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4 Colby Street
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

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Prashant Deshlahra
Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering


2015 Post-doctoral Scholar, University of California Berkeley
2012 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
2006 Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Honors and Awards

  • 2017 ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award
  • 2012 Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award, University of Notre Dame.
  • 2011 Center for Research Computing (CRC) Award, University of Notre Dame.
  • 2011 Invited Student Speaker Award, Center for Nanoscale Materials Users Meeting at Argonne National Laboratory, 2011.
  • 2011 Kokes Award, North American Catalysis Society Meeting, Detroit.
  • 2010 Travel Award, International Symposia on Chemical Reaction Engineering, Philadelphia.
  • 2009 Travel Award, AICHE Annual Meeting, Nashville.

Research Interests

We seek to develop better catalytic materials and processes for clean and efficient production of fuels and chemicals via improved understanding of how structures and chemical compositions of catalysts affect their reactivity and selectivity to different products of chemical reactions.

Short Bio

Prashant Deshlahra received received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2012, performing his dissertation research with Professor Eduardo E. Wolf and Professor William F. Schneider on spectroscopic and computational probes of electric fields near catalyst-support interfaces. His post-doctoral research with Professor Enrique Iglesia at the University of California Berkeley was focused on mechanisms of dehydration and oxidative dehydrogenation reactions of alcohols on polyoxometalate catalysts. His research group at Tufts seeks to develop better understanding of heterogeneous catalysis and its applications to problems relevant to energy and environment.

Professional Society Affiliations

  • Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Member, American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • North American Catalysis Society (NACS)