Jason Keels

Jayson Keels

Jayson received his BS in Chemical Engineering from University of South Carolina in 2014 and continued his undergraduate research into graduate school. Under the advisement of Drs. John R. Regalbuto and John R. Monnier, his PhD studies have focused on catalyst development for conversion of natural gas and biomass into a variety of fuels and commodity chemicals. He has experience with design, construction, and operation of lab and bench-scale reactor systems for screening catalysts in an industrial manner for potential commercialization. Jayson plans to pursue a career in process development for the petrochemicals industry.

Sonia Eskandari came to South Carolina after receiving master degree in Chemical Engineering from Amir Kabir University of Technology, Iran. Now she is a Ph.D. student in chemical engineering department at the University of South Carolina under the co-advisement of Drs. John R. Regalbuto and John R. Monnier. Her research interests focus on design and preparation of novel monometallic and bimetallic catalysts for the application ranging from biomass conversion to large scale catalytic processes.

Fahad Almalki started his PhD in chemical engineering department at University of South Carolina (2012) after he earned his M.S. in chemical engineering from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and B.S. in chemical/petrochemical engineering from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  Under Dr. John Regalbuto advisement he worked on heterogeneous catalysts development for syngas conversion to hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals (Fischer-Tropsch synthesis), focusing on rational design, characterization and optimization reaction performance of FTS catalysts at realistic conditions. He is interested in a career conducting research for catalytic production of renewable energy.     

Andrew Wong

Andrew Wong

Andrew, originally from Charleston, SC, received his BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013.  He returned to SC to begin his PhD studies in heterogeneous catalysis under the co-advisement of Drs. John R. Regalbuto and John R. Monnier. His research focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of bimetallic catalysts especially for high temperature applications.  Andrew also works in partnership with Dr. Todd J. Toops at ORNL. This collaboration seeks to improve diesel exhaust oxidation catalysts by focusing on precise noble metal addition.