Members

Principal Investigator

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Viktor J. Cybulskis, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor,
Biomedical & Chemical Engineering
Syracuse University

vjcybuls at syr dot edu

2018  Postdoctoral, Caltech, Chemical Engineering
2016  Ph.D., Purdue University, Chemical Engineering
2005  B.S., Purdue University, Chemical Engineering

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Biography

Viktor J. Cybulskis is an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University and a licensed professional engineer with over 13 years of engineering experience in both industry and academia. He was born in South Bend, Indiana and received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He began his industrial career in 2005 with LyondellBasell Industries on the Texas Gulf Coast where he held various roles in both manufacturing and research and development for fuels and petrochemicals. In 2009, he joined TPC Group in Baytown, Texas as a Production Engineer for propylene oligomerization. Viktor returned to Purdue University and received his Ph.D. in 2016 after completing his dissertation on supported metal catalysis for water-gas shift and alkane dehydrogenation reactions under the guidance of Fabio H. Ribeiro and W. Nicholas Delgass. Prior to joining the faculty at Syracuse University, he completed his postdoctoral study in the Mark E. Davis research group at the California Institute of Technology on zeolite synthesis and enantioselective catalysis of light oxygenates.

His research laboratory focuses on the development of inorganic solid catalysts, including oxide-supported metals and molecular sieves (e.g., microporous zeolites and zeotypes, mesoporous materials), for use in new, eco-friendly processes to convert carbon-based natural resources, such as petroleum, shale, and biomass-derived feedstocks, into value-added chemical products and fuels.


Graduate Students

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Hansheng Li

hli133 at syr dot edu

2018  M.S., Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering
2014  B.S., Sichuan University, Applied Chemistry

 

I joined the Cybulskis group in January 2019, where my Ph.D. research will focus on the synthesis and catalytic application of zeolites. As an undergraduate student at Sichuan University, I investigated the catalytic decarboxylation of palmitic acid over molecular sieves to produce high quality fuels. I gained work experience as an intern at the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences after my undergraduate studies. For my masters thesis, I worked in the Hosein research group at Syracuse University on the synthesis of hydrophobic surfaces consisting of micropillar arrays using visible light polymerization. During my free time, I enjoy automobiles, Legos, video games, and photography.

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Wenlin He

whe100 at syr dot edu

2019  B.S., Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering

 

 

 

I am a first-year Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University. I was born in Hefei, Anhui, China and received my B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University in 2019. Previously, I worked in the Nangia research group on examining the dynamic properties of lipid-protein interactions within different tissues by using molecular dynamics simulations. In 2017, I interned at Johnson & Johnson, OTC R&D Asia Pacific as a lab assistant focusing on scientific and marketing research for product development. I joined the Cybulskis group in January 2019, where my research focuses on synthesizing and utilizing molecular sieve catalysts to carry out aldol condensation reactions with high selectivity. My long-term career interests include cosmetics manufacturing and engineering consulting. In my free time, I enjoy music composition and oil painting. I am an active member of the Syracuse University Badminton Club, where I served as Secretary in 2015.

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Jingzhi Liu

jliu140 at syr dot edu

2019  B.S., Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering

 

 

I am a first-year Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University and joined the Cybulskis group in January 2019 as an undergraduate researcher, focusing on the synthesis and characterization of Lewis acidic zeotypes. I was born in Beijing, China and received my B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University in May 2019. Previously, I interned at Siemens Factory Automation Engineering Ltd. at Beijing as a product commercial assistant. My personal interests include automobiles, cooking, and flying small jet aircraft.


Undergraduate Students

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Reem Alqasayar

ralqasay at syr dot edu

2019  B.S., Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering (Expected)

 

 

I am an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University. I joined the Cybulskis Group in January 2019, where my research focuses on the use of modified zeolites as reagents to synthesize new structures.


Undergraduate Alumni

  • Dakota Story (2019), Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering.