People

Members of the Archer Research Group

Principal Investigator

Lynden

Lynden Archer

Lynden Archer joined the Cornell faculty in 2000. He was appointed director of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2010. Since 2008 he has served as co-director of the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability.

His research focuses on transport properties of polymers and organic-inorganic hybrid materials. Archer is also interested in applications of hybrid materials for energy storage and carbon capture technologies. During the period 1993-94 he was a postdoctoral member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has been recognized with several awards, including the AICHE MAC Centennial Engineer Award, James & Mary Tien Excellence in Teaching Award, the National Science Foundation Early Career Award, and DuPont and 3M Young Professor Awards. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering (polymer science) from the University of Southern California in 1989 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 1993.

✉ laa25@cornell.edu


Doctoral Students

Mukul

Mukul Tikekar

Mukul Tikekar is from Mumbai, India and received his BTech and MTech degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. As a PhD candidate in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, he is jointly advised by Prof. Donald Koch and Prof. Lynden Archer on stability analysis of electrodeposition, aiming to design strategies to suppress dendrite growth in lithium metal batteries.

✉ mdt78@cornell.edu
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Wajdi

Wajdi AlSadat

Wajdi AlSadat is originally from Saudi Arabia. He obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and M.S. from King Fahd University. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for about 12 years, and worked in Saudi Aramco's R&D Center, prototyping the first-of-a-kind post-combustion CO2 reduction technology for mobile sources before joining Cornell University's School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering PhD program. Under the supervision of Professor L. Archer, Wajdi is working on metal/CO2 batteries as a novel approach to CO2 capture and energy storage. Happily married and has a curious ChemE-to-be boy. Fun fact: He mocks gravity (trad and sport rock climber).

✉ wa64@cornell.edu


Shuya

Shuya Wei

Shuya Wei received her B.Eng. degree in Bioengineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2013. Her research focuses on nanoparticle-polymer composite materials design and their applications in electrochemical energy storage technologies.

✉ sw765@cornell.edu


Pooja

Pooja Nath

Pooja Nath is from Himachal Pradesh, India and did her undergraduate in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. She currently studies the role of polymer gel electrolytes in controlling uneven electrodeposition in metal batteries using in situ optical microscopy.

✉ pn226@cornell.edu


Zhengyuan

Zhengyuan Tu

Zhengyuan Tu is from Nanchang, China and received his B.S degree in Polymer Science and Engineering (Chu-Kochen Honor College) from Zhejiang University. He currently studies the electrochemical behavior of lithium ion electrodeposition and transport based on nanoporous electrolyte and electrode in the context of lithium metal battery. He is also a piano and guitar player and a fan of classical music.

✉ zt64@cornell.edu  LinkedIn

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Snehashis

Snehashis Choudhury

Snehashis hails from Kolkata, India. He did his undergrad in the department of Chemical Engineering at NIT Calicut, India . His current research focusses on the understanding of polymer relaxation behavior and ion transport properties in hairy nanoparticles system. He likes cooking and meditation.

✉ sc2563@cornell.edu
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Masters Students

Undergraduates

Michelle

Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen is a senior at Cornell University studying Chemical Engineering from the Bay Area in California. She currently works on characterizing limitations on Li-Air batteries and aiming to find potential solutions in Li-Air battery inefficiencies. Fun fact: She can cross her eyes independently from each other.

✉ mc2258@cornell.edu


Charles

Charles Wan

Charles Wan is a junior chemical engineering major from Rochester, NY. He currently studies aluminum-CO2/O2 batteries as a dual platform for carbon sequestration and electrical output. Fun fact: He is ambidextrous.

✉ ctw49@cornell.edu


Michael

Michael Statt

Michael Statt is a senior at Cornell University studying Chemical Engineering from Rochester, NY. He currently studies a novel metal-air flow battery architecture for energy storage and carbon sequestration technologies. Fun Fact: He once hugged Joe Biden.

