People

Principal Investigator

Amir Haji-Akbari

Principal Investigator, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University

Office: 9 Hillhouse Ave., Room 307. New Haven, CT 06511

Phone: (203) 432-7236

Email: amir.hajiakbaribalou@yale.edu

Past Education:

  • 2011   Ph.D.   Chemical Engineering   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 2009   M.S.   Applied Mathematics   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 2003   B.S.   Biotechnology   University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • Professional Experience:

  • 2017—Present   Assistant Professor, Chemical & Environmental Engineering   Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2012—2016   Postdoctoral Researcher, Debenedetti Group   Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
  • 2012—2016   Chemical & Biological Engineering   Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
  • 2006—2011   Doctoral Student, Glotzer Group   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 2006—2011   Chemical Engineering   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Graduate Students

    Sarwar Hussain

    PhD candidate, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University

    Office: 9 Hillhouse Ave, Room 300A. New Haven, CT 06511

    Email: sarwar.hussain@yale.edu

    Biography: Sarwar is a 5th-year Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at the CEE department. He finished his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in India in 2017. His research focuses on studying the questions of ice nucleation in the atmosphere and crystal nucleation on nano-patterned surfaces; along with the development of robust tools and methodologies for performing accurate crystal nucleation simulations. Outside of the lab, he enjoys rock climbing, swimming, biking, and spending time with friends sipping Karak tea and eating good food.

    Past Education:

  • 2017   B.S.   Chemical Engineering   IIT Delhi, New Delhi, India
  • Brian Shoemaker

    PhD candidate, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University

    Office: 9 Hillhouse Ave., Room 301. New Haven, CT 06511

    Email: brian.shoemaker@yale.edu

    Biography: Brian is a Ph.D. student in the Chemical Engineering track of the CEE department. He received his B.S. in Physics from Wake Forest University where he studied metal-organic frameworks using DFT. Before coming to Yale, Brian worked in the pharmaceutical industry where he used a variety of computational and experimental techniques to aid in drug research and development. Currently, his research interests involve reverse osmosis desalination and molecular simulations. Outside of work, Brian enjoys running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

    Past Education:

  • 2015   B.S.   Physics   Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Tiago Dos Santos Domingues

    PhD candidate, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University

    Office: 9 Hillhouse Ave., Room 300A. New Haven, CT 06511

    Email: tiago.domingues@yale.edu

    Biography: Aside from being a Ph.D. candidate at the CEE department, Tiago is also a fellow at the Graduate program in Applied Mathematics. Tiago received both his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and his M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. For his M.Sc. thesis, he studied under Prof. Wladimir Neves the theory of renormalized solutions for the Boltzmann transport equation. His current research at Yale focuses on predicting transport properties of fluids under confinement, and using manifold learning techniques to analyze high dimensional data arising from molecular simulations. Outside the lab, Tiago enjoys dining with friends, playing boardgames and RPGs.

    Past Education:

  • 2017   M.S.   Applied Mathematics   Federal University of de Janiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2015   B.S.   Chemical Engineering   Federal University of de Janiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Fernanda Sulantay Vargas

    PhD student, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University

    Office: 9 Hillhouse Ave., Room 301. New Haven, CT 06511

    Email: fernanda.vargas@yale.edu

    Biography: Fernanda is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at the CEE department. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. She is a 2021 NSF GRFP fellowship recipient and a 2021 GEM fellowship recipient. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) committee at the CEE department. Her current research includes crystallization in heterogeneous surfaces and crystallization under shear. Fernanda is originally from El Salvador. Outside the lab, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, creating social media content, and drinking matcha latte.

    Past Education:

  • 2020   B.S.   Chemical Engineering   University of Connecticut, Mansfield, Connecticut
  • 2017   A.S.   Engineering Science   Manchester Community College, Manchester, Connecticut
  • Arlind Kacirani

    PhD student, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University

    Office: 9 Hillhouse Ave., Room 301. New Haven, CT 06511

    Email: arlind.kacirani@yale.edu

    Biography: Arlind is a Ph.D. student in the Chemical Engineering track of the CEE Department. Concurrently he is also a fellow in the Integrated Graduate Program in Physical & Engineering Biology (PEB). He received his B.E. in Chemical Engineering with double minors in Chemistry and Mathematics from the City College of New York in 2021 where he studied the structure and dynamics of fungal melanins using solid-state NMR spectroscopy in Prof. Ruth E. Stark's Lab. At Yale, his current research interests focus on protein aggregation, statistical mechanics and liquid phase transitions. Outside the lab, Arlind enjoys cooking and trying moderately spicy foods in good company.

    Past Education:

  • 2021   B.E.   Chemical Engineering   The City College of New York, New York City, New York
  • 2018   A.S.   Chemistry   Queensborough Community College, Bayside, New York
  • Omar Magdi Khalifa

    PhD student, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University

    Office: 9 Hillhouse Ave., Room 301. New Haven, CT 06511

    Email: omar.khalifa@yale.edu

    Biography: Omar is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Chemical and Environmental department. He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Petroleum Institute (now Khalifa University) and his M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Khalifa University. For his M.Sc. thesis, he designed and built an electro-membrane reactor to treat oily wastewater. His current research focuses on studying membrane’s selectivity via molecular simulations; a vital question in processes such as desalination. Outside the classroom (and Zoom calls), he would be sipping Karak tea with friends, voice-acting, and playing soccer.

    Past Education:

  • 2020   M.S.   Chemical Engineering   Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates
  • 2018   B.S.   Chemical Engineering   The Petroleum Institute, United Arab Emirates
  • Oion Akif

    PhD student, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University

    Office: 9 Hillhouse Ave., Room 300A. New Haven, CT 06511

    Email: oion.akif@yale.edu

    Biography: Oion is a Ph.D. student in the Chemical Engineering track of the CEE Department. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2021, where he also worked under Dr. Andrew White. At Yale, his current research interest focuses on investigating the behavior of various organic and non-organic systems using computer simulations. Specifically, he is investing the question of ice nucleation events in the atmosphere, a question vital in understanding rates of reaction that take place above the ground. Outside the lab, Oion enjoys being in nature and professional photography.

    Past Education:

  • 2021   B.S.   Chemical Engineering   University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
  • Alumni

    Hessam Malmir

    Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center

    Past Education:

  • 2015   Ph.D.   Mechanical Engineering   Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • 2010   M.S.   Mechanical Engineering   Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • 2007   B.S.   Mechanical Engineering   Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran