Research

students in laboratory

The Department of Chemical Engineering  has an active research program with
research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate studuents available in the following key areas:

Graduate and undergraduate students are actively involved in these research projects.
 

Biomaterials

Faculty Kyung Jae Jeong
Current Research

  • Injectable hydrogel for intraocular drug delivery
  • Multifunctional surface chemistry for biointegration of medical implants
  • Bioadhesives to interface tissue and medical implants
  • Finding correlations between innate immunity and tissue-biomaterial interaction

Faculty Young Jo Kim
Current Research

  • Electrochemical properties of biopigments
  • Device fabrication with redox-active biomaterials

Faculty  Linqing Li
Current Research

  • Microstructured multifunctional hydrogels for chronic wound healing
  • Heparin-mimetic biomaterials to promote tissue vascularization
  • Decoupling hydrogel degradation modes to control cellular behavior

Biomedical Engineering

Faculty Jeffrey Halpern
Current Research

  • Detecting low levels of biomolecules with electrochemistry for quick and accurate analysis
  • Diagnosing various diseases and disorders including myocardial infraction, psychological disorders, and cancer
  • Designing new biosensors that can be widely implemented

Biophysics

Faculty Harish Vashisth
Current Research

  • Signaling and transport via membrane receptors
  • Conformational dynamics of proteins and nucleic acids
  • Multiscale methods for biophysical phenomena

Catalysis

Faculty Nan Yi
Current Research

  • Direct methane conversion to chemicals
  • Carbon capture and utilization 
  • Selective transformation of glycerol 

Chemical & Biosensors

Faculty Jeffrey Halpern
Current Research

  • Detecting low levels of biomolecules with electrochemistry for quick and accurate analysis
  • Employing surface affinity interactions to increase the sensitivity of electrochemical sensors
  • Diagnosing various diseases and disorders including myocardial infraction, psychological disorders, and cancer

Energy Storage

Faculty Young Jo Kim
Current Research

  • Electrochemical charge storage materials for powering biomedical devices
  • Charge conduction through the biomaterials
  • Desalination using redox-active materials

Fluid Dynamics

Faculty  Nivedita Gupta
Current Research

  • Enzyme-catalyzed reactions in obstructed channels
  • Break up of particle-laden drops

Microfluidics

Faculty Nivedita Gupta
Current Research

  • Synthesis of nanoparticles in microfluidic reactors

Modeling & Simulation

Faculty  Nivedita Gupta
Current Research

  • Enzyme-catalyzed reactions in obstructed channels
  • Break up of particle-laden drops

Faculty  Harish Vashisth
Current Research

  • Signaling and transport via membrane receptors
  • Conformational dynamics of proteins and nucleic acids
  • Multiscale methods for biophysical phenomena

Synthetic Biology

Faculty  Kang Wu
Current Research

  • Spore surface display of enzyme complexes for lignocellulosic biomass deconstruction
  • Protein secretion through the Twin Arginine Translocation pathway
  • Microbial carbon dioxide reduction facilitated by biocompatible nanoparticles
  • Bioremediation of heavy metals and hydrocarbons using Geobacilli
  • Production and characterization of thermostable enzymes for cellulosic ethanol

Tissue Engineering

Faculty  Kyung Jae Jeong
Current Research

  • Hydrogel-based drug delivery for tissue regeneration
  • Novel tissue engineering scaffolds

Faculty  Linqing Li
Current Research

  • Highly protein-adsorbent hydrogel for tissue culture
  • Engineering liquid-liquid phase separation systems for drug delivery 
  • Designer biomaterials for mechanobiology 
  • Patterning angiogenic microenvironment and matrix architecture to enhance vasculature