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2017 ANNUAL REPORT AND RESEARCH PORTFOLIO


THE ARTIE MCFERRIN DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING


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LETTER FROM THE

TABLE OF CONTENTS Department Facts

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Faculty Awards and Honors

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Howdy,

Professors

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2017 was another 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 both the faculty and student body. We recruited a new two new assistant professors, and we are currently on track to hire four more tenure-track faculty members, including the Axalta Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering. In Fall v, the department grew to 1,029 students, representing a year-over-year growth of more than 6 percent. Our undergraduate enrollment rose nearly 12 percent to 793 students; just under 40 percent of these students are female.

Associate Professors

15

Assistant Professors

19

Professors of Practice

22

Senior Lecturers

22

Lecturers

22

Senior Professors

23

Courtesy Appointments

25

Advisory Council Members

28

Research Spotlight

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DEPARTMENT HEAD

The outstanding faculty of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering has played an instrumental role in these successes. The department has again shown itself to be a premiere chemical engineering research hub, with the faculty producing 269 refereed journal publications and a total research expenditure amount of $19.4 million. 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-six tenure and tenure-track faculty members lead our students to great heights. The experiences of the students are further enhanced by the industry experience of our two professors of practice. The years roll over, but our commitments never change — student development, pioneering research and sustainability guide every pursuit we undertake. While 2017 was a year full of highs for the department, we also suffered a major loss. Arthur “Artie” McFerrin Jr. ’65 passed away on Aug. 8. Artie McFerrin has been a longtime supporter of the chemical engineering department, which bears his name, and Texas A&M as a whole. While the passing of Artie McFerrin is a tremendous loss to the Texas A&M family, we will make sure that his legacy lives on. 2017 was yet another record year for the department, and we are quite confident this 2018 will be even better. Truly,

M. Nazmul Karim

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

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DEPARTMENT FACTS 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

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RESEARCH IMPACT Total Research Expenditures Refereed Journal Publications Publications per T/TT Faculty

$19.4 million 269 10.3

Fall '17

51,232

53,672

12,282

12,363

College of 13,017 Engineering

14,552

3,534

3,700

793

255

236

714

Department Demographics Undergraduate

Graduate

Fall '16 Fall '17 Fall '16

DEPARTMENT RESEARCH AREAS 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

Fall '16

Chemical Engineering

36

Fall '17

Minority

47%

43%

10%

10%

International

12%

12%

77%

76%

Women

39%

39%

36%

35%

Men

61%

61%

64%

65%

13

Professors - 13 Associate Professors - 7 Assistant Professors - 6 Lecturers/Senior Lecturers - 4 Professors of Practice - 2 Research Assistant Professor - 1

2016

2017

B.S.

133

112

117

150

M.S.

5

4

12

17

M.E.

4

13

3

4

M.S.ENG

4

9

10

13

M.BIOT

20

19

18

18

Ph.D.

12

16

20

17

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

6 7

Degrees Awarded

150

Degrees Awarded 2015

1

17 41

2014

2

4

Graduate

Fall '16 Fall '17 University

The department, located in the 205,000 squarefoot, Jack E. Brown Chemical Engineering Building, provides its students and faculty members access to the latest resources, including 88 research and teaching facilities, six general classrooms, 13 conference rooms and four computer laboratories.

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Faculty

Enrollment Statistics1

Bachelor's

208

Master's Ph.D.

140 96 793

Students**

1,029 **Undergraduate students enter program during sophomore year


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FACULTY AWARDS AND HONORS Pistikopoulos named deputy director of Texas A&M Energy Institute Efstratios (Stratos) Pistikopoulos, TEES Distinguished Research Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, was recently appointed deputy director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute. In this role, he will administer the institute’s initiatives with manufacturing as well as its academic programs, and will participate in the overall management of the institute. Pistikopoulos will continue to serve as interim co-director until a director is appointed.

Elabd appointed holder of the Joe M. Nesbitt Professorship in Chemical Engineering Dr. Yossef Elabd, professor and associate department head in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, was appointed holder of the Joe M. Nesbitt Professorship in Chemical Engineering effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Lutkenhaus selected as Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow and named ACS Rising Star In September Dr. Jodie Lutkenhaus delivered a lecture at the Japanese-American-German Frontiers of Science Symposium hosted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, The National Academy of Sciences and the Kavli Foundation in Bad Neuenahr, Germany. After which, she was named a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow. Also in September, Lutkenhaus was named a Women Chemists Committee Rising Star by the American Chemical Society.

Kuo appointed chair professor of the Department of Photonics at National Chiao Tung University Dr. Yue Kuo, professor and holder of the Dow Chemical Professorship in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been appointed chair professor of the Department of Photonics at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.

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THE ARTIE MCFERRIN DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

Professors

Department of Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office, 10/2016 - 09/2018 “Identification of Efficient and Stable SolidSolid Electrochemical Interfaces for Li-S Batteries,” Department of Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office, 10/2017 - 03/2019 “First Principles Modeling of SEI Formation on Bare and Surface/Additive Modified Silicon Anode,” Department of Energy, Subcontract to Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 04/2013 - 04/2018 “Analysis and Design of Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries,” Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, QEERI, 05/2015 - 06/2018

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 “Understanding and Strategies for Controlled Interfacial Phenomena in Lithium-Ion Batteries and Beyond,”

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“Modeling Catalyzed Growth of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes,” Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences, 10/2006 - 09/2018 “Optical property, charge carrier relaxation and charge transfer properties in chemically-synthesized layered TiS2 nanodisks with controlled lateral and transverse dimensions,” National Science Foundation, 07/2014 - 06/2017

Refereed Journal Publications Bertolini, S.; Balbuena, P. Effect of solid electrolyte interphase on the reactivity of polysulfide over lithium-metal anode. Electrochim. Acta 2017, 258, 1320-1328. Burgos, J.; Balbuena, P.; Montoya, J. Structural Dependence of the Sulfur Reduction Mechanism in Carbon-Based Cathodes for Lithium–Sulfur Batteries. The Journal of Physical Chemistry.C 2017, 121, 18369-18377. Camacho Forero, L.; Balbuena, P. Elucidating electrolyte decomposition under electron-rich environments at the lithium-metal anode. PCCP. Physical chemistry chemical physics 2017, 19, 30861-30873. Chen, Q.; Ma, Y.; Song, W.; Chang, Z.; Li, J.; Zhang, J.; Sun, H.; Balbuena, P.; Bu, X. Why Porous Materials Have Selective Adsorptions: A Rational Aspect from Electrodynamics. Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 2614-2620.

