Summary Research Education Skills Publications Presentations Awards Grants Affiliations


  • Scientist and Engineer combining problem-solving and interpersonal skills with an ability to rapidly develop subject matter expertise.
  • Experience with phenol formaldehyde resin and adhesive synthesis, characterization and composite development.
  • Excellent communication skills developed through peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports and oral presentations.
  • Technical leadership exhibited via initiative on project development and product innovation in both industry and academia.
  • Scientific leadership exhibited through project management in both industry and academia facilitated by monthly oral presentations and written technical reports.


Assistant Director for Technical Business Development, Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research, Ohio University, Athens Ohio Mar. ’15 – present
  • Currently managing a portfolio of 6 companies as part of stage-gate process for eventual conversion to full-time partners.
  • Responsible for connecting Center capabilities with external agency needs (public and private) via email correspondence, conference calls, online webinars, facilities tours, tradeshow participation and responses to requests for proposals.
  • Overseeing project development and management resulting from external partnerships with industrial agencies.
  • Completing ~1 proposal per month to governmental agencies for expansion of Center’s capabilities and de-risking external partner interests.
Research Chemist InternAshland Technical Center, Ashland Chemical, Dublin Ohio Aug. ’14 – Mar. ’15
  • Synthesized, characterized and evaluated phenol formaldehyde resins for use in a variety of applications including friction, laminating and filtration.
  • Co-developed new phenol formaldehyde resins including a rubber-based resin for alternative use in friction applications and a water-soluble urea-based resin with ultra-low levels of residual formaldehyde.
  • Characterized paraformaldehyde from different suppliers for use in procurement decision.
  • Cultivated relationships with external customers by troubleshooting concerns with and questions about product performance.
  • Collaborated with internal multi-functional teams including sales, analytical science, engineering and manufacturing personnel to facilitate development of customer solutions.
  • Represented Structural Polymers and Adhesives group on Ashland 5S Committee and organized subsequent 5S-related activities.
Post-doctoral Research Associate/Research Scientist, Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research, Ohio University, Athens Ohio Dec. ’11 – Mar. ’15
  • Developed photonics technique – Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy – for detecting low concentrations and weakly absorbing species in solution.
  • Developed a reaction mechanism for urea conversion on nickel using predictive modeling of crystal structure and molecular adsorption.
  • Explored self-assembled monolayers to improve reaction kinetics of aforementioned reaction.
  • Wrote proposals funded by Ohio Supercomputing Center and Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment for computing hours.
Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research, Ohio University, Athens Ohio Sep. ’05 – Nov. ’11
  • Developed a model for ammonia oxidation based on calculated binding energies, vibrations frequencies and adsorption geometry of involved molecules.
  • Predicted a cause for catalytic poisoning during urea oxidation.
  • Suggested an appropriate catalyst to inhibit this catalytic poisoning.
  • Predicted the vibrational properties of zirconium oxide for use in characterizing solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) components.
  • Presented research results at Imperial College (London, England) during an International Summer School.
  • Synthesized, characterized and tested planar Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (button cells).


PhD, Chemical Engineering, Ohio University, Nov. ’11 GPA: 3.68/4.00
Dissertation Title: Theoretical Characterization of Ammonia Oxidation Species on Platinum Clusters
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Ohio University, Jun. ’04 GPA: 3.21/4.00
Minors: Chemistry and Mathematics


Analytical: Density Functional Theory, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction, Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Impedance Spectroscopy, Potentiostatic and Galvanostatic tests.
Synthesis: Roll-Milling, Tape-Casting, Screen-Printing and Sintering.
Software: Microsoft Office, Gaussian, Crystal, ASPEN Plus, Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver.
Programming: Matlab and Python.


