About Kobi

About Kobi

I'm a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. I work with Alexei Lapkin on applying machine learning to chemical problems. I am a Marshall Scholar funded by a Cambridge-Trust Marshall Scholarship, and my PhD is associated with the Syntech CDT and BASF.

The Marshall Scholars visit 10 Downing Street! Can you spot me?
The Marshall Scholars visit 10 Downing Street! Can you spot me?

For years, I have wanted to combine computers and chemical engineering. During my undergrad at NC State, I got my first taste of computational chemistry during a Research Experience for Undergraduates in South Dakota. I applied molecular dynamics (MD) to predict properties of advanced materials. Hilariously, I misspelled conclusions on my first research paper and had to print a label to go on top.

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After a stint at Eastman Chemical also doing MD, I started working on flow chemistry with Prof. Milad Abolhasani at NC State. We built a robot that can run thousands of perovskite reactions per day. We have a provisional patent and several publications on this work. This research experience changed my direction and was the reason I chose to come to the UK.

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During my time at the University of Cambridge, I've worked on using optimization to quickly find the optimal conditions for chemical reactions. I created Summit, an open-source python library designed for reaction optimization. I also work on accelerating development of control systems for distillation columns. Check out my publications to see more.