Siddarth Krishna


Status: Fourth-year Ph.D. student (co-advised with Prof. George Huber)

Research Summary:

My research focus is on the upgrading of bio-derived intermediates to valuable chemicals using heterogeneous catalysis. The emphasis is on kinetic studies to elucidate the reaction network for novel hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis reactions and to correlate reactivity with catalyst properties.


1. S. Shylesh, D. Hanna, J. Gomes, S. Krishna, C. G. Canlas, M. Head-Gordon and A. T. Bell, "Tailoring the Cooperative Acid–Base Effects in Silica-Supported Amine Catalysts: Applications in the Continuous Gas-Phase Self-Condensation of n-Butanal," ChemCatChem, 2014, 6, 1283-1290.

2. D. G. Hanna, S. Shylesh, Y.-P. Li, S. Krishna, M. Head-Gordon and A. T. Bell, "Experimental and Theoretical Study of n-Butanal Self-Condensation over Ti Species Supported on Silica," ACS Catalysis, 2014, 4, 2908-2916.

3. F. Cao, T. J. Schwartz, D. J. McClelland, S. H. Krishna, J. A. Dumesic and G. W. Huber, "Dehydration of cellulose to levoglucosenone using polar aprotic solvents," Energy & Environmental Science, 2015, 8, 1808-1815.

4. S. H. Krishna, T. W. Walker*, J. A. Dumesic and G. W. Huber, "Kinetics of Levoglucosenone Isomerization," ChemSusChem, 2017, 10, 129-138. *authors contributed equally

5. S. H. Krishna, D. J. McClelland, Q. A. Rashke, J. A. Dumesic and G. W. Huber, "Hydrogenation of levoglucosenone to renewable chemicals," Green Chemistry, 2017, 19, 1278-1285. (inside front cover)

6. J. He, K. Huang, K. J. Barnett, S. Krishna, D. Martin Alonso, Z. Brentzal, S. P. Burt, T. W. Walker, W. Banholzer, C. T. Maravelias, I. Hermans, J. Dumesic and G. Huber, "New catalytic strategies for alpha-omega diol production from lignocellulosic biomass," Faraday Discussions, 2017.