Dr. Karakaya is a R&D Staff member in Chemical Process Scale-Up Group, Energy and Industrial Decarbonization Section. She is a Chemical Engineer (BSc and MSc) and she holds a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Technical Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry Department at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.
Prior to joining the group, Dr. Karakaya was a Research Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines. She is an expert in designing chemical kinetic models for heterogeneous catalysis. She uses kinetic modeling as a tool to bridge micro and macro-scale reactor technologies for reactor design, process intensification, and upscaling.
Her research focuses on modeling fuel conversion technologies, catalytic combustion, methane reforming, ammonia synthesis, and decomposition, ethanol upgrading, CO2 utilization, catalyst design, coke mitigation, gas-separation membranes (hydrogen and oxygen membranes), modeling and simulation of reactive flow, supercritical flow, chemical vapor deposition, thermodynamic analysis, and reaction network design.