Principal Investigator

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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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

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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Xingjian (Andy) Liu

xliu126 at syr dot edu

2020  M.S., Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering (Expected)
2017  B.S., Wuhan Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering


I am a 2nd-year graduate student and joined the Cybulskis group in January 2019, where my research will focus on the synthesis and application of microporous molecular sieve catalysts to direct cross-aldol condensation reactions in liquid media. I received my B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the Wuhan Institute of Technology, where I performed research on insect-derived renewable energy. My personal interests including sports, music, traveling, gaming, and video editing.

Undergraduate Students

Reem Alqasayar

ralqasay at syr dot edu

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

Project: Use of Modified Zeolites as Reagents to Access New Structures

Wenlin He

whe100 at syr dot edu

2019  B.S., Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering

Project: Examining Cooperativity of Acid-Base Pairs for Cross-Aldol Condensation Reactions


Jingzhi Liu

jliu140 at syr dot edu

2019  B.S., Syracuse University, Chemical Engineering

Project: Selective Catalytic Transformations of Light Oxygenates over Lewis Acidic Zeotypes