✉ mjs488@cornell.edu


Alumni

Lin

Lin Ma

Lin Ma is from Fujian, China and has B.S degree in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing. She is now currently a PhD student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She is interested in research about Lithium-Sulfur batteries, working on cathode materials to improve the performance of Li-S batteries. She is also interested in retarding the growth of dendrite of Lithium metal in Li-S battery.

✉ lm628@cornell.edu


Rahul

Rahul Mangal

Rahul graduated from Archer grp in June 2016. He worked on investigating The Structural and Dynamics properties of nanoparticle polymer composites, with a specific focus on nanoparticles dispersed in entangled polymer melts, using techniques such as SAXS, XPCS, Rheology, and DLS. He is currently working as a Postdoc researcher at University of Wisconsin Madison. Rahul originally hails from from Rajasthan, India. He received his Bachelors of Technology (B.Tech) and Masters of Technology (M.Tech) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur.

✉ rm763@cornell.edu
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Akanksha

Akanksha Agrawal

Akanksha is from New Delhi, India and received her Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee in the year 2012. She is currently investigating the structure, rheology and transport properties of matrix free polymer grafted silica nanoparticles and their subsequent use as electrolytes with high ionic conductivity. She loves to travel and she cannot live without coffee.

✉ aa923@cornell.edu
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Mun Sek

Mun Sek Kim

Mun Sek Kim is from Seoul, Korea and received B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from University California, Berkeley. He is a M.S. student in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular and Engineering at Cornell University.

He is mainly interested in application of nanomaterials for secondary batteries. He is currently working on a separator modification for lithium batteries, specifically coating various forms and types of carbon-based and metal oxide-based nanomaterials (with/without surface functionalization) on a conventional separator.

✉ mk2326@cornell.edu


Sampson

Sampson Lau

Sampson is from the Bronx, NY. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 2007 and received his Bachelor's of Engineering in chemical engineering from The Cooper Union in 2011. He currently studies the limiting factors of the lithium-air battery using a combination of mathematical modeling and characterization experiments. He is also a b-boy (breakdancer) and performs and battles for Absolute Zero Crew.

✉ sl2427@cornell.edu  
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Shaomao

Shaomao Xu

Shaomao received his B.S. degree in Chemical Process and Engineering from China University of Petroleum (East China). He is currently working on carbon dioxide capture.

✉ sx57@cornell.edu


Sung A Kim

Sung A Kim

PhD, 2014
Current position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Minnesota Twin Cities

✉ sk2239@cornell.edu


Yingying

Yingying Lu

PhD, 2014
Current position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University

✉ yl854@stanford.edu


Rajesh

Rajesh Kumar Mallavajula

PhD, 2014

Current position: Associate Scientist at Lubrizol Specialty Products, Inc.

✉ rkm66@cornell.edu


Samanvaya

Samanvaya Srivistava

PhD, 2013

Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Chicago

✉ ss2464@cornell.edu


Jennifer Schaefer

Jennifer Schaefer

PhD, 2013

Current position: Assistant Professor at University of Notre Dame

✉ Jennifer.L.Schaefer.43@nd.edu


Zichao

Zichao Yang

PhD, 2012

Current position: Senior Scientist at ElectroScience Laboratories, Inc

✉ zy48@cornell.edu


Praveen Agarwal

Praveen Agarwal

PhD, 2012

Current position: Sr. R&D Engineer at Dow Chemical Company

✉ pa233@cornell.edu


Lucas Landherr

Lucas Landherr

PhD, 2011

Current position: Assistant Teaching Professor of Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University

✉ l.landherr@neu.edu


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Henry Lau

PhD, 2011

Current position: Staff Scientist at MIT Lincoln Labs

✉ hwl4@cornell.edu


Keesha Hayes

Keesha Hayes

PhD, 2010

Current position: Senior (Chemical) Engineer at Procter & Gamble - R&D

✉ kh265@cornell.edu


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Zhenyu Qian

PhD, 2008

Current position: Manager of Technology R&D Center, BASF

✉ zq26@cornell.edu


Xiongwen Lou

Xiongwen (David) Lou

PhD, 2008

Current position: Professor at School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University

