Michael P. Hoepfner

Associate Professor
Principal Investigator

University of Michigan, PhD Chemical Engineering
University of Utah, B.S. Chemical Engineering

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Graduate Students


Yuan Yang

PhD Candidate (2013-Present)

Multi-scale structure and behavior investigation of petroleum asphaltenes

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Siddarth Agrawal

PhD Candidate (2016 - Present)

Self-assembled photocatalysts for waste-water treatment and confined fluid property measurement

BS Chemistry, Idaho St. University

Hometown: Lahan, Nepal

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Weiyi Kong

PhD Candidate (2016 - Present)

The effect of inorganic solids on petroleum asphaltene precipitation

BS Engineering (Anhui University of Science and Technology)

Hometown: Huainan, Anhui, China

Rizwanur Rahman Abeer

PhD Candidate (2018 - Present)

Self-assembly of polyaromatic hydrocarbons in organic mixtures

BS Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Mahmoud Elmehlawy

PhD Candidate (2018 - Present)

Static and dynamic properties of confined fluids

Abdur Shazed

PhD Candidate (2019 - Present)

Molecular simulation development as informed by experimental diffraction measurements of structure

BS Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
MS Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Brennon L. Shanks

PhD Candidate (2019 - Present)

Statistical and quantum mechanics characterization of fluid phase phenomena

BS Chemical Engineering and Mathematics, Ohio State University

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Ayodeji Ajani

PhD Candidate (2019 - Present)

Properties of inorganic, organic, and aqueous interfaces in bitumen froth extraction

MS Sustainable Chemical Engineering, University of Bath
BS Chemical Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University

Hometown: Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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Dr. Wattana Chaisoontornyotin

Dissertation: Reversibility and Kinetic Precipitation of Asphaltenes (2017)

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wyoming

Manaf Ismail

MS Project Thesis: The Effect of Chemical Inhibitors on Asphaltene Precipitation and Morphology Using Ultra-Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering (2018)

Position: SciTec

JeffrEy Job

MS Project Thesis: Nanofiltration Apparatus Design for Physical Separation of Insoluble Asphaltenes in a Diluted Bitumen Mixture (2018)

Joshua Martineau (BS ChE 2020) – BYU Law School
Ryan Mysko (BS ChE 2020)
Jingzhou Zhang (BS ChE 2019) – University of Utah, PhD Student
Sikuang Wang (BS ChE 2018)
Derek Hussein (BS ChE 2018)
Amanda Chew-Stebbins (BS ChE 2017) – Proctor & Gamble
Austin Bingham (BS ChE 2016) – University of Michigan, PhD Student
Jason McHann (BS ChE 2015)

Group Bowling @ Utah Union - Fall 2019

Group Ski Trip to Solitude Mountain Resort - January 2019

Successful MS Project defense! Congrats to Mr. Ismail! - May 1st, 2018

Successful MS Project defense! Congrats to Mr. Job! - February 1st, 2018

Successful defense! Congrats to Dr. Chaisoontornyotin! - July 20th, 2017

Group Ski Day @ Snowbird - January, 2017

Group BBQ - September, 2016