Didar, B. R.; Rahmani Didar, B.; Balbuena, P. Growth of Carbon Nanostructures on Cu Nanocatalysts. The journal of physical chemistry.C 2017, 121, 7232-7239. Gomez Ballesteros, J.; Balbuena, P. Structure of Supported and Unsupported Catalytic Rh Nanoparticles: Effects on Nucleation of SingleWalled Carbon Nanotubes. Langmuir 2017, 33, 11109-11119. Gomez Ballesteros, J.; Balbuena, P. Reduction of Electrolyte Components on a Coated Si Anode of Lithium-Ion Batteries. The journal of physical chemistry letters 2017, 8, 3404-3408. Guerrero Gutiérrez, O.; Solorza Feria, O.; Balbuena, P. First-principles investigation of Pd 3 Bi as a catalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction. Int J Hydrogen Energy 2017, 42, 30359-30363. Hankins, K.; Soto, F.; Balbuena, P. Insights into the Li Intercalation and SEI Formation on LiSi Nanoclusters. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2017, 164, E3457-E3464. Hao, F.; Liu, Z.; Balbuena, P.; Mukherjee, P. Mesoscale Elucidation of Solid Electrolyte Interphase Layer Formation in Li-Ion Battery Anode. The journal of physical chemistry.C 2017, 121, 26233-26240. Horowitz, Y.; Han, H.; Soto, F.; Ralston, W.; Balbuena, P.; Somorjai, G. Fluoroethylene Carbonate as a Directing Agent in Amorphous Silicon Anodes: Electrolyte Interface Structure Probed by Sum Frequency Vibrational Spectroscopy and Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics. Nano letters 2018, 18, 1145-1151. Kamphaus, E.; Balbuena, P. First-Principles Investigation of Lithium Polysulfide Structure and Behavior in Solution. The journal of physical chemistry.C 2017, 121, 21105-21117. Lin, P.; Gomez Ballesteros, J.; Burgos, J.; Balbuena, P.; Natarajan, B.; Sharma, R. Direct evidence of atomic-scale structural fluctuations in catalyst nanoparticles. Journal of catalysis 2017, 349, 149-155. Liu, Z.; Balbuena, P.; Mukherjee, P. Mesoscale Evaluation of Titanium Silicide Monolayer as a Cathode Host Material in Lithium–Sulfur Batteries. JOM 2017, 69, 1532-1536. Liu, Z.; Balbuena, P.; Mukherjee, P. Hole Polaron Diffusion in the Final Discharge Product of Lithium–Sulfur Batteries. The journal

of physical chemistry.C 2017, 121, 17169-17175. Liu, Z.; Balbuena, P.; Mukherjee, P. Revealing Charge Transport Mechanisms in Li2S2for Li– Sulfur Batteries. The journal of physical chemistry letters 2017, 8, 1324-1330. Marzouk, A.; Soto, F.; Burgos, J.; Balbuena, P.; El Mellouhi, F. Dynamics of the Lithiation and Sodiation of Silicon Allotropes: From the Bulk to the Surface. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2017, 164, A1644-A1650. Nandasiri, M.; Camacho Forero, L.; Schwarz, A.; Shutthanandan, V.; Thevuthasan, S.; Balbuena, P.; Mueller, K.; Murugesan, V. In Situ Chemical Imaging of Solid-Electrolyte Interphase Layer Evolution in Li–S Batteries. Chemistry of materials 2017, 29, 4728-4737. Pitakbunkate, T.; Blasingame, T. A.; Moridis, G. J.; Balbuena, P. B. Phase Behavior of Methane– Ethane Mixtures in Nanopores. Ind Eng Chem Res 2017, 56, 11634-11643. Praserthdam, S.; Balbuena, P. Performance evaluation of catalysts in the dry reforming reaction of methane via the ratings concept. Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis 2017, 122, 53-68. Rahmani Didar, B.; Balbuena, P. Adsorption of Carbon on Partially Oxidized Low-Index Cu Surfaces. Langmuir 2018, 34, 1311-1320. Sharifi Asl, S.; Soto, F.; Nie, A.; Yuan, Y.; Asayesh Ardakani, H.; Foroozan, T.; Yurkiv, V.; Song, B.; Mashayek, F.; Klie, R.; Amine, K.; Lu, J.; Balbuena, P.; Shahbazian Yassar, R. FacetDependent Thermal Instability in LiCoO2. Nano letters 2017, 17, 2165-2171. Soto, F.; Yan, P.; Engelhard, M.; Marzouk, A.; Wang, C.; Xu, G.; Chen, Z.; Amine, K.; Liu, J.; Sprenkle, V.; El Mellouhi, F.; Balbuena, P.; Li, X. Tuning the Solid Electrolyte Interphase for Selective Li- and Na-Ion Storage in Hard Carbon. Adv Mater 2017, 29, 1606860. Weidner, J.; Balbuena, P.; Weber, A.; Srinivasan, V.; Subramanian, V. Mathematical Modeling of Electrochemical Systems at Multiple Scales in Honor of Professor John Newman. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2017, 164, Y13-Y13. Yu, J.; Xie, L.; Li, J.; Ma, Y.; Seminario, J.; Balbuena, P. CO2Capture and Separations Using MOFs: Computational and Experimental Studies. Chem. Rev. 2017, 117, 9674-9754.


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical “Study on Asymmetric Modification Methods for Nanoplatelet Particles,” Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development, 03/2016 - 03/2019.

Refereed Journal Publications Ahmed, L.; Zhang, B.; Hawkins, S.; Mannan, M. S.; Cheng, Z. Study of thermal and mechanical behaviors of flame retardant polystyrenebased nanocomposites prepared via in-situ polymerization method. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 49, 228-239.

Zhengdong Cheng 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 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. Cheng was promoted to professor in 2017.

External Research Funding “Research Opportunities in Complex Fluids and Macromolecular Biophysics,” National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 09/2013 - 08/2018

Chen, F.; Chen, M.; Chang, Y.; Lin, P.; Chen, Y.; Cheng, Z. Polydispersity reduction of colloidal plates via size fractionation of the isotropic– nematic phase transition. Soft matter 2017, 13, 3789-3793. Chen, M.; He, M.; Lin, P.; Chen, Y.; Cheng, Z. Staged phase separation in the I–I–N tri-phase region of platelet–sphere mixtures. Soft matter 2017, 13, 4457-4463. Hatanaka, L.; Wang, Q.; Cheng, Z.; Mannan, M. S. Effect of trimethylolpropane triacrylate cross-linkages on the thermal stability and char yield of poly (methyl methacrylate) nanocomposites. Fire Saf. J. 2017, 87, 65-70. Huang, X.; Yu, Y.; de-Llergo, O.; Marquez, S.; Cheng, Z. Facile polypyrrole thin film coating on polypropylene membrane for efficient solar-driven interfacial water evaporation. RSC Advances 2017, 7, 9495-9499. Mo, S.; Liu, Z.; Yuan, X.; Chen, Y.; Jia, L.; Yang, Z.; Yin, T.; Cheng, Z. Synthesis and Comparative Study on Dispersion Stability of Binary Suspensions of Mixed and Composite Nanoparticles. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters 2017, 9, 1505-1513. Mo, S.; Zhu, K.; Yin, T.; Chen, Y.; Cheng, Z. Phase change characteristics of ethylene glycol solution-based nanofluids for subzero thermal energy storage. Int. J. Energy Res. 2017, 41, 81-91. Peng, B.; Zhang, L.; Luo, J.; Wang, P.; Ding, B.; Zeng, M.; Cheng, Z. A review of nanomaterials for nanofluid enhanced oil recovery. RSC Advances 2017, 7, 32246-32254.

Shao, X.; Mo, S.; Pan, T.; Chen, Y.; Jia, L.; Yang, Z.; Yin, T.; Cheng, Z. Improved Dispersion Stability of Water-Based TiO2 Nanofluids Through Combined Effects of Nanoparticle Mixing and Dispersant Addition. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters 2017, 9, 1497-1504.

