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Siamak Nejati

Group Leader, PI

Ph.D.  Drexel University 

M.Sc.  Sharif University of Technology

B.Sc. Sharif University of Technology

Postdoctoral Training  Yale University 

Postdoctoral Associates

G. P. Syed Ibrahim 

Ph.D. National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, India, 2020

M.Sc. Jamal Mohamed College 2009

B.Sc. Dr. Zakir Husain College  2007

Syed Ibrahim Gnani Peer Mohamed (He/Him/His) is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from NIT Karnataka, India. He joined the PSE and TCIL at UNL in Nov 2020. He is supervised by Prof. Mona Bavarian and Prof. Siamak Nejati. His current work focuses on the synthesis of Ionic Covalent Organic Frameworks (iCOFs) and vapor-phase synthesis of COFs for energy and environmental applications. Before starting his Ph.D., he also worked as a Research Executive and Scientist in Pharmaceutical R&D center for six years.

Amir Shariffar

Ph.D.   University of Arkansas, 2022

M.Sc.  Ruhr-University of Bochum 2016

Amir Shariffar received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas, USA. He joined Dr. Nejati’s group as a postdoctoral associate in March 2022. His research background includes optoelectronic devices, nanomaterials growth, and characterization. Currently, he is working on the oxidative chemical vapor deposition of conducting polymers, and photoelectrochemical systems.



Graduate Students

Ahmed El-Harairy

M.Sc.   Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

B.Sc.    Mansoura University, Egypt

Ahmed El-Harairy joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, College of Engineering of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Jan 2022 as a Research Assistant. Prior to joining UNL, he obtained his M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China. El-Harairy does research in Materials Chemistry, Organic Physical Chemistry, Catalysis, and its application in energy and the environment. He is focusing on the synthesis of multifunctional electrocatalysts toward water splitting and carbon dioxide reduction reactions to hydrocarbons, through the synthesis of new materials which have an excellent catalytic performance to convert the carbon dioxide to useful products, which allows him to investigate the methods and materials that enhance to create more sustainable approaches to fight climate change.


Christopher Merkel

B.Sc.    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2022

Christopher Merkel (He/Him/His) is a first year graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He started his research on macromolecular engineering and synthesis to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time at the nexus of the energy environment.  His research is centered on the synthesis and applications of the polymer as catalysts precursors for Carbon Dioxide reduction reactions. He is also working a classes of organic molecules to create polymer double networks and frameworks. Outside of the laboratory, Chris loves to travel and see the beauty of nature. 

Favorite quote: “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it” – Albert Einstein


Febby Ekamukti Andini

Febby Andini is a graduate student in second year in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is being co-advised by Dr. Nejati and Dr. Zhang (CEE department), conducting experiment for developing novel membranes for water desalination processes. Febby’s research is focus on thin-film composite membranes and approach to develop nanofiltration and reverse osmosis media.




Undergraduate Research Assistants

Aidan Larsen

Aidan (He/Him/His) is a senior student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UNL. He has been working on polymeric materials in professor Cornelius laboratory before joining TCIL in 2021. He is currently a part of a cohort working on molecular engineering research. His work is focused on enabling high precision deposition of semiconducting and conducting organic networks and macromolecules. Now, he is working on the design of a novel oxidative chemical vapor deposition chamber that allows for co-deposition of organic and inorganic materials, creating interfaces that improve spin injections at the contact. His aim is to accelerate advancements in the polymer and material science field by producing well-defined polymeric structures.  Outside of the laboratory and his spare time he is playing tunes on Ukulele.
Favorite quote: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from
magic” – Arthur C. Clark


Brianna Ryan

Brianna Ryan (She/Her/Hers) is a senior in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to joining TCIL, she worked with polymer membranes used for gas separation in the Cornelius Lab. She is currently assisting with research on molecular engineering and synthesis of precursors and covalent organic frameworks used for various applications including in carbon dioxide reduction reactions.  


Grace Kollars

Grace is a student at UNL with a major in environmental studies with a public health emphasis and is expected to graduate May 2023. She is doing research on water desalination processes and excess brine disposal or usage for her senior thesis. She is currently applying for graduate school for a dual degree in Bachelor’s in Science for Environmental Studies and a Master’s Degree in Public Health. 


Jorge Dueñas

I am an exchange student from Spain. I am a senior student majoring in Chemical Engineering at the University of Málaga (Spain). I love sports (especially basketball), and I really enjoy getting to know new places.


Emma Goeden

Emma (She/Her/Hers) is a sophomore in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a recent addition to TCIL and is assisting in research on the synthesis and electropolymerization of thin-film membranes. In her free time, Emma enjoys music, nature, and trying new things.


Siamak Nejati

Group Leader

Ph.D. Drexel University 2013

M.Sc. Sharif Univesrity of Technology 2007

B.Sc. Sharif University of Technology  2004

Postdoctoral Training: Yale University 2016


Past Members

Name and titleCurrent affiliation
Abdullah Al-Balushi (2017-2019) M. Sc.Sultan Qaboos University
Megan Browning - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2018)Research Intern at ( TBA)
Alexander Deng - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2018)Epic
Dr. Hiren Raval-Visiting Scientist (2018-2019)Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India
Veerababu Polisetti -Visiting scholar (2018)Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India
Priyanka Uddandarao - Visiting scholar (2018)National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India
Paul Barnes - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2018)Vishay Americas Inc
Lindsey Jarema - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2018)University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Daniel Johnson - Undergraduate Research Assistant 2018ExxonMobil, TX
Jacob Kenny- Undergraduate Research Assistant (2017-2018)PhD student, University of Colorado-Boulder
Emma Schellpeper - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2018)3M
Kim Yip Chiok - Undergraduate Research Assistant (2017)University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jesse Lin - Visiting High School Researcher (2017)Undergraduate Student, Princeton University
S. Toalson - Visiting High School Researcher (2017)University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Alexandra Mosquera Jimenez- Research Assistant (2017)-