Rajamani Gounder

Rajamani Gounder

Raj Gounder is the Larry and Virginia Faith Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering with a double major in Chemistry from Wisconsin in 2006, his PhD in Chemical Engineering from UC-Berkeley in 2011, and a postdoctoral appointment at Caltech in 2013.

His research group studies catalysis for applications in energy production and environmental protection, including automotive pollution abatement and converting carbon feedstocks such as shale gas to fuels and chemicals. His research focuses on elucidating the kinetic and mechanistic details of catalytic reactions, synthesizing zeolites with tailored site and surface properties, and developing methods to characterize and titrate active sites in catalytic materials.

His research has been recognized by the NSF and DOE Early Career Awards, the ACS CATL Early Career Award, the Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry, the AIChE 35 Under 35 Award, and the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award. His teaching has been recognized by the Shreve (undergraduate) and Wankat (graduate) Awards for Outstanding Teaching in Chemical Engineering at Purdue, and his mentoring by the Outstanding Mentoring Award of Engineering Graduate Students at Purdue. He is an Associate Editor of Science Advances, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Catalysis and Reaction Chemistry & Engineering.