✉ xwlou@ntu.edu.sg


Chongli Yuan

Chongli Yuan

PhD, 2007

Current position: Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University

✉ cyuan@purdue.edu


Venkatachala Minnikanti

Venkatachala Minnikanti

PhD, 2006

Current position: Director of Research and Development at Neptune Research Inc

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Sourav Saha

PhD, 2006

Current position: Staff R&D Engineer at CooperVision

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Qing Zhang

PhD, 2006

Current position: Engineering specialist at Dow Coating Materials

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Jung Hun Lee

PhD, 2005

Current position: Research Scientist at LG Corp

Qiang Zhang

Qiang Zhang

PhD, 2005

Current position: Chief Marketing Officer | Product & Biz Dev Leader | Analytics | Entrepreneur | Inventor | Sloan Fellow | Ph.D. Engineer

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Daniel Heuer

Daniel Heuer

PhD, 2004

Current position: Individual Contributor at Intel Corporation

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Javier Sanchez-Reyes

PhD, 2003

Current position: Research Engineer at Schlumberger

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Tien Dao

Texas A&M PhD, 2002

Current position: Research & Development Engineer at Celgard

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Muhammad Islam

Texas A&M PhD, 2000

Current position: Senior Research Scientist at Rhome & Haas

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HoJun Lee

Texas A&M PhD, 2000

Current position: Senior R&D Engineer at Samsung

Micahel Smith

Micahel Smith

Texas A&M PhD, 1999

Current position: Deputy Executive Director at National GEM Consortium

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Vijay Mhetar

Vijay Mhetar

Texas A&M PhD, 1998

Current position: Senior Vice President - Global Technology at General Cable

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Kenville

Kenville Hendrickson

MS, 2015

✉ keh235@cornell.edu


Kevin Korf

Kevin Korf

MS, 2013

Current position: Material and Process Engineer at C&D Zodiac

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Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim

MS, 2011

Current position: PhD Coop at NASA - JSC & PhD Researcher at USC

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Alexandra Corona

Alexandra Corona

MS, 2010

Current position: Materials, Process, and Physics engineer at Boeing

Laura Olenick

Laura Olenick

MS, 2009

Current position: Researcher at The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology at Northwestern University

✉ lauraolenick2016@u.northwestern.edu


Haibo Qi

Haibo Qi

MS, 2008

Current position:

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Lauren Mangiola

MS, 2007

Current position: Product Manager at Nestle

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Juliani Julani

MS, 2004

Current position: Family Business

Jason Maxey

Jason Maxey

Texas A&M, MS, 2000

Current position: Team Lead, Engineering & Modeling Group at Halliburton

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Shih Ping Chen

Texas A&M, MS, 1999

Current position: Technical Manager for Asia Pacific at Lyondell Basell Advance Polyolefins.

Robbie Passinault

Robbie Passinault

Texas A&M, MS, 1998

Current position: Veteran|CEO, private business

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Gil Cohn

Gil Cohn

Postdoc 2013-2014

Current position: Postdoctoral researcher at University of Maryland

✉ gilc@tx.technion.ac.il


Yoho Wen

Yoho Wen

Postdoc 2012-2015

Current position: Assistant Research Scientist at National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (NSRRC)

✉ wen.yuho@nsrrc.org.tw


Jayaprakash Navaneedhakrishnan

Jayaprakash Navaneedhakrishnan

Postdoc 2010-2012

Current position: Chief Scientist at NOHMs Technologies

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Juchen Guo

Juchen Guo

Postdoc 2011-2012

Current position: Assistant Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at UC Riverside

✉ jguo@engr.ucr.edu


Shyamal Das

Shyamal Das

Postdoc 2010-2012

Current position: Assistant Professor at Tezpur University

✉ skdas@tezu.ernet.in


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Jingguo Shen

Postdoc 2010-2012

Current position:Senior Research Chemist at Axalta Coating Systems

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Surya Moganty

Surya Moganty

Postdoc 2009-2011

Current position: Dir. of Technology at NOHMs

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Wanda Jones

Postdoc 2009-2011

Current position: