The Engineering Complex

We are thrilled to share our latest achievements and future prospects. Rock Chalk!

Our Vision

The Allgeier Research Group embraces the role of Chemical Engineering in delivering essential innovations to improve sustainability. The UN World Commission on Environment and Development provided a guiding definition: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Contributing to the goals of sustainability, The Allgeier Research Group seeks to: 1) develop fundamental understanding of heterogeneous catalysts and processes to efficiently use renewable resources and existing fossil fuel resources, 2) advance the ongoing revolution in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals by continuous manufacturing and 3) develop innovative characterization methods for sustainable porous materials for both biomedical and industrial applications.

The Allgeier Groupm Spring, 2019.

The Allgeier Research Group, Spring 2019

Graduate and Undergraduate researchers of the Allgeier Group at the University of Kansas in the Spring of 2019.

Meet the Team

Dr. Alan M. Allgeier

Dr. Alan M. Allgeier joined The University of Kansas in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (CPE) as an associate professor in the Fall of 2017 after 20 years in industry, split between the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Currently, he has a joint appointment with both the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC). Dr. Allgeier received his B.S. Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) and subsequently obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). He has garnered recognitions during his career, including the 1994 Sigma Xi Award at Northwestern University for excellence in graduate research, being elected to Chair the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society from 2008-2010, the 2011 Amgen (internal) Green Chemistry Award and in 2014, he was selected as the Russell Malz Awardee for Service to Catalysis from the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society.  

Dr. Allgeier began his professional career with DuPont in 1997, first as a post-doc and then as Senior Research Chemist focusing on heterogeneous catalysis and three-phase reactions for production of Nylon monomers and specialty chemicals.  Following DuPont’s divestiture of Nylon in 2004, Dr. Allgeier joined Amgen, Inc. to help establish the Amgen Catalysis and Hydrogenation Group and to conduct process development and clinical manufacturing.  In 2011 he joined DuPont Central Research reaching the level of Senior Principal Scientist and was a technology leader for surface and particle science in the Corporate Center for Analytical Sciences. With his transition from industry to academia, Dr. Allgeier is bringing his expertise in catalysis, characterization science, and pharmaceutical manufacturing to The University of Kansas, where he is building a group focused on sustainability with emphasis on catalysis, reaction engineering and porous materials.

Alan M. Allgeier

Cryogrinder for particle size reduction.

Porous Media & Materials Characterization

From unconventional reservoirs to drug delivery systems, porous media enable the success of many processes directly and indirectly related to our daily lives. We explore the many different routes to synthesize and characterize the systems where the micro-level has a determining impact in the macro-world.

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Simon adjusting the chemical reactor in the fume hood.

Continuous Manufacturing for Pharmaceuticals

Investigation of the fundamentals of reactor design and reaction engineering to promote improvements in the manufacturing processes of pharmaceutical products. We aim to achieve leaner processes, greener operations, and more sustainable products.

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Victor operating tube furnace.

Catalysis & Reaction Engineering

Inspired by one of the most important Green Chemistry principles, we work to promote catalyzed routes for reactions that impact a variety of fields. At the Allgeier Group, both heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts are studied in-depth.

Learn about Catalysis & Reaction Engineering
Vyoma running the gas chromatography equipment.

Ethanol Derivatives

Fundamentally based on the Green Chemistry principles, bio-catalyzed reactions enable efficient and viable routes for the achievement of sustainable chemical processes. At the Allgeier Group, we take advantage of the high biodegradability and low toxicity of biocatalysts (enzymes) to promote a greener future.

Learn about Ethanol Derivatives

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Ph.D. student Victor Sharma receives Kansas Corn Next Generation Scholarship

Today, we celebrate the achievement of our Ph.D. student, Victor Sharma for receiving the Kansas Corn Next Generation Scholarship for his solid academic accomplishments that may contribute to the corn industry. To promote the on-going research endeavors, this award aims to support students in post-secondary education who are making an impact in the corn and agriculture sector. The state of Kansas is a major contributor to the corn market, ranking in the 5th position of overall area planted, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Given its importance to the state economy, efforts have been invested in the development of technologies to promote alternative uses of corn-based products. Victor’s research is focused on the biocatalytic conversion of corn-ethanol to higher-value chemicals, combining process engineering with enzymology to investigate greener processes for ethanol valorization as well as their techno-economic feasibility. His research is expected to positively impact the Kansas corn farmers by creating a bigger market for the ample corn-ethanol produced in the state.

Congratulations, Victor. We are looking forward to your upcoming accomplishments!

Victor running an experiment in the fume hood.

Characterization of Porous Media Under Practical Conditions

Dr. Alan Allgeier and the Ph.D. student Simon Velasquez recently collaborated with DuPont's research associate Juan D. Londono in the publication of the Handbook of porous materials - Characterization Under Practical Conditions - Vol. 2. Check out the promotion video!

Murilo and Faiz in front of Learned Hall.

Congratulations, Murilo and Faiz!

Today, we celebrate another achievement by the graduate students Murilo Suekuni (Allgeier Group) and Faiz Mandani (Gehrke Group) for successfully defending their Master's theses. Murilo will continue his Ph.D. studies in the Allgeier Group, and Faiz will pursue a Ph.D. at Rice University. Congratulations Murilo and Faiz!

Dr. Alan Allgeier and Vyoma in front of the School of Engineering.

Congratulations, Vyoma!

Our graduate student Vyoma Maroo defended her Master's thesis entitled "Unlocking the Potential of Chemical Derivatives in Ethanol Production" and graduated with honors from KU. Congratulations, Vyoma! We wish you all the best.

Richard and Elizabeth Hoover

The University of Kansas alumni, Richard and Elizabeth Hoover, have enabled Drs. Alan M. Allgeier and Mark B. Shiflett to establish the Applied Chemical Engineering Research Laboratory. With their $1 million donation, they seek to help students extend academic concepts to applied engineering in an effort to better prepare them for an industrial career. Their generosity facilitates long-term programs and acquisition of specialized equipment that give KU students marketable, industry-relevant skills. Richard and Elizabeth have a special interest in augmenting undergraduate education, which is synergistic to the goals of the Allgeier and Shiflett Research Groups. Dr. Allgeier leverages his two decades of industrial experience to define exciting student research programs spanning pharmaceutical manufacture, biorenewable products and materials characterization.  Undergraduate students play a pivotal role in the development and growth of both the Allgeier and Shiflett Research Groups, from contributing to the design and construction of laboratory equipment to participating in industry-sponsored research and even launching new research projects, independently.  With enthusiasm and the generous gift of The Hoovers, we are building something special at KU!

Mr. and Ms. Hoover, donors to KU.

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