Brandon C. Bukowski is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He is dedicated to discovering new catalysts for a more sustainable future that benefits all. His research group accomplishes this by using computer modeling to develop new technologies to responsibly and sustainably utilize conventional and emergent feedstocks to meet the energy needs of the future. The Bukowski research group utilizes cutting-edge tools from computational chemistry, molecular simulations, and data science to identify, understand, and engineer new catalysts. In particular, the group is interested in nanoporous catalysts (such as zeolites and metal-organic frameworks) as well supported metal/metal-oxide nanoparticles for highly selective chemical transformations. The group seeks to design optimal nanoporous materials that will have a transformative impact on energy and the environment.
Bukowski attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 2010-2014 and received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with high distinction and a minor in physics. Bukowski enrolled at Purdue University where he joined Jeffrey Greeley’s group and received the Undergraduate Award for Teaching Excellence in a Senior Course, the Faculty Lectureship Award in Chemical Engineering, and was named a Dick Reitz Fellow for the Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources NSF ERC before graduating with a PhD in chemical engineering in 2019. Prof. Bukowski then completed postdoctoral training with Randall Q. Snurr at Northwestern University before joining the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in 2021.