Undergraduate Research

The Department of Chemical Engineering Grant Recipients

 

Ryann Boudreau, Bioengineering – 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship USA

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Topic: In Situ Cell Encapsulation by Silk-Gelatine Composite Hydrogels

Jason Brown, Bioengineering– 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship USA

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Microparticles of Decellularized Extracellular Matrix for Cell Encapsulation

Charles Gasperoni, Bioengineering– 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship USA

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Topic: An ELP-Nanobody Construct for Sensing of GFP

Griffin Kane, Bioengineering– 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship USA

Faculty Mentors: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Intein Mediated Approach to Protein Purification on the Spores of Bacillus subtilis

Adam Rosenbaum, Bioengineering– 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship USA

Faculty Mentors: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Engineering Bacteria for the Cost-Effective Production of antimicrobial Peptides (AMPs)

Joseph Tumidajski, Bioengineering– 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship USA

Faculty Mentors: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Bioremediation of Arsenic

Zachary Andronaco, Bioengineering - 2019 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Magnesium-Iron Layered Double Hydroxides as Penicillin Delivery Molecules

Jonathan Cooper, Bioengineering – 2019 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Edward Song, Electrical Engineering

Topic: Graphene Based Biosensor for the Selective Detection of Lysozyme and Thrombin

Mrinal Ganash, Bioengineering – 2019 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Biodegradation of Plastic Waste using Enzymes Displayed on the Spore Surface

Nathaniel Nichols, Chemical Engineering – 2019 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Functional Acid and Base Hybrid Catalysts Organized by Heteropoly Acids (HPAs) and Layered Double Hydroxides (LDHs)

Emma Roberge, Bioengineering – 2019 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Evaluation of Stimuli Responsive Polymers for Sensor Applications in 3D and 2D Space

Zachary Andronaco, Bioengineering – 2019 Research Presentation Grant

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Mechanistic Studies of Thermal Decomposition of Nickel-Iron Layered Double Hydroxides

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Charles Gasperoni, Bioengineering – 2019 Research Presentation Grant

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Investigation of the Sensing and Stability Characteristics of a Nickel (II) Oxide Film

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Sabrina Marnoto, Chemical Engineering – 2019 Research Presentation Grant

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Detection of Beta Carotene and Lutein using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Mckenna Merrill, Bioengineering – 2019 Research Presentation Grant

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Development of a Cyclodextrin Immobilized Electrochemical Sensor

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Zachary Andronaco, Bioengineering – 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Liquid-Phase Catalytic Conversion of Ethanol to 1-Butanol over Solid-Base Catalysts

Justin Hardcastle, Bioengineering2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Heavy Metal Remediation Using Proteins Displayed on Spore Surface

Mckenna Merrill, Bioengineering2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Construction of a Carboxyl-Cyclodextrin Terminated Sensor via Electrochemical Reduction of Diazonium Salt for Molecular Analysis Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

Ryann Boudreau, Bioengineering – 2018 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Topic: A New Artificial Cornea Design Based on a Silk-Gelatin Composite Hydrogel and a Microporous Scaffold

Charles Gasperoni, Bioengineering – 2018 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Evaluation of Platinum-Copper Hexacyanoferrate Hybrid Film to Electrocatalytically Detect Amino Acids

Connor Joyce, Bioengineering – 2018 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Injectable Microporous Hydrogels with Gelatin Microgels and Calcium Sulfate Microparticles

Jackson Kaspari, Chemical Engineering – 2018 Undergraduate Research Award 

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Margaret Greenslade, Chemistry

Topic: The Evaporation or Growth Rates of Dicarboxylic Acid Solution Droplets as a Function of Relative Humidity

Sean McNeill, Chemical Engineering – 2018 Undergraduate Research Award 

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Photocatalytic Decomposition of Phenol in Wastewater Using Nitrogen Modified Titanium Dioxide

Paul Worthington, Chemical Engineering – 2018 Undergraduate Research Award 

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Catalytic Dehydrogenation of Methanol over Gold-Substituted Heteropoly Acids

Ibrahim Al-Musawi, Chemical Engineering – 2018 Research Presentation Grant

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Using a Rotating Ring Disk Electrode to Explore the Effects of Manganese on Solid Electrolyte Interphase

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Mariah Arral, Chemical Engineering2018 Research Presentation Grant

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Characterization of the Electrochemical Detection of Ng-Hydroy-L-Arginine

Conference: Electrochemical Society

Jackson Kaspari, Chemical Engineering2018 Research Presentation Grant

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Margaret Greenslade, Chemistry

Project Title: The Evaporation or Growth Rates of Dicarboxylic Acid Solution Droplets as a Function of Relative Humidity

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Caroline Ladegard, Chemical Engineering2018 Research Presentation Grant

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Parameter Optimization for the Detection of Nucleotides using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

Conference: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting

Rachel Lake, Chemical Engineering2018 Research Presentation Grant

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Injectable Microporous Gelatin Hydrogel for Wound Healing

