Hongda Zhu

Graduate Student
PhD in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering- Chemical Focus (In Progress)
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Hongda Zhu is currently pursuing a Ph.D degree in Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Department, while conducting research advised by Prof. Bala Subramaniam since 2013 Fall. The current research project involves probing the characteristics of mesoporous silicates exhibiting acidity/basicity via instrumental analysis and reaction study (including kinetic modelling). Prior to current research, he worked on modeling LLE between organic solvents and brine system combining Pitzer correlation and other activity coefficient models during his undergraduate research. His interests includes phase equilibrium, process simulation, heterogeneous catalysis, and artificial neural network. 

Selected Publications

Zhu, H., Ramanathan, A., Wu, J., Chaudhari, R.V., Subramaniam, B., "Effects of Tunable Acidity and Basicity of Nb-KIT-6 Catalysts on Ethanol Conversion: Experiments and Kinetic Modeling," AIChE J., doi: 10.1002/aic.15648.

Zuo, X., Chaudhari, A., Snavely, W.K., Niu F., Zhu, H., Martin, K., Subramaniam, B., "Kinetics of homogeneous 5-hydroxymethylfurfural oxidation to 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid with Co/Mn/Br catalyst," AIChE J., (2017) 63, 162–171.

Wu, J., Ramanathan, A., Snavely W.K., Zhu, H., Rokicki, A., Subramaniam, B., "Enhanced metathesis of ethylene and 2-butene on tungsten incorporated ordered mesoporous silicates," Appl. Catal. A Gen. (2016) 528, 142–149.

Nash, C., Ramanathan, A., Rudd, D., Behl, M., Gjersing, E., Griffin, M., Zhu, H., Subramaniam, B., Schaidle, J., Hensley, J. "Mixed Alcohol Dehydration over Brønsted and Lewis Acidic Catalysts," Appl. Catal. A Gen. (2016) 510, 110–124.

Zhu, H., Maheswari, R., Ramanathan, A., Subramaniam, B. "Evaporation-Induced Self-Assembly of Mesoporous Zirconium Silicates with Tunable Acidity and Facile Catalytic Dehydration Activity," Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. (2016) 223, 46–52.

Ramanathan, A., Zhu, H., Maheswari, R., Thapa, P. S., Subramaniam, B. "Comparative Study of Nb-incorporated Cubic Mesoporous Silicates as Epoxidation Catalysts," Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. (2015) 54, 4236–4242.

Ramanathan, A., Zhu, H., Maheswari, R., Subramaniam, B. "Novel zirconium containing cage type silicate (ZrKIT-5): An efficient Friedel-Crafts alkylation catalyst," Chem. Eng. J. (2015) 278, 113–121.


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