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July 9, 2021

CBE announces hire of two new outstanding faculty members

Written By: Jason Daley

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is proud to announce that two exceptional researchers—Styliani Avraamidou and Siddarth Krishna—will join the department in the near future, adding to our world-class faculty.

 Styliani Avraamidou
Styliani Avraamidou

Avraamidou will begin her career at UW-Madison as an assistant professor in September 2021. Avraamidou earned her MEng and PhD from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, London, under the supervision of Professor E.N. Pistikopoulos. Most recently, she worked as an assistant research scientist at the Texas A&M Energy Institute.

Avraamidou’s research focuses on the supply chains of chemicals, plastics and foods, and in particular, on developing new tools to model, analyze, optimize and accelerate the transition of these supply chains towards Circular Economy. Avraamidou’s work also focuses on the development of multilevel and robust optimization algorithms, with further applications on energy systems and the food-energy-water nexus, a framework studying the connections between these three resources, including their conflicts, tradeoffs and synergies.

 Siddarth Krishna
Siddarth Krishna

Krishna will join the department as an assistant professor in January, 2022. Krishna received his bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying under professor emeritus James Dumesic and Richard L. Antoine Professor George Huber. Since 2019, he has worked as a Henson Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Purdue University Catalysis Center under Professor Rajamani Gounder.

Krishna studies the rational design of heterogeneous catalysts for sustainable chemistry applications including environmental pollution control and the production of fuels and chemicals from alternative feedstocks. Currently he is investigating the catalytic reduction of nitric oxide pollutants from automotive engines, combining precise catalyst synthesis, operando spectroscopy, and reaction kinetics to understand how catalyst active sites interact with each other to facilitate nitric oxide reduction to benign products.