The Engineering Complex

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

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 catalysts and processes to efficiently use renewable resources and emerging feedstocks, 2) advance the ongoing revolution in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals by continuous manufacturing and 3) develop innovative characterization methods for sustainable porous materials for industrial applications.

Allgeier Group, 2023

The Allgeier Research Group, 2024

Graduate and Undergraduate researchers of the Allgeier Group at the University of Kansas in the Spring of 2023.

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), for which he serves as Deputy Director. 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, the 2014 Russell Malz Awardee for Service to Catalysis from the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society and the 2021 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award.  

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. Upon his transition from industry to academia, Dr. Allgeier conducts research in heterogeneous catalysis, enzyme catalysis, natural polymers, characterization science, and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

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.

Learn About Porous Media & Materials Characterization
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.

Learn about Continuous Manufacturing
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

What is new in our Group?

What's up in our group


Congratulations, Dr. Victor K. Sharma!

I am pleased to introduce Dr. Victor Sharma, who defended his dissertation last week, participated in Winter Graduation today, and has been added to the wall of All-Stars.

Congratulations, Dr. Murilo Toledo Suekuni!

We proudly introduce Dr. Murilo Toledo Suekuni, who defended his Ph.D.

Jayhawks at the ACS Spring 2023

Dr. Allgeier and Ph.D. student Murilo Suekuni attend the ACS 2023

Prof. Chad Mirkin Visits KU

Dr. Mirkin gave a seminar at KU and visited the Allgeier lab.

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