Jonathan Zheng

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Graduate Student



I was born in Midland, MI, after which I decided to head to warmer weather by moving to Manassas, VA. I graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2020 as a Lawn resident with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Materials Science & Engineering. At UVA, I researched heterogeneous catalysis under Prof. Robert Davis and Prof. Chris Paolucci and spent a summer interning with ExxonMobil. I was active in student organizations, serving as the president of my university's chapters of the Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE) and Tau Beta Pi (TBP), and held leadership roles in UVA's chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

In the autumn of 2020, I decided to give cold weather another chance and started a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at MIT. In Prof. Green's group, I plan on expanding RMG's predictive capabilities to model ionic chemistries.

Outside of research, I'm an avid music listener and try to listen to 7 albums/week. I also enjoy rock climbing, puzzling (e.g. crosswords, cryptics, etc.), and brewing beer. I (infrequently) blog about music I like, covering hot takes, hidden gems, and stories about musical history. Please feel free to reach out if you're interested in talking about research, music, or anything in between!