Summer 2004


List of Participants

Calendar of Events




































Department of Chemical Engineering
2004 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

2005 REU Participants

List of Participants

Student:  Nathassia Corzo, University of South Florida

Mentor: Dr. Williams and Dr. Bender

Research Topic:  "Raman Microscopic Investigation of Tribologically Induced Crystallinity in UHMWPE Polymer Films"


Student:  Maureen Curran, University of South Florida

Mentor: Dr. Popov

Research Topic:  "Studies on Fe based Non Noble Metal Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction"


Student:  Konstantin Damm, Case Western Reserve University

Mentor: Dr. Amiridis

Research Topic:  "Acid Based Heterogeneous Catalytic Synthesis of Flavanone"


Student:  Samuel Dehn, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

Mentor: Dr. Ritter

Research Topic:  "Development of Nanostructured Materials for Reversible Hydrogen Storage"


Student:  Carrie Farberow, University of Oklahoma

Mentor: Dr. Jabbari

Research Topic:  "Degradable Hydrogels as a Carrier for Stem Cells in Cartilage Regeneration"


Student:  Ben Fischer-Valuck, Tulane University

Mentor: Dr. Bender

Research Topic:  "Control of Electric Field-Induced Migration of Cardiac Fibroblasts"


Student:  Roderick Fuentes, University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez

Mentor: Dr. Weidner

Research Topic:  "PtRu/Nb0.1Ti0.902 Supported Catalyst for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Applications"


Student:  Krystal Garringer, Iowa State University

Mentor: Dr. Matthews

Research Topic:  "Characterizing the Solid Products from the Steam Hydrolysis of Sodium Borohydride"


Student:  Clare Hoang, University of Oklahoma

Mentor: Dr. Monnier and Dr. Williams

Research Topic:  "Preparation of Ag-Containing Platinum Catalysts Using Electroless Deposition Methods"


Student:  Laura Hoisington, Florida Institute of Technology

Mentor:  Dr. Amiridis

Research Topic:  "Characterization of Dendrimer-Encapsulated Platinum and Palladium Catalysts"


Student:  Brian Holsclaw, West Virginia University

Mentor: Dr. Van Zee

Research Topic:  "Investigation of the Effect of Chloride Contamination on PEM Fuel Cell Performance"


Student:  Kara Larsen, Montana State University

Mentor: Dr. Bender

Research Topic:  "QCM Characterization of Electri Field-Induced Migration of Cardiac Fibroblasts, Dermal Fibroblasts, Kidney Epithelial Cells, and Cardiac Myocytes"


Student:  Ryan Lawhon, University of Texas

Mentor: Dr. Ritter

Research Topic:  "In Vitro Studies of Ferromagnetic Wire Implants for Magnetic Drug Targeting"


Student:  Thomas Palathra, Manhattan College

Mentor: Dr. Gatzke

Research Topic:  "Analysis of the Multidimensional Behavior in a High Shear Granulation Process"


Student:  Jennifer Patterson, Florida Institute of Technology

Mentor: Dr. Weidner

Research Topic:  "Characterization of a Direct Methanol Fuel Cell"


Student:  Michael Petr, Iowa State University

Mentor: Dr. Gadala-Maria

Research Topic:  "The Rheology of Bulk Molding Compounds"


Student:  Michael Pettinella, Villanova University

Mentor: Dr. Jabbari

Research Topic:  "Biomimetic Nano-Particles for Bone Regeneration"


Student:  Caitlin Pierce, Rose-Hulman University

Mentor: Dr. Papathanasiou

Research Topic:  "Pilot Level Plasticization of Levan"


Student:  Nathan Porter, Georgia Tech

Mentor: Dr. Ploehn

Research Topic:  "Immobilization of Dendrimer-Metal Complexes Within Silica Xerogels"


Student:  Emily Seikel, University of Dayton

Mentor: Dr. Van Zee

Research Topic:  "Analysis of Ammonia Poisoning in PEM Fuel Cells using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy"


Student:  Leslie Wise, University of Kansas

Mentor: Dr. Weidner

Research Topic:  "Anode Impurities in Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells"


Student:  John Yeager, Washington State University

Mentor: Dr. Popov

Research Topic:  "Investigation of the Effects of Carbon Loading on Gas Diffusion Layer Properties in the Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell"


Student:  Keigo Yoshida, Columbia University

Mentor: Dr. Davis

Research Topic:  "Chiral Separations with Electrodialysis"


Student:  Corelis Zayas-Ortiz, University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez

Mentor: Dr. Moss

Research Topic:  "Identification of Therapeutic Targets for Alzheimer's Disease by Inhibitor of Amyloid-β Fibril Formation"


Calendar of Events


2005 NSF-REU Calendar of Events



Event Title



Orientation: West Quad Living and Learning Center

Sunday 5/22

11:00 a.m.


Friday 6/3

4:00-8:00 p.m.

Graduate Student Symposium

Friday 6/10

9:00-4:00 p.m.

Social Evening:  Bowling                                                                                                               

Tuesday 6/14

7:00-9:00  p.m.

**Brown Bag Seminar- “Presenting and Publishing Your REU Research” by Dr. Williams

Tuesday 6/21

12:00-1:00 p.m.  Faculty Lounge

**Brown Bag Seminar- “Research and Critical Thinking” by Dr. Matthews

Monday 6/27

12:00-1:00 p.m.  Faculty Lounge

Social Evening:  Pool Party- Woodlands Country Club

Tuesday, 6/28

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Plant Tour: Roche- Be at Swearingen at 8:00 a.m. to load onto the bus

Thursday 6/30

7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

**Brown Bag Seminar w/Dr. Coull & full tour of West Quad

Friday 7/8

12:00-1:30 p.m.  Living & Learning Cntr.

“Bring your Favorite Food” Potluck

Friday 7/8

7:00-9:00 p.m. Faculty Lounge

**Brown Bag Seminar- Graduate Studies Seminar by Dr. Ploehn & Novella Beskid

Tuesday 7/12

12:00- 1:00 p.m.  Faculty Lounge

Plant Tour: MeadWestvaco (Dress code mandatory!)  Load bus at 7:45 a.m.

Wednesday 7/20

7:45 a.m.-6:00 p.m.




REU Research Symposium                                                                       

Thursday July 28th

9:00 am- 5:00 p.m.  Amoco Hall

Dorm Check-out

Friday 7/29- Sat. 7/30

9:00 am until ?


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