Huang, D.; Wang, P.; Luo, J.; Situ, Y.; Cheng, Z. High-flux underwater superoleophobic hybrid membranes for effective oil–water separation from oil-contaminated water. RSC Advances 2017, 7, 9051-9056.

Sui, J.; Zhao, P.; Cheng, Z.; Zheng, L.; Zhang, X. A novel investigation of a micropolar fluid characterized by nonlinear constitutive diffusion model in boundary layer flow and heat transfer. Phys. Fluids 2017, 29, 023105.

Zeng, M.; Shah, S.; Huang, D.; Parviz, D.; Yu, Y.; Wang, X.; Green, M.; Cheng, Z. Aqueous Exfoliation of Graphite into Graphene Assisted by Sulfonyl Graphene Quantum Dots for Photonic Crystal Applications. ACS applied materials & interfaces 2017, 9, 30797-30804.

Wang, C.; Cai, X.; Chen, Y.; Cheng, Z.; Lin, P.; Yang, Z.; Sun, S. Improved Hydrogen Production by Glycerol Photoreforming over Ag 2 O-TiO 2 Nanocomposite Mixed Oxide Synthesized by a Sol-gel Method. Energy Procedia 2017, 105, 1657-1664.

Hatanaka, L. C.; Diaz, A.; Wang, Q.; Cheng, Z.; Mannan, M. S. Thermal stability of optically transparent alpha-zirconium phosphate/poly (methyl methacrylate) nanocomposites with high particle loading. Polym. Polym. Compos. 2017, 25, 267.

Wang, C.; Cai, X.; Chen, Y.; Cheng, Z.; Luo, X.; Mo, S.; Jia, L.; Lin, P.; Yang, Z. Improved hydrogen production from glycerol photoreforming over sol-gel derived TiO 2 coupled with metal oxides. Chem. Eng. J. 2017, 317, 522-532.

Liu, Y.; Xu, Z.; Gao, W.; Cheng, Z.; Gao, C. Graphene and Other 2D Colloids: Liquid Crystals and Macroscopic Fibers. Adv Mater 2017, 29, 1606794.

Wang, C.; Cai, X.; Chen, Y.; Cheng, Z.; Luo, X.; Mo, S.; Jia, L.; Shu, R.; Lin, P.; Yang, Z.; Sun, S.; Pu, E.; Shen, Y. Efficient hydrogen production from glycerol photoreforming over Ag 2 O TiO 2 synthesized by a sol–gel method. Int J Hydrogen Energy 2017, 42, 17063-17074. Wang, L.; Huang, D.; Lam, L.; Cheng, Z. Bowlics: history, advances and applications. Liquid crystals today 2017, 26, 85-111. Wang, X.; Zeng, M.; Yu, Y.; Wang, H.; Mannan, M. S.; Cheng, Z. Thermosensitive ZrP-PNIPAM Pickering Emulsifier and the ControlledRelease Behavior. ACS applied materials & interfaces 2017, 9, 7852-7858. Yuan, X.; Mo, S.; Chen, Y.; Jia, L.; Yin, T.; Yang, Z.; Cheng, Z. Improving the supercooling degree of TiO2 suspensions by coupling with zirconium phosphate nanoplatelets. Journal of heat transfer 2017.

López-Contreras, Y.; Chaves-Guerrero, A.; Akbulut, M.; Cheng, Z.; Hoyos-Marín, L. ADHESION FORCES IN ASPHALT MIXTURES AT NANOSCALE. CT&F-Ciencia, Tecnología y Futuro 2017, 7, 59-72. Shao, X.; Mo, S.; Chen, Y.; Yin, T.; Yang, Z.; Jia, L.; Cheng, Z. Solidification behavior of hybrid TiO 2 nanofluids containing nanotubes and nanoplatelets for cold thermal energy storage. Appl. Therm. Eng. 2017, 117, 427-436. Wei, Y.; Liu, Z.; Ju, X.; Shi, K.; Xie, R.; Wang, W.; Cheng, Z.; Chu, L. Gamma-CyclodextrinRecognition-Responsive Characteristics of Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)-Based Hydrogels with Benzo-12-crown-4 Units as Signal Receptors. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2017, 218. Wu, T.; Luo, Z.; Ding, W.; Cheng, Z.; He, L. Monodisperse droplets by impinging flowfocusing. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics 2017, 21, 129.

Zeng, M.; Peng, B.; Ybanez, C.; Tan, N.; Deeb, E.; Bordovsky, E.; Choi, C.; Echols, I.; Nguyen, A.; Ye, A.; Dendumrongsup, N.; Zhang, L.;

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THE ARTIE MCFERRIN DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING “Industrial Energy-Water Integration and Management: Systematic Design and Operating Tools and Applications to Industrial Zones -- Cycle 7,” Qatar National Research Fund, 05/2015 - 05/2018 “Development of Computer-Aided Modules for Sustainable Manufacturing,” Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering, 05/2014 08/2017 “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 - 07/2017.

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, ecoindustrial 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 “Design of Novel Catalysts and Processes for CO2 Conversion from Micro- to Macroscale,” Qatar National Research Fund, 08/2015 11/2020 “Summer Training Internship Program for Students from the King Abdulaziz University - Summer 2017 & 2018,” King Abdulaziz University, 03/2017 - 08/2018

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Refereed Journal Publications El-Halwagi, M. M., A Return on Investment Metric for Incorporating Sustainability in Process Integration and Improvement Projects. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 19:611617 (2017) El-Halwagi, M. M., A Shortcut Approach to the Multi-Scale Atomic Targeting and Design of C-H-O Symbiosis Networks, Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability (DOI: 10.1007/s41660-016-0001-y), 1(1), 3-13 (2017) El-Halwagi, M. M., A Shortcut Approach to the Design of Once-Through Multi-Stage Flash Desalination Systems. Desalination and Water Treatment, 62, 43-56 (doi: 10.5004/ dwt.2017.20142, 2017) Alfadala, H. E. and M. M. El-Halwagi, Qatar’s Chemical Industry: Monetizing Natural Gas. Chem. Eng. Prog., 113(2), 38-41 (2017) Zhang, C. and M. M. El-Halwagi, Estimate the Capital Cost of Shale-Gas Monetization Projects. Chem. Eng. Prog., 113(12), 28-32 (2017) Mukherjee, R. R. Gonzalez-Bravo, F. NapolesRivera, P. Linke, J. M. Ponce-Ortega, M. M. El-Halwagi. Optimal Design of Water Distribution Networks with Incorporation of Uncertainties and Energy Nexus. Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability, 1:275-292 (2017) Lv, J., X. Jiang, G. He, W. Xiao, S. Li, D. Sengupta, and M. M. El-Halwagi, Economic and system reliability optimization of heat exchanger networks using NSGA-II algorithm. Applied Thermal Engineering, 124, 716-724 (2017)

