Faculty Research

Dr. Noelle K. Comolli

Interests

  • Novel biomaterial designs for axonal growth after spinal cord injury
  • Polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery
  • Tissue engineering
  • Targeted drug delivery of anti-cancer agents

Selected Publications

  • “In vitro analysis of PNIPAAm-PEG, a novel, injectable scaffold for spinal cord repair” NK Comolli, B Nehuber, I Fisher, AM Lowman, Acta Biomaterilia, available online October 26, 2008

Dr. Donald D. Joye

Interests

  • Heat transfer in complex flow systems including boiling and mixed convection
  • Non-Newtonian fluid flow and rheology focusing of polymers, sludges, and complex fluids
  • Extraction and recovery of natural products from plants and fruits

Selected Publications

  • D.W. Dinehart, D.D. Joye, E. Mendoza, Viscoelastic Polymers Improve Cyclic Performance of Wood Connections, Proc. 8th World Conf. on Timber Engineering, vol.3, Lahti, Finland, June 2004.
  • D.D. Joye, Pressure Drop Correlation for Aided Flow, Mixed Convection Heat Transfer in a Vertical Tube, Int’l J. Heat and Fluid Flow, 24(2), 260-266 (2003).
  • D.D. Joye, Shear Rate and Viscosity Corrections for a Casson Fluid in Concentric Cylinder (Couette) Geometries, J. Colloid and Interface Sci. 267, 204-210 (2003).

Dr. C. Michael Kelly

Interests

  • New technology implementation and optimization
  • Process simulation and mathematical modeling of chemical processes
  • Theoretical and experimental investigation of two phase flow systems

Selected Publications

  • "Reactor design for chemical vapor deposition of tungsten carbide", Surface and Coatings Technology, Vol. 54/55, pp. 198-203, 1992 (with D. Garg).
  • "Sustained Oscillations in Simple Models for Chemical Vapor Deposition", Thin Solid Films,Vol. 207, pp. 57-64, 1992 (with D. Skaf).
  • "Kinetics of Chemical Vapor Deposition of Tungsten Carbide", Thin Solid Films, Vol. 219, pp. 103-108, 1992 (with D. Garg and P.N. Dyer).

Dr. William J. Kelly

Interests

  • Flow and shearing investigations in biotechnology process equipment
  • Computational fluid dynamics of mixing, valves, and centrifuges with complex fluid flow
  • Process equipment effects on the integrity and structure of DNA plasmids
  • Equipment optimization and design for fermentation and biological processes

Selected Publications

  • Jain, M.; Paranandi, M,; Roush, D.; Göklen, K. and Kelly, W. Using CFD To Understand How Flow Patterns Affect Retention of Cell-Sized Particles in a Tubular Bowl Centrifuge. Ind. Chem Res. Vol 44. Issue 20 (September 2005). pp 7876 – 7884.
  • Kelly, W.J. and Muske, K.R. Optimal Operation of High Pressure Homogenization for Intracellular Product Recovery. Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering. Volume 27 (2004), 1, pgs 25 - 37.
  • Ricci, E. and Kelly, W. Dec. 2004. The effects of Power law fluid rheology on coil heat transfer for transitional flow in an agitated vessel. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. Volume 82 (2004), 6, pgs 1275 – 1283
  • Kelly, W. Review: Perspectives on Plasmid-Based Gene Therapy - Challenges for the Product/Process. Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry, 37 (2003), 21, 219-223 

Dr. Vito L. Punzi

Interests

  • Novel waste treatment and minimization technologies for liquid toxins
  • Mathematical modeling and experimentation of heavy metal adsorption on various adsorbents
  • Wastewater treatment systems for the removal of trace levels of mercury
  • Health risk assessments

Dr. Edward R. Ritter

Interests

  • Experimental and modeling investigations into the thermal decomposition of CFCs
  • Kinetic modeling and product prediction of complex chemical reaction systems
  • Kinetic and thermodynamic property estimations from quantum chemical calculations
  • Byproduct formation and minimization in chemical processes

Selected Publications

  • E. R. Ritter, M. Pingatore and J. Dawson, “Experimental and Computational Study on HF Elimination from 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafuoropropane and 1,1,1,3,3-Pentafluorobutane,” Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Chemical Kinetics, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, July 2005.
  • E. R. Ritter, W. Skaf, and W. Kohler, “Reaction Paths to Gas Phase Perfluoropropene Formation: A CASMP2 and B3LYP Investigation,” Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Chemical Kinetics, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, July 2005.
  • E. R. Ritter and M. Pingatore, “Experimental and Computational Study of the Pyrolysis of 1,1,1,3,3-Pentafluorobutane,” Proceedings of the 4th Joint Meeting of the U. S. Sections of the Combustion Institute, Drexel University, March 2005.

