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Chemical Engineering

Daniel R. Woldring

We develop high performance therapeutics and diagnostics using novel protein engineering methods. Our lab combines directed evolution and high-throughput experiments with structural biology and bioinformatics to elucidate biological processes and their clinical relevance.

Robert C. Ferrier, Jr.

The research in my group leverages my background in polymer physics and polymer chemistry. We utilize state-of-the-art polymer synthesis techniques to create novel polymeric materials with targeted properties in an effort to solve real-world challenges. Current projects focus on polymer electrolytes for battery applications, polymeric membranes for clean water, and immune-active polymers to fight addiction.

Brian Rook

Composite materials processing including extrusion, injection molding, compression molding, prepregging, cryogenic milling, and fiber surface treatment; elastomer processing including internal mixing, and two-roll milling. Material characterization including thermal analysis, mechanical testing, and optical microscopy.

Per Askeland

Responsible for operation, upkeep, and training of various analytical techniques including surface spectroscopy (XPS, AES), molecular spectroscopy (FTIR, UV-Vis), and microscopy (ESEM, optical). Also responsible for materials processing techniques including plasma and UV-ozone surface treatments. Research areas include: electrospinning ceramic and organic fibers for chemical and biological sensing; development of luminescent based oxygen sensors; surface treatment of polymers for adhesive bonding; and assisting the development of graphite based polymer composites.

Tim Whitehead

My group develops general methods to engineer and design biological macromolecules for new and/or enhanced functions. These molecules can be useful as biocatalysts to deconstruct renewable biomass to jet fuel, as diagnostics or therapeutics for recognizing and destroying pandemic viruses, and comprise new metabolic pathways for the environmentally friendly production of medicines. 

Robert Ofoli

Nanocatalytic conversion of biorenewables to fuels and chemicals, nanoscale production of hydrogen on demand, adsorption and interactions of biomacromolecules at biomimetic interfaces, optical and electrochemical characterization of active nanostructures.

Ramani Narayan

Polymeric materials from renewable resources; biodegradable polymer systems; engineering and design of natural-synthetic polymer graft and block copolymers; polymer blends; studies in reactive extrusion processing, biobased and recyclable composites.