Auburn, AL

Position Desired

Chemical Engineering
Anywhere in the U.S.


Pengfei (Harry) Zhao
212 Ross Hall, Auburn, AL 36849
Highly self-motivated, creative and goal-oriented Chemical Engineering Ph.D. seeking a full time opportunity that will utilize technical expertise in the industry related to chemical, mechanical and materials engineering duties.
• Extensive practical hands-on experience, such as designing, operating and developing lab scale or pilot plant equipment.
• Skilled in products design, development and optimization.
• Able to effectively develop manufacturing processes, including performance improvements and innovation.
• Solid understanding of chemical engineering principles, including catalysis, transport, chemical reaction and fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.
• Experienced in performing carbon nanofiber synthesis via Catalytic Chemical Vapor Deposition (CCVD) method at various conditions, which could be used for various applications.
• Expertise in particulate filtration performance evaluation, including particles collection efficiency, pressure drop across the filter and particles loading capacity, using both full size scale (24’’ by 24’’) and bench scale test-rig.
• Manufactured and investigated various nonwoven filter media for salt particles filtration via wet-laid method, including microfiber (polymer, metal and activated carbon) filter media and nanofiber entrapped filter media.
• Skilled in developing and optimizing adsorbents (catalysts) for gaseous contaminants, such as VOC, SO2 and NOx.
• Proficient in using Laser Aerosol Spectrometer (LAS) and other characterization equipment, including N2 physisorption, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), capillary flow porometer and mercury intrusion porosimeter, gas chromatography (GC) and infrared spectroscopy (IR).
• Completely understand filtration testing protocols and filtration mechanisms, and proficient in both pressure drop and filtration efficiency modeling.
Auburn University Auburn, AL
Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Engineering 08/2010- 10/2015
GPA: 3.81/4.00
University of Houston Houston, TX
Senior year (B.S.) in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 08/2009-05/2010
East China University of Science and Technology Shanghai, China
B.S. in Chemical Engineering 09/2006-07/2010
Graduation with Honor, GPA: 3.91/4.00
Auburn University Auburn, AL
Research Assistant 01/2011-10/2015
• Developed, constructed, and optimized a full size scale (24’’ by 24’’) test rig (based on ASHRAE 52.2 Standard) for evaluation of air particulate filter performance, including filtration efficiency, pressure drop and particles loading capacity
• Developed and evaluated the filtration and particles loading performance of a novel air particulate filter system, MESA (Multi-element Structured Array) by integrating several single filters into one unit
• Designed and constructed a bench scale setup for various filter media performance evaluation, including nonwoven and woven filter media, micro-scale and nano-scale filter media
• Characterized and investigated various filter media using capillary flow porometer and mercury intrusion porosimeter
• Developed, characterized and optimized various chemical adsorbents (catalysts) using different supports for gaseous contaminants, including VOC, SO2 and NOx
PhD Advisor: Dr. Bruce J. Tatarchuk, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, Alabama
Teaching Assistant
• CHEN 2610 - Transport I (Fluid Mechanics) by Dr. William Josephson 01/2011-05/2011
• ENGR 2010 - Thermodynamics by Dr. Glennon Maples 08/2010-12/2010
Supervisor: Dr. Mario R. Eden, Department Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, Auburn University, Alabama

University of Houston Houston, TX
Senior Project 08/2009-05/2010
• Designed, optimized and scaled up a chemical plant for cracking of EDC (ethylene dichloride) into VCM (vinyl chloride monomer), including the whole production design (reactor, distillation column, heat exchanger and etc) and cost estimation
• Simulated the whole cracking process of EDC to VCM by applying Aspen Plus
Project advisor: Dr. Micky Fleischer, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Houston, Texas

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