Graduate Students

Jimmy A. Faria

Jimmy obtained his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at the University Antonio Jose de Sucre in Barquisimeto, Venezuela in 2008.  His thesis was focused on the design and evaluation of polymeric resins for recovery of heavy metals from aqueous environments. In 2008 he joined the PhD program at the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. He is working with Dr. Resasco in the development of different strategies for the upgrading of biofuels in emulsions stabilized by catalytically active nanohybrids particles. He enjoys playing sports (basketball, tennis and racquetball) and traveling around the world.





Paula A. Zapata Cardona

Paula obtained her B.S. in Process Engineering at the EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia.  In 2005 she did an internship in a PVC resins company PLASTIQUIMICA S.A..  After her graduation, she worked as research assistant at EAFIT University and since 2009 she joined the University of Oklahoma and participate in projects related with the bio oil upgrading in water/oil emulsions systems. She started her Masters program under the supervision of Dr. Resasco in 2010 and she has carried out projects that include aldolcondensation of furans and ketones and synthesis of water resistant HY zeolites to catalyze the alkylation of m-cresol with isopropanol. She also has experience in chemical process simulation using ASPEN and HYSYS and in the development of databases for prediction of properties with QSAR. Paula enjoys playing the guitar, watching movies and traveling.


Tu Pham

Tu Pham obtained her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the Vietnam National University in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2005. In 2009 she got her M.S. from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma.She joined Dr. Resasco´s group in 2009 as a PhD canbdidate. She is currently working on a project conducting synthesis of carbon nanohybrid for biofuel applications.






Issariya Chirddilok

Issariya obtained her B. S. in Petrochemical Technology in 2007 in the Faculty of Science, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand. In 2009 she obtained her M.S. in Petroleum Technology at the Petroleum and Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Her thesis was focused on the Dehydroxylation of Glycerol to Propylene Glycol over Copper/Zinc Oxide-based Catalysts.

In 2009 she started working under the supervision of Dr. Resasco at the University of Oklahoma. She is persuing her Ph.D and her current research focuses on the oxidation of 1-hexene at the water/oil interface and in the presence of heterogeneous catalysts with intention to improve activities and selectivities of this reaction. She gobteined his Ph. D in May 2012.



Rattiya Saetang

Rattiya obtained her B.S in Petrochemicals and Polymeric Materials Eng. at Silpakorn University in 2006. In 2008 she received her M.S in Petrochemical Technology from The Petroleum and Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn University , Thailand. In 2009 she joined the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Resasco at the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on the conversion of sugar and biomass into liquid fuel in an emulsion system stabilized by nanohybrids particles. She enjoys traveling, watching movies and having party with her friends.Sheobtained her degree on May 2012.





What's new?

Zeolites Don´t Mind Hot Water

Volume 90 Issue 20 | p. 10 | News of The Week
Issue Date: May 14, 2012

By Stephen K. RitterDepartment: Science & Technology | Collection: Entrepreneurs 
News Channels: Materials SCENEJACS In C&EN


Tacking hydrophobic organosilyl groups onto the surface of a common zeolite helps overcome the catalyst’s inability to function effectively when liquid water is the reaction medium, chemical engineers have found. The researchers believe their water-repelling zeolite could be a hit for high-pressure water/oil emulsion processing of biomass into fuels and chemicals. The protecting group strategy could also benefit other types of catalysts that are inhibited by water, they say.

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