Principal investigator

Rajamani Gounder

Larry and Virginia Faith Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Charles Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University

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Postdoctoral, California Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering, 2013

Ph. D., University of California-Berkeley, Chemical Engineering, 2011

B. S., University of Wisconsin, Chemical Engineering, 2006

Leadership and Service

Honors and Awards

  • (Purdue) College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award for Early Career Research, 2019
  • (Purdue) R. Norris Shreve Award for Outstanding Teaching in Chemical Engineering, 2019
  • DOE Early Career Award, 2018
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry, 2018
  • AIChE 35 Under 35 Award, 2017
  • (Purdue) Phillip C. Wankat Graduate Teaching Award in Chemical Engineering, 2017
  • (Purdue) Outstanding Mentor of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students Award, 2017
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2016
  • Young Scientist Prize of the IACS, 16th ICC Beijing, 2016
  • (Purdue) R. Norris Shreve Award for Outstanding Teaching in Chemical Engineering, 2016
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 2015
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from ORAU, 2014
  • ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award, 2014


Raj Gounder was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1984 and received his BS in Chemical Engineering with a double major in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin in 2006, where he researched under Jim Dumesic. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from UC-Berkeley in 2011, completing his dissertation research under Enrique Iglesia on acid strength and confinement effects in zeolite catalysis. He then completed a postdoctoral stay at Caltech with Mark Davis to research zeolite synthesis and reactions in liquid media. In 2013, he started his independent scientific career at Purdue, where he currently holds the title of Larry and Virginia Faith Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering.

He leads a research group in heterogeneous catalysis that is recognized for studying the kinetic and mechanistic details of catalytic reactions, for synthesizing and designing zeolites and porous materials with tailored site and surface properties, and for developing methods to characterize and titrate active sites in catalytic surfaces. His group studies the catalysis of energy and the environment, focusing on converting conventional and emerging carbon feedstocks to fuels and chemicals, and automotive pollution abatement.

His research has been recognized by the NSF and DOE Early Career Awards and the Sloan Research Fellowship, his teaching by Purdue's Shreve (undergraduate) and Wankat (graduate) Awards for teaching excellence in Chemical Engineering, and his mentoring by Purdue's Outstanding Mentoring of Engineering Graduate Students award.