Dr. Dorothy W. Skaf

Interests

  • Effects of processing conditions on chemical vapor deposition
  • Electrochemical deposition of alloy coatings from solutions containing mixed metal ions
  • Cadmium sulfide/cadmium telluride solar cell development
  • Methods for estimating mixture flammability limits

Selected Publications

  • Electrochemical Behavior of Bis(Beta-diketonate)copper Complexes Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 152 (11) B435-B440 (2005) Ginger M. Benison, Amber O. Evans, Carol A. Bessel, Dorothy W. Skaf, Royce W. Murray and Joseph M. DeSimone
  • “The Use of Dialkyldithiocarbamate and Bis(acetylacetone)ethylenediimine Ligands for Copper Chelation in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide,” A. Dunbar, D. M. Omiatek, S. D. Thai, C. E. Kendrex, L. L. Grotzinger, W. J. Boyko, R.D. Weinstein, D. W. Skaf, C. A. Bessel, G. M. Denison, J. M. DeSimone, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2006, 45, 8779.
  • “The Kinetics of the Oxidation and Chelation of Cu(0) and Cu2O in Hexanes or Condensed Carbon Dioxide by t-Butylperacetate and 1,1,1-Trifluoro-2,4-pentanedione,” D.W. Skaf, S. Kandula, L. Harmonay, P. Shodder, C.A. Bessel, R.D. Weinstein, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2006, 45, 8874.

Dr. Randy D. Weinstein

Interests

  • Heat transfer studies and novel thermal management of electronic devices
  • Production of polymeric drug delivery devices and improving mass transfer in polymers
  • Carbon nanofibers as catalyst supports and for thermal management.
  • Nanomaterial production in supercritical carbon dioxide.

Selected Publications

  • Solubility of Felodipine and Nitrendipine in Liquid and Supercritical Carbon Dioxide by Cloud Point and UV Spectroscopy,” R.D. Weinstein, W.H. Hanlon, J.P. Donohue, M. Simeone, A. Rotzich, K.R. Muske, J. Chem. Engr. Data, 2007, 52, 256.
  • “Diffusion of Liquid and Supercritical Carbon Dioxide into a Chitosan Sphere,” R.D. Weinstein, J. Papatolis, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2006, 45, 8651.
  • “Thermal Analysis of Phase Change Materials with Embedded Graphite Nanofibers for Thermal Management of Electronics,” T.C. Kopec, R.D. Weinstein, A.S. Fleischer, E. D’Addio, C.A. Bessel, 2006, Proceedings of IMECE2006, 2006.
  • “PIVOTS: Service Learning at the Science, Theatre & Magic Boundary,” M. A. Papalaskari, K. Hess, D. Kossman, S. Metzger, A. Phares, R. Styer, C. Titone, T. Way , R. Weinstein, F. Wunderlich, 36th Annual ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, 2006, TH2-18.
  • “The Use of Dialkyldithiocarbamate and Bis(acetylacetone)ethylenediimine Ligands for Copper Chelation in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide,” A. Dunbar, D. M. Omiatek, S. D. Thai, C. E. Kendrex, L. L. Grotzinger, W. J. Boyko, R.D. Weinstein, D. W. Skaf, C. A. Bessel, G. M. Denison, J. M. DeSimone, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2006, 45, 8779.
  • “The Kinetics of the Oxidation and Chelation of Cu(0) and Cu2O in Hexanes or Condensed Carbon Dioxide by t-Butylperacetate and 1,1,1-Trifluoro-2,4-pentanedione,” D.W. Skaf, S. Kandula, L. Harmonay, P. Shodder, C.A. Bessel, R.D. Weinstein, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2006, 45, 8874.