  1. A. Estejab, D.A. Daramola and G.G. Botte, Mathematical model of a parallel plate ammonia electrolyzer for combined wastewater remediation and hydrogen production, Water Research 77, pp 133-145 (2015).
  2. G.G. Botte, D.A. Daramola and M. Muthuvel Preparative Electrochemistry for Organic Synthesis, In Comprehensive Organic Synthesis II (Second Edition), G.A., Molander; P. Knochel, Eds., Elsevier: Amsterdam, pp 351-389 (2014).
  3. D.A. Daramola and G.G. Botte, Theoretical study of ammonia oxidation on platinum clusters – Adsorption of intermediate nitrogen dimer molecules, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 402, pp 204-214 (2013).
  4. D.A. Daramola and G.G. Botte, Theoretical study of ammonia oxidation on platinum clusters – Adsorption of ammonia and water fragments, Computational and Theoretical Chemistry 989, pp 7 – 17 (2012).
  5. D.A. Daramola, Theoretical Characterization of Ammonia Oxidation Species on Platinum Clusters, Ph.D. Dissertation, Ohio University, Athens, OH (2011).
  6. D.A. Daramola, D. Singh and G.G. Botte, Dissociation Rates of Urea in the Presence of NiOOH Catalyst: A DFT Analysis, Journal of Physical Chemistry A 114, pp 11513 – 11521 (2010).
  7. D.A. Daramola, M. Muthuvel and G.G. Botte, Density Functional Theory Analysis of Raman Frequency Modes of Monoclinic Zirconium Oxide Using Gaussian Basis Sets and Isotopic SubstitutionJournal of Physical Chemistry B 114, pp 9323 – 9329 (2010).


  1. Annual AIChE Meeting, Pittsburgh (2012)
    1. Investigation of Ammonia Oxidation on the Platinum Surface for Hydrogen Generation (Oral)
    2. On the adsorption of thiol molecules on a Nickel Catalyst: A theoretical approach (Oral)
  2. 222nd ECS Meeting, Hawaii (2012)
    1. The Effect of surface modification on the properties of a Nickel catalyst: A Theoretical Study (Oral)
    2. Effect of Nickel Surface Structure on Urea Electrolysis: An Experimental Study (Oral)
    3. A Semi-Empirical Model of Ammonia electrolysis in comparison to water electrolysis (Poster)
    4. Theoretical Characterization of Ammonia Oxidation Intermediates and Products on Platinum Clusters (Poster)
  3. 220th ECS Meeting, Boston (2011)
    1. Theoretical Characterization of Nickel (II) Hydroxide for Hydrogen production from Urea (Poster)
    2. Studies on the Bulk Reactions during Ammonia Oxidation (Poster)
    3. Computational Study of Ammonia Oxidation on Platinum Clusters (Oral)
  4. 218th ECS Meeting, Las Vegas (2010)
    1. Ammonia Oxidation on Platinum anodes: A DFT study of two mechanisms (Oral)
    2. Electric Field Effects on the adsorption of NH3 on Platinum for Electrochemical Oxidation (Poster)
  5. MSSC 2010: Ab initio Modelling in Solid State Chemistry: Theoretical Raman Spectra of Monoclinic Zirconia for SOFC Studies (Poster)
  6. 215th ECS Meeting, San Francisco (2009)
    1. Theoretical Raman Spectra of Monoclinic Zirconia for SOFC Studies (Oral)
    2. Theoretical Study of the Kinetics of Ammonia Oxidation on Platinum Anodes (Poster)
  7. 212th ECS Meeting, Washington DC (2007): Computational and Experimental Analysis of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anodes in the presence of H2S. (Oral)
  8. 211th ECS Meeting, Chicago (2007): Theoretical Investigations of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Anode Materials in the presence of H2S (Poster)
  9. Eastern Regional Chemical & Materials Engineering Graduate Symposium (2006): Theoretical Investigations of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Anode Materials (Poster)


  1. 220th Electrochemical Society Meeting (ECS) Student Poster (2011)
  2. Ohio University Student Enhancement Award (2009)
  3. Ohio University Research and Creativity Fair (2007)
  4. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Board of Affiliates Scholarship (2007)
  5. Eastern Regional Chemical & Materials Engineering Graduate Symposium (2006)
  6. NSBE & Exxon-Mobil Scholarship (2003)


  1. 222nd ECS Meeting Travel Grant (2012)
  2. 220th ECS Meeting Travel Grant (2011)
  3. 218th ECS Meeting Travel Grant (2010)
  4. International Summer School: Ab initio Modelling in Solid State Chemistry bursary (2010)
  5. 215th ECS Meeting Travel Grant (2009)
  6. Ohio University Graduate Student Senate Original Work Grant (2007)
  7. 212th ECS Meeting Travel Grant (2007)
  8. 211th ECS Meeting Travel Grant (2007)


  • Electrochemical Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity
  • Ohio University Robe Leadership Scholar
  • Journal Article Peer Reviewer
    • Journal of Power Sources
    • Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics