The Department of Chemical Engineering maintains an active research program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Undergraduate research activities include the undergraduate thesis project, which is carried out during the senior year under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Summer research internships with faculty members, or their industrial research collaborators, have also been available. Students who want to be actively engaged in research earlier in their careers are encouraged to talk to their advisor. We typically have undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors all doing research on campus!
Most of the undergraduate research is carried out as part of externally sponsored research projects. The majority of the externally sponsored research in the department is completed in collaboration with industry and government agencies.
Recent Undergraduate Research Projects
Study of the Heat Treatment of Geobacillus Stearothermophilus, advisor Dr. W. Kelly
Modeling Flow Dynamics in Charge-Modified Depth Filter Housings, advisor Dr. W. Kelly
Feasibility Study of the Use of Spent Coffee Grounds for Consumer Products
Experiments on a Pilot-Scale Distillation Column, advisor Dr. D. Joye
A Study of Column Adsorption of Copper from Waste Water Utilizing Chitosan Beads, advisor Dr. V. Punzi
Preparation of Metal Catalysts on Graphite Nanofibers for Use in a Wacker-Type Reaction, advisor Dr. D. Skaf
Photocatalytic Degradation of 1,3, Dinitrobenzene, advisor Dr. D. Skaf
Combustion Chemical Balance Analysis Including the Water-Gas Shift Equation, advisor Dr. M. Smith
SBA-15: Formulation, Creation and Observation of Nanoporous Silicates, advisor Dr. M. Smith
Diffusion of Liquid Carbon Dioxide into Polymer Spheres, advisor Dr. R. Weinstein
Effects of Carbon Nanofibers on the Thermal Conductivity of Large-Scale Phase Change Materials, advisor Dr. R. Weinstein
Dialkydithiol Carbamates for Copper Etching in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide, advisor Dr. R. Weinstein
The Study of the Solubility of Ibuprofen in Carbon Dioxide for the Making of a Polymeric Drug Delivery Device, advisor Dr. R. Weinstein