Alvin Jonathan, Ph.D.



Alvin Jonathan is the Director of Lakes. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, supervised by Prof. George W. Huber and Prof. James A. Dumesic. His research is in the field of Renewable Energy and Heterogeneous Catalysis where he developed a new catalytic technology to synthesize middle distillate fuels from light olefins.


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
2013 - 2017

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

University of Wisconsin - Madison
2017 - 2021


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  1. Light Olefin Oligomerization into Higher Linear and Alpha Olefins over Heterogeneous Cobalt Catalysts
    Alvin Jonathan
  2. Effect of Catalyst Support on Cobalt Catalysts for Ethylene Oligomerization into Linear Olefins
    Alvin Jonathan, Chengrong Wang, Raka G. Dastidar, James A. Dumesic, George W. Huber
    Under Review
  3. Reaction Kinetics Study of Ethylene Oligomerization into Linear Olefins over Carbon-Supported Cobalt Catalysts
    Alvin Jonathan, Emily G. Tomashek, Michael P. Lanci, James A. Dumesic, George W. Huber
    Journal of Catalysis, Vol 404, 2021
  4. Ethylene Oligomerization into Linear Olefins over Cobalt Oxide on Carbon Catalyst
    Alvin Jonathan, Nathaniel M. Eagan, David L. Bruns, Shannon S. Stahl, Michael P. Lanci, James A. Dumesic, George W. Huber
    Catalysis Science & Technology, Vol 11, 2021


  1. Research Assistant - Huber & Dumesic Groups
    January 2018 - May 2021
    Madison, WI, USA
  2. Teaching Assistant - University of Wisconsin
    January 2019 - May 2020
    Madison, WI, USA
    Courses taught: Transport Phenomena Lab, Chemical Process Thermodynamics