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Research Lab for Surface Modification and Materials

August/September 2017

We welcome a few new members to the group: Michelle Ayers, Eric Britton, and Alex Pica. We also welcome back Kristi, Mitchell and Ahmed after they went away for their summer interns.

June, 2017

We welcome Autumn to the group. Autumn will continue the squid teeth ring proteins work carried out by Zach and Ahmed.

June, 2017

Manea, Zach, Ahmed, Josh, Eli and Qing presented their posters during the 45th Mid-Atlantic Regional ACS meeting (June 3—June 6) in Hershey PA. Good job every one.

May, 2017

We welcome Alex Hoyt to the group. Alex will work on the role of pH and oxalate concentration on aluminum alloy 2024 corrosion.

May, 2017

Congratulations and best of luck to the new graduates from our group: Zach, Maelani, John, Kam, Mary, Sean, and Rima.

April, 2017

Abdullah and Eric’s manuscript on thermo-responsive polymer films retained on surfaces coated with adhesion promoting agents has been accepted for publication. It will appear in an In Focus issue (of Biointerphases) in June 2017 in honor of Dr. Buddy Ratner’s 70th Birthday.

April, 2017

Maelani was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honors Society, on April 13th. Congratulations Maelani!

April, 2017

Maelani is one of the two graduating chemical and corrosion engineering seniors to receive the 2017 Trajectory Award from the College of Engineering, which is designated to “reward promising engineering students who have been identified by faculty and/or staff as having great potential as they embark on their engineering careers”. Congratulations Maelani!

March, 2017

Dr. Zhang Newby was selected as one of the 14 faculty members to receive the 2017 Faculty Research Summer Fellowship from the University of Akron.

November, 2016

Josh was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honors Society, on November 18th. Congratulations Josh!

August, 2016

Abdullah has earned his well deserved MS degree in Chemical Engineering on August 20th, 2016.

 

His Master Thesis is titled “Immobilization of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) on hydroxylated surfaces using cross-linked organosilane networks”.

 

Congratulations and best of luck.

July, 2016

Abdullah has led the team to the completion of the NSF ICorps program and was awarded a fund to continue their efforts on the commercialization of the technology (based on his master’s thesis) in the coming months.

May, 2016

Dao, Heather and Ryan graduated with their BS degree from Chemical Engineering on May 15th, 2016 with Honors. Congratulations!!!

April, 2016

Heather and Eric presented their poster based on their research (“Extended Release of Small Hydrophilic drugs from hydrogel matrices”) during the Industry Advisory Board meeting, and won the 1st Place.  Congratulations Heather and Eric!

April, 2016

Ryan is one of the ten engineering students from the College of Engineering to receive the 2016 Trajectory Award scholarship, which is designated to “reward promising engineering students who have been identified by faculty and/or staff as having great potential as they embark on their engineering careers”. Congratulations Ryan!

March, 2016

Abdullah presented his research work on entrapping poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) using organosiloxane networks at the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Abdullah was one of the three winners for the best poster award by the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division. He competed with 180 other posters, many from top schools. Congratulations on a job well done.