Sustainability: Catalysis, Continuous Manufacturing and Porous Materials

Simon Velasquez Morales

School of Engineering - Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Graduate Engineering Association - Ambassador
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Kansas
Primary office:
Learned Engineering Expansion Phase 2
Room 2447
University of Kansas
1536 W. 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045


Simon Velasquez received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from The University of Kansas (KU) in 2017 and is now pursuing a doctorate degree under the guidance of Dr. Alan M. Allgeier. Together they are tackling key challenges faced by the pharmaceutical industry, emphasizing those that pertain to non-continuous processes and involve hazardous and toxic reagents.  To do so, Simon is utilizing innovative technology in reaction engineering and separations that operate at high efficiency meanwhile maintaining standards of quality control and Safety. Additionally, Simon is helping to implement a strong safety culture in the department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at KU by championing the efforts in his laboratory. Safety is of great importance to Simon since he is looking to implement innovative pharmaceutical processes that utilize hydrogenation reactions with minimum risk and high efficiency.

Outside of research, Simon is an ambassador for the Graduate Engineering Association where he is a member of the recruitment committee. The committee is tasked to effectively communicate with potential graduate students in national and international environments as well as developing the tools and compiling the information needed to successfully promote each department at the School of Engineering.

Research Interests

  • Modular Manufacturing
  • Process Intensification
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Downstream Processing
  • Process Analytical Technology (PAT)

Selected Presentations

Velasquez Morales, S., Allgeier, A. M. (10/2019) – Leveraging a Paradigm Change for a ‘Greener’ Pharmaceutical Industry. Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) – Industrial Advisory Board. Lawrence, KS.

Velasquez Morales, S., Allgeier, A. M. (07/2019) – Hydrogenation Reactions with Iron Catalyst: A Principled Approach to Pharma Manufacturing. ACS Green Chemistry Summer School. Golden, CO.

Velasquez Morales, S., Allgeier, A. M. (06/2019) – Hydrogenation Reactions with Iron Catalyst: A Principled Approach to Pharma Manufacturing. 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference and 9th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry. Reston, VA.

Velasquez Morales, S., Allgeier, A.M. (04/18/2018) - Continuous Manufacturing: A new perspective for the pharmaceutical industry. Great Planes Catalyst Society  (GPCS). Manhattan, KS.