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Prashant Deshlahra

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Deshlahra Research Group

Prashant Deshlahra

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Deshlahra Research Group

Phone 617-627-3900
Science and Technology Center, Room 267C
4 Colby Street, Medford, MA
Research: 
Clean energy, fuels and chemicals, experimental and computational catalysis
Biography: 

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

Education: 
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2012
B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 2006
Research Interests: 

Prashant Deshlahra's research seeks 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.

Selected 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 Award, University of Notre Dame
2011: Invited Student Speaker Award, Center for Nanoscale Materials Users Meeting at Argonne National Laboratory
2011: Kokes Award, North American Catalysis Society Meeting
Professional Memberships: 
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
American Chemical Society
North American Catalysis Society

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