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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.

Graduate Students

Ahmed El-Harairy

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

B.Sc.    Mansoura University, Egypt

Ahmed El-Harairy (He/Him/His) joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, College of Engineering of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in January 2022, as a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant.  El-Harairy does research in materials chemistry, organic physical chemistry, catalysis, and their applications in energy and the environment. He focuses on electrosynthesis using advanced catalysts, creating more sustainable approaches to fight climate change and environmental problems.


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


Undergraduate Research Assistants

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.  


Sam (He/Him/His) is a sophomore student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is involved in electrochemical research in the TCIL. His research focuses on the development of rechargeable metal-air batteries and the most recent project investigates bifunctional catalysts at the air electrode for both oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions. His project is currently supported by Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) program through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Bruce Baker (He/Him/His) is a sophomore in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He began work with TCIL due to his interest in polymers and their many applications. He currently assists in research involving high speed droplet imaging and kinetics in relation to super-hydrophobic surfaces and thin film polymers. His goal is to one day provide new research in materials science which serves to improve green chemistry and the lives of others. In his free time he likes to read, write, and play music.


Nick (He/Him/His) is a second year Chemical Engineering student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He is working towards a bachelor’s degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering. Nick’s work is supported by the Nebraska Undergraduate Research program and the National Science Foundation. Nick is very passionate about research and is exploring energy storage and polymer deposition. His work is focused on analyzing and comparing various energy storage methods and coating textured surfaces with superhydrophobic polymers. His goal is to help provide advancements in material sciences that decrease our footprint. In his own words “I love the science of our world, and I want to learn more about it”. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, working on cars, and appreciating nature. 



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)-