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Annual Report

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LETTER FROM THE DEPARTMENT HEAD Howdy, This has been an excellent year for the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, and the Texas A&M University College of Engineering. This year, The Department of Chemical Engineering saw tremendous growth. In 2016, the department grew to 962 students, a year-over-year growth of more than 16 percent. The department also received the highest number of applicants to-date for both the Ph.D. program and the Master’s program. The college’s commitment to diversity is exemplified by the Department of Chemical Engineering. The department’s student body is currently 37 percent female and more than 45 percent minority students. In 2016, the College of Engineering saw its total enrollment rise to 16,551 students at College Station, representing a growth of just under 9 percent. Additionally, the college is home to one of the largest groups of female engineering students in the nation, with more than 3,600 students. All of this puts the Texas A&M College of Engineering well on its way to realizing the lofty goals of the 25 by 25 initiative. The outstanding faculty of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering has played an instrumental role in these successes. The department has become a prolific chemical engineering research hub, with the faculty producing more than 230 refereed journal publications and securing more than $9 million in research funding in 2016. The value provided by the faculty goes well beyond research. We empower our students with access to the best experts in their respective fields. Twenty-nine tenure and tenure-track faculty members lead our students to great heights. The experiences of the students are further enhanced by the arrival of two professors of practice, namely Drs. Jim Harris and Ahmed Hilaly; they have a combined industrial experience of over 60 years. The years roll over, but our commitments never change - student development, pioneering research and sustainability guide every pursuit we undertake.

Table of Contents Department Facts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Faculty Awards and Honors . . . . . . . 5 Professors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Associate Professors. . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Assistant Professors. . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Research Assistant Professor. . . . . 22 Professor of Practice Highlight. . . . 23 Professors of Practice. . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Senior Lecturers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Lecturers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Courtesy Appointments. . . . . . . . . . 25 Advisory Council Members. . . . . . . 27 Research Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

In 2016, we lost one of our beloved colleagues, Professor Christodoulos A. “Chris” Floudas. Dr. Floudas was one of the most eminent scholars in our field; he was a member of many National Academies, and the recipient of countless awards. More than that, he was a dear friend and a guiding light in the department. While the passing of Dr. Floudas is a tremendous loss to the field, we take consolation in the fact that his legacy will continue through the hundreds of students that he shaped and guided at Texas A&M and Princeton University. 2016 was yet another record year for the department, and we are quite confident this is only the beginning. Truly,

M. Nazmul Karim

Professor and Department Head T. Michael O’Connor Chair II

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Department Facts

Enrollment Statistics1

The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University has faculty engaged in a wide breadth of studies ranging from highly applied research in the areas of biomass utilization, process safety and hydrocarbon processing to very fundamental research in nanotechnology, life sciences, process systems engineering and molecular simulation. The ultimate goal of the research is to positively impact society by providing new knowledge

Undergraduate

• •

Research Awards

49,545

51,232

12,095

12,282

College of 11,720 Engineering

13,017

3,503

3,534

7142

232

255

6092

Undergraduate

Graduate

Fall '15 Fall '16 Fall '15 Fall '16 Minority

38%

47%

7%

10%

International

2%

12%

69%

77%

Women

37%

39%

33%

36%

Men

63%

61%

67%

64%

Chemical Engineering

Math

Verbal

Total

686

625

1,311

Entering GRE Scores Fall 2016 (AVG) Chemical Engineering

Quantitative

Verbal

165 (Ph.D.) 166 (Master's)

156 (Ph.D.) 155 (Master's)

Professors - 15 Associate Professors - 8 Assistant Professors - 6 Lecturers/Senior Lecturers - 4 Professors of Practice - 2 Research Assistant Professor - 1

2015

2016

B.S.

133

112

117

M.S.

5

4

12

M.E.

4

13

3

M.SENG

4

9

10

M.BIOT

20

19

18

Ph.D.

12

16

20

All enrollment totals are for College Station Campus *Students enter program during Sophomore year 1

1

6 8 **Faculty authored more than 230 refereed journal publications in 2016

20 43

Degrees Awarded

117

180

Bachelor's Master's Ph.D.

Degrees Awarded 2014

2

4 15

Entering SAT Scores Fall 2016 (AVG)*

Research Impact $9.04 million $9.73 million

Fall '16

36**

Department Demographics

Biomedicine | Biomolecules Biofuels | Biotechnology Catalysis Complex Fluids | Microfluidics | Soft Matter Computational Chemical Engineering Energy Environmental | Sustainability Materials | Microelectronics Multiscale Systems Engineering Nanotechnology Process Safety | Process Systems Engineering Reaction Engineering Thermodynamics

Total Research Expenditures

Fall '15

Chemical Engineering

Department Research Areas

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Fall '15 Fall '16 University

Located in the 205,000 square-foot, state-ofthe-art Jack E. Brown Engineering Building, the department provides its students and faculty members access to the latest resources, including 88 research and teaching facilities, six general classrooms, 13 conference rooms, four computer laboratories and a computer cluster room.

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Graduate

Faculty

138 117 714

Students***

969

***Undergraduate students enter program during sophomore year


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Faculty Awards and Honors Kuo elected Fellow of the American Vacuum Society Yue Kuo, professor and holder of the Dow Chemical Professorship, has been elected a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society (AVS). The Fellow designation is the highest level of membership in AVS, and recognizes members who have made sustained and outstanding scientific and technical contributions in research, engineering, technical advancement, academic education or managerial leadership.

Elabd elected Fellow of the American Physical Society Dr. Yossef Elabd, professor and associate department head, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). The Fellow designation is an honor signifying recognition by a professional peer group for exceptional contributions to the study and application of physics. APS is one of the oldest organizations of physicists, and the world’s second largest. APS, which formed in 1899, has more than 51,000 members.

Lutkenhaus awarded the Van Ness Award Dr. Jodie Lutkenhaus, associate professor and holder of William and Ruth Neely Faculty Fellowship has been awarded the Van Ness Award from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The award is presented annually to acknowledge a chemical engineer who has made seminal contributions to the profession.

Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos elected Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Dr. Stratos Pistikopoulos, TEES Distinguished Research Professor and interim co-director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Fellow is AIChE’s highest grade of membership and is awarded to members in recognition of significant professional accomplishments and contributions in engineering.

Sargent Medal posthumously awarded to Christodoulos A. Floudas by IChemE The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), a global professional membership organization for chemical, biochemical and process engineers and other professionals involved in the chemical, process and bioprocess industries with a membership exceeding 44,000 members in over 120 countries, has chosen to honor the life and accomplishments of Christodoulos A. Floudas posthumously by awarding him the prestigious Sargent Medal.

Jayaraman appointed holder of Ray B. Nesbitt Endowed Chair and named as one of Texas A&M’s Presidential Impact Fellows Dr. Arul Jayaraman has been appointed the holder of the Ray B. Nesbitt Endowed Chair. The endowed chair appointment was effective Sept. 1. Jayaraman was also among the inaugural class of Presidential Impact Fellows, which were recently announced by Texas A&M University president Michael K. Young.

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Professors

‘’Modeling Catalyzed Growth of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes,’’ Department of Energy, 9/2006-8/2016. “Optical property, charge carrier relaxation and charge transfer properties in chemically-synthesized layered TiS2 nanodisks with controlled lateral and transverse dimensions,” NSF, 2014-2017. “Analysis and Design of Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries,” Qatar National Research Foundation, 2014-2017. “First principles modeling of SEI formation on bare and surface/additive modified silicon anode,” Department of Energy, 2013-2017.

Refereed Journal Publications

Perla B. Balbuena GPSA Professor Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin balbuena@tamu.edu Balbuena’s research focuses on the prediction of physical and chemical properties of materials using first principles atomic-level simulations. She has contributed to an improved understanding of interfacial reaction phenomena, which is crucial for the design of power sources such as lithium-ion and lithium-sulfur batteries and fuel cells, and for the development of new materials for catalytic processes. Her interests include first-principles materials design including reactions on nanoclusters and surfaces and at interfaces, and applications to catalysis, electrochemistry, gas separation, and corrosion. Balbuena is an AAAS fellow and a TEES Senior Fellow.

External Research Funding ‘’Addressing Internal Shuttle Effect: Electrolyte Design and Cathode Morphology Evolution in Li-S Batteries,’’ Department of Energy, 10/2014-9/2016.

Dysart, A.D.; Burgos, J.C.; Mistry, A.; Chen, C.; Liu, Z.; Hong, C.N.; Balbuena, P.B.; Mukherjee, P.; Pol, V.G. Towards Next Generation LithiumSulfur Batteries: Non-Conventional Carbon Compartments/Sulfur Electrodes and MultiScale Analysis. Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2016;163(5):A730-A741. Praserthdam, S.; Balbuena, P.B. Effects of oxygen coverage, catalyst size, and core composition on Pt-alloy core–shell nanoparticles for oxygen reduction reaction. Catalysis Science & Technology 2016;6(13):5168-5177. Ramos Sanchez, G.; Chen, G.; Harutyunyan, A.R.; Balbuena, P.B. Theoretical and experimental investigations of the Li storage capacity in single-walled carbon nanotube bundles. RSC Advances 2016;6(33):27260-27266. Camacho Forero, L.E.; Smith, T.W.; Balbuena, P.B. Effects of High and Low Salt Concentration in Electrolytes at Lithium–Metal Anode Surfaces. The Journal Of Physical Chemistry. C 2017;121(1):182-194. Chaudhari, M.I.; Nair, J.R.; Pratt, L.R.; Soto, F.A.; Balbuena, P.B.; Rempe, S.B. Scaling Atomic Partial Charges of Carbonate Solvents for Lithium Ion Solvation and Diffusion. Journal Of Chemical Theory And Computation 2016;12(12):5709-5718. Soto, F.A.; Balbuena, P.B. Elucidating OligomerSurface and Oligomer-Oligomer Interactions at

a Lithiated Silicon Surface. Electrochimica Acta 2016;220:312-321. Soto FA, Martinez de la Hoz, Seminario JM, Balbuena PB. Modeling solid-electrolyte interfacial phenomena in silicon anodes. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering 2016;13:179-185. Campos Roldán, C.A.; Ramos Sánchez, G.; Gonzalez Huerta, R.G.; Vargas García, J.R.; Balbuena, P.B.; Alonso Vante, N. Influence of sp2–sp3 Carbon Nanodomains on Metal/ Support Interaction, Catalyst Durability, and Catalytic Activity for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction. Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces 2016;8(35):23260-23269. Perez Beltran, S.; Balbuena, P.B.; Ramírez Caballero, G.E. Surface Structure and Acidity Properties of Mesoporous Silica SBA-15 Modified with Aluminum and Titanium: FirstPrinciples Calculations. The Journal Of Physical Chemistry. C 2016;120(32):18105-18114. Marzouk, A.; Balbuena, P.B.; El Mellouhi, F. Open Framework Allotropes of Silicon: Potential Anode Materials for Na and Li-ion Batteries. Electrochimica Acta 2016;207:301-307.

Yu, J.; Wu, Y.; Balbuena, P.B. Response of Metal Sites toward Water Effects on Postcombustion CO2Capture in Metal–Organic Frameworks. Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2016;4(4):2387-2394. Kamphaus E.P.; Balbuena, P.B. Long-Chain Polysulfide Retention at the Cathode of Li–S Batteries. J. Phys. Chem. C 2016;120(8):4296-4305. Liu, Z.; Bertolini, S.; Balbuena, P.B.; Mukherjee, P. Li2S Film Formation on Lithium Anode Surface of Li–S batteries. Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces 2016;8(7):4700-4708. Perez Beltran, S.; Ramírez Caballero, G.E.; Balbuena, P.B. Ethylene Carbonate Reduction on Lithiated Surfaces of Hydroxylated Amorphous Silicon Dioxide. Journal Of The Electrochemical Society 2016;163(10):A2197-A2202. Ren, J.; Camacho Forero, L.E.; Rossi, D.; Park, Y.; Balbuena, P.B.; Son, D.H. In situ optical measurement of the rapid Li intercalation and deintercalation dynamics in colloidal 2D layered TiS2nanodiscs. Nanoscale 2016;8(21):11248-11255.

Liu, Z.; Balbuena, P.B.; Mukherjee, P. Evaluating silicene as a potential cathode host to immobilize polysulfides in lithium–sulfur batteries. Journal Of Coordination Chemistry 2016;69(11-13):2090-2105. Forti, M.D.; Alonso, P.R.; Gargano, P.H.; Balbuena, P.B.; Rubiolo, G.H. A DFT study of atomic structure and adhesion at the Fe(BCC)/ Fe3O4 interfaces. Surface Science 2016;647:55-65. Pitakbunkate, T.; Balbuena, P.B.; Moridis, G.J.; Blasingame, T.A. Effect of Confinement on Pressure/Volume/Temperature Properties of Hydrocarbons in Shale Reservoirs. SPE Journal 2016;21(02):621-634. Leung, K.; Soto, F.; Hankins, K.; Balbuena, P.B.; Harrison, K.L. Stability of Solid Electrolyte Interphase Components on Lithium Metal and Reactive Anode Material Surfaces. J. Phys. Chem. C 2016;120(12):6302-6313. Nahreen, S.; Praserthdam, S.; Perez Beltran, S.; Balbuena, P.B.; Adhikari, S.; Gupta, R.B. Catalytic Upgrading of Methane to Higher Hydrocarbon in a Nonoxidative Chemical Conversion. Energy & Fuels 2016;30(4):2584-2593.

Dragomir B. Bukur Joe M. Nesbit Professor Ph.D., University of Minnesota d-bukur@tamu.edu Bukur’s research includes areas of chemical reaction engineering, applied catalysis and


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical catalyst synthesis; GTL and CTL technology, and mathematical modeling. Bukur is the vice chairman of the Natural Gas Conversion Board and also serves on its international scientific advisory board. He is a Senior TEES Fellow and an AIChE Fellow.

Industrial Zones,” Qatar National Research Fund, 5/2015-5/2018. “Design of Novel Catalysts and Processes for CO2 Conversion from Micro- to Macroscale,” Qatar National Research Fund, 8/2015-8/2020. A Life-Cycle Integrated Approach to the Incorporation of Safety in the Design, Operation, and Optimization of Industrial Supply Chains in Qatar”, Qatar National Research Fund, 01/2014-01/2017.

External Research Funding ‘’Intensifying Methane Reforming by Combining Carbonate and Chemical Looping,’’ Qatar National Research Fund, 11/2012-4/2016. ‘’Modeling, optimization and dynamic analysis of fixed bed and milli-structured reactors for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis,’’ Qatar National Research Fund, 2/2015-2/2018.

Refereed Journal Publications Bukur, D.B.; Todic, B.; Elbashir, N. Role of watergas-shift reaction in Fischer–Tropsch synthesis on iron catalysts: A review. Catalysis Today 2016;275:66-75. Silvester, L.; Ipsakis, D.; Antzara, A; Heracleous, E.; Lemonidou, A.; Bukur, D.B. Development of NiO-Based Oxygen Carrier Materials: Effect of Support on Redox Behavior and Carbon Deposition in Methane. Energy & Fuels 2016;30(10):8597-8612. Antzara, A.; Heracleous, E.; Silvester, L.; Bukur, D.; Lemonidou, A. Activity study of NiObased oxygen carriers in chemical looping steam methane reforming. Catalysis Today 2016;272:32-41. Ghouri, M.; Afzal, S.; Hussain, R.; Blank, J.; Bukur, D.B.; Elbashir, N.O. Multi-scale modeling of fixed-bed Fischer Tropsch reactor. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2016;91:38-48. Todic, B.; Nowicki, L.; Nikacevic, N.; Bukur, D.B. Fischer–Tropsch synthesis product selectivity over an industrial iron-based catalyst: Effect of process conditions. Catalysis Today 2016;261:28-39.

Refereed Journal Publications

Mahmoud M. El-Halwagi McFerrin Professor Managing Director, TEES Gas and Fuels Research Center Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles el-halwagi@tamu.edu El-Halwagi’s research includes process synthesis, simulation, design, operation, integration and optimization. He focuses on the development of sustainable practices, eco-industrial systems, hydrocarbon processing, and systematic methodology strategies that enable chemical engineers to achieve productivity enhancement, yield improvement, debottlenecking and energy conservation. His research also addresses industrial pollution prevention and the design of integrated biorefineries. El-Halwagi is an AIChE Fellow.

External Research Funding ‘’Development of Computer-Aided Modules for Sustainable Manufacturing,’’ Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering, 5/2014-4/2017. “Industrial Energy-Water Integration and Management: Systematic Design and Operating Tools and Applications to

AlNuaimi IA, Al Nuaimi IA, Bohra M, Selam M, Choudhury HA, El Halwagi M, Elbashir NO. Optimization of the Aromatic/Paraffinic Composition of Synthetic Jet Fuels. Chemical Engineering & Technology 2016;39(12):2217-2228. Roy N, Eljack F, Jiménez Gutiérrez A, Zhang B, Thiruvenkataswamy P, El Halwagi M, Mannan MS. A review of safety indices for process design. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering 2016;14:42-48. Ubando AT, Culaba AB, Aviso KB, Tan R, Cuello JL, Ng, El Halwagi M. Fuzzy mixed integer non-linear programming model for the design of an algae-based eco-industrial park with prospective selection of support tenants under product price variability. Journal Of Cleaner Production 2016;136:183-196. Tovar Facio J, Eljack F, Ponce Ortega JM, El Halwagi M. Optimal Design of Multiplant Cogeneration Systems with Uncertain Flaring and Venting. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2017;5(1):675-688. Luo X, Huang X, El Halwagi M, Ponce Ortega JM, Chen Y. Simultaneous synthesis of utility system and heat exchanger network incorporating steam condensate and boiler feedwater. Energy 2016;113:875-893. Hernández Martinez JF, Rubio Castro E, Serna González M, El Halwagi M, Ponce Ortega JM. Optimal Design of Integrated Solar Power Plants Accounting for the Thermal Storage System and CO2Mitigation through an Algae System. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016;55(41):11003-11011.

González Bravo R, Nápoles Rivera F, Ponce Ortega JM, El Halwagi M. Multiobjective Optimization of Dual-Purpose Power Plants and Water Distribution Networks. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2016;4(12):6852-6866. Martinez Gomez J, Sánchez Ramírez E, Quiroz Ramírez JJ, Segovia Hernandez JG, Ponce Ortega JM, El Halwagi M. Involving economic, environmental and safety issues in the optimal purification of biobutanol. Process Safety And Environmental Protection 2016;103:365-376. Alnouri SY, Linke P, Stijepovic M, El Halwagi M. On the identification of optimal utility corridor locations in interplant water network synthesis. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy 2016;35(5):1492-1511. Martínez Guido SI, Sengupta D, Nápoles Rivera F, González Campos JB, del Río RE, Ponce Ortega JM, El Halwagi M. Life cycle assessment for Ambrox® production from different chemical routes. Journal Of Cleaner Production 2016;130:202-212. García Montoya M, Sengupta D, Nápoles Rivera F, Ponce Ortega JM, El Halwagi M. Environmental and economic analysis for the optimal reuse of water in a residential complex. Journal Of Cleaner Production 2016;130:82-91. Alnouri SY, Linke P, El Halwagi M. Synthesis of industrial park water reuse networks considering treatment systems and merged connectivity options. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2016;91:289-306. Arredondo Ramírez, Karla, José M Ponce Ortega, and Mahmoud M El Halwagi. “Optimal planning and infrastructure development for shale gas production.” Energy Conversion And Management 119(2016):91-100. Ubando AT, Cuello JL, El Halwagi M, Culaba AB, Promentilla, Tan R. Application of stochastic analytic hierarchy process for evaluating algal cultivation systems for sustainable biofuel production. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy 2016;18(5):1281-1294. Jasper S, El Halwagi M. Correction: Sarah Jasper and Mahmoud M. El-Halwagi A TechnoEconomic Comparison between Two Methanolto-Propylene Processes Processes 2015, 3, 684–698. Processes 2016;4(2):11.

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The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering ‘’Ionic Liquids in Polymer Design: From Energy to Health,’’ DOD-Army Research Office, 6/2015-5/2016.

Gabriel KJ, El Halwagi M, Linke P. Optimization across the Water–Energy Nexus for Integrating Heat, Power, and Water for Industrial Processes, Coupled with Hybrid ThermalMembrane Desalination. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016;55(12):3442-3466.

‘’Small-angle X-ray Scattering for Nanostructured Polymers Research and Education,’’ DOD-Army Research Office, 8/2015-8/2016.

Kazi M, Eljack F, Elsayed NA, El Halwagi M. Integration of Energy and Wastewater Treatment Alternatives with Process Facilities To Manage Industrial Flares during Normal and Abnormal Operations: Multiobjective Extendible Optimization Framework. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016;55(7):2020-2034. Ubando AT, Aviso KB, Culaba AB, Cuello JL, El Halwagi M, Ng, Tan R. A fuzzy mixed-integer linear programming model for optimal design of polygeneration systems with cyclic loads. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy 2016;35(4):1105-1112. Martínez Guido SI, Betzabe González-Campos, Ponce Ortega JM, Nápoles Rivera F, El Halwagi M. Optimal reconfiguration of a sugar cane industry to yield an integrated biorefinery. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy 2016;18(2):553-562. Thiruvenkataswamy P, Eljack FT, Roy N, Mannan MS, El Halwagi M. Safety and technoeconomic analysis of ethylene technologies. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;39:74-84. Lira Barragán LF, Lira Barragán LF, Ponce Ortega JM, Guillén Gosálbez G, El Halwagi M. Optimal Water Management under Uncertainty for Shale Gas Production. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016;55(5):1322-1335. El Halwagi M. A return on investment metric for incorporating sustainability in process integration and improvement projects. Clean Technologies And Environmental Policy 2016; LiraBarragán LF, Lira Barragán LF, Ponce Ortega JM, Serna González M, El Halwagi M. Optimal reuse of flowback wastewater in hydraulic fracturing including seasonal and environmental constraints. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. AIChE Journal 2016;62(5):1634-1645.

Institute of Chemical Engineers. AIChE Journal 2016;62(2):508-524. Nykaza JR, Ye Y, Nelson RL, Jackson AC, Beyer FL, Davis EM, Page K, Sharick S, Winey KI, Elabd YA. Polymerized ionic liquid diblock copolymers: impact of water/ion clustering on ion conductivity. Soft Matter 2016;12(4):1133-1144.

“Electrochemical Conversion of Carbon Dioxide with Polymerized Ionic Liquids,” Kuraray America, Inc., 11/2015-11/2016. “Electrochemical Investigation of Coating Corrosion Behavior,” Axalta Coating Systems, LLC., 11/16/16-11/15/17.

Yossef Elabd Professor Associate Department Head, Director of the Undergraduate Program Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University elabd@tamu.edu Elabd’s research includes the synthesis of new polymers for clean energy and water. Energy applications include fuel cells, batteries and capacitors; water applications include electrochemical water purification. The transport and thermodynamics of ions and small molecules in polymers guide his synthetic design principles. Elabd is interested in answering complex questions regarding multicomponent transport, diffusion and sorption of water, ion transport and transport-morphology relationships in polymers using both an experimental and modeling approach.

External Research Funding ‘’Center for Sustainable Corrosion Protection,’’ Drexel University, 9/2014-8/2016. ‘’Highly Conductive Anion Exchange Block Copolymers,’’ DOD-Army Research Office, 9/2014-2/2017.

Refereed Journal Publications Nykaza JR, Li Y, Elabd YA, Snyder J. Effect of alkaline exchange polymerized ionic liquid block copolymer ionomers on the kinetics of fuel cell half reactions. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 2016;783:182-187. Nykaza JR, Benjamin R, Meek KM, Elabd YA. Polymerized ionic liquid diblock copolymer as an ionomer and anion exchange membrane for alkaline fuel cells. Chemical Engineering Science 2016;154:119-127. Nykaza JR, Savage AM, Pan Q, Wang S, Beyer FL, Tang MH, Li CY, Elabd YA. Polymerized ionic liquid diblock copolymer as solid-state electrolyte and separator in lithium-ion battery. Polymer 2016;101:311-318. Long TE, Elabd YA, Yuan J. Ionic Liquids in Polymer Design. Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2016;37(14):1105-1105. Meek KM, Elabd YA. Sulfonated Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymers. Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2016;37(14):1200-1206. Meek KM, Nykaza JR, Elabd YA. Alkaline Chemical Stability and Ion Transport in Polymerized Ionic Liquids with Various Backbones and Cations. Macromolecules 2016;49(9):3382-3394. Santos MC, Elabd YA, Jing Y, Chaplin BP, Fang L. Highly porous Ti4O7reactive electrochemical water filtration membranes fabricated via electrospinning/electrospraying. American

Christodoulos A. Floudas Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Floudas passed away on August 14, 2016. Christodoulos A. “Chris” Floudas, director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute, passed away August 14 while on vacation with his family in Greece. Floudas, the Erle Nye '59 Chair Professor for Engineering Excellence in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) Fellow and Eminent Scholar, an American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Fellow, a Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Fellow, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens.


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical Refereed Journal Publications Gounaris CE, Rajendran K, Kevrekidis IG, Floudas CA. Designing networks: A mixedinteger linear optimization approach. Networks 2016;68(4):283-301.

Croker DE, Monk PN, Halai R, Kaeslin G, Schofield Z, Wu MC, Clark RJ, Blaskovich MA, Morikis D, Floudas CA, and others. Discovery of functionally selective C5aR2 ligands: novel modulators of C5a signaling. Immunology And Cell Biology 2016;94(8):787-795.

Liu T, First EL, Hasan, Floudas CA. Corrigendum to “A multi-scale approach for the discovery of zeolites for hydrogen sulfide removal” Comput. Chem. Eng. (2016). Computers & chemical engineering 2016;93:63.

Kieslich CA, Smadbeck J, Khoury GA, Floudas CA. conSSert: Consensus SVM Model for Accurate Prediction of Ordered Secondary Structure. Journal Of Chemical Information And Modeling 2016;56(3):455-461.

Liu T, First EL, Faruque Hasan MM, Floudas CA. A multi-scale approach for the discovery of zeolites for hydrogen sulfide removal. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2016;91:206-218.

Onel O, Niziolek AM, Floudas CA. Optimal Production of Light Olefins from Natural Gas via the Methanol Intermediate. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016;55(11):3043-3063.

Niziolek AM, Onel O, Floudas CA. Municipal Solid Waste to Liquid Transportation Fuels, Olefins, and Aromatics: Process Synthesis and Deterministic Global Optimization. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2016;

Li J, Xiao X, Boukouvala F, Floudas CA, Zhao B, Du G, Su X, Liu H. Data-driven mathematical modeling and global optimization framework for entire petrochemical planning operations. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. AIChE Journal 2016;62(9):3020-3040.

Boukouvala F, Misener R, Floudas CA. Global optimization advances in MixedInteger Nonlinear Programming, MINLP, and Constrained Derivative-Free Optimization, CDFO. European Journal Of Operational Research 2016;252(3):701-727. Boukouvala F, Li J, Xin Xiao, Floudas CA. Datadriven modeling and global optimization of industrial-scale petrochemical planning operations. In: Data-driven modeling and global optimization of industrial-scale petrochemical planning operations. IEEE; 2016. 3340-3345. Guzman YA, Matthews LR, Floudas CA. New a priori and a posteriori probabilistic bounds for robust counterpart optimization: II. A priori bounds for known symmetric and asymmetric probability distributions. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2016; Niziolek AM, Onel O, Guzman YA, Floudas CA. Biomass-Based Production of Benzene, Toluene, and Xylenes via Methanol: Process Synthesis and Deterministic Global Optimization. Energy & Fuels 2016;30(6):4970-4998. Tang Q, Liang Y, Zhang L, Floudas CA, Cao X. Balancing mixed-model assembly lines with sequence-dependent tasks via hybrid genetic algorithm. Journal of Global Optimization 2016;65(1):83-107.

Zhang H, Huang Q, Bei Z, Wei Y, Floudas CA. COMSAT: Residue contact prediction of transmembrane proteins based on support vector machines and mixed integer linear programming. Proteins 2016;84(3):332-348.

Li Z, Floudas CA. Optimal scenario reduction framework based on distance of uncertainty distribution and output performance: II. Sequential reduction. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2016;84:599-610. Liu T, First EL, Hasan, Floudas CA. Corrigendum to “A multi-scale approach for the discovery of zeolites for hydrogen sulfide removal” [Comput. Chem. Eng. (2016)]. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2016;93:63. Boukouvala F, Floudas CA. ARGONAUT: AlgoRithms for Global Optimization of coNstrAined grey-box computational problems. Optimization Letters 2016; Li J, Xiao X, Floudas CA. Integrated gasoline blending and order delivery operations: Part I. short-term scheduling and global optimization for single and multi-period operations. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. AIChE Journal 2016;62(6):2043-2070. Niziolek AM, Onel O, Floudas CA. Production of benzene, toluene, and xylenes from natural gas via methanol: Process synthesis and global optimization. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. AIChE Journal 2016;62(5):1531-1556.

Floudas CA, Niziolek AM, Onel O, Matthews LR. Multi-scale systems engineering for energy and the environment: Challenges and opportunities. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. AIChE Journal 2016;62(3):602-623.

Glover’s research includes asphalt materials’ rheological properties, asphalt oxidation kinetics, and the development of thermal and oxygen transport models for the oxidation of asphalt binders in pavements. Additionally, he collaborates with researchers in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute on the effects of binder oxidation on pavement performance, with age-related fatigue cracking being an important example.

External Research Funding “Effects of Recycling Agents on Asphalt Mixtures with High RAS and RAP Binder Ratios,” National Cooperative Highway Research Program, 5/2014-10/2017.

Refereed Journal Publications Rose A, Cui Y, Glover CJ. A comparison of two approaches for incorporating air voids in asphalt pavement oxidation modeling with a multiyear, multisite set of field core data. Petroleum Science And Technology 2016;34(3):223-231. Rose A, Lenz IR, Than CT, Glover CJ. Investigation of the effects of recycled engine oil bottoms on asphalt field performance following an oxidation modeling approach. Petroleum Science And Technology 2016;34(21):1768-1776.

Kieslich CA, Tamamis P, Guzman YA, Onel M, Floudas CA, Harrigan PR. Highly Accurate Structure-Based Prediction of HIV-1 Coreceptor Usage Suggests Intermolecular Interactions Driving Tropism. PLoS One 2016;11(2):e0148974. Guzman YA, Hasan, Floudas CA. Performance of convex underestimators in a branchand-bound framework. Optimization Letters 2016;10(2):283-308. Guzman YA, Matthews LR, Floudas CA. New a priori and a posteriori probabilistic bounds for robust counterpart optimization: I. Unknown probability distributions. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2016;84:568-598.

Charles J. Glover Professor Associate Department Head Ph.D., Rice University c-glover@tamu.edu

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The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Temperatures between (135 and 500) K at Pressures to 200 MPa Journal Of Chemical & Engineering Data 2016;61(8):2771-2781. Marsh KN, Morris TK, Peterson GP, Hughes TJ, Ran Q, Holste JC. Vapor Pressure of Dichlorosilane, Trichlorosilane, and Tetrachlorosilane from 300 K to 420 K. Journal Of Chemical & Engineering Data 2016;61(8):2799-2804. Marsh KN, Bevan JW, Holste JC, McFarlane DL, Eliades M, Rogers WJ. Solubility of Mercury in Liquid Hydrocarbons and Hydrocarbon Mixtures. Journal Of Chemical & Engineering Data 2016;61(8):2805-2817.

Professor Ph.D., Iowa State University j-holste@tamu.edu

Tibaduiza A, Cristancho DE, Acosta Ramirez H, Ortiz D, Holste JC, Hall KR. Accurate p–ρ–T Data for a Synthetic Residual Natural Gas Mixture (0.95 CH4 + 0.04 C2H6 + 0.01 C3H8)

Refereed Journal Publications

Lonkar S, Fu Z, Wales M, Holtzapple M. Creating Economic Incentives for Waste Disposal in Developing Countries Using the MixAlco Process. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 2017;181(1):294-308.

External Research Funding

Gomez Osorio MA, Browne RA, Carvajal Diaz M, Hall KR, Holste JC. Density Measurements for Ethane, Carbon Dioxide, and Methane + Nitrogen Mixtures from 300 to 470 K up to 137 MPa Using a Vibrating Tube Densimeter. Journal Of Chemical & Engineering Data 2016;61(8):2791-2798.

Evaluation of DryLet Microbial Support Technology, Drylet, 05/2016 - 07/2016.

Lonkar S, Fu Z, Holtzapple M. Optimum alcohol concentration for chain elongation in mixed-culture fermentation of cellulosic substrate. Biotechnology And Bioengineering 2016;113(12):2597-2604.

Holste’s research includes measurement and correlation of thermodynamic properties of fluids at high pressures.

Refereed Journal Publications

External Research Funding

Zhao B, Liu J, Frear C, Holtzapple M, Chen S. Consolidated bioprocessing of microalgal biomass to carboxylates by a mixed culture of cow rumen bacteria using anaerobic sequencing batch reactor (ASBR). Bioresource Technology 2016;222:517-522.

James C. Holste

“Effects of Recycling Agents on Asphalt Mixtures with High RAS and RAP Binder Ratios,” National Cooperative Highway Research Program, 5/2014-10/2017.

developed the StarRotor engine, which is three times more efficient than the conventional internal combustion machine. Holtzapple led an undergraduate research team to place first in the 2014 Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development.

Mark T. Holtzapple Professor Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania m-holtzapple@tamu.edu Holtzapple’s research includes biobased fuels and chemicals, food and feed processing, water desalination, air conditioning, high-efficiency engines, jet engines and vertical-life aircraft. He has developed a wide variety of technologies, including conversion of alcohol fuels from biodegradable wastes and protein sugar recovery from energy cane. He has

Zentay AN, Liang C, Lonkar S, Holtzapple MT. Countercurrent enzymatic saccharification of cellulosic biomass. Biomass & Bioenergy 2016;90:122-130. Darvekar P, Holtzapple MT. Assessment of Shock Pretreatment of Corn Stover Using the Carboxylate Platform. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 2016;178(6):1081-1094. TacoVasquez S, Taco Vasquez S, Holtzapple MT. Conversion of isopropanol and mixed alcohols to hydrocarbons using HZSM-5 catalyst in the MixAlco™ process. Part 2: Studies at 5000 kPa (abs). American Institute of Chemical Engineers. AIChE Journal 2016;62(5):1707-1715.

Arul Jayaraman Professor and Holder of Ray Nesbitt Chair Associate Department Head, Director of the Graduate Program Ph.D., University of California, Irvine arulj@tamu.edu Jayaraman’s research includes molecular systems biotechnology, specifically the use of integrated experimental and modeling approaches for investigating problems in human health and medicine. Current research projects include systems biology of cytokine signaling in inflammatory diseases, inter-kingdom signaling interactions between bacteria and human cells in GI tract infections, and the development of microfluidic model systems for combinatorial drug screening and vascular tissue engineering.

External Research Funding Computational Metabolomics of Gut Microbiota Metabolites, Tufts University, 02/2014 - 06/2017. Collaborative Research: Identification of Immunomodulatory Microbiota


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical Metabolites, National Science Foundation, 07/2013 - 06/2017. Modeling and Analysis of the Role of Microbiota Metabolites in T-Cell Differentiation, DHHS-NIH-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 02/2015 - 01/2020. "Role of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Microbiota-Colon Stem Cell Interactions", Texas A&M Agrilife Research, 06/2016 - 05/2021. "Arylhydrocarbon receptor mediated modulation of colorectal cancer by microbiota metabolites", NIH/CPRIT, 03/2016 - 02/2017.

Human Lymphatic Endothelial Cells. The FASEB Journal 2016;30(1 Supplement):726. DeLuca JAA. 17β-Estradiol and Bisphenol-A Exacerbate Symptoms of Dextran Sodium Sulfate Induced Colitis in Mice. The FASEB Journal 2016;30(1 Supplement):1023. Price TR. Dairy Milk Components Differentially Affect Gastrointestinal Health Markers in C57Bl/6 Mice. The FASEB Journal 2016;30(1 Supplement):685. Oh JK, Kohli N, Zhang Y, Min Y, Jayaraman A, Cisneros Zevallos L, Akbulut M. Nanoporous aerogel as a bacteria repelling hygienic material for healthcare environment. Nanotechnology 2016;27(8):085705.

"Diet Induced Modifications of Microbiota Metabolites in Colon Tumorigenesis", NIH/ CPRIT, 07/2016 - 06/2017.

“Biomanufacturing Science and Technology Consortium to Advance US Manufacturing of Biopharmaceuticals,” NIST, 6/2015- 5/2017.

Refereed Journal Publications

Refereed Journal Publications

Whitfield Cargile CM, Cohen ND, Chapkin RS, Weeks BR, Davidson LA, Goldsby JS, Hunt CL, Steinmeyer SH, Menon R, Suchodolski JS, and others. The microbiota-derived metabolite indole decreases mucosal inflammation and injury in a murine model of NSAID enteropathy. Gut Microbes 2016;7(3):246-261. Huang J, Han D, Ruggles ME, Jayaraman A, Ugaz VM. Characterization of enzymatic micromachining for construction of variable cross-section microchannel topologies. Biomicrofluidics 2016;10(3):033102. Muthuchamy T. Bacterial Metabolite Indole Alters Inflammatory Signaling Cascades In

External Research Funding “Enhanced Monitoring of Environmental and Chemical Processes,” Qatar National Research Fund, 2/2015-2/2018.

High-throughput Screening and Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, 03/2015 02/2018.

Cheng Y, Jin U, Davidson LA, Chapkin RS, Jayaraman A, Tamamis P, Orr A, Allred C, Denison MS, Soshilov A, and others. Editor's Highlight: Microbial-Derived 1,4-Dihydroxy-2-naphthoic Acid and Related Compounds as Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Agonists/Antagonists: StructureActivity Relationships and Receptor Modeling. Toxicological Sciences 2017;155(2):458-473.

creating novel dual-modal cellulosic monolith membranes for flu virus separation, purification and cell-culturebased vaccine production. Karim also focuses on the development of algorithms for the detection of leaks in natural gas pipelines through methodologies, which include modeling, simulation and use of particle filters and nonlinear observers. Additionally, his group researches fault detection methods for chemical and biological processes. Karim is a fellow of AIChE.

Botre C, Mansouri M, Nounou M, Nounou H, Karim MN. Kernel PLS-based GLRT method for fault detection of chemical processes. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;43:212-224.

M. Nazmul Karim Professor and T. Michael O’Connor Chair II Department Head Ph.D., University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, U.K. nazkarim@tamu.edu Karim has been the department head of chemical engineering at Texas A&M University since Sept. 1, 2012. His research includes developing technologies and exploring fundamental issues related to second and third-generation renewable biofuels production. In addition, he is

Ordoñez MC, Raftery JP, Jaladi T, Chen X, Kao K, Karim MN. Modeling of batch kinetics of aerobic carotenoid production using Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Biochemical Engineering Journal 2016;114:226-236. Majdi Mansouri, Mohammed Z, Raoudha Baklouti, Mohamed Nounou, Hazem Nounou, Ahmed Ben Hamida and Nazmul Karim. 2016. Statistical Fault Detection of Chemical Process - Comparative Studies, Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology, 7: 282. doi:10.4172/2157-7048.1000282.

Costas Kravaris Professor Ph.D., California Institute of Technology kravaris@tamu.edu Kravaris’ research focuses on nonlinear process control, state estimation and dynamic model reduction. The aim is the development of systematic methodologies to be able to construct effective control and monitoring algorithms for nonlinear processes. Theoretical issues are approached with invariant manifold and Lyapunov function methods. Applications currently focus on environmental and energy systems, including anaerobic digestion and activated sludge processes.

Refereed Journal Publications Ling C, Kravaris C. State Observer Design for Monitoring the Degree of Polymerization in a Series of Melt Polycondensation Reactors. Processes 2016;4(1):4.

Mansouri, M., Nounou, M., Nounou, H., Nazmul, Karim. 2016. Kernel pca-based glrt for nonlinear fault detection of chemical processes. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries 40: 334-347.

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The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering in Optimization in Nanoelectronics Manufacturing, National Science Foundation, 09/2016 - 08/2019.

"Development of an Index System for Inherently Safer Process Design", China Petrochemical Corporation, 10/2014 - 09/2016.

Refereed Journal Publications

"Advanced Procedure Research Study - A Human Factors Approach: Phase 2", ExxonMobil Production Company, 05/2015 - 05/2016.

K. Kim and Y. Kuo, Influence of pin Amorphous Silicon Stack Deposition Sequence on Solar Cell Performance and Degradation, ECS J. Solid State Sci. Technol., 6(1), Q29-Q33 (2017). doi: 10.1149/2.0301701jss

"Memorandum of Agreement with China University of Petroleum (CUP)", China University of Petroleum, 05/2015 - 08/2018.

S. Zhang and Y. Kuo, Temperature Effect on Dielectric Breakdown and Charges Retention of Nanocrystalline Cadmium Selenide Embedded Zr-doped HfO2 High-k Dielectric Thin Film, IEEE Trans. Device and Materials Reliability, 16(4), 561569 (2016). DOI: 10.1109/TDMR.2016.2617682

Yue Kuo Dow Professor Ph.D., Columbia University yuekuo@tamu.edu Kuo’s research includes nano- and microelectronics, with emphasis on semiconductor and optoelectronic materials, processes and devices; thin films and plasma technology are also studied. In his Thin Film Nano and Microelectronics Research Laboratory, Kuo develops new materials, novel processes and advanced devices with the ultimate goal of creating high-performance, highly reliable, manufacturable devices for present and future applications. Current projects include use of the following: TFTs, ULSIC, LEDs, solar cells and biosensors. Kuo received the 2014 Innovation Award from Texas A&M System Technology Commercialization. In 2014, he maintained acclaim in ECS Transactions for a most-cited solid state paper. He is a fellow of the IEEE and the Vice President of the Electrochemical Society.

External Research Funding Collaborative Research: Defects Driven Reliability Modeling and Stress Burn-

S. Zhang and Y. Kuo, Narrowing of Broad Band Light Emitted from a SSI-LED, ECS Trans., 75(45), 17-22 (2017). doi:10.1149/07545.0017ecst S. Zhang and Y. Kuo, Nonvolatile Memory Characteristics of CdS Embedded Zr-Doped HfO2 High-k Dielectric MOS Capacitors Memory, ECS Trans., 75(5) 11-17 (2016). 10.1149/07505.0011ecst S. Zhang and Y. Kuo, Temperature Effects on Charge Storage and Transfer of Nanocrystalline CdSe Embedded Zr-doped HfO2 MOS Memory Device, ECS J. Solid State Sci. Technol.,5(9), Q231-Q238 (2016). DOI: 10.1149/2.0231609jss K. Henry and Y. Kuo, Effect of n+ Layer Deposition Power on Light Sensing of Amorphous Silicon pin Diodes, ECS Trans. 72(31), 33-39 (2016). doi:10.1149/07231.0033ecst K. Kim and Y. Kuo, Wavelength and Intensity Effects on Light Sensing of a-Si:H pin diode, ECS Trans., 72(3), 15-20 (2016). C.-C. Lin and Y. Kuo, Light emission enhancement by embedding nanocrystalline cadmium selenide in amorphous ZrHfO high-k dielectric thin film deposited on silicon wafer, ECS J. Solid State Sci. Technol., 5(3), Q75-Q80 (2016)

"Operation and Maintenance of the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI)", Department of Interior, 11/2013 - 11/2018.

M. Sam Mannan Regents Professor and T. Michael O’Connor Chair I Director, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Ph.D., University of Oklahoma mannan@tamu.edu Mannan’s research interests include aerosol research, inherently safer design, quantitative risk assessment, reactive chemicals, modeling of silane releases, LNG safety and flammability of materials. Mannan has served as a consultant to numerous entities in both the academic and private sectors. He also has testified before the U.S. Congress on multiple occasions, lending his expertise on matters of national security as it relates to chemical safety and infrastructure. He is a Fellow of AIChE and a Fellow of IChemE (UK).

External Research Funding "Collaborative Research: Study of Flammability, Mechanism and Heat/Mass Transfer associated Burning of Flame Retardant Polymer Nanocomposites", National Science Foundation, 09/2013 08/2016.

"Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center Consortium", KBR, 02/1998 - 08/2016. "Study on Hazard Prevention of Deflagration by Integration of Conductive Surfaces in ADN (Nylon Monomer) Synthesis Unit", Ascend Performance Materials, 08/2016 - 07/2017. "PRV Failures in US DOT Tank Cars and Corrosion Cracking", DOT-Federal Railroad Administration, 07/2015 - 03/2017. "Advanced Procedures Project - A Human Factored Approach (Phase III)", NOVA Chemicals, 07/2015 - 10/2016. "A Life-Cycle Integrated Approach to the Incorporation of Safety in the Design, Operation, and Optimization of Supply Chains in Qatar", Qatar University, 01/2014 - 01/2017. "Advanced Procedures Consortium Results (Phase III)", Wyle Laboratories, 06/2016 09/2016. "For the Development and Delivery of Course Modules for MSc in Process Safety", Institute Of Technology PETRONAS Sdn. Bhd., 08/2015 - 08/2018. "Summer Training Internship Program for students from the Faculty of Engineering of KAU", King Abdulaziz University, 03/2015 08/2016.


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical "Post-Accident Evaluation of Consequences of Flammable Materials Train Incidents", DOT-Federal Railroad Administration, 07/2016 - 03/2017.

Refereed Journal Publications Mathieu O, Goulier J, Gourmel F, Mannan MS, Chaumeix N, Petersen EL. Experimental study of the effect of CF3I addition on the ignition delay time and laminar flame speed of methane, ethylene, and propane. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 2015;35(3):2731-2739. Wang X, Zhao Di, Medina, Diaz A, Wang H, Clearfield A, Mannan MS, Cheng Z. Surface modification of layered zirconium phosphate with PNIPAM. Chemical Communications 2016;52(26):4832-4835. Yizhi Hong, Pranav Kannan, Brian Z Harding, Hao Chen, Samina Rahmani, Ben Zoghi, M Sam Mannan, Development of a passive radio frequency identification-based sensor for external corrosion detection, International Journal of Engineering Research & Innovation Escobar Hernandez HU, Gustafson RM, Papadaki MI, Sachdeva S, Mannan MS. Thermal Runaway in Lithium-Ion Batteries: Incidents, Kinetics of the Runaway and Assessment of Factors Affecting Its Initiation. Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2016;163(13):A2691-A2701. Han Z, Sachdeva S, Papadaki MI, Mannan S. Effects of inhibitor and promoter mixtures on ammonium nitrate fertilizer explosion hazards. Thermochimica Acta 2016;624:69-75. Thiruvenkataswamy P, Eljack FT, Roy N, Mannan MS, El Halwagi M. Safety and technoeconomic analysis of ethylene technologies. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;39:74-84. Harding B, Zhang B, Liu Yi, Chen H, Mannan MS. Improved research-scale foam generator design and performance characterization. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;39:173-180. Rocha Valadez T, Hasan AR, Mannan MS, Kabir CS. Design and Analysis of Leak-Testing Methodology for Gas Lift Valves. SPE Production & Operations 2016;31(02):176-184.

Chowdhury AY, Marks BD, Johnston HG, Mannan MS, Petersen EL. A new facility for studying shock-wave passage over dust layers. Shock Waves 2016;26(2):129-140. Lin C, Li J, Tseng J, Mannan MS. Thermal runaway reaction for highly exothermic material in safe storage temperature. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;40:259-265. Sikes T, Mannan MS, Petersen EL. Laminar flame speeds of nano-aluminum/methane hybrid mixtures. Combustion And Flame 2016;166:284-294. Laboureur DM, Han Z, Harding BZ, Pineda A, Pittman WC, Rosas C, Jiang J, Mannan MS. Case study and lessons learned from the ammonium nitrate explosion at the West Fertilizer facility. Journal Of Hazardous Materials 2016;308:164-172. Zhang B, Harding B, Liu Yi, Mannan MS. Liquefied Natural Gas Vapor Hazard Mitigation with Expansion Foam Using a Research-Scale Foam Generator. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016;55(20):6018-6024. Laboureur DM, Gopalaswami N, Zhang B, Liu Yi, Mannan MS. Experimental study on propane jet fire hazards: Assessment of the main geometrical features of horizontal jet flames. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;41:355-364. Gopalaswami N, Liu Yi, Laboureur DM, Zhang B, Mannan MS. Experimental study on propane jet fire hazards: Comparison of main geometrical features with empirical models. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;41:365375. Zhang J, Laboureur D, Liu Yi, Mannan MS. Lessons learned from a supercritical pressure BLEVE in Nihon Dempa Kogyo Crystal Inc. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;41:315-322. Barua S, Gao X, Pasman H, Mannan MS. Bayesian network based dynamic operational risk assessment. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;41:399-410. Mannan MS, Reyes Valdes O, Jain P, Tamim N, Ahammad M. The Evolution of Process Safety: Current Status and Future Direction. Annual Review Of Chemical And Biomolecular Engineering 2016;7(1):135-162.

Ahammad M, Liu Yi, Olewski T, Véchot LN, Mannan MS. Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics in Simulating Film Boiling of Cryogens. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016;55(27):7548-7557. Valdes OR, Moreno VC, Waldram S, Véchot L, Mannan MS. Runaway decomposition of dicumyl peroxide by open cell adiabatic testing at different initial conditions. Process Safety And Environmental Protection 2016;102:251-262. Gopalaswami N, Laboureur DM, Mentzer RA, Mannan MS. Quantification of turbulence in cryogenic liquid using high speed flow visualization. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;42:70-81. Benavides-Serrano AJ, Benavides-Serrano AJ, Mannan MS, Laird CD. Optimal placement of gas detectors: A P-median formulation considering dynamic nonuniform unavailabilities. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. AIChE Journal 2016;62(8):2728-2739. Liu R, Hasan AR, Ahluwalia A, Mannan MS. Well specific oil discharge risk assessment by a dynamic blowout simulation tool. Process Safety And Environmental Protection 2016;103:183-191. Harding BZ, Zhang B, Chen H, Mannan MS. Efficacy of decontamination foam on a nonpolar hazardous chemical surrogate. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;43:457-463. Hong Y, Pasman HJ, Sachdeva S, Markowski AS, Mannan MS. A fuzzy logic and probabilistic hybrid approach to quantify the uncertainty in layer of protection analysis. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;43:10-17. Zhao F, Mannan MS. Numerical analysis for nitrogen dilution on flammability limits of hydrocarbon mixtures. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;43:600-613. Jain P, Pasman HJ, Waldram SP, Rogers WJ, Mannan MS. Did we learn about risk control since Seveso? Yes, we surely did, but is it enough? An historical brief and problem analysis. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016; Hatanaka LC, Ahmed L, Sachdeva S, Wang Q, Cheng Z, Mannan MS. Thermal degradation and flammability of nanocomposites composed of silica cross-linked to poly(methyl

methacrylate). Plastics, Rubber And Composites 2016;45(9):375-381. Johnston HG, Chowdhury AY, Mannan MS, Petersen EL. Effect of coal-limestone mixtures on dust dispersion behind a moving shock wave. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;44:551-563. Vázquez Román R, Díaz Ovalle C, Quiroz Pérez E, Mannan MS. A CFD-based approach for gas detectors allocation. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;44:633-641. Amyotte PR, Berger S, Edwards DW, Gupta JP, Hendershot DC, Khan FI, Mannan MS, Willey RJ. Why major accidents are still occurring. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering 2016;14:1-8. Roy N, Eljack F, Jiménez Gutiérrez A, Zhang B, Thiruvenkataswamy P, El Halwagi M, Mannan MS. A review of safety indices for process design. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering 2016;14:42-48. Peres SC, Quddus N, Kannan P, Ahmed L, Ritchey P, Johnson W, Rahmani S, Mannan MS. A summary and synthesis of procedural regulations and standards—Informing a procedures writer's guide. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;44:726-734. Kannan P, Flechas T, Mendez E, Angarita L, Chaudhari P, Hong Y, Mannan MS. A webbased collection and analysis of process safety incidents. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;44:171-192. Ahammad M, Olewski T, Véchot LN, Mannan S. A CFD based model to predict film boiling heat transfer of cryogenic liquids. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;44:247-254. Barua S, Gao X, Mannan MS. Comparison of prescriptive and performance-based regulatory regimes in the U.S.A and the U.K. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;44:764-769. Narayan A, Wang B, Nava Medina IB, Mannan MS, Cheng Z, Wang Q. Prediction of heat of formation for exo-Dicyclopentadiene.Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;44:433-439. Wang X, Zeng M, Yu Y, Wang H, Mannan MS, Cheng Z. Thermosensitive ZrP-PNIPAM Pickering Emulsifier and the Controlled-release Behavior. Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces 2016

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The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering External Research Funding "Novel Optimization Methods for Design, Synthesis, Supply Chain, and Uncertainty of Hybrid Biomass, Coal, and Natural Gas to Liquids, CBGTL, Processes," NSF, 07/201507/2017. "Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms, and Modeling for Manufacturing," DOE, 8/2016-7/2021. "University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research," DOE, 10/2016-9/2021.

Stratos N. Pistikopoulos TEES Distinguished Research Professor Interim Co-Director and Deputy Director, Texas A&M Energy Institute Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University stratos@tamu.edu Pistikopoulos’ research interests lie in the field of process and multiscale systems engineering, with particular emphasis on the developments of (i) model-based optimization theory, computational tools for multi-parametric programming and explicit model predictive control; and (ii) an integrated framework for design, control and scheduling of complex multiscale networks, with applications in sustainable energy systems, smart manufacturing and personalized health engineering. In December 2014, he delivered the 21st Professor Roger W. H. Sargent Lecture at London’s Imperial College. The same year, he received an honorary doctorate from University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (U.K.).

Refereed Journal Publications Diangelakis, N. A.; Avraamidou, S.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. Decentralized Multiparametric Model Predictive Control for Domestic Combined Heat and Power Systems. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016, 55 (12), 3313-3326.

Savvopoulos, S.; Misener, R.; Panoskaltsis, N.; Pistikopoulos, E. N.; Mantalaris, A. A Personalized Framework for Dynamic Modeling of Disease Trajectories in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 2016, 63 (11), 23962404. Tsipa, A.; Koutinas, M.; Pistikopoulos, E. N.; Mantalaris, A. Transcriptional kinetics of the cross-talk between the ortho-cleavage and TOL pathways of toluene biodegradation in Pseudomonas putida mt-2. Journal of Biotechnology 2016, 228, 112-123. Sun, M.; Chachuat, B.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. Design of multi-parametric NCO tracking controllers for linear dynamic systems. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2016, 92, 67-77. Oberdieck, R.; Diangelakis, N. A.; Papathanasiou, M. M.; Nascu, I.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. POP - Parametric Optimization Toolbox. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016, 55(33), 8979-8991

Oberdieck, R.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. Advanced control strategies for the multicolumn quadratic cost functions: A multi-parametric programming approach. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2016,85, 36-39.

Nascu, I.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. A Multiparametric Model-Based Optimization & Control Approach to Anaesthesia. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering 2016, 94 (11), 2125-2137.

Pistikopoulos, E. N.; Diangelakis, N. A. Towards the integration of process design, control and scheduling: Are we getting closer?. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2016, 91, 85-92.

Oberdieck, R.; Diangelakis, N. A.; Nascu, I.; Papathanasiou, M. M.; Sun, M.; Avraamidou, S.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. On multi-parametric programming and its applications in process systems engineering. Chemical Engineering Research and Design 2016, 116, 61-82.

Papathanasiou, M. M.; Avraamidou, S.; Steinebach, F.; Oberdieck, R.; MuellerSpaeth, T.; Morbidelli, M.; Mantalaris, A.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. Advanced Control Strategies for the Multicolumn Countercurrent Solvent Gradient Purification Process (MCSGP). AIChE Journal 2016, 62 (7), 2341-2357. Kostoglou, M.; Fuentes-Garí, M.; García Münzer, D. G.; Georgiadis, M. C.; Panoskaltsis, N.; Pistikopoulos, E. N.; Mantalaris, A. A comprehensive mathematical analysis of a novel multistage population balance model for cell proliferation. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2016, 91, 157-166

Oberdieck R., Diangelakis N.A., Avraamidou S., Pistikopoulos E.N. On unbounded and binary parameters in multi-parametric programming: applications to mixed-integer bilevel optimization and duality theory. Journal of Global Optimization 2016 Diangelakis N.A., Pistikopoulos E.N. A multiscale energy systems engineering approach to residential combined heat and power systems. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2016

Jorge M. Seminario Lanatter & Herbert Fox Professor Ph.D., Southern Illinois University seminario@tamu.edu Seminario’s research covers several aspects of nanotechnology, such as the analysis, design, and simulation of systems and materials of nanometer dimensions, especially those needed for development and systems for energy, nanosensors and nanoelectronics. Among his goals is the design of smaller, cleaner, more efficient and faster devices for clean energy production as well as for detection of chemical, biological and nuclear agents. He has developed new scenarios for nanodevice architectures using a multiscale and multidisciplinary approach that progresses from the atomistic nature of their components to the final product, guided by first principles calculations.


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical External Research Funding "First Principles Modeling of SEI Formation on Bare and Surface/Additive Modified Silicon Anode", Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 04/2013 - 04/2017. "First Principles Modeling of SEI Formation on Bare and Surface/Additive Modified Silicon Anode", Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 04/2013 - 04/2017.

Chem. C 2016, 120, 2013-2026. Benitez, L.; Seminario, J. M., Electron Transport and Electrolyte Reduction in the SolidElectrolyte Interphase of Rechargeable Lithium Ion Batteries with Silicon Anodes. J. Phys. Chem. C 2016, 120, 17978-17988. Seminario, J. M.; Salazar, K., La Nanoelectrónica Y La Electrónica Molecular Revista ECIPeru 2016, 13, 5-12.

"Understanding and Strategies for Controlled Interfacial Phenomena in Lithium-Ion Batteries and Beyond", Department of Energy, 10/2016 - 09/2017.

External Research Funding "Rapid screening of biomolecular conformation and binding interactions", National Science Foundation, 06/2016 05/2019. "Microvesicle Isolation from Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infected Macrophage using Multi-stage Microfluidic Channel", National Institutes of Health, 06/2014 - 05/2016. "Experimental and Computational Studies of NEAMS Pebble Bed Reactors", Department of Energy, 10/2016 - 09/2019.

"Analysis and Design of Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries", Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, QEERI, 05/2015 - 05/2018.

"High-throughput Screening and Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells", Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, 03/2015 - 02/2018.

Refereed Journal Publications

"EAGER: Collaborative Research: Privacyenhancing CrowdPCR for Early Epidemic Detection", National Science Foundation, 09/2016 - 08/2017.

G Ramos-Sanchez, FA Soto, JM Martinez de Soto, F. A.; Martinez de la Hoz, J. M.; Seminario, J. M.; Balbuena, P. B., Modeling Solid-Electrolyte Interfacial Phenomena in Silicon Anodes. Curr. Opinion Chem. Engineering 2016, 13, 179-185. Ramos Sanchez, G.; Soto, F. A.; Martinez de la Hoz, J. M.; Liu, Z.; Mukherjee, P. P.; ElMellouhi, F.; Seminario, J. M.; Balbuena, P., Computational Studies of Interfacial Reactions at Anode Materials: Initial Stages of the Solid-Electrolyte-Interphase Layer Formation. J. Electrochem. Energy Conversion and Storage 2016, 13, 031002-1-10. Kumar, N.; Seminario, J. M., Lithium-Ion Model Behavior in an Ethylene Carbonate Electrolyte Using Molecular Dynamics. J. Phys. Chem. C 2016, 120, 16322-16332. Cárdenas-Jirón, G.; Figueroa, Y.; Kumar, N.; Seminario, J. M., Doping Effects in the Charge Transport of Graphene-Porphyrins. J. Phys.

Associate Professors

Victor M. Ugaz Charles D. Holland ’53 Professor Thaman Professor Chair, Texas A&M Professional Program in Biotechnology ugaz@tamu.edu Ugaz’s research focuses broadly on harnessing the unique characteristics of transport and flow at the microscale, with specific interests in microfluidic flows (both single-phase and nanoparticle suspensions), microchip gel electrophoresis, PCR thermocycling in novel convective flow devices, and construction of 3-D vascular flow networks for biomedical applications.

Refereed Journal Publications Huang J, Han D, Ruggles ME, Jayaraman A, Ugaz VM. Characterization of enzymatic micromachining for construction of variable cross-section microchannel topologies. Biomicrofluidics 2016;10(3):033102.

Mustafa Akbulut Associate Professor Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara makbulut@tamu.edu Akbulut’s research interests include the fundamental issues of surface and interface science including adsorption, desorption, surface-nanoparticle interactions, inter-nanoparticle forces, assembly of nanoparticles, adhesion, friction, wear, tribochemical reactions and corrosion; with the overarching objective of advancing nanotechnology and biotechnology through rationale design.

External Research Funding "SBIR Phase II: High Performance Structural Composites with Cellulosic Nanoparticles", Essentium Materials, LLC, 07/2016 03/2018. "Young Faculty Award (YFA): NextGeneration Solders Involving Dispersion of Soft Ligand Functionalized Boron Nitride

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The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering Nanoribbons or Nanosheets in Alloys as Thermal Interface Materials (TIMs)", Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, 08/2013 - 07/2016. "Young Faculty Award (YFA): NextGeneration Solders Involving Dispersion of Soft Ligand Functionalized Boron Nitride Nanoribbons or Nanosheets in Alloys as Thermal Interface Materials (TIMs)", DOD-Advanced Research Projects Agency, 08/2013 - 07/2016. "I-Corps: Thermal Interface Materials with Ultrahigh Thermal Conductivity and Superior Conformability for Effective Cooling of Electronic Components", National Science Foundation, 09/2015 02/2016.

Zevallos L, Akbulut M. A multifunctional nanoparticulate theranostic system with simultaneous chemotherapeutic, photothermal therapeutic, and MRI contrast capabilities. RSC Advances 2016;6(33):2779827806. Teipel BR, Vano RJ, Zahner BS, Teipel EM, Chen, Akbulut M. Nanocomposites of Hydrophobized Cellulose Nanocrystals and Polypropylene. MRS Advances 2016;1(10):659665. Yegin Y, Perez Lewis KL, Zhang M, Akbulut M, Taylor TM. Development and characterization of geraniol-loaded polymeric nanoparticles with antimicrobial activity against foodborne bacterial pathogens. Journal of food engineering 2016;170:64-71.

"Biomechanical Investigation of Insect Leg Joints", National Science Foundation, 09/2014 - 08/2017.

Oh JK, Kohli N, Zhang Y, Min Y, Jayaraman A, Cisneros Zevallos L, Akbulut M. Nanoporous aerogel as a bacteria repelling hygienic material for healthcare environment. Nanotechnology 2016;27(8):085705. Zhang M, Yilmaz T, Boztas AO, Karakuzu O, Bang WY, Yegin Y, Luo Z, Lenox M, Cisneros

Associate Professor Ph.D., Princeton University zcheng@tamu.edu Cheng studies complex fluids and active soft matter. His research focuses on the self-organization of intelligent colloids and anisotropic particles, the fabrication of photonic crystals and integrated photonic circuits, solar hydrogen production via water splitting and the application of microfluids to bio-encapsulation. The

Zeng M, Wang X, Yu Y, Zhang L, Shafi W, Huang X, Cheng Z. The Synthesis of Amphiphilic Luminescent Graphene Quantum Dot and Its Application in Miniemulsion Polymerization. Journal of Nanomaterials 2016;2016:1-8. Yu Y, Wang X, Shinde A, Cheng Z. Synthesis and Exfoliation of Discotic Zirconium Phosphates to Obtain Colloidal Liquid Crystals. Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) 2016;(111)

"Young Faculty Award (YFA): NextGeneration Solders Involving Dispersion of Soft Ligand Functionalized Boron Nitride Nanoribbons or Nanosheets in Alloys as Thermal Interface Materials (TIMs)", Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, 08/2013 - 07/2016.

Jing H, Xiang Y, Xu M, Zhang Z, Cheng Z, Shen D, Zheng Z, Li J, Zhou M, Wang E, and others. Polarity-dependent bistable optical grating in chiral bent-core nematic liquid crystals. Optical Materials Express 2016;6(8):2584.

Wang X, Zhao Di, Medina, Diaz A, Wang H, Clearfield A, Mannan MS, Cheng Z. Surface modification of layered zirconium phosphate with PNIPAM. Chemical Communications 2016;52(26):4832-4835.

Zhengdong Cheng

α-zirconium phosphate nanodisks as a Pickering emulsion stabilizer. Materials Letters 2016;163:158-161.

"SBIR Phase II: High Performance Structural Composites with Cellulosic Nanoparticles", Essentium Materials, LLC, 07/2016 03/2018.

Sui J, Zheng L, Zhang X, Chen Y, Cheng Z. A Novel Equivalent Agglomeration Model for Heat Conduction Enhancement in Nanofluids. Scientific Reports 2016;6:19560-19560.

Oh JK, Rapisand W, Zhang M, Yegin Y, Min Y, Castillo A, Cisneros Zevallos L, Akbulut M. Surface modification of food processing and handling gloves for enhanced food safety and hygiene. Journal of food engineering 2016;187:82-91.

Chen IC, Chen, Zhang M, Min Y, Akbulut M. Deposition Kinetics of Graphene Oxide on Charged Self-Assembled Monolayers. The journal of physical chemistry. C 2016;120(15):8333-8342.

External Research Funding

Refereed Journal Publications

Refereed Journal Publications

Yegin C, Zhang M, Talari JV, Akbulut M. Novel hydraulic fracturing fluids with improved proppant carrying capacity and pH-adjustable proppant deposition behavior. Journal of petroleum science & engineering 2016;145:600608.

techniques developed will be applicable to the modeling of phase transitions and liquid crystal materials; the engineering of nanocomposites and semiconductors of light; solar energy and a wide range of therapeutic treatments.

Flores JA, Jahnke A, Pavia Sanders A, Cheng Z, Wooley KL. Magnetically-active Pickering emulsions stabilized by hybrid inorganic/organic networks. Soft Matter 2016;12(46):9342-9354. Mo S, Shao X, Chen Y, Cheng Z. Increasing entropy for colloidal stabilization. Scientific Reports 2016;6:36836-36836. Sui J, Zhao P, Bin Mohsin B, Zheng L, Zhang X, Cheng Z, Chen Y, Chen G. Fractal aggregation kinetics contributions to thermal conductivity of nano-suspensions in unsteady thermal convection. Scientific Reports 2016;6:3944639446. Yu Y, Chen Y, Zeng M, Cheng Z. Microwaveassisted rapid synthesis of hexagonal

Hatanaka LC, Ahmed L, Sachdeva S, Wang Q, Cheng Z, Mannan MS. Thermal degradation and flammability of nanocomposites composed of silica cross-linked to poly(methyl methacrylate). Plastics, Rubber And Composites 2016;45(9):375-381. Narayan A, Wang B, Nava Medina IB, Mannan MS, Cheng Z, Wang Q. Prediction of heat of formation for exo-Dicyclopentadiene. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;44:433-439. Wang X, Zeng M, Yu Y, Wang H, Mannan MS, Cheng Z. Thermosensitive ZrP-PNIPAM Pickering Emulsifier and the Controlledrelease Behavior. ACS applied materials & interfaces 2016; Hatanaka LC, Ahmed L, Sachdeva S, Wang Q, Cheng Z, Mannan MS. Thermal degradation and flammability of nanocomposites composed of silica cross-linked to poly(methyl methacrylate). Plastics, Rubber And Composites 2016;45(9):375-381. Y. Yu, Y. Chen, M. Zeng, Z., Microwaveassisted rapid synthesis of hexagonal α-zirconium phosphate nanodisks as a Pickering emulsion stabilizer Materials Letters, 163, 2016, 158–161. Li H, Yu YH, Vasiraju V, Vaddiraju S, Cheng Z, Investigation of Electron Transport Through Alkanedithoil of Functionalized Zn3P2


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical Nanowires for Hydrogen Production, Int J Nano Stud. Technol, S1:001,2016, 1-5. J. Sui, L. Zheng, X. Zhang, Y. Chen & Z. Cheng, A Novel Equivalent Agglomeration Model for Heat Conduction Enhancement in Nanofluids Scientific Reports, 6, 2016, 19560. Y. Yu, X. Wang, A. Shinde, Z. Cheng, J., Synthesis and exfoliation of nanodisks to make model suspensions for discotic liquid crystals Vis. Exp. (111), e53511, doi:10.3791/53511 (2016). Published: 5/25/2016. X. Wang, D. Zhao, I. B. Nava Medina, A Diaz, H. Wang, A. Clearfield, M. S. Mannan, and Z. Cheng, Surface modification of layered zirconium phosphate with PNIPAM Chem. Commun., 52, 2016, 4832-4835. Abhijeet Shinde, Xuezhen Wang, Yi-Hsien Yu, Zhengdong Cheng, Aspect ratio dependence of kinetics of isotropic-nematic phase separation of nanoplates gravity, Gravity and Space Research Journal, 4, 2016, 17-26. Minxiang Zeng, Xuezhen Wang, Yi-Hsien Yu, Lecheng Zhang, Wakaas Shafi, Xiayun Huang, and Zhengdong Cheng, The Synthesis of Amphiphilic Luminescent Graphene Quantum Dot and Its Application in Miniemulsion Polymerization Journal of Nanomaterials, 2016. Hong-Zhen Jing, Ying Xiang, Ming-Ya Xu, Zhi-Dong Zhang, Zhengdong Cheng, Dong Shen, Zhi-Gang Zheng, Jian-Lin Li, Meng-jie Zhou, Everett Wang, Yan-Qing Wang, and Yin-Hua Cai, Polarity-dependent bistable optical grating in chiral bent-core nematic liquid crystals Potical Materials Express, 6, 2016, 2584-2592. Adithyaram Narayan, Beibei Wang, Ilse Belen Nava Medina, M. Sam Mannan, Zhengdong Cheng, and Qingsheng Wang, Prediction of heat of formation for exo-Dicyclopentadiene Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 44, 2016, 433–439. Jeniree A. Flores, Ashlee A. Jahnke, Adriana Pavia-Sanders, Zhengdong Cheng, and Karen L. Wooley, Magnetically-active Pickering emulsions stabilized by hybrid inorganic/ organic networks Soft Matter, 12, 2016, 93429354.

Songping Mo, Xuefeng Shao, Ying Chen, and Zhengdong Cheng, Increasing entropy for colloidal stabilization Scientific Reports, 6, 2016, 36836. Jize Sui, Peng Zhao, Bandar Bin-Mohsin, Liancun Zheng, Xinxin Zhang, Zhengdong Cheng, Ying Chen, and Goong Chen, Fractal aggregation kinetics contributions to thermal conductivity of nano-suspensions in unsteady thermal convection Scientific Reports, 6, 2016, 39446 . Xuezhen Wang, Minxiang Zeng, Yi-Hsien Yu, Huiliang Wang, M. Sam Mannan, and Zhengdong Cheng, Thermosensitive ZrPPNIPAM Pickering Emulsifier and the Controlled-Release Behavior ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, December 29, 2016. Y. Yu, Y. Chen, M. Zeng, Z., Microwaveassisted rapid synthesis of hexagonal α-zirconium phosphate nanodisks as a Pickering emulsion stabilizer Materials Letters, 163, 2016, 158–161. Li H, Yu YH, Vasiraju V, Vaddiraju S, Cheng Z, Investigation of Electron Transport Through Alkanedithoil of Functionalized Zn3P2 Nanowires for Hydrogen Production Int J Nano Stud. Technol, S1:001,2016, 1-5. J. Sui, L. Zheng, X. Zhang, Y. Chen & Z. Cheng, A Novel Equivalent Agglomeration Model for Heat Conduction Enhancement in Nanofluids Scientific Reports, 6, 2016, 19560. Y. Yu, X. Wang, A. Shinde, Z. Cheng, J., Synthesis and exfoliation of nanodisks to make model suspensions for discotic liquid crystals Vis. Exp. (111), e53511, doi:10.3791/53511 (2016). Published: 5/25/2016. X. Wang, D. Zhao, I. B. Nava Medina, A Diaz, H. Wang, A. Clearfield, M. S. Mannan, and Z. Cheng, Surface modification of layered zirconium phosphate with PNIPAM Chem. Commun., 52, 2016, 4832-4835. Abhijeet Shinde, Xuezhen Wang, Yi-Hsien Yu, Zhengdong Cheng, Aspect ratio dependence of kinetics of isotropic-nematic phase separation of nanoplates in gravity Gravity and Space Research Journal, 4, 2016, 17-26. Minxiang Zeng, Xuezhen Wang, Yi-Hsien Yu, Lecheng Zhang, Wakaas Shafi, Xiayun Huang,

and Zhengdong Cheng, The Synthesis of Amphiphilic Luminescent Graphene Quantum Dot and Its Application in Miniemulsion Polymerization Journal of Nanomaterials, 2016, 6490383. Hong-Zhen Jing, Ying Xiang, Ming-Ya Xu, Zhi-Dong Zhang, Zhengdong Cheng, Dong Shen, Zhi-Gang Zheng, Jian-Lin Li, Meng-jie Zhou, Everett Wang, Yan-Qing Wang, and Yin-Hua Cai,Polarity-dependent bistable optical grating in chiral bent-core nematic liquid crystals Potical Materials Express, 6, 2016, 2584-2592. Adithyaram Narayan, Beibei Wang, Ilse Belen Nava Medina, M. Sam Mannan, Zhengdong Cheng, and Qingsheng Wang, Prediction of heat of formation for exo-Dicyclopentadiene Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 44, 2016, 433–439. Jeniree A. Flores, Ashlee A. Jahnke, Adriana Pavia-Sanders, Zhengdong Cheng, and Karen L. Wooley, Magnetically-active Pickering emulsions stabilized by hybrid inorganic/ organic network Soft Matter, 12, 2016, 93429354. Songping Mo, Xuefeng Shao, Ying Chen, and Zhengdong Cheng, Increasing entropy for colloidal stabilization Scientific Reports, 6, 2016, 36836. Fractal aggregation kinetics contributions to thermal conductivity of nano-suspensions in unsteady thermal convection Jize Sui, Peng Zhao, Bandar Bin-Mohsin, Liancun Zheng, Xinxin Zhang, Zhengdong Cheng, Ying Chen, and Goong Chen, Scientific Reports, 6, 2016, 39446 . Xuezhen Wang, Minxiang Zeng, Yi-Hsien Yu, Huiliang Wang, M. Sam Mannan, and Zhengdong Cheng, Thermosensitive ZrPPNIPAM Pickering Emulsifier and the Controlled-Release Behavior, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, December 29, 2016. Hatanaka LC, Ahmed L, Sachdeva S, Wang Q, Cheng Z, Mannan MS. Thermal degradation and flammability of nanocomposites composed of silica cross-linked to poly(methyl methacrylate). Plastics, Rubber And Composites 2016;45(9):375-381.

Micah J. Green Associate Professor Nancy and Dan Zivney '73 Faculty Fellow Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology micah.green@tamu.edu Green’s research focuses on understanding the processing and engineering of nanomaterials in the liquid phase for use in multifunctional composites and films. Areas of interest include polymer-nanomaterial interfacial studies, microstructure-rheology coupling, nanomaterial morphology evolution and scalable nanomaterial manufacturing. His group aims to lead in bringing a chemical engineering perspective to bear on the field of nanomaterials processing.

External Research Funding "Collaborative Research: Understanding Cholesteric Pitch in Nanocylinder Films", National Science Foundation, 09/2014 08/2017. "2014 Dupont Young Professor GrantMicah Green", DuPont Corporation, 09/2014 - 08/2017.

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The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering "CAREER: Structure-property-processing Relations for Aggregation-resistant Graphene", National Science Foundation, 08/2014 - 02/2018. "Microwave susceptor ink testing", Essentium Materials, LLC, 06/2016 09/2016.

Parviz, Dorsa, et al. "Challenges in LiquidPhase Exfoliation, Processing, and Assembly of Pristine Graphene." Advanced Materials 28.40 (2016):8796-8818.

"Collaborative Research : Microwave Heating of Carbon Nanotube Coatings to Enable Rapid Welding in 3D-Printed Polymer Structures", National Science Foundation, 06/2016 - 05/2019.

Cano AM, Kohl K, Deleon S, Payton P, Irin F, Saed M, Shah SA, Green MJ, Cañas Carrell JE. Determination of uptake, accumulation, and stress effects in corn (Zea mays L.) grown in single-wall carbon nanotube contaminated soil. Chemosphere 2016;152:117-122.

"CAREER: Structure-property-processing Relations for Aggregation-resistant Graphene", National Science Foundation, 08/2014 - 02/2018.

Gogos A, Moll J, Klingenfuss F, van der Heijden, Irin F, Green MJ, Zenobi R, Bucheli TD. Vertical transport and plant uptake of nanoparticles in a soil mesocosm experiment. Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2016;14(1):40.

"Aramid Nanofiber-Functionalized Graphene Electrodes for Structural Energy and Power", DOD-Air Force-Office of Scientific Research, 05/2016 - 05/2019.

Xu Y, Pospisil MJ, Green MJ. The effect of bending stiffness on scaling laws for the size of colloidal nanosheets. Nanotechnology 2016;27(23):235702.

"Collaborative Research : A Scalable Processing Method to Produce Thermoplastic Nanofibers from Melt", National Science Foundation, 09/2015 08/2018.

Refereed Journal Publications Rountree KS, Shah SA, Sweeney CB, Irin F, Green MJ. Graphene reflux: improving the yield of liquid-exfoliated nanosheets through repeated separation techniques. Nanotechnology 2016;27(50):505601.

External Research Funding

Varenik M, Green MJ, Regev O. Distinguishing Self-Assembled Pyrene Structures from Exfoliated Graphene. Langmuir 2016;32(41):10699-10704.

Hansen MJ, Rountree KS, Irin F, Sweeney CB, Klaassen CD, Green MJ. Photodegradation of dispersants in colloidal suspensions of pristine graphene. Journal Of Colloid And Interface Science 2016;466:425-431. Xiang F, Parviz D, Givens TM, Tzeng P, Davis EM, Stafford CM, Green MJ, Grunlan JC. Stiff and Transparent Multilayer Thin Films Prepared Through Hydrogen-Bonding Layerby-Layer Assembly of Graphene and Polymer. Advanced Functional Materials 2016;26(13):21432149.

Parviz D, Yu Z, Verkhoturov S, Green MJ, Hedden RC. Gradient Films of Pristine Graphene/Pyrene-Functional Copolymers with Janus Electrical Properties. Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces 2016;8(46):31813-31821.

Tsentalovich DE, Ma, Lee JA, Behabtu N, Bengio EA, Choi A, Hao J, Luo Y, Headrick RJ, Green MJ, and others. Relationship of Extensional Viscosity and Liquid Crystalline Transition to Length Distribution in Carbon Nanotube Solutions. Macromolecules 2016;49(2):681-689.

Habib T, Sundaravadivelu Devarajan D, Khabaz F, Parviz D, Achee TC, Khare R, Green MJ. Cosolvents as Liquid Surfactants for Boron Nitride Nanosheet (BNNS) Dispersions. Langmuir 2016;32(44):11591-11599.

Sevanthi R, Irin F, Parviz D, Andrew Jackson W, Green MJ. Electrical current stimulated desorption of carbon dioxide adsorbed on graphene based structures. RSC Advances 2016;6(49):43401-43407.

"Development of Polymer-Supported Metal-Organic Framework Membranes for High Resolution Separations of Propylene/ Propane Mixtures", Korea Institute of Science and Technology, 12/2014 12/2016. "Design and Optimization of Highly Productive Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework, ZIF-8, Membranes For Industrial Propylene/Propane Separations -- Cycle 7", Qatar National Research Fund, 02/2015 - 02/2018.

Hae-Kwon Jeong Associate Professor Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator Ph.D., University of Minnesota hjeong7@tamu.edu Jeong’s research includes the development of novel methodologies to design, modify, deposit and microfabricate nanostructured materials and to build them into hierarchical structures and complex forms for wide ranges of applications including separation membranes, selective catalysts and adsorbents. Jeong’s research group develops several innovative and commercially viable strategies to prepare ultra-thin nanoporous framework membranes with unprecedentedly high olefin/paraffin separation performances. In collaboration with Dr. Dong-Hee Son, Jeong’s team is developing highly efficient semiconductor nanocrystal/graphene composites for photocatalytic hydrogen production.

"UNS: New Strategies for Ultra-Thin Sub-10 nm Thick Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework Membranes with Tunable Molecular Sieving Properties", National Science Foundation, 09/2015 - 08/2018. "Collaborative Research: Scalable Production of Metal-Organic Molecular Sieves with Optimized Gas Transport Properties", National Science Foundation, 09/2016 - 08/2019. "Doped-nanocrystal/graphene hybrid structure for noble metal-free photocatalytic hydrogen production", National Science Foundation, 08/2013 07/2016.

Refereed Journal Publications Kwon HT, Jeong H, Lee AS, An HS, Lee T, Jang E, Lee JS, Choi J. Defect-induced ripening of zeolitic-imidazolate framework ZIF-8 and its implication to vapor-phase membrane synthesis. Chemical Communications 2016;52(78):11669-11672. Krokidas P, Castier M, Moncho S, Sredojevic DN, Brothers EN, Kwon HT, Jeong H, Lee JS, Economou IG. ZIF-67 Framework: A Promising New Candidate for Propylene/Propane Separation. Experimental Data and Molecular Simulations. The Journal Of Physical Chemistry. C 2016;120(15):8116-8124.


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical Li H, Tuo L, Yang K, Jeong H, Dai Y, He G, Zhao W. Simultaneous enhancement of mechanical properties and CO2 selectivity of ZIF-8 mixed matrix membranes: Interfacial toughening effect of ionic liquid. Journal Of Membrane Science 2016;511:130-142. Seo SM, Moon DJ, An J, Jeong H, Lim WT. Time-Dependent Ni2+-Ion Exchange in Zeolites Y (FAU, Si/Al = 1.56) and Their SingleCrystal Structures. The Journal Of Physical Chemistry. C 2016;120(50):28563-28574. An H, Park S, Kwon HT, Jeong H, Lee JS. A new superior competitor for exceptional propylene/propane separations: ZIF-67 containing mixed matrix membranes. Journal Of Membrane science 2017;526:367-376.

of desired bioproducts, such as biofuels. She uses ultrahigh throughput sequencing technology and monitors transcriptome and metabolism in an effort to identify the cellular components responsible for the selected traits.

"CAREER: Visualizing Evolution in RealTime (VERT)", National Science Foundation, 3/2011-2/2017.

Huang M, Peabody G, Kao KC. Tolerance of Microbial Biocatalysts to Feedstocks, Products, and Environmental Conditions. Metabolic Engineering for Bioprocess Commercialization. 2016:73-100. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-41966-4_5.

Kao’s research interests include genomics, systems biology and biotechnology. In the lab, she utilizes related tools to observe microbial adaptation in various environments. Kao studies the evolution of microorganisms such as yeast and E. coli for their enhanced tolerance to the toxicity

"Layer-by-Layer (LbL) Metal Pretreatments for Liquid and Powder Coating Anticorrosion Applications", Axalta Coating Systems, LLC, 07/2014 - 05/2016.

"Development of a continuous genome shuffling approach to expedite adaptive laboratory evolution", National Science Foundation, 7/2016 - 6/2019.

Peabody G, Winkler J, Fountain W, Castro DA, Leiva-Aravena E, Kao KC. Experimental demonstration of the benefit of a recombination-proficient Escherichia coli system for Adaptive Laboratory Evolution. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2016;82(22):AEM.01850–16–6747. doi:10.1128/AEM.01850-16.

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles katy.kao@tamu.edu

"Collaborative Research: Hybrid Block Copolymer Electrodes for Electrochemical Energy Storage", National Science Foundation, 09/2013 - 08/2016.

External Research Funding

Refereed Journal Publications

Katy C. Kao

"Organic Electrodes for Structural Energy and Power", DOD-Air Force-Office of Scientific Research, 03/2013 - 03/2016.

Olson ML, Johnson J, Carswell WF, Reyes LH, Senger RS, Kao KC. Characterization of an evolved carotenoids hyper-producer of Saccharomyces cerevisiae through bioreactor parameter optimization and Raman spectroscopy. J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol. July 2016. Peabody G, Kao KC. “Recent progress in bio-butanol tolerance in microbial systems with an emphasis on Clostridium.” FEMS Microbiology Letters. 2016.

"Thermal Transitions in Polyelectrolyte Multilayers and Complexes", National Science Foundation, 08/2013 - 07/2016.

Jodie L. Lutkenhaus Associate Professor William and Ruth Neely Faculty Fellow Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology jodie.lutkenhaus@tamu.edu Lutkenhaus’ research interests include the design of organic thin films and nanostructures to enable the development of novel organic energy systems and smart coatings. Areas of investigation include the behavior of polymer thin films and coatings, thermal analysis, polyelectrolytes and electroactive polymers for energy storage. In 2016, Lutkenhaus was awarded the Van Ness Award from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

External Research Funding "Organic Electrodes for Structural Energy and Power", DOD-Air Force-Office of Scientific Research, 03/2013 - 03/2016. "Aramid Nanofiber-Functionalized Graphene Electrodes for Structural Energy and Power", DOD-Air Force-Office of Scientific Research, 05/2016 - 05/2019.

"Collaborative Research: Next-Generation Simultaneously Ion- and ElectronConducting Block Copolymer Binders for Battery Electrodes", National Science Foundation, 09/2016 - 08/2019. "Safety-Enhancing Electrolytes for Structurally Sound Batteries under Ballistic Stresses", Lynntech, Inc., 09/2016 - 01/2017. "FFATA: CAREER: Internal Structure and Properties of Confined Layer-by-Layer Films and Nanotubes", National Science Foundation, 03/2011 - 02/2017. "Discovering the Rich Electrochemistry of Nitroxide Radical-Modified Conjugated Polymers", Robert A. Welch Foundation, the, 06/2014 - 05/2017. "Water, Salt, and Temperature Effects in Polyelectrolyte Complexes and Multilayers", National Science Foundation, 09/2016 - 08/2019. "The Nature of Charge Storage in Nitroxide Radical Polymers", DOE-Office Of Science, 08/2015 - 07/2016.

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Onchocerciasis", Lynntech, Inc., 09/2015 01/2016.

Luo S, Nasrabadi H, Lutkenhaus JL. Effect of confinement on the bubble points of hydrocarbons in nanoporous media. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. AIChE Journal 2016;62(5):1772-1780.

"Silicon Materials Lithium-Ion Batteries", UTBattelle, LLC, 08/2016 - 04/2017.

Refereed Journal Publications

Reid DK. Swelling and Thermal Transitions of Polyelectrolyte Multilayers in the Presence of Divalent Ions. Macromolecules 2016;49(16):5921.

H Li, Y.H Yu, V Vasiraju, S Vaddiraju, Z Cheng, Investigation of Electron Transport Through Alkanedithoil of Functionalized Zn3P2 Nanowires for Hydrogen Production, International Journal Of Nano Studies & Technology, 1 (1), 2016, 1-5.

Li F, Zhang Y, Kwon SR, Lutkenhaus JL. Electropolymerized Polythiophenes Bearing Pendant Nitroxide Radicals. ACS Macro Letters 2016;5(3):337-341. Zhang Y, Li F, Valenzuela LD, Sammalkorpi M, Lutkenhaus JL. Effect of Water on the Thermal Transition Observed in Poly(allylamine hydrochloride)–Poly(acrylic acid) Complexes. Macromolecules 2016;49(19):7563-7570. An H, Li X, Chalker C, Stracke M, Verduzco R, Lutkenhaus JL. Conducting Block Copolymer Binders for Carbon-Free Hybrid Vanadium Pentoxide Cathodes with Enhanced Performance. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2016;8(42):28585-28591. Luo S, Lutkenhaus JL, Nasrabadi H. Confinement-Induced Supercriticality and Phase Equilibria of Hydrocarbons in Nanopores. Langmuir 2016;32(44):11506-11513. De S, Nandasiri MI, Schaef HT, McGrail BP, Nune SK, Lutkenhaus JL. Water-Based Assembly of Polymer-Metal Organic Framework (MOF) Functional Coatings. Advanced Materials Interfaces 2017;4(2):1600905. Luo S, Lutkenhaus JL, Nasrabadi H. Use of differential scanning calorimetry to study phase behavior of hydrocarbon mixtures in nanoscale porous media. Journal Of Petroleum Science & Engineering 2016; Zhang R, Zhang Y, Antila HS, Lutkenhaus JL, Sammalkorpi M. Role of Salt and Water in the Plasticization of PDAC/PSS Polyelectrolyte Assemblies. The Journal Of Physical Chemistry. B 2017;121(1):322-333.

Sreeram Vaddiraju

Nie A, Gan L, Cheng Y, Tao X, Yuan Y, Sharifi Asl S, He K, Asayesh Ardakani H, Vasiraju V, Lu J, and others. Ultrafast and Highly Reversible Sodium Storage in Zinc-Antimony Intermetallic Nanomaterials. Advanced Functional Materials 2016;26(4):543-552.

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Louisville sreeram.vaddiraju@tamu.edu Vaddiraju’s research includes the development of vapor phase techniques for the mass production of organic and inorganic nanostructures and the development and implementation of in-situ and ex-situ schemes for the large-scale integration of these nanostructures into energy conversion devices. He employs the study of novel electrical, electronic and mechanical properties of ultrathin nanowires in the gravitation of efficient thermoelectrics and solar cells. Vaddiraju was the 2014 recipient of the Fluor Distinguished Teaching Award.

External Research Funding "Asymmetric Convectional PCR Coupled with Silicon Nanowires to Detect Rare Genetic Mutations for Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy Management", Lynntech, Inc., 11/2015 09/2016. "A POC, Simple Diagnostic for the Causative Agents of Schistosomiasis and

perm-selective membranes for natural gas processing and hydrogen production; synthesis of electroceramic membrane material for CO2 capture and reuse; heatexchanger microreactor technologies for natural gas processing and catalytic gasliquid-solid reactor design.

External Research Funding "Design and Systems Analysis of AMR Technology for Natural Gas Monetization and Hydrogen Generation", Power and Energy, Inc., 09/2015 - 08/2016. "Trickle-Bed Reactor Modeling", Eastman Chemical Company - Texas Eastman Division, 02/2014 - 01/2016. "Layer-by-layer Polymer Assemblies as Size-Selective Gas Separation Membranes", National Science Foundation, 09/2014 - 08/2017.

Refereed Journal Publications Zhang H, Wilhite BA. Electrical conduction and reaction analysis on mixed-conducting iron-doped barium zirconate. Solid State Ionics 2016;286:7-18. Butcher H, Wilhite BA. Enhancing catalyst effectiveness by increasing catalyst film thickness in coated-wall microreactors: Exploiting heat effects in catalytic methane steam micro-reformers. Chemical Engineering Science 2016;143:47-54

Benjamin A. Wilhite Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Notre Dame benjaminwilhite@exchange.tamu.edu Wilhite’s research includes the study of interactions between chemical kinetics and transport processes for process intensification. Areas of investigation include the design of multilayer catalytic and/or

Zhang H, Wilhite BA. Electrical conduction and hydrogen permeation investigation on irondoped barium zirconate membrane. Journal Of Membrane Science 2016;512:104-110. Lugo EL, Wilhite BA. A theoretical comparison of multifunctional catalyst for sorptionenhanced reforming process. Chemical Engineering Science 2016;150:1-15.


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Assistant Professors

Separation, Conversion and Storage", National Science Foundation, 07/2016 06/2019.

Refereed Journal Publications Guzman YA, Hasan, Floudas CA. Performance of convex underestimators in a branchand-bound framework. Optimization Letters 2016;10(2):283-308. Liu T, First EL, Faruque Hasan MM, Floudas CA. A multi-scale approach for the discovery of zeolites for hydrogen sulfide removal. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2016;91:206-218.

these techniques to crystallization, chemical vapor deposition, and hydraulic fracturing processes leading to new insights and addressing industrial concerns.

Refereed Journal Publications M. Crose, J. S. Kwon, A. Tran, and P. D. Christofides, “Multiscale modeling and run-torun control of PECVD of thin film solar cells,” Renewable Energy, 2017, 100, 129-140.

Refereed Journal Publications P. P. Lele, T. Roland, A. Shrivastava, Y. Chen, H. C. Berg, Directional dependence of stall torques in C. crescentus motors, Nature Physics (2016), 12, 175-178. K.M.Ford, R.Chawla, P.P.Lele, Biophysical Characterization of bacterial flagellar motors, J Vis Exp. (2017), 119.

Hasan MMF, Faruque Hasan MM, First EL, Floudas CA. Discovery of novel zeolites and multi-zeolite processes for p-xylene separation using simulated moving bed (SMB) chromatography. Chemical Engineering Science 2017;159:3-17.

M.M. Faruque Hasan Assistant Professor Ph.D., National University of Singapore hasan@tamu.edu Hasan’s research focuses on modeling, simulation and optimization of complex and multiscale systems. The overarching goal is to develop novel pathways and transformative technology to utilize fossil fuels while minimizing emissions. He develops application-oriented theories, algorithms and computational methods for the design and discovery of advanced materials, processes and supply chains for clean energy. Applications include CO2 capture and conversion, shale gas utilization and hybrid energy processes.

External Research Funding "Accurate and Efficient Characterization of Gas Adsorption inside Microporous Materials", Oak Ridge Associated Universities, 06/2015 - 05/2016. "Systematic Process Intensification of Gas

Chad V. Mashuga Pushkar Lele Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of Delaware plele@tamu.edu

Joseph Sang-II Kwon Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles kwonx075@tamu.edu Kwon’s research focuses on the development of techniques for the modeling, simulation, and control of multiscale processes which are characterized by highly coupled phenomena occurring at disparate spatial and temporal scales. Specifically, Dr. Kwon is applying

Lele’s research lies at the interface of microbial cell mechanics and biomolecular engineering. His current focus is on the molecular mechanisms by which intracellular, mechanosensitive nanomachines modulate biochemical signaling and influence bacterial adaptability and survival. The broad objective is to develop a mechanistic understanding of colonization, the spread of infections and antibiotic resistance. Techniques include single molecule fluorescence methods (TIRF, FRET, FRAP), force spectroscopy (optical tweezers) and molecular genetics.

Assistant Professor Ph.D., Michigan Technological University mashuga@tamu.edu Dr. Mashuga’s research interests are centered on experimental process safety, including flammability, gas and dust explosions, calorimetry, energetic materials testing and internal combustion. His teaching interests include chemical process safety, process analysis and design, process control and chemical reaction engineering, among others. Mashuga brings 15 years of industrial experience from BASF and The Dow Chemical Company in the field of chemical engineering, along with six years of chemical engineering teaching experience from Wayne State University.

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Refereed Journal Publications

"Phase I: Micro Powder Processing Safety", Vacuum Process Engineering, Inc., 10/2016 - 03/2017.

Orr A, Wördehoff M, Hoyer W, Tamamis P. Uncovering the Binding and Specificity of β-Wrapins for Amyloid-β and α-Synuclein. The Journal Of Physical Chemistry. B 2016;120(50):12781-12794.

"NASA-Celanese: Project Firefly", Celanese Corporation, 09/2016 - 09/2016.

Refereed Journal Publications Bagaria P, Zhang J, Yang E, Dastidar A, Mashuga C. Effect of dust dispersion on particle integrity and explosion hazards. Journal Of Loss Prevention In The Process Industries 2016;44:424-432.

Cheng Y, Jin U, Davidson LA, Chapkin RS, Jayaraman A, Tamamis P, Orr A, Allred C, Denison MS, Soshilov A, and others. MicrobialDerived 1,4-Dihydroxy-2-naphthoic Acid and Related Compounds as Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Agonists/Antagonists: StructureActivity Relationships and Receptor Modeling. Toxicological Sciences 2016; Deidda G, Jonnalagadda, Spies JW, Ranella A, Mossou E, Forsyth VT, Mitchell EP, Bowler MW, Tamamis P, Mitraki A. Self-Assembled Amyloid Peptides with Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) Motifs As Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering. Acs Biomaterials Science & Engineering 2016; Kieslich CA, Tamamis P, Guzman YA, Onel M, Floudas CA, Harrigan PR. Highly Accurate Structure-Based Prediction of HIV-1 Coreceptor Usage Suggests Intermolecular Interactions Driving Tropism. PLoS One 2016;11(2):e0148974.

Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of Cyprus tamamis@tamu.edu

Hung-Jen Wu Assistant Professor Ph.D., Texas A&M University hjwu@tamu.edu

Research Assistant Professor

External Research Funding "Microvesicle Isolation from Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infected Macrophage using Multi-stage Microfluidic Channel", National Institutes of Health, 06/2014 - 05/2017.

Refereed Journal Publications Joshua D. Weatherston , Nolan C. Worstell and Hung-Jen Wu, Quantitative surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for kinetic analysis of aldol condensation using Ag–Au core–shell nanocubes, Analyst, Volume 141 (21), 6051-6060 Worstell NC, Krishnan P, Weatherston JD, Wu H, Nabi IR. Binding Cooperativity Matters: A GM1-Like Ganglioside-Cholera Toxin B Subunit Binding Study Using a Nanocube-Based Lipid Bilayer Array. PLoS One 2016;11(4):e0153265.

Phanourios Tamamis

Dr. Tamamis’ research includes computational methods in the area of protein structure prediction, de novo protein design and the development of novel frameworks. He targets treatment of diseases such as HIV, cancer and diabetes, studied at atomic and molecular levels. Similarly, he develops bionanomaterials for applications in biomedicine, nanotechnology and energy.

Dr. Wu’s research includes nanotechnology and bioengineering. He integrates nanostructured materials and analytical tools to study the organization, dynamics and functions of biomolecules at biological interfaces. The applications of the developed techniques include infectious disease screening, imaging of complex biological networks that are critical to the development of disease, exploration of cell membrane function and drug discovery. Wu also focuses on synthetic mimics of the cellular surface to enable the development of novel materials and catalysis.

Homa Khosravian Research Assistant Professor Ph.D., University Of Illinois - Chicago hkhosravian@tamu.edu Dr. Khosravian’s research interests span the areas of nanotechnology, environment and sustainability. Her research combines the experimental and theoretical methods to develop nanomaterials that aid to sustain the environment. Her current research includes biosynthesis of nanomaterials, environmental health and safety of engineered nanomaterials, and heterogeneous catalysis.


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Ahmad Hilaly

Professors of Practice bring real-world industry experience to Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering The Professor of Practice Program was established by the College of Engineering at Texas A&M as part of its 25 by 25 Initiative. The program brings industry leaders to the classroom to help prepare the next generation of engineers by sharing their real-world experiences in industry. Their roles across campus include:

Teaching • Classroom instruction at all levels - undergraduate, masters and doctorate levels • Development of new teaching curriculum reflecting cutting-edge industry technology and new educational practices

Research • Research advisor and principle investigator for research grants • Industry liaisons to identify research topics and research support • Publish in professional journals and conferences

Service • Professional society officers and members • Student mentors and curriculum advisors • Faculty advisors to student professional organizations

Dr. Ahmad K. Hilaly joined the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering as a professor of practice in 2016. He has more than 24 years of professional chemical engineering experience, the bulk of which came at Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), one of the largest agriculture processors in the world. After starting as a biochemical engineer, Hilaly worked his way up through several different management positions, and ultimately finished his work at ADM as the director of process research. In addition to a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, Hilaly earned an MBA, which he said gives him a unique perspective from which to instruct students. “It opened up my eyes to the monetary aspects. It has shaped the way that I look at problems. When I am doing research, there is always a question in the back of my mind, ‘Is this going to help us make a product that serves humanity, or will it just result in publishing papers and talking about it?’ I have a very strong practical perspective.” Hilaly is excited by the prospect of conducting research in a more academic setting. The necessary speed of industrial research and development leads to many gaps in understanding. He hopes that faculty members push him to focus more on the fundamentals and a more complete view in research. He also hopes that his experience will help shape and balance projects toward the applied aspects of chemical engineering. While Hilaly’s experience is a valuable resource for all of the students in the department, he believes that teaching and interacting with the students is a great personal benefit. “The students are very curious,” he said. “They come to my office and ask questions. I really appreciate that because it forces me to think about things differently, and consider different perspectives. When you teach, you also learn. That is what makes it fun."

James Harris Dr. James Harris has more than 30 years of experience in the chemical and polymer industries. Beyond the length of his tenure in industry, Harris’s breadth of experience is equally impressive. Harris has worked for four major corporations – Union Carbide, Amoco, BP and INEOS– in a wide variety of roles ranging from research and sales, to product development and, eventually, chief operating officer. Typifying this wide-ranging background, Harris had the unique experience of following one individual plastic product through conception in the research department, into commercialization in the product development department, into production in the manufacturing department, and into maturity in both the sales and business development departments. Harris says that he was drawn to the position at Texas A&M out of a desire to give back to the profession. According to Harris, two of the most influential people in his life were professors. He says the students in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering confirmed his decision, as they are hungry for knowledge and really want to learn the information and concepts he presents. Although Harris did graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, he says he loves College Station and Texas A&M University. Plus, his wife says that he looks much better in maroon than burnt orange.

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Professors of Practice

James Harris

Ahmad K. Hilaly

Professor of Practice Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin jim.harris@tamu.edu

Professor of Practice Ph.D., Colorado State University tamuhilaly@tamu.edu

Harris has more than 33 years of experience within the chemical and polymer industries. His experience working at Union Carbide, Amoco, BP and Ineos, across a wide variety of roles – from polymer materials scientist to polymer materials scientist to sales manager, all the way up to CEO – allow Harris to bring a unique, real-world perspective to his teaching, in the role of professor of practice.

Hilaly has more than 22 years of industrial experience in the biochemical industry, and extensive experience in research and development management. His research area includes food, nutraceuticals, feed, fuels and renewable chemicals. He has held positions of process engineer, R&D manager and R&D director. Hilaly has 16 issued U.S. patents. His teaching interests include process design, mass transfer and bioprocess engineering.

Charles Isdale

Senior Lecturers

Senior Lecturer M.B.A., Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville c-isdale@tamu.edu Isdale came to Texas A&M after working for 30 years in the industry as a chemical process engineer, which remains his main area of interest. He teaches four different classes for the department.

William Rogers

Lecturers

Lecturer Ph.D., The Ohio State University wjrogers@tamu.edu Rogers is a research scientist in the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, where he has been a scientist since 1979. His current research interest is a systems approach to engineering risk, decision making under uncertainty, and uncertainty modeling and management using traditional and Bayesian models.

J. Doug White Senior Lecturer B.S., Texas A&M University jdwhite@tamu.edu White has more than three decades of industrial experience. His teaching focus is in the unit operations labs where students blend theory classes with actual operation of equipment and processes. A key element of these labs includes effective communication of technical subjects in line with industry expectations. He also serves as the departmental safety officer helping ensure the safe operation of the diverse research and teaching laboratories in chemical engineering.

Christin Wilson Lecturer Ph.D., The Ohio State University christin@tamu.edu Dr. Wilson is a lecturer of technical writing, drawing upon a scientific background in linguistics. She has taught undergraduate writing courses for several years and edited the 11th edition of Language Files. Wilson’s research interests include sociohistorical linguistics and language processing.


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Courtesy Appointments

M. Katherine Banks

Maria A. Barrufet

Tahir Cagin

Zivko Nikolov

Vice Chancellor for Engineering, The Texas A&M University System Dean, Texas A&M College Of Engineering Director, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Harold J. Haynes Dean’s Chair Professor University Distinguished Professor Ph.D., Duke University

Professor of Petroleum Engineering Baker Hughes Endowed Chair Ph.D., Texas A&M University barrufet@tamu.edu

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D., Clemson University tcagin@tamu.edu

Barrufet’s research interests include the evaluation of different methods used to desalinate oil-field brines. She studies unit operation aspects of evaporators, membranes, osmotic separation, heat transfer, energy and mass balance computations. Barrufet advances the discussion of enhanced oil recovery, studying thermodynamics and transport phenomena applied to chemical, miscible and thermal recovery processes. She also evaluates rock and fluid properties in addition to multiphase flow.

Cagin’s research includes computational materials science and nanotechnology with emphasis on design, characterization and development of multifunctional, nanostructured materials for device and sensor applications. He performs fundamental studies on transport phenomena (heat, mass and momentum) at nanoscale and in confined media. He evaluates thermal, mechanical, electronic and magnetic properties, phase behavior of materials, materials for thermal management, power generation and energy harvesting, in addition to the development and application of multiscale simulation methods.

Dow Professor Associate Department Head, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Associate Director, National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing Ph.D., Iowa State University znikolov@tamu.edu

Banks has taught courses in applied microbial processes, remediation engineering and biochemical processes in environmental engineering. She has served as director of the Environmental Protection Agency Hazardous Substance Research Center, associate director of the NASA Center for Advanced Life Support and co-director of the 21st Century Center for Phytoremediation Research. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Banks has served as editor-in-chief for the ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering and associate editor of the International Journal of Phytoremediation.

Nikolov’s research interests include recovery of recombinant biomolecules, bioprocessing of transgenic plants and algae, protein purification and bioprocess design and economics.

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Courtesy Appointments

Shankar Chellam

Kumbakonam Rajagopal

Karen L. Wooley

Marlan Scully

J. Walter “Deak” Porter ’22 & James W. “Bud” Porter ’51 Professor, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering Ph.D., Rice University chellam@tamu.edu

Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor J. M. Forsyth Chair, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis krajagopal@tamu.edu

University Distinguished Professor W.T. Doherty-Welch Foundation Chair in Chemistry Director, TAMU Laboratory for Synthetic-Biologic Interactions Ph.D., Cornell University wooley@tamu.edu

Distinguished Professor of Physics Director, Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering Ph.D., Yale University scully@tamu.edu

Rajagopal is recognized internationally for his significant contributions to the world of continuum mechanics, computational mechanics, biomechanics and technology. He was elected to the Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science and Technology (HOFEST), which includes such luminaries as George Eastman, Thomas Alva Edison, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Louis Pasteur and George Westinghouse.

Wooley’s research includes the fundamental development of synthetic methodologies that allow for the construction of increasingly complex polymers and nanostructured materials, including their hierarchical assembly into functional devices. Specific functional targets include nanoparticles for the treatment of infectious diseases and cancer of the lung and urinary tract; amphiphilic polymer coatings for antibiofouling applications with emphasis on the marine environment; anti-icing polymer coatings and hybrid polymer-inorganic nanoparticles for oil-spill cleanup.

Chellam has seven years of experience as a process engineer with J.K. Synthetics, India and as a research engineer in Montgomery Watson. His research interests broadly include advanced technologies for water purification and analysis of trace metals in airborne particulate matter. Chellam is currently serving as an elected member of the board of directors of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and the North American Membrane Society.

Scully’s research interests include laser physics, quantum optics, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics and bioengineering. His bioengineering work includes the first real-time measurement of small amounts of anthrax. Experiments were carried out in his Jack E. Brown lab. The Scully-Lamb quantum theory of the laser was the first theoretical treatment that yielded laser photon statistics, laser line-width and all higher-order photon correlations. The theory was later extended to explain behavior of the single photon maser. Scully and his coworkers have demonstrated that the laser master equation analysis also provides a good quantitative description of the fluctuations in the Bose-Einstein condensate.


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2016 Advisory Council Members We would like to recognize and thank all the members of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering’s Advisory Council. Their leadership and vision continue to make the department one of the best programs in the country.

Dr. Jerry Bullin

Dr. Joseph E. McAdams

Tara Parker ’85

Steven Skarke ’83

President Bryan Research and Engineering

(Retired) Shell Downstream Inc.

Business Development Coordinator Exxon Mobil Corp.

President, The Kaneka Foundation Kaneka Corporation

Dr. Joe Powell

James D. Slaughter ’96

Chief Scientist, Chemical Engineering Shell Global

Vice President S&B Engineers and Constructor’s, Ltd.

Cordelia Price ’88

Dr. Lee Tillman ’84

(Retired) Rohm and Haas

President and CEO Marathon Oil Corporation

Stephen J. Butler ’81 Manager, Texas Research and Development Eastman Chemical Company

Raymond F Carr IV

A. Rashid Hasan Larry A. Cress '76 Faculty Fellow Professor of Petroleum Engineering Ph.D., University of Waterloo-Ontario, Canada rhasan@tamu.edu Hasan is an expert in the subject of production engineering. He focuses on modeling complex transport processes in various components of petroleum production systems. Hasan’s research group has pioneered systematic modeling of heat transfer in wellbores and one of the most recognized impacts of this research is in production safety analysis. Hasan’s solutions to problems involving transient heat flow situations have found application in flow assurance, flow metering and pressure transient testing.

Gulf Coast Business Manager Air Products and Chemicals

Allison Drobniak ’99 Offshore Project Engineering Management Wood Group Mustang. Inc.

Greg Garland ’80 President and CEO Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Stephanie Hertzog ’96 Vice President, Sales and Marketing Exterran

Ron Hyden ’79 Completions Manager, New Ventures Southwestern Energy

Wes Lohec ’81 Vice President of Health, Environment and Safety Chevron Corporation

Mr. Michael R. McAtee Senior Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance BASF Corporation

Phil McDivitt ’87 Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Engineering Materials Celanese Corporation

Arthur "Artie" R. McFerrin ’65 President/Founder KMCO

Jeffrey McFerrin ’92 President KMCO

Lori Riethmiller ’91 National Distribution Sales Manager 3M

Aleida Rios ’91 Vice President of Operations BP Gulf of Mexico

Michael A. Meath*

Dr. John (Jack) B. Rodden ’88

Global Director The Dow Chemical Company

Vice President & Treasurer Tribune Company

John R. Miller ’82

Glen “David” Sanders ’92

Area Sales Director Aspen Technology, Inc.

Vice President and General Manager Valero Energy Corp.

Brock Nelson ’90 President Spring Creek Capital

T. Michael O'Connor President O'Connor Ventures

Dennis Seith ’79 CEO INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA

Gene Tromblee ’70 (Retired) Vice President of Operations Sterling Chemical

James Turner ’83 Executive Director, Process Technology and Engineering Fluor Corporation

Mike Walzel ’82 Technology & External Manufacturing Leader, Dow Microbial Control The Dow Chemical Company

Lynn E. Weaver ’00 Enterprise Products

Wendy Young ’96* Business Development Manager Chemstations, Inc.

*New member in 2016

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Christodoulos Floudas, world-renowned scholar, professor and director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute passes away Dr. Christodoulos A. “Chris” Floudas, director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute, passed away on August 14, 2016, while on vacation with his family in Greece. Floudas, the Erle Nye ’59 Chair Professor for Engineering Excellence in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) Fellow and Eminent Scholar, an American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Fellow, a Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Fellow, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens.

Floudas was awarded countless honors for his work. In both 2014 and 2015, he was named to the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list. This list includes 3,125 researchers who have contributed markedly high numbers of top-cited papers over a recent 10-year period. According to Thomson Reuters, these papers rank in the top 1 percent most cited for their subject field.

was awarded the National Award and Gold Medal of the Hellenic Operational Research Society (HELORS), which recognizes outstanding research contributions in the field of operations research. In 2006, Floudas was presented the AIChE Computing in Chemical Engineering Award and in 2001, he was presented the AIChE Professional Progress Award for Outstanding Progress in Chemical Engineering.

In 2015, Floudas was awarded the Constantin Caratheodory Prize from the International Society of Global Optimization for fundamental contributions to theory, algorithms and applications of global optimization. In 2013, he

Floudas authored two graduate textbooks, was the chief co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Optimization, authored more than 325 refereed articles and delivered more than 320 invited lectures, seminars and named lectures, including the Bayer Lecture at


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young stated, “We are deeply saddened to have learned that our dear colleague passed away. He was an amazing scholar who demonstrated leadership in discovery, in innovative teaching and practice, and in serving his discipline and all of society. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Fotini, and his family at this difficult time.” Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp remarked, “I’m saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Dr. Floudas. I had the opportunity to meet Chris through his recruitment in the Chancellor’s Research Initiative. He was a true scholar and gentleman, and he’ll be missed by the Aggie family. Our thoughts are with his family here and in Greece.”

Floudas and his daughter, Ismini​Flouda

Carnegie Mellon, the Professor Roger W.H. Sargent Lecture at Imperial College and the George T. Piercy Lecture at the University of Minnesota. Floudas was instrumental in the growth of both the Texas A&M Energy Institute and the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering. He took the helm as the director of the Energy Institute on Feb. 1, 2015. During his 18 months as director, the Energy Institute took a prominent position in two major U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives. In May, it was announced that a nine-university coalition, which included the Energy Institute, would participate in a six-year, $20 million fossil energy research project. In June, the Energy Institute was selected to lead the Gulf Coast Regional Manufacturing Center, one of five regional hubs established as part of the $140 million Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute through the DOE. The number of faculty affiliates of the Energy Institute also grew significantly during Floudas’ time as director, growing from around 70 associated faculty members, to more than 245.

Floudas joined the chemical engineering department faculty after nearly 30 years at Princeton University. He was recruited through the Chancellor’s Research Initiative (CRI), a program to recruit exceptional faculty to The Texas A&M University System. In his 2015 State of the State Address, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott cited Floudas as “one of the great minds,” that had been recruited to the university through the CRI. There has been an outpouring of grief and praise from the university's leadership regarding the sudden passing of Floudas.

Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, remarked, “Chris was an exceptional scholar and a true visionary in his field. This is an immense loss for Texas A&M University and the entire engineering community. Our deepest sympathies are with Fotini and the family." Dr. M. Nazmul Karim, professor and head of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, provided a statement that succinctly describes the feelings of the department. “Needless to say, this is a loss of unimaginable proportion for the department, the college, the university and the whole chemical engineering community in the country and around the world,” Karim said. “He was a giant among us. I have lost a very personal friend.”

For a video tribute to Floudas, and more information, visit: tx.ag/floudas The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering has established a graduate fellowship in honor of Floudas. For more info, visit: tx.ag/floudasfellowship

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Research team led by Balbuena awarded $1.2 million DOE grant to study and model battery reactions The Vehicle Technology Office (VTO) within the Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded a $1.2 million grant to a team led by Perla Balbuena, professor and holder of the GPSA Professorship in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering.

Featured Researchers

Balbuena

Dr. Jorge Seminario, professor and holder of the Lanatter & Herbert Fox Professorship in chemical engineering, and Dr. Partha Mukherjee, assistant professor and Morris E. Foster Faculty Fellow II in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, serve as co-principal investigators on the project.

Seminario

Mukherjee

The funding for the project, “Understanding and Strategies for Controlled Interfacial Phenomena in Lithium-Ion Batteries and Beyond,� is part of a $57 million DOE investment in 35 projects aimed at reducing the cost of, and improving the efficiency of plug-in electric vehicles, alternative fuel sources, and conventional vehicles.


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical promise because of its capacity to store Li ions at a rate and order of magnitude higher than that of the currently used carbon anodes. Rather than simply holding onto lithium ions, silicon atoms combine with lithium ions, creating an alloy, which alters the structure of the anode. This property allows silicon roughly 10-times the storage capacity of graphite. However, this property also presents the biggest challenge — the lithium insertion causes the silicon crystal to expand up to threetimes in volume. The swelling of the silicon nanoparticles or of nanowires swelling during lithiation, can eventually pulverize the nanostructures. Mechanical fracturing is also affected by interfacial reactions that take place because the electrolyte is electrochemically unstable and decomposes, forming a film called the “solid-electrolyte interphase” or SEI. The properties of this SEI film are a key factor for the successful operation of a battery, with either lithium or silicon anodes.

Specifically, most of the 35 projects are in support of the DOE EV Everywhere initiative, which seeks to make plug-in electric vehicles as efficient and affordable as gasoline powered vehicles by 2020. The 35 projects fall into one of 11 different areas of interest for the VTO. Balbuena’s team will conduct research that falls under advanced battery materials modeling. This will be a key area if the DOE is to reach the goals of EV Everywhere. As the industry stands today, the largest limiting factors in the adoption of plugin electric vehicles (EVs) is the cost and efficiency of the battery. There have been significant advances in lowering the cost and increasing the efficiency of EV batteries, but there is still a gap

between the EV Everywhere goals and current technological capabilities. The current research, which is part of the DOE Battery Materials Research program, focuses on the elucidation of reactions at the interface of the negative electrode (anode) and the electrolyte solution. In particular, the team will explore multiple issues arising from the extreme reactivity of lithium metal including formation of dendrites that eventually short circuit the battery. These dendrites are microscopic fibers of lithium which sprout from the electrode and continue to grow throughout the life of the battery.

To date, researchers have yet to find the perfect electrolyte balance to form a SEI layer that is both flexible and stable enough to withstand the repeated expansion and contraction cycles of the silicon anode and the dendrite formation on the lithium metal electrode. This is exactly the problem that Balbuena and her team will be taking on with this grant. With the team’s great experience in modeling at all scales —from the atomistic to the continuum — it expects to deliver major understanding and solutions for efficient EV batteries.

In addition, the project will consider silicon as an alternative anode material. Silicon has great

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Hyosung An

Jodie Lutkenhaus

An wins presentation award at Texas A&M Conference on Energy, for research with Lutkenhaus Hyosung An, Ph.D. candidate in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, won the award for the best oral presentation in the Energy Storage Technologies category at the Inaugural Texas A&M Conference on Energy, the brainchild of late Dr. Christodoulos A. Floudas. The conference was organized by the Texas A&M Energy Research Society with the support of the Texas A&M Energy Institute.

The presentation, “Highly Flexible Self-Assembled V2O5 Cathodes Enabled by Conducting Diblock Copolymers,” beat out nine other presentations in the energy storage technologies category. An’s presentation is the result of nearly three years of polymer research with his Ph.D. adviser Dr. Jodie Lutkenhaus, associate professor in chemical engineering and holder of the William and Ruth Neely Faculty Fellowship.

As part of a National Science Foundation Grant, An and Lutkenhaus have developed a novel electrode, a cathode in this case, that allows for the construction of a flexible battery. Currently, electrodes in lithium ion batteries are composed of rigid materials that store lithium ions in between paper-like layers. However, the rigid geometry of the electrodes limits them in terms of


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical possible applications. Further owing to the rigidity, the energy capacity of current electrodes is directly proportional to their size. There has been some research toward different, higher-capacity, more elastic materials in electrodes, but they are plagued with short lifecycles; the higher capacity materials such as silicon and, in this case, vanadium pentoxide (V2O5), expand and contract with each cycle, causing them to become brittle and prone to mechanical failure. While not currently used in consumer lithium ion batteries, V2O5 is an appealing candidate for electrodes as it is inexpensive and has a very high energy density. However, V2O5 is prone to mechanical failures. Further, it is also limited by relatively poor conductivity. To counteract these issues, researchers have begun to incorporate polymers into the electrode design. To date, however, researchers have been forced to do a tradeoff, either increasing the mechanical properties and decreasing the conductivity or vice versa.

mechanical performance and high electrochemical performance.” These new electrodes are much more than adequate. In fact, in a single component analysis, the new cathode is fundamentally better than what is used now. This is on top of its added mechanical flexibility. “The cathode you have right now is probably doing around 120-140 mAh/g and what Hyosung is showing is about 200 mAh/g,” said Lutkenhaus. “So it is substantially better.”

This work has already led to a wide variety of accolades, in addition to An winning the award for the best oral presentation, he was a finalist in this year’s Raymond Ideas Challenge sponsored by the Texas A&M University Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship. An and Lutkenhaus have published papers in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces and Scientific Reports. An’s Ph.D. program is supported by a scholarship from the Kwanjeong Educational Foundation.

“There has been work toward incorporating a polymer into the battery system,” said An. “Some improved the mechanical properties, but the electrochemical performance was poor. Other research has achieved a high electrochemical performance, but most did not show any mechanical improvement, or simply did not test mechanical performance.” Herein lies the problem, to find the right polymer that would increase both the mechanical and electrochemical properties of the electrode. An and Lutkenhaus were able to do just that, somewhat serendipitously. “When we started working on this, our original goal was to enhance the electrochemical properties,” said Lutkenhaus. “With the right polymer, the electrode becomes more conductive and offers better performance. Hyosung came to me and said, ‘It’s also more flexible.’” An added, “By using conducting diblock copolymers we balanced both, achieving high

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Cheng

Chemical engineering AggiE_Challenge team led by Cheng wins top prize at 2016 Engineering Project Showcase The 2016 Engineering Project showcase provided an opportunity for students to display and demonstrate their projects designed to solve real-world engineering problems. More than 700 students gathered in the Hall of Champions at Texas A&M University’s Kyle Field to showcase more than 150 projects. Industry representatives

from nearly 40 different companies also attended the event.

multidisciplinary team projects related to the engineering challenges facing our society.

Among the participants were 16 teams from the AggiE_Challenge program.

The Project

AggiE_Challenge is a program designed to actively engage engineering undergraduate students in

The team under Dr. Zhengdong Cheng, associate professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical Chemical Engineering, placed first among the 16 AggiE_Challenge teams. The team also tied for the top overall prize at the showcase. Its project, “Mitigation Methods for Accidental Offshore Oil Spillages,” focused on exploring ways in which oil spillages at sea can be effectively cleaned up to minimize their environmental impact. When oil is spilled offshore, the remote location’s harsh conditions make the oil spill response difficult. In an open water region, the spilled oil could spread quickly due to natural forces such as gravity, wind, current and wave effects. The team explored unique methods to quickly mitigate the spill and prevent its spreading.

The Team Under the supervision and guidance of Cheng and graduate mentor Lecheng Eric Zhang, the team worked on the project for two semesters. Team members include Monica Cuerno, Andrew Nguyen, Chang-Hyun Choi, Khuong Le, Matthew

Carlin, Ehab Abo Deeb, Magy Avedissian and Nian Wei Tan. “Through researching experiences, I know that teamwork is the most important factor for the success of any project,” said Zhang. “That’s why I always encourage my students to build professional relationships and learn to work together. Outside of weekly meetings, I encouraged them to have more bonding time by planning game nights where we could all play games together.” “I think that the most important thing that I’ve learned from AggiE_Challenge is to take leadership,” said Cuerno. “I think it’s important for you to be able to take leadership so that you can learn valuable things from the experience.” Since 2012, more than 750 students have participated in the program. The college of engineering with the AggiE_Challenge program is a member of the national Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) Consortium of 20 or more institutions from around the world.

AggiE_Challenge is a program designed to actively engage engineering undergraduate students with multidisciplinary team projects related to the engineering challenges facing our society. The grand challenges include, but are not limited to, the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering.

Advance Personalized Learning Make Solar Energy Economical Enhance Virtual Reality Reverse-Engineer the Brain Engineer Better Medicines Advance Health Informatics Restore and Improve Urban Infrastructure Secure Cyberspace Provide Access to Clean Water Provide Energy from Fusion Prevent Nuclear Terror Manage the Nitrogen Cycle Develop Carbon Sequestration Methods Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery

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