Ortiz-Espinoza, A. P., Jiménez-Gutiérrez, A., and El-Halwagi, M. M. Including inherent safety in the design of chemical processes. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 56, 14507-14517 (2017) Song, R., Chang, C., Tang, Q., Wang, Y., Feng, X. and El-Halwagi, M.M. The implementation of inter-plant heat integration among multiple plants. Part II: The mathematical model. Energy, 135, pp.382-393 (2017) Domínguez-García, S., C. Gutiérrez-Antonio, J. A. Lira-Flores, J. M. Ponce-Ortega, and M. M. El-Halwagi Strategic Planning for the Supply Chain of Aviation Biofuel with Consideration of Hydrogen Production. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 56(46), 13812-13830 (2017) Diaz-Barriga-Fernandez, A., J. E. SantibañezAguilar, N. Radwan, F. Napoles-Rivera, M. M. El-Halwagi, and J. M. Ponce-Ortega. Strategic Planning for Managing Municipal Solid Wastes with Consideration of Multiple Stakeholders. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 5, 10744-10726 (2017) Martínez-Guido, S., J. B. González-Campos, M. M. El-Halwagi, and J. M. Ponce-Ortega. Sustainable Optimization of Food Networks in Disenfranchised Communities. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 5(10), 8895-8907 (2017) Hasaneen, R. and M. M. El-Halwagi. Integrated Process and Microeconomic Analyses to Enable Effective Environmental Policy for Shale Gas in the United States. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 19(6), 1775-1789 (2017) Al-Douri, A., D. Sengupta, and M. M. ElHalwagi. Shale Gas Monetization - A Review of Downstream Processing to Chemicals and Fuels. Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, 45, 436-455 (2017) Ortiz-Espinoza, A. P., A. Jiménez-Gutiérreza, M. Nourledin, and M. M. El-Halwagi. Design, Simulation and Techno-Economic Analysis of Two Processes for The Conversion of Shale Gas to Ethylene. Comp. Chem. Eng., 107, 237-246 (2017) Pérez-Uresti, S.I., Adrián-Mendiola, J.M., ElHalwagi, M.M. and Jiménez-Gutiérrez. A TechnoEconomic Assessment of Benzene Production from Shale Gas. Processes, 5(3), 33-42 (2017) Sengupta, D., Y. Huang, C. I. Davidson, T. F. Edgar, M. Eden, and M. M. El-Halwagi, Using Module-Based Learning Methods to Introduce Sustainable Manufacturing in Engineering

Curriculum. Int. J. Sustainability in Higher Education 18(3), 307-328 (2017) Bamufleh, H., F. Abdelhady, H. M. Baaqeel, and M. M. El-Halwagi. Optimization of Multi-Effect Distillation with Brine Treatment via Membrane Distillation and Process Heat Integration. Desalination, 408, 110-118 (2017) Jentry E.M., Hassim M.H., El-Halwagi M.M., Ponce-Ortega J.M. Inherent Occupational Health Assessment of Biobutanol Separation Processes During the Conceptual Design Stage. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 56, 91-96, DOI:10.3303/CET1756016 (2017) Pitchaimuthu D., Lee J.-Y., El-Halwagi M., Foo D.C.Y. A Superstructure Approach for the Design of Heating Utility System. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 61, 1897-1902, DOI:10.3303/ CET1761314 (2017) Tovar-Facio, J., F. Eljack, J. M. Ponce-Ortega, and M. M. El-Halwagi. Optimal Design of Multi-Plant Cogeneration Systems with Uncertain Flaring and Venting. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering 5(1), 675-688 (2017) Luo, X., Liang, Z., Guo, G., Wang, C., Chen, Y., Ponce-Ortega, J.M. and M. M. El-Halwagi. Thermo-economic analysis and optimization of a zeotropic fluid organic Rankine cycle with liquidvapor separation during condensation. Energy Conversion and Management, 148, pp.517-532 (2017) Morales-Durán, V., L. F. Fuentes Cortes, M. González Brambila, M. M. El-Halwagi, and J. M. Ponce-Ortega. Involving Environmental Assessment in the Optimal Design of Domestic Cogeneration Systems. Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability, 1, 15-32 (2017) González-Bravo, R., J. M. Ponce-Ortega, and M. M. El-Halwagi. Optimal Design of Water Desalination Systems Involving Waste Heat Recovery. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 56(7), 1834-1847 ((2017) Challiwala, M., M. Ghouri, P. Linke, M. El-Halwagi, and N. Elbashir. A Combined Thermo-Kinetic Analysis of Various Methane Reforming Technologies: Comparison with Dry Reforming. Journal of CO2 Utilization 17, 99-111 (2017) Martinez-Gomez, J.,F. Nápoles-Rivera, J. M. Ponce-Ortega, and M. M. El-Halwagi. Optimization of the Production of Syngas from Shale Gas with Economic and Safety


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical Considerations. Applied Thermal Engineering , 110, 678-685 (2017) Dickinson, S., M. Mientus, D. Frey, A. Aminihajibashi, S. Ozturk, F. Shaikh, D. Sengupta, and M. M. El-Halwagi. A Review of Biodiesel Production from Microalgae. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy 19(3), 637-668 (DOI 10.1007/s10098-016-1309-6, 19:637-668 (2017) Bishnu, S., P. Linke, S. Alnouri, and M. El-Halwagi. Multi-Period Water Network Synthesis for EcoIndustrial Praks Considering Regeneration and Reuse. Chemical Product and Process Modeling, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cppm-2016-0049, 12(3) (2017)

in answering complex questions regarding multicomponent transport, diffusion and sorption of water, ion transport and transportmorphology relationships in polymers using both an experimental and modeling approach.

Refereed Journal Publications

External Research Funding

Falls, M.; Meysing, D.; Lonkar, S.; Liang, C.; Karim, M.; Carstens, G.; Tedeschi, L.; Holtzapple, M. Development of highly digestible animal feed from lignocellulosic biomass Part 1: Oxidative lime pretreatment (OLP) and ball milling of forage sorghum. Translational Animal Science 2017, 1, 208-214.

“Center for Sustainable Corrosion Protection,” Drexel University, 09/2014 - 08/2018 “Highly Conductive Anion Exchange Block Copolymers,” DOD-Army-Army Research Office, 06/2014 - 12/2017 “Polymerized Ionic Liquid Multiblock Polymers as Anion Exchange Membranes for Alkaline Fuel Cells,” National Science Foundation, 06/2017 - 05/2020 “NEXAR,” Kraton Polymers, LLC, 02/2018 04/2018 “Nanomanufacturing of Three-Dimensional Nanofiber-Nanoparticle Electrodes for UltraLow Platinum Fuel Cells,” National Science Foundation, 08/2017 - 07/2020 “Multi-rate Nonlinear Observers for Process Monitoring, with Application to Polymerization Reactors,” National Science Foundation, 09/2017 - 08/2020

Yossef Elabd Professor and Holder of The Joe M. Nesbitt Professorship 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

Bond, A.; Rughoonundun, H.; Petersen, E.; Holtzapple, C.; Holtzapple, M. Shock treatment of corn stover. Biotechnol. Prog. 2017, 33, 815823.

“Correlate Long-Time Corrosion Testing to Short-Time Electrochemical Characterization Experiments,” Axalta Coating Systems, LLC, 11/2016 - 02/2018.

Refereed Journal Publications Chen, T.; Elabd, Y. Hybrid-Capacitors with Polyaniline/Carbon Electrodes Fabricated via Simultaneous Electrospinning/Electrospraying. Electrochim. Acta 2017, 229, 65-72. Santos, M.; Bendiksen, B.; Elabd, Y. Diffusion of Liquid Water in Free-Standing Polymer Films Using Pressure-Contact Time-Resolved Fourier Transform Infrared Attenuated Total Reflectance Spectroscopy. Ind Eng Chem Res 2017, 56, 3464-3476

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

External Research Funding “Jawzjan University Bachelor of Oil and Gas Partnership,” USAID 11/2016 – 11/2018 “Kandahar University Faculty of Engineering Partnership,” USAID, 09/2016 – 09/2018

Falls, M.; Meysing, D.; Liang, C.; Karim, M.; Carstens, G.; Tedeschi, L.; Holtzapple, M. Development of highly digestible animal feed from lignocellulosic biomass Part 2: Oxidative lime pretreatment (OLP) and shock treatment of corn stover. Translational Animal Science 2017, 1, 215-220. Liang, C.; Lonkar, S.; Darvekar, P.; Bond, A.; Zentay, A.; Holtzapple, M.; Karim, M. N. Countercurrent enzymatic saccharification of pretreated corn stover part 2: Lime + shock pretreated corn stover and commercial approach. Biomass & Bioenergy 2017, 97, 43-52. Lonkar, S.; Fu, Z.; Wales, M.; Holtzapple, M. Creating Economic Incentives for Waste Disposal in Developing Countries Using the MixAlco Process. Appl. Biochem. Biotechnol. 2017, 181, 294-308. Lonkar, S.; Liang, C.; Bond, A.; Darvekar, P.; Brooks, H.; Derner, J.; Yang, R.; Wilson, E.; Garcia, S.; Nazmul Karim, M.; Holtzapple, M. Countercurrent saccharification of limepretreated corn stover – Part 1. Biomass & Bioenergy 2017, 96, 28-37. Madison, M.; Coward Kelly, G.; Liang, C.; Karim, M. N.; Falls, M.; Holtzapple, M. Mechanical pretreatment of biomass – Part I: Acoustic and hydrodynamic cavitation. Biomass & Bioenergy 2017, 98, 135-141. Rughoonundun, H.; Holtzapple, M. Converting wastewater sludge and lime-treated sugarcane bagasse to mixed carboxylic acids – a potential pathway to ethanol biofuel production. Biomass & Bioenergy 2017, 105, 73-82.

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THE ARTIE MCFERRIN DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING “Etiology and Prevention of Gastric Cancers by Mitigation of H. pylori-Mechanosensing,” Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, 08/2017 - 08/2019. “High-throughput Screening and Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells,” Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, 03/2015 - 02/2019. “Modeling and Analysis of the Role of Microbiota Metabolites in T-Cell Differentiation,” National Institutes of Health (NIAID), 02/2015 - 01/2020.

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 “Center for Translational Environmental Health Research,” National Institutes of Health, 04/2016 - 03/2017. “Diet Induced Modifications of Microbiota Metabolites in Colon Tumorigenesis,” National Institutes of Health (NCI), 07/2016 - 06/2021.

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“Computational Metabolomics of Gut Microbiota Metabolites,” National Institutes of Health, 02/2014 - 06/2017. “Collaborative Research: Identification of Immunomodulatory Microbiota Metabolites,” National Science Foundation, 07/2013 - 06/2017.

Sule, N.; Pasupuleti, S.; Kohli, N.; Menon, R.; Dangott, L.; Manson, M.; Jayaraman, A. The Norepinephrine Metabolite 3,4-Dihydroxymandelic Acid Is Produced by the Commensal Microbiota and Promotes Chemotaxis and Virulence Gene Expression in Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli. Infect. Immun. 2017, 85. Pasupuleti S, Sule N, Manson MD, Jayaraman A. Conversion of the norepinephrine to 3,4-dihydroxymandelic acid in Escherichia coli requires the QseBC quorum sensing system and the FeaR transcription factor. Journal of Bacteriology. 2017. 200(1). pii: e00564-17. doi: 10.1128/JB.00564-17 Cheng Y., Jin UH., Davidson LA., Chapkin RS., Jayaraman A., Tamamis P., Orr A., Allred C., Denison MS., Soshilov A., Weaver E., Safe S. “Microbial-derived 1,4-dihydroxy-2-napthoic acid and related compounds as arylhydrocarbon receptor agonists/antagonists: Structure-activity relationships and receptor modeling”. Toxicology Science. 155: 458-73 (2017)

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 creating novel dual-modal cellulosic monolith membranes for flu virus separation, purification and cell-culture-based 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.

External Research Funding

“Arylhydrocarbon receptor mediated modulation of colorectal cancer by microbiota metabolites,” CPRIT, 03/2016 - 02/2019.

“Enhanced Monitoring of Environmental and Chemical Processes -- Cycle 7,” Qatar National Research Fund, 02/2015 - 08/2018.

“Role of Arylhydrocarbon receptor in microbiota-colon stem cell interactions,” National Institutes of Health (NIEHS), 4/2016 – 3/2021.

“Biomanufacturing Science and Technology Consortium to Advance U.S. Manufacturing of Biopharmaceuticals,” National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 06/2015 05/2017.

Refereed Journal Publications

Refereed Journal Publications

Jani, S.; Seely, A.; Peabody V, G. L.; Jayaraman, A.; Manson, M. Chemotaxis to self-generated AI-2 promotes biofilm formation in Escherichia coli. Microbiology 2017, 163, 1778-1790. Jin, U.; Cheng, Y.; Park, H.; Davidson, L. A.; Callaway, E. S.; Chapkin, R. S.; Jayaraman, A.; Asante, A.; Allred, C.; Weaver, E. A. Short Chain Fatty Acids Enhance Aryl Hydrocarbon (Ah) Responsiveness in Mouse Colonocytes and Caco-2 Human Colon Cancer Cells. Scientific reports 2017, 7, 10163. Steinmeyer, S.; Howsmon, D.; Alaniz, R.; Hahn, J.; Jayaraman, A. Empirical modeling of T cell activation predicts interplay of host cytokines and bacterial indole. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2017, 114, 2660-2667.

Botre, C.; Mansouri, M.; Karim, M. N.; Nounou, H.; Nounou, M. Multiscale PLS-based GLRT for fault detection of chemical processes. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 46, 143-153.

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

Falls, M.; Meysing, D.; Liang, C.; Karim, M.; Carstens, G.; Tedeschi, L.; Holtzapple, M. Development of highly digestible animal feed from lignocellulosic biomass Part 2: Oxidative lime pretreatment (OLP) and shock treatment of corn stover. Translational Animal Science 2017, 1, 215-220. Falls, M.; Meysing, D.; Lonkar, S.; Liang, C.; Karim, M.; Carstens, G.; Tedeschi, L.; Holtzapple, M. Development of highly digestible animal feed from lignocellulosic biomass Part


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical 1: Oxidative lime pretreatment (OLP) and ball milling of forage sorghum. Translational Animal Science 2017, 1, 208-214.

Duan, Z.; Kravaris, C. Robust stabilization of a two-stage continuous anaerobic bioreactor system. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. AIChE Journal 2017.

Liang, C.; Lonkar, S.; Darvekar, P.; Bond, A.; Zentay, A.; Holtzapple, M.; Karim, M. N. Countercurrent enzymatic saccharification of pretreated corn stover part 2: Lime + shock pretreated corn stover and commercial approach. Biomass & Bioenergy 2017, 97, 43-52.

Ling, C.; Kravaris, C. Multi-rate observer design for process monitoring using asynchronous inter-sample output predictions. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. AIChE Journal 2017, 63, 3384-3394.

Lonkar, S.; Liang, C.; Bond, A.; Darvekar, P.; Brooks, H.; Derner, J.; Yang, R.; Wilson, E.; Garcia, S.; Nazmul Karim, M.; Holtzapple, M. Countercurrent saccharification of limepretreated corn stover – Part 1. Biomass & Bioenergy 2017, 96, 28-37. Madison, M.; Coward Kelly, G.; Liang, C.; Karim, M. N.; Falls, M.; Holtzapple, M. Mechanical pretreatment of biomass – Part I: Acoustic and hydrodynamic cavitation. Biomass & Bioenergy 2017, 98, 135-141. Pan, X.; Tang, W.; Karim, M. N. Detection of Multiple Leaks in a Natural Gas Pipeline Using Observer and Mixed-Integer Partial Differential Equation-Constrained Optimization. Ind Eng Chem Res 2017, 56, 11839-11846. Pan, X.; Tang, W.; Raftery, J.; Karim, M. N. Design of an Unknown Input Observer for Leak Detection under Process Disturbances. Ind Eng Chem Res 2017, 56, 989-998. Raftery, J. P.; DeSessa, M. R.; Karim, M. N. Economic improvement of continuous pharmaceutical production via the optimal control of a multifeed bioreactor. Biotechnol. Prog. 2017, 33, 902-912. Raftery, J.; Karim, M. N. Economic viability of consolidated bioprocessing utilizing multiple biomass substrates for commercial-scale cellulosic bioethanol production. Biomass & Bioenergy 2017, 103, 35-46. Sheriff, M. Z.; Mansouri, M.; Karim, M. N.; Nounou, H.; Nounou, M. Fault detection using multiscale PCA-based moving window GLRT. J. Process Control 2017, 54, 47-64.

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 President of the Electrochemical Society.

External Research Funding “Collaborative Research: Defects Driven Reliability Modeling and Stress Burnin Optimization in Nanoelectronics Manufacturing,” National Science Foundation, 09/2016 - 08/2019

Refereed Journal Publications Chen, T.; Kuo, Y.; Chang, T.; Chen, M.; Chen, H. Stability of double gate amorphous In–Ga– Zn–O thin-film transistors with various top gate designs. Japanese journal of applied physics 2017, 56, 120303.

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.

External Research Funding “Multi-rate Nonlinear Observers for Process Monitoring, with Application to Polymerization Reactors,” National Science Foundation, 09/2017 - 08/2020.

Refereed Journal Publications Duan, Z.; Cruz Bournazou, M.; Kravaris, C. Dynamic model reduction for two-stage anaerobic digestion processes. Chem. Eng. J. 2017, 327, 1102-1116.

Chen, T.; Kuo, Y.; Chang, T.; Chen, M.; Chen, H. Mechanism ofa-IGZO TFT device deterioration—illumination light wavelength and substrate temperature effects. Journal of physics.D, Applied physics 2017, 50, 42LT02.

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 highperformance, 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

Henry, K.; Kuo, Y. Effect of Incident Light Direction and Metallic Reflector Layer on Light Sensing of Amorphous SiliconPinDiodes. ECS transactions 2017, 77, 1753-1759. Kim, K.; Kuo, Y. Light Sensing of a-Si: H pin DiodeMechanism of Asymmetric Charge Carrier Transfer. IEEE Sensors Letters 2017, 1, 1-4. Kim, K.; Kuo, Y. Influence of pin Amorphous Silicon Stack Deposition Sequence on Solar Cell Performance and Degradation. ECS journal of solid state science and technology 2017, 6, Q29-Q33. Kuo, Y. (Invited) Multifunctional Amorphous Metal Oxide Thin Films – Structure Transformation for Various Functions. ECS transactions 2017, 79, 21-29. Zhang, S.; Kuo, Y.; Zhang, X. Substrate Effect on Light Emission of SSI-LEDs. ECS transactions 2017, 80, 191-197. Zhang, S.; Kuo, Y. Resistivity and Barrier Height of Nano-Resistors Made from ZrDoped HfO2High-KDielectric on Si Wafer. ECS transactions 2017, 77, 63-68.

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THE ARTIE MCFERRIN DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING Zhang, S.; Kuo, Y. Failure Mechanism of NanoResistor Devices. ECS transactions 2017, 77, 79-83. Zhang, S.; Kuo, Y. Narrowing of Broad Band Light Emitted from a SSI-LED. ECS transactions 2017, 75, 17-22. Zhang, S.; Kuo, Y. Communication—Filtration of Light Emitted from Solid State Incandescent Light Emitting Devices. ECS journal of solid state science and technology 2017, 6, Q39-Q41.

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 “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 - 07/2017. “Advanced Procedure Research Study - A Human Factors Approach: Phase 2,” ExxonMobil Production Company, 05/2015 - 06/2018. “Advanced Procedures Project - A Human Factored Approach (Phase III),” NOVA Chemicals, 07/2015 - 06/2018. “Advanced Procedures Project - A Human Factored Approach,” Chevron Technology Ventures, L.L.C., 08/2014 - 06/2018. “Environmental Team Tasks,” Formosa Plastics Corporation, 04/2017 - 12/2017.

M. Sam Mannan Regents Professor and T. Michael O’Connor Chair I TEES Distinguished Research Professor 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,

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“For the Development and Delivery of Course Modules for MSc in Process Safety,” Institute Of Technology PETRONAS Sdn. Bhd., 08/2015 - 08/2018. “Memorandum of Agreement with China University of Petroleum (CUP),” China University of Petroleum, 05/2015 - 08/2018. “Operation and Maintenance of the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI),” Department of Interior, 11/2013 - 11/2018.

“PRV Failures in US DOT Tank Cars and Corrosion Cracking,” DOT-Federal Railroad Administration, 07/2015 - 12/2017. “Roadmap for Process Safety Excellence for Jamuna Fertilizer Company Limited (JFCL),” Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation, 02/2017 - 02/2018. “Consortium: Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center,” supported by GexCon, Formosa Plastics Corporation Cheniere Energy, Inc., Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd., L'air Liquide, Centre De, Dow Chemical Company, Kellogg, Brown & Root, Inc., BP Corporation North America Inc., Atkins North America, RasGas Company Limited, HIMA Americas, Inc., Qatar Shell Service Company W.L.L., Pemex Exploration, MMI ENGINEERING, INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA, Chevron U.S.A., ABS Consulting, Inc., Shell International. 02/1998 – 08/2018.

Refereed Journal Publications Cameron, I.; Mannan, S.; Németh, E.; Park, S.; Pasman, H.; Rogers, W.; Seligmann, B. Process hazard analysis, hazard identification and scenario definition: Are the conventional tools sufficient, or should and can we do much better? Process Saf. Environ. Prot. 2017, 110, 53-70. Castillo Borja, F.; Vázquez Román, R.; Quiroz Pérez, E.; Díaz Ovalle, C.; Sam Mannan, M. A resilience index for process safety analysis. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 50, 184-189. Goel, P.; Datta, A.; Mannan, M. S. Industrial alarm systems: Challenges and opportunities. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 50, 23-36.

“Post-Accident Evaluation of Consequences of Flammable Materials Train Incidents,” DOT-Federal Railroad Administration, 07/2016 - 05/2017.

Gopalaswami, N.; Kakosimos, K.; Zhang, B.; Liu, Y.; Mentzer, R.; Mannan, M. S. Experimental and numerical study of liquefied natural gas (LNG) pool spreading and vaporization on water. J. Hazard. Mater. 2017, 334, 244-255.

“Process Safety Management Program Review,” Formosa Plastics Corporation, 02/2017 - 09/2017.

Han, Z.; Pasman, H.; Mannan, M. S. Extinguishing fires involving ammonium nitrate stock with water: Possible complications. J. Fire Sci. 2017, 35, 457-483.

Hatanaka, L.; Wang, Q.; Cheng, Z.; Mannan, M. S. Effect of trimethylolpropane triacrylate crosslinkages on the thermal stability and char yield of poly (methyl methacrylate) nanocomposites. Fire Saf. J. 2017, 87, 65-70. Jain, P.; Pasman, H.; Waldram, S.; Rogers, W.; Mannan, M. S. Did we learn about risk control since Seveso? Yes, we surely did, but is it enough? An historical brief and problem analysis. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 49, 5-17. Jain, P.; Reese, A.; Chaudhari, D.; Mentzer, R.; Mannan, M. S. Regulatory approaches - Safety case vs US approach: Is there a best solution today? J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 46, 154-162. Janardanan, S.; Papadaki, M.; Waldram, S.; Mannan, M. S. Toward an inherently safer alternative for operating N- oxidation of alkylpyridines: Effect of N -oxide on lutidine – water phase separation. Thermochimica acta 2017, 656, 38-46. Liu, R.; Kabir, C. S.; Mannan, M. S.; Hasan, A. R. Estimating total discharged volume in uncontrolled oil wells. J Pet Sci Eng 2017, 156, 373-380. Mannan, M. S. Editorial MKOPSC - 2016 Symposium. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017. Mehta, R.; Peres, S. C.; Kannan, P.; Rhee, J.; Shortz, A.; Sam Mannan, M. Comparison of objective and subjective operator fatigue assessment methods in offshore shiftwork. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 48, 376-381. Ni, L.; Jiang, J.; Mannan, M. S.; Mebarki, A.; Zhang, M.; Pan, X.; Pan, Y. Thermal Runaway Risk of Semibatch Processes: Esterification Reaction with Autocatalytic Behavior. Ind Eng Chem Res 2017, 56, 1534-1542. Osorio, C.; Morones, A.; Hargis, J. W.; Petersen, E. L.; Mannan, M. S. Effect of C 2 HF 5 and C 3 HF 7 on methane and propane ignition and laminar flame speed: Experimental and numerical evaluation. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 48, 21-31. Pasman, H.; Rogers, W.; Mannan, M. S. Risk assessment: What is it worth? Shall we just do away with it, or can it do a better job? Saf. Sci. 2017, 99, 140-155. Shen, R.; Hatanaka, L.; Ahmed, L.; Agnew, R.; Mannan, M. S.; Wang, Q. Cone calorimeter analysis of flame retardant poly (methyl


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical External Research Funding

methacrylate)-silica nanocomposites. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 2017, 128, 1443-1451.

“SusChEM: An Integrated Framework for Process Design, Control and Scheduling – PAROC,” National Science Foundation, 05/2017 - 04/2020.

Tamim, N.; Laboureur, D.; Mentzer, R.; Hasan, A. R.; Mannan, M. S. A framework for developing leading indicators for offshore drillwell blowout incidents. Process Saf. Environ. Prot. 2017, 106, 256-262.

“Gulf Coast Region of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute,” Department of Energy, 01/2017 – 12/2021

Tamim, N.; Scott, S.; Zhu, W.; Koirala, Y.; Mannan, M. S. Roles of contractors in process safety. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 48, 358-366. Williams, J.; Sasangohar, F.; Peres, S. C.; Smith, A.; Mannan, M. S. Investigating Written Procedures in Process Safety: Qualitative Data Analysis of Interviews from High Risk Facilities. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society ...Annual Meeting 2017, 61, 1669-1670. Yu, M.; Quddus, N.; Peres, S. C.; Sachdeva, S.; Mannan, M. S. Development of a safety management system (SMS) for drilling and servicing operations within OSHA jurisdiction area of Texas. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 50, 266-274. Zhang, B.; Liu, Y.; Zhu, W.; Gopalaswami, N.; Mannan, M. S. Experimental Study of Bund Overtopping Caused by a Catastrophic Failure of Tanks. Ind Eng Chem Res 2017, 56, 1222712235. Zhang, J.; Liu, Y.; Elledge, H.; Chen, H.; Mannan, M. S.; Mashuga, C. Carbon nanofiber explosion violence and thermal stability. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 2017, 129, 221-231. Zhang, M.; Wang, X.; Mannan, M. S.; Qian, C.; Wang, J. System dynamical simulation of risk perception for enterprise decision-maker in communication of chemical incident risks. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 46, 115-125. Zhang, M.; Wang, X.; Mannan, M. S.; Qian, C.; Wang, J. A system dynamics model for risk perception of lay people in communication regarding risk of chemical incident. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 50, 101-111. Zhu, C.; Zhu, J.; Wang, L.; Mannan, M. S. Lessons learned from analyzing a VCE accident at a chemical plant. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 50, 397-402.

“RAPID Modeling and Simulation Focus Area for the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment Manufacturing Institute,” American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 04/2017 – 12/2021

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.).

“RAPID Synopsis – Synthesis of Operable Process Intensification Systems,” American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 01/2018 – 12/2022 “Superfund: Comprehensive tools and models for addressing exposure to mixtures during environmental emergency-related contamination events,” National Institutes of Health, 04/2017 – 03/2022 “INFEWS/T3l: Decision Support for Water Stressed FEW Nexus Decisions (DS-WSND),” National Science Foundation, 10/2017 – 09/2020 “High Fidelity Dynamic Modeling for Real Time State Estimation and Control of a Continuous Manufacturing Process for Pharmaceutical Drug Product,” Eli Lilly and Company, 03/2017 – 01/2019. “Shell Oil Company Research Development,” Shell Oil Company, 01/2017 – 01/2019.

Refereed Journal Publications 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 2017, 69 (3), 587-606. Oberdieck, R.; Diangelakis, N. A.; Pistikopoulos,

E. N. Explicit Model Predictive Control: A connected-graph approach. Automatica 2017, 76, 103-112. Diangelakis, N. A.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. A multiscale energy systems engineering approach to residential combined heat and power systems. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2017, 102, 128-138. Nascu, I.; Oberdieck, R.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. Explicit Hybrid Model Predictive Control Strategies for Intravenous Anaesthesia. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2017, 106, 814-825. Nascu, I.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. Modeling, Estimation and Control of the Anaesthesia Process. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2017, 107, 318-332. Papathanasiou, M. M.; Steinebach, F.; Mueller-Spaeth, T.; Morbidelli, M.; Mantalaris, A.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. Intelligent, modelbased control towards the intensification of downstream processes. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2017, 105, 173-184. Diangelakis, N. A.; Burnak, B.; Katz, J. P.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. Process Design and Control optimization: A simultaneous approach by multi-parametric programming. AIChE Journal 2017, 63 (11), 4827-4846. Papathanasiou, M. M.; Quiroga-Campano, A. L.; Steinebach, F.; Elviro, M.; Mantalaris, A.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. Advanced model-based control strategies for the intensification of upstream and downstream processing in mAb production. Biotechnology Progress 2017, 33, 966-988. Avraamidou, S.; Pistikopoulos, E. A Multiparametric Mixed-integer Bi-level Optimization Strategy for Supply Chain Planning Under Demand Uncertainty IFACPapersOnLine 2017, 50, 10178-10183. Edgar, T. F.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. Smart Manufacturing and Energy Systems. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2017. Jain, P.; Pasman, H. J.; Waldram, S. P.; Pistikopoulos, E. N.; Mannan, M. S. Process Resilience Analysis Framework (PRAF): a systems approach for improved risk and safety management. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries 2017.

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THE ARTIE MCFERRIN DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING Ogumerem, G. S.; Kim, C.; Kesisoglou, I.; Diangelakis, N. A.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. A Multi-Objective Optimization for the Design and Operation of a Hydrogen Network for Transportation Fuel. Chemical Engineering Research and Design 2017. Niziolek, A. M.; Onel, O.; Tian, Y.; Floudas, C. A.; Pistikopoulos, E. N. Municipal Solid Waste to Liquid Transportation Fuels - Part III: An Optimization-Based Nationwide Supply Chain Management Framework. Computers & Chemical Engineering 2017. Misener, R.; Allenby, M. C.; Fuentes-Garí, M.; Gupta, K.; Wiggins, T.; Panoskaltsis, N.; Pistikopoulos, E. N.; Mantalaris, A. Stem Cell Biomanufacturing under Uncertainty: A Case Study in Optimizing Red Blood Cell Production. AIChE Journal 2017.

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.

“First Principles Modeling of SEI Formation on Bare and Surface/Additive Modified Silicon Anode,” Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 04/2013 - 04/2018.

Refereed Journal Publications

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

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“Microvesicle Isolation from Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infected Macrophage using Multi-stage Microfluidic Channel,” National Institutes of Health, 06/2014 - 05/2018.

“Understanding and Strategies for Controlled Interfacial Phenomena in Lithium-Ion Batteries and Beyond,” Department of Energy, 10/2016 - 09/2018.

“Analysis and Design of Materials for LithiumIon Batteries,” Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, QEERI, 05/2015 - 05/2018.

Lanatter & Herbert Fox Professor Ph.D., Southern Illinois University seminario@tamu.edu

“Experimental and Computational Studies of NEAMS Pebble Bed Reactors,” Department of Energy, 10/2016 - 09/2019.

External Research Funding

“Identification of Efficient and Stable SolidSolid Electrochemical Interfaces for Li-S Batteries,” DOE-National Energy Technology Laboratory, 10/2017 - 03/2019.

Jorge M. Seminario

“Rapid screening of biomolecular conformation and binding interactions,” National Science Foundation, 06/2016 05/2019.

Benitez, L.; Seminario, J. Ion Diffusivity through the Solid Electrolyte Interphase in LithiumIon Batteries. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2017, 164, E3159-E3170. Galvez Aranda, D.; Ponce, V.; Seminario, J. Molecular dynamics simulations of the first charge of a Li-ion—Si-anode nanobattery. Journal of Molecular Modeling 2017, 23, 120. Ponce, V.; Galvez Aranda, D.; Seminario, J. Analysis of a Li-Ion Nanobattery with Graphite Anode Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations. The journal of physical chemistry.C 2017, 121, 12959-12971. Yu, J.; Xie, L.; Li, J.; Ma, Y.; Seminario, J.; Balbuena, P. CO2Capture and Separations Using MOFs: Computational and Experimental Studies. Chem. Rev. 2017, 117, 9674-9754.

Victor M. Ugaz Charles D. Holland ’53 Professor Thaman Professor Chair, Texas A&M Professional Program in Biotechnology TEES Director of Research Development 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.

External Research Funding “Spatiotemporally Resolved Multiscale Measurements of Single- and Multi-Phase Flows Using State-Of-The-Art System of X-ray Tomography and Optical Sensors,” Department of Energy, 10/2017 - 09/2018. “High-throughput Screening and Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells,” Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, 03/2015 02/2019.

“EAGER: Collaborative Research: Privacyenhancing CrowdPCR for Early Epidemic Detection,” National Science Foundation, 09/2016 - 08/2017. “I-Corps: Biodegradable 3D-Printed Oil Absorbents,” National Science Foundation, 04/2017 - 09/2017.

Refereed Journal Publications Contreras-Naranjo, J.C., Wu, H.-J., and Ugaz, V.M. Microfluidics for Exosome Isolation and Analysis: Enabling Liquid Biopsy for Personalized Medicine. Lab on a Chip, 17 (2017): 3558-3577. Han, D. and Ugaz, V.M. Embedding Handson Mini Laboratory Experiences in a Core Undergraduate Fluid Mechanics Course: A Pilot Study. Chemical Engineering Education, 51 (2017): 136-144. Priye, A., Yu, Y., Hassan, Y.A., and Ugaz, V.M. Synchronized Chaotic Targeting and Acceleration of Surface Chemistry in Prebiotic Hydrothermal Microenvironments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 114 (2017): 1275-1280.


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Associate Professors

“Nano-Encapsulation of Azadirachtin Based Insecticide and Improving the Stability of BioSafe Systems OxiPhos Formulation,” BioSafe Systems, 12/2017 - 05/2019

Akbulut, M.; Temizel, C. Technology Update: Adjustable, Supramolecular Viscosity Modifiers as Displacement Fluids in EOR. J. Pet. Technol. 2017, 69, 20-22.

Yegin, C.; Nagabandi, N.; Feng, X.; King, C.; Catalano, M.; Oh, J.; Talib, A.; Scholar, E.; Verkhoturov, S.; Cagin, T.; Sokolov, A.; Kim, M.; Matin, K.; Narumanchi, S.; Akbulut, M. Metal– Organic–Inorganic Nanocomposite Thermal Interface Materials with Ultralow Thermal Resistances. ACS applied materials & interfaces 2017, 9, 10120-10127.

Hao, L.; Chen, I.; Oh, J.; Nagabandi, N.; Bassan, F.; Liu, S.; Scholar, E.; Zhang, L.; Akbulut, M.; Jiang, B. Nanocomposite Foam Involving Boron Nitride Nanoplatelets and Polycaprolactone: Porous Structures with Multiple Length Scales for Oil Spill Cleanup. Ind Eng Chem Res 2017, 56, 14670-14677.

Yegin, Y.; Yegin, C.; Oh, J.; Orr, A.; Zhang, M.; Nagabandi, N.; Severin, T.; Villareal, T.; Sari, M.; Castillo, A.; Scholar, E.; Akbulut, M. Ecotoxic effects of paclitaxel-loaded nanotherapeutics on freshwater algae, Raphidocelis subcapitata and Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Environmental Science: Nano 2017, 4, 1077-1085.

Refereed Journal Publications

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 “Biomechanical Investigation of Insect Leg Joints,” National Science Foundation, 09/2014 - 08/2018 “SBIR Phase II: High Performance Structural Composites with Cellulosic Nanoparticles,” Essentium Materials, LLC, 07/2016 - 03/2018

on Lubrication Performance of Nanofluids Dispersing Silica Nanoparticles in an Ionic Liquid. Journal of tribology 2017, 139, 041802.

Hao, L.; Yegin, C.; Oh, J.; Chen, I.; Nagabandi, N.; Talari, