Dr. Sepideh Faraji
Dr. Faraji received both her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering with honors from University of Tehran. After receiving her B.S. degree, she worked as a process engineer in oil, gas, and petrochemical industries for 6 years. Over this period, she gained valuable work experiences in process engineering, simulation, and modeling using different simulation software programs. During this time, she led process engineering team on a number of industrial projects. With the intention of pursuing higher education overseas, she applied and got admitted to pursue her doctoral at the University of Kansas. In June 2010, she was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering by the University of Kansas. Her doctoral research was directed towards using non-porous oxygen permeable ceramic membranes for hydrogen (or syngas) production from methane. These membranes are both oxygen providers and oxygen distributors during the hydrogen generation reaction. She gained extensive knowledge and a strong understanding of these membranes and how they interact with Pt and Ni catalysts during the CO2 reforming of methane.
As a Ph.D. holder with extensive engineering work experience, Dr. Faraji joined Chemical Engineering Department at CSULB in August 2010 to complement the teaching and research teams in this department. She designed and established a new research lab, “Catalyst & Reaction Engineering Lab”, in the department.
Dr. Faraji’s area of expertise is catalyst and reaction engineering with an emphasis on sustainability and green technologies. She is currently interested in improving chemical reactions and processes to reduce environmental pollution. Her current research areas are development of new heterogeneous catalysts, CO2 capture and utilization, ceramic materials, hydrogen production (for fuel cell applications), water treatment, and alternative fuels.