ma

Education: Xiamen University, B.S. ChE, 2012 Zhejiang University, M.S. ChE, 2015

Bio: Yao was born in a small coastal city named Qinhuangdao, China. She got her bachelor degree in Xiamen University in 2012. After that, she attended Zhejiang University from 2012 to 2015. During this time, Yao conducted research on synthesis and application of carbon supported ruthenium catalysts under Prof. Xi Li. She enjoys cooking, reading and playing badminton in her spare time. She joined Dr. Lively's group in Fall 2015.

Office: ES&T 2364


Fengyi Zhang

Education: Dalian University of Technology, B.S. ChE, 2015

Bio: Fengyi was born in Qingdao, a lovely coastal city in east China. He spent 18 years there before attending Dalian University of Technology from 2011-2015. During his undergraduate studies, he conducted research about mixed-matrix membrane for CO2 capture under the instruction of Prof. Gaohong He. In his spare time, he enjoys listening music, singing and playing basketball. He joined Lively's group in 2015.

Co-Advised by Prof. Victor Breedveld


Leo Yadong Chiang

Education: National Taiwan University, B.S. ChE, 2012 National Taiwan University, M.S. ChE, 2013

Bio: Yadong was born in Taoyuan, Taiwan. After high school, he went to National Taiwan University and got his bachelor and master degrees in Chemical Engineering. His research focus was the synthesis of meso-/nano- porous materials as effective catalysts for biodiesel conversion from algae. He joined Georgia Tech and Lively’s group in 2015.

Co-Advised by Prof. Sankar Nair


Hye Youn Jang

Education: KAIST 2012, B.S. ChBE, KAIST 2014, M.S. ChBE 

Bio: Hye Youn was born in Ansan, South Korea. She got her bachelor degree and master degree at KAIST. At KAIST, she conducted research under the direction of Minkee Choi. After graduate, she worked at LG as a researcher for a year and half. She likes to cook and read book during her spare time. 


Ronita Mathias

Education: University of Kentucky 2016, B.S. ChE 

Bio: Ronita was born in Bahrain- a small island in the Middle East where she completed her secondary education. She then moved to the U.S. to complete her undergraduate degree in 2016. During her time at UK, she was involved with the synthesis and stabilization of coated iron oxide nanoparticle suspensions in Dr. J Zach Hilt's lab. She joined Lively's group in 2017. 

Office: ES&T 2364



Matt Rivera

Education: Mississippi State University 2017, B.S. Chemical Engineering and Chemistry 

Bio: Matt was born and raised in Memphis, TN. He attended Mississippi State University from 2012-2017 where he conducted research on the synthesis of organometallic pincer compounds under Dr. Keith Hollis and lignin-based wood resins under Dr. Mojgan Nejad. He enjoys playing baseball and reading in his spare time. He joined the Lively group in Fall 2017

Office: ES&T 2364



Conrad Roos

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S. CLSE, B.S. Chem, 2017

Bio: Conrad was born and raised in Richmond, VA, where he later attended Virginia Commonwealth University from 2013-2017. While at VCU he conducted research in pharmaceutical synthesis under Dr. Frank Gupton. Conrad loves to sail on the Chesapeake Bay, and cheering on both the VCU Rams and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. He joined Lively’s group in 2017.

Office: ES&T 2362



Simon Pang

Education: Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, 2014 B.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 2009

Bio: Simon was born in Seattle, WA, and despite moving around the country, still considers himself a west coaster. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder under the direction of Will Medlin, studying the control of surface orientation of multifunctional biomass derivatives on heterogeneous catalysts via surface modification. He joined the Lively and Jones groups in November 2014. He enjoys skiing and hiking.

Office: ES&T 2314


Richelle Lyndon

ducation: Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Monash University, 2015
B(Hons). Biotechnology, Monash University, 2011

Bio: Richelle was born in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1990. She has lived in New Zealand and Australia for over half of her life.She graduated with a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Monash University in 2015. Her research work on light responsive adsorbents for carbon capture was a collaboration between Monash University and CSIRO, under the direction of Assoc. Prof Bradley Ladewig andAssoc. Prof Matthew Hill. She joined the Lively Group in 2016. In her spare time, she likes to sightsee, design and sew clothes. 

Office: ES&T 2364


Shaowei Yang

Education: Tianjin University 2010, B.S.  University of Cincinnati 2016, PhD. ChE

Bio: Shaowei was born in Yingtan of Jiangxi Province, China. He Obtained bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University in 2010. After that, He started his PhD research in University of Cincinnati, where his research focus is zeolite membranes for small molecule gas separation.  He joined Georgia Tech in Dec, 2015. In his leisure time, he enjoys hiking, fishing, and watching TV shows. He joined Lively group in summer 2016.

Advised by Prof. Sankar Nair and Co-advised by Prof. Lively

Office: CNES 2nd floor


Achintya Sujan

Education: B.S. ChE 2009, Mumbai University (India), Ph.D. ChE 2017, Auburn University (USA)

Bio: Achintya Sujan was born in Mumbai, India. He earned a Ph.D. at Auburn University he conducted research under Prof. Bruce Tatarchuk and focused on the synthesis, characterization, and in-situ spectroscopic monitoring of promoted ZnO adsorbents for gas phase desulfurization of reformate streams. He joined the Lively lab in May 2017. 

Office: ES&T 2364

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Melinda Jue

Education: Univeristy of Texas at Austin, B.S. ChE, B.S. Chem, 2013

Bio: Melinda was born in Arlington, Texas in 1991. She attended UT for her undergraduate degrees. During her time there, she worked in different labs researching atomic layer deposition for cobalt deposition and organic synthesis of polymers. She also did two REUs: one at Georgia Tech on the apparent activation energy of cement, and one at the National Institute for Materials Science on porphyrin synthesis. In her free time, she likes to cook, play the harp, and go hiking.

Office: ES&T 2360


Visiting Scholars


Undergraduate Students

  • Anna Forsyth
  • Karl Olsen
  • David Umo
  • Jacob Lee
  • Zachary Hoffman
  • Matthew Forrest
  • Dylan Anderer
  • Nathan Sidhu