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 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

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I joined the Cybulskis group in January 2019, where my Ph.D. research focuses on the on the synthesis and characterization of Au-containing zeotype catalysts for the direct gas phase epoxidation of propylene with molecular hydrogen and oxygen. 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

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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 zeotype 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

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I am a second-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 novel zeolite frameworks and structural compositions. 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.

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Weixin Li

wli116 at syr dot edu

2020  M.S., Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering (Expected)
2015  B.S., Hunan Normal University, Chemical Engineering

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I am a first-year Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University and joined the Cybulskis group in August 2020. I was born in Hunan, China and completed my B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Hunan Normal University in 2015 and was a visiting student at the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2016, where my research focused on fabrication of graphene/carbon nanotube hybrid sponges. Prior to joining the Cybulskis group, I worked as a master’s student in the Bond research group on the synthesis and characterization of supported copper catalysts. My current research focuses on the development of zeolite-encapsulated multi-metallic catalysts and their application for carbonyl hydrogenation.


Undergraduate Students

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Jacob Shellhamer

jmshellh at syr dot edu

2023  B.S., Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering (Expected)

I am a sophomore Chemical Engineering student at Syracuse University and joined the Cybulskis Group in December 2019, where my research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of Au-containing zeotype catalysts for the direct gas phase epoxidation of propylene with molecular hydrogen and oxygen. Some of my personal interests include running, martial arts, and computer games.


Undergraduate Alumni

  • Brent Gosselin (2020) Syracuse University.
  • Reem AlQasayar (2020) Syracuse University, Ph.D. student at UPenn.
  • Dakota Story (2019) Syracuse University.