Conference: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting

Sabrina Marnoto, Chemical Engineering2018 Research Presentation Grant

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: The Development of a Sensitive Electrochemical Method for Carotenoid Detection

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Lorenzo Milani, Chemical Engineering2018 Research Presentation Grant

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Study on the Thermal Decomposition of Ni/Ga Layered Double Hydroxides

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Christopher Bales - 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Direct Conversion of Methane to Oxygenates over Solid Acid Catalysts

Brady Camplin - 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Surface Modification of Bacterial Spores for the Purpose of a Universal Flu Vaccine

Jackson Kaspari - 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Margaret Greenslade, Chemistry
Topic: The Effect of Evaporating Dicarboxylic Acids on Aerosol Size

Rachel Lake - 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Injectable Porous Hydrogel for Wound Healing

Lorenzo Milani - 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Development of Layered Double Hydroxides Catalysts for Carbon Dioxide Reforming of Methane

Alexander Nguyen - 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering
Topic: A Silk-Based Bio-Adhesive Combined with Polydopamine Coating to Enhance Bio-integration of Medical Implants

Serge Boucher - 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA

Caroline Ladegard - 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Sensing Affinity Interactions of Nucleotides to Detect DRD4 Gene Methylation

Mckenna Merrill - 2017 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Development of an Adamantane-Cyclodextrin Mediated Electrochemical Sensor

Lucas Prevost - 2017 Undergranduate Research Award
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Bioremediation of Pb (II) using Bacillus subtilis Spores with Lead Binding Proteins

Brady Camplin - 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering
Topic: In Vitro Synthesis of Virus like Particles for Delivery of MicroRNA to Tumor Cells

Justin Cournoyer - 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Development of the Alkali Modified Bimetallic Catalysts for Carbon Dioxide Reduction to Methanol

Mariah Arral - 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA

Micaela Schones - 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Mass and Electrochemical Measurements of L-Arginine, L-Ornithine, and NOHA at a Carbon Surface

Sabrina Marnoto - 2016 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Surface Enhanced Electrochemical Sensor used to Measure Carotenoid Levels in Buffer

Jia Mo - 2016 Research Presentation Grant
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marino Fernandes, English
Project Title: Renewing Our Commitment to Multilingual Writers in the Writing Center: An Approach from the Margins
Conference: 2016 Midwest Writing Center Association

Erin Tiedemann - 2016 Research Presentation Grant
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Harish Vashisth, Chemical Engineering
Project Title: Chem E Car Competition
Conference: AICHE Conference

Mariah Arral - 2015 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) 
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Electrochemical Enhanced Detection of NOHA through Surface Interactions

Christopher Blais - 2015 Honors Thesis Grant
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nivedita Gupta, Chemical Engineering
Thesis: Protein - Based Microcapsules: Fabrication & Comparison to Simulations

Joel Ford - 2015 Research Presentation Grant
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jillian Goldfarb, Chemical Engineering
Project Title: Fabrication of Activated Biochars from Avocado Pitts and Their Adsorption Capacity for Oxytetracycline from Wastewater
Conference: 248th American Chemical Society Meeting

Rhiannon Jacobs - 2015 Research Presentation Grant
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Harish Vashisth, Chemical Engineering 
Project Title: Molecular Dynamics Simulations of M37 Lipase in Water and Methanol
Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers Northeast Regional Meeting
 
Halie White - 2015 Research Presentation Grant
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Harish Vashisth, Chemical Engineering 
Project Title: ChemE Car regional competition
Conference:American Institute of Chemical Engineers Northeast Regional Meeting
 
Nicholas Sweeney-Cook - 2014-15 Undergraduate Research Award (URA) 
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Covalent Attachment of Cyclodextrin Compounds to Carbon Fiber for Chemical Sensing Applications

Shujie Hou - 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) USA 
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Bactericidal Surface that Enhances Integration of Biomaterials with Tissue
 
Duncan Cromwell - 2014 International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)
Research Site: Cantoblanco, Spain
Faculty Mentor: Prof. P.T. Vasudevan, Chemical Engineering 
Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. Barbara Garcia, Institute of Catalysis & Petrochemistry   
Topic: Semi-batch Transesterification of Waste Oil
 
Christopher Blais - 2014 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nivedita Gupta, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Microcapsule Dynamics through a Suddenly Constricting Channel
 
Alison Deyett - 2014 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)  
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Innate Immune Response to Novel Bactericidal Surface that Enhances Biointegration
 
Mitchell Juneau - 2014 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)  
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Xiaowei Teng, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Design of Vanadium Oxide Nanostructure for Electrochemical Capacitor Applications
 
Christopher Blais - 2014 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Experiments & Simulations of Droplet Flow through Sharp Contractions
Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers
 
Rhiannon Jacobs - 2014 Research Presentation Grant
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Harish Vashisth, Chemical Engineering 
Project Title: Multiscale Simulation of Enzyme Conformational Dynamics
Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers
 
Michael Seaman - 2014 Research Presentation Grant
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Harish Vashisth, Chemical Engineering 
Project Title: ChemE Car regional competition
Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers
 
Brian McConnell - 2013 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab Farag, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Kinetics of the Lipid Extraction from Microalgae
 
Lauren Pappas - 2013 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jillian Goldfarb, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Cocoa Shell Biochar Removal of Amoxicillin from Wastewater
 
Kelsey Price - 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) USA 
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab Farag, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Reducing Water, Energy, and Chemical Use in Microalgae Biodiesel Production
 
Rebecca Cole - 2013 International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)
Research Site: Cantoblanco, Spain
Faculty Mentor: Prof. P.T. Vasudevan, Chemical Engineering  
Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. Barbara Garcia, Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry   
Topic: Novel Catalysts for Biofuel Production
 
Phylicia Cicilio - 2013 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Pyrolysis and Oxidation Kinetics of Corn and Coal Blends for Energy Generation
Conference: American Chemical Society National Meeting
 
Anthony D’Amico - 2013 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Reaction Kinetics of Colorado, Chinese, and Estonia Oil Shale Semi-cokes in Air
Conference: American Chemical Society National Meeting
 
Daniel Eltingham - 2013 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Algae Growth in Photobioreactors using a Removable Jacket of Colored LED's
Conference: Energy, Utility, & Environment Conference
 
Kathleen Miller - 2013 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Preparation of Activated Carbons from Waste Peanut Shells for Use as a Sorbent Material
Conference: American Chemical Society National Meeting
 
Lauren Pappas - 2013 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Cocoa and Coal: Pyrolysis Kinetics of Locally Sourced Coal-Biomass Blends in New Hampshire
Conference: American Chemical Society National Meeting
 
Kelsey Price - 2013 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Energy and Water Resource Efficient Production of Microalgae Lipids
Conference: Energy, Utility, & Environment Conference
 
Seth Trembly - 2013 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Microalgae Production using Floating Photobioreactors
Conference: Algae Biomass Summit
 
Pablo Yangali - 2013 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Pyrolysis Reactions of Biomass –Coal Blends Using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Conference: American Chemical Society National Meeting
 
Emily Smith - 2012 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab Farag, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Enhancement of Bio-Oil by Pervaporation
 
Kelsey Price - 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) USA
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab Farag, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Energy Efficient Microalgae Oil Recovery by Nanofiltration
 
Sachi Nagada - 2012 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Russell Carr, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Modeling Equations of the Sleeping Patterns Between Mother and Child and Try to Correlate the equations of Sudden Infant Death
 
Madelyn Ball - 2012 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Immunofluorescence to locate α, - and β2- Adrenergic Receptors in Small Arterioles
Conference: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting
 
Amanda Lade - 2012 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Toxic Gold? Bioavailability of Olive Oil Waste Phenols to Plant Matter
Conference: 243rd ACS National Meeting
 
Brian McConnell - 2012 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Floating Photobioreactors for Microalgae Growth in Wastewater
Conference: Energy & Environment Conference/Expo
 
Rebecca Wilson - 2012 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Biodiesel: Salt-Water Microalgae Growth for Biodiesel Production in a Hot Sunny Climate Using an Open Pond System
Conference: Energy & Environment Conference/Expo
 
Augustin Wimsatt - 2012 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Entry in the AICHE Chem-E-Car National Competition
Conference: American Institute for Chemical Engineers National Student Conference
 
Rebecca Wilson - 2012 Honors Thesis Grant
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Dale Barkey, Chemical Engineering
Thesis: Metal Nanoparticles for Solar Panel Applications
 
Brian Zukas and Phylicia Cicilio - 2011 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jillian Goldfarb, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Chem-E Car

Brian McConnell - 2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) USA
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab Farag, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Design of a Submersible Photobioreactor for Microalgae Growth in the Ocean
 
Rebecca Wilson - 2011 International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)
Research Site: Doha, Qatar 
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab Farag, Chemical Engineering
Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ghada Salama, Texas A&M, Qatar   
Topic: Microalgae Biodiesel Production
 
Rebecca Cole - 2011 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)
Faculty Mentor: Prof.Qing Song, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Developing a Real-Time Quantitative and Multiplexed Live Single-Cell Microarray
 
Amanda Lade - 2011 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jillian Goldfarb, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Toxic Gold? Bioavailability of Olive Oil Waste Phenols to Plant Matter
 
Xiameng Liu - 2011 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Surfactant Effects on Drop Formation in Co-Flowing Fluids
Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting
 
Brian McConnell - 2011 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Comparative Study of Lipids Produced from Microalgae Grown in Freshwater vs. Wastewater
Conference: Energy, Utility & Environment
 
Rebecca Wilson - 2011 Research Presentation Grant
Project Title: Parametric Study of Biodiesel Quality and Yield Using a Bench-Top Processor
Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting