Professor Nam Sun Wang's research group focuses on biochemical and bioprocess engineering; bioengineering for protein and enzyme immobilization and angiogenesis; on-line chemical and biochemical process monitoring (including NIR, fluorescence, and light scattering); and biosensor design using protein arrays, antibody/antigen interaction, and DNA/DNA hybridization.
The BioFluid Dynamics Laboratory's research involves the dynamics of drops and bubbles in microfluidics and porous media, hemodynamics and hemopathology in the microcirculation, dynamics of synthetic and biological polymers, and the development of novel computational methodologies for the accurate and efficient study of these physical systems.
The Calabrese Group studies turbulent mixing and multiphase flow, with emphasis on drop dispersion and coalescence, prediction and measurement of particle size distribution, and prediction and measurement of velocity fields in stirred vessels, high shear mixers and other process equipment.
The Complex Fluids and Nanomaterials Group seeks to engineer matter at the nano and micro scales using the strategies of self-assembly and directed assembly. The lab's interest is primarily in soft matter (e.g., hydrogels) and in biomolecular and biomimetic structures.
The Functional Macromolecular Laboratory focuses on the synthesis characterization and processing of novel polymer based architectures used in a variety of technologies and devices ranging from energy storage to medical devices.
Professor Amy Karlsson’s research group uses the tools of protein and peptide engineering to study pathogenic microorganisms, particularly fungal pathogens, with a goal of improving diagnosis and treatment. The group's current work is primarily focused on studying the most prevalent fungal pathogen in humans, Candida albicans.
Professor Jeffery Klauda's research group focuses on the use of molecular simulations and thermodynamic modeling to describe the function, dynamics, and physical properties of cellular membranes (proteins, lipids, cholesterol, etc.) and gas hydrates (energy storage and carbon dioxide sequesterization).
Professor Dongxia Liu's group conducts research at the interface of materials synthesis and catalytic science, with an emphasis on precisely controlling the composition and constitution of nanostructured particles and membranes for renewable energy conversion and storage applications.
The Woehl Research group investigates micro- and nanoscale assembly processes with emphasis on electric field directed assembly of colloids and nanomaterials, aggregation and stability of biomolecules, and out-of-equilibrium assembly processes.
Founded in 1984, the Polymer Reaction Engineering Laboratory aims to solve scientific and technical problems related to industrial polymerization process technology. Its primary research interests include but are not limited to: synthesis of polymers and polymerization kinetics, polymerization reactor/process modeling, control, and optimization.
Distillation and other thermally-driven separations are extremely energy-intensive consuming roughly half of U.S. industrial energy use. Transport in molecularly-selective membranes is driven by chemical potential gradient, and membrane-based separations can be more energy-efficient with significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions.
The Adomaitis Group's research focuses on simulation-based design, optimization, and experimental evaluation of advanced materials manufacturing processes, and is particularly interested in developing new reactor designs for thin-film deposition of semiconductor materials for electronic and solar energy applications.
The Wachsman Group is at the forefront of renewable energy research involving high temperature ceramics. Professor Wachsman's advances in fundamental ionic transport and electrocatalysis have revolutionized solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), ion transport membranes, and solid state sensors.