Qing Zhao, Assistant Professor, joined January 2022

Qing Zhao joined Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University as an Assistant Professor in January 2022. She received her dual B.S. degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Purdue University in 2012. She received her Ph.D. degree from MIT with Prof. Heather Kulik in 2018, where her research focused on understanding DFT approximations in predicting electronic and catalytic properties of transition metal materials and DFT investigation of semiconducting quantum dot formation. Qing Zhao completed a postdoctoral training at Princeton University with Prof. Emily Carter (2018-2021). Her postdoc work was elucidating reaction mechanisms of electrochemical CO2 reduction using embedded correlated wavefunction theory.


Pax Emmanuel Makhura, Masters Student, joined January 2022

Pax Emmanuel Makhura is an MSc student in chemical engineering at Northeastern University. Prior to starting at Northeastern he completed his Bachelors Degree in Chemical engineering from Botswana International University of Science and Technology in 2019 (Summa Cum Laude). He co-authored a book titled “Basic Process Engineering Control”. His research interests are in computational modeling, energy storage and energy sustainability: -sustainably improving the societal needs for energy storage. For his MSc research, he applies computational tools (Density Functional Theory) to understand, design, and optimize polymer electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries.  makhura.p@northeastern.edu


Wali Siddiqui, Undergraduate Student, joined July 2022

Wali Siddiqui is an undergraduate student studying chemical engineering at Northeastern University, and also plans to pursue a minor in mathematics. Wali is studying chemical engineering because he is passionate about renewable energy as it is necessary for stopping climate change and slowing down the usage of our finite resources. In conjunction with the Zhao group, Wali works on the computational design of single atom catalysts for electrochemical CO2 reduction by using first principle methods and machine learning tools to test for CO2R catalytic activity.


Tyler Arnold, Undergraduate via REU-POWER