2016 Schoenborn Graduate Research Symposium

January 25, 2016

Continental Breakfast / Welcome 8:00 – 8:20 AM

Oral Presentations 8:20 – 10:10 AM


 8:20 AM Nathan Galinsky
Effect of Support on Metal Oxide Design for Chemical Looping Conversion of Methane
 8:40 AM Craig Needham
Building Reaction Mechanisms using Computational Chemistry
 9:00 AM Arya Shafiefarhood
Core-Shell Redox Catalysts for Partial Oxidation of Methane
 9:20 AM Marty Dufficy
Guar gum binders for nanoparticulate silicon battery electrodes
 9:40 AM  Mark Schulte
Biocomposites: a novel method for gas to liquid biomanufacturing

Coffee Break 10:00 – 10:20 AM

Oral Presentations 10:20 AM – 12:00 PM


10:20 AM Junjie Zhao2
When Metal-organic Frameworks meet Atomic Layer Deposition
 10:40 AM Steven Benner3
A Tunable Coarse-Grained Model of Chitosan for Predicting Solution Behavior
 11:00 AM David Rutkowski
Computational Investigation of Multipolar Colloidal Particles
 11:20 AM James Daubert
Corrosion Protection of Copper Using Atomic Layer Deposition Thin Films
 11:40 AM Rohan Patil
Surface Grafted Polymer Assemblies: Understanding the Molecular Weight and Grafting Density Effects using ‘Degrafting’ as a Strategy

Lunch 12:00 – 1:30 pm

 12:35 PM Peter Fedkiw

Announcement of the 2016 Vivian T. Stannett Graduate Award
 12:40 PM Richard Spontak
Announcement of Fall 2015 Praxair Exceptional Teaching Assistant Award
 12:45 PM Dr. John Weidner, Keynote Speaker
Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina
A Career in Academia: The Best Job Ever!

Oral Presentations 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM


1:30 PM Carlos Cruz-Teran
Design of Multi-Specific Proteins with Affinity for Surface Functionalization
 1:50 PM Anisur Rahman
Quantitative analysis of Akt/mTOR signaling network
 2:10 PM Sophia Carrell3
Shuttling enhances robustness of the DV pattern in Drosophila embryos
 2:30 PM Andrew Loder
Extreme thermophile metabolic engineering platforms: Production of bio-based chemicals at elevated temperatures
 2:50 PM Ahmed Gomaa1
Delivery of genome-targeting CRISPR-Cas systems for the sequence-specific killing of bacteria
 3:10 PM Garret Wheaton
Extreme thermoacidophiles as biocatalysts for heavy metal recovery: A delicate balance between biooxidation and resistance

Poster Session with Refreshments 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Symposium Mixer 5:00 – 6:00 PM

List of Poster Presentations


David Chang
Investigation of surfactant-mediated shear protection of mammalian cells for increased bioreactor efficiency

Jonathan Conway
Role of Extracellular Glycoside Hydrolases from Caldicellulosiruptor Species in Biomass Degradation

Thomas Jacobsen
Predictable and Tunable Control of Gene Expression in Multicellular Organisms

Ashton Lavoie
Truly Continuous Purification of Biotherapeutics

Ryan Leenay
An in vivo, positive screen reveals functional PAM diversity for CRISPR-Cas systems

Michelle Luo1
RNA length affects form and function of the Type I CRISPR-Cas surveillance complex

Brittany Mertens
Characterization and control of Norovirus interactions and their impact on virus stability and infectivity

Jamie Nosbisch
Multiscale Modeling of Wound Healing

Jason Miles
Tuning Surface Assembly of Elastin-Like Polypeptides

Michael O’Connell
Investigating the Formation of the Dorsal Gradient using Raster Image Correlation Spectroscopy

Shah Md Toufiqur Rahman
Optogenetic dissection of protein kinase networks

Jeffrey Zurawski
Chemotactic Systems and Extracellular Enzymes Differentiate Capacity for Plant Biomass Utilization in Caldicellulosiruptor


Yunfei Gao
Alkali-doped perovskites for oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane under a cyclic redox scheme

Vasudev Haribal
Oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane under a cyclic redox scheme-Process analysis and comparison

Dennis Lee
UiO-66-NH2 Assembly on ALD Oxide Surfaces Using β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) and Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide (CTAB)

Amit Mishra3
Perovskite Structured Redox Catalysts for Chemical Looping Reforming of Methane

Mariah Ritz
Ab initio Analysis of Limiting Reactions during selective ALD processes

Eric Stevens
Thermal ALD of Sn Metal Using SnCl4 and a Silyl Dihydropyrazine Reducing Agent

Sara Taylor
Pyrolysis kinetics via molecular-beam mass spectrometry: reactor development and data analysis.

Seif Yusuf
Manganese Oxide Catalysts for Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane via Chemical Looping


Prajesh Adhikari
Self-Supporting Nanodiamond Gels: Elucidating Colloidal Interactions Through Rheology

Daniel Armstrong
Reprogrammable Shape Memory Using an Electrostatic Polymer Actuator

Mackenzie Geiger
Introducing Novel Functionalities in Composites using Fumed Silica

Koohee Han
Directed Assembly and Manipulation of Reconfigurable Structures from Asymmetric Metallo-Dielectric Microcubes

Amber Hubbard2
Self-Folding Polymers: Mimicking Natural Materials

Sabina Islam
Revisiting the colloidal fundamentals of water-dispersible polymers: Characterization of their nanoscale interactions and correlation to the macroscale phase equilibria

Ishan Joshipura
Reversible Actuation of Liquid Metals through Microchannels to Enable Soft & Reconfigurable Electronics

Joseph Lavoie
Tailored Surface Modification of Nonwovens using Fluorochemical Melt Additives

Chengxiang Liu
Molecular Modeling of Calcium Pyrophosphate Crystallization

Jennifer Ovental
Production of Zirconium Hydroxide Coatings on Polymer Substrates by Atomic Layer Deposition for Chemical Warfare Agent Degradation

Dishit Parekh
3D Printing of Room Temperature Liquid Metals for Fabrication of Soft and Flexible Embedded Electronics

Sangchul Roh
Three dimensional printing by capillary bridging – from sandcastles to silicone rubber

Tim Shay
Osmotic Platform for Passive and Non-Invasive Sweat Sampling for Biochemical Sensing

Mohammad Tuhin
Shape-memory Bicomponent Fibers: Investigating the Polymer/Polymer Interface and Adding Sensory Functionality

Christopher Walker
A Coarse-grained Molecular Dynamics Model for Poly(vinyl butyral) Adhesion to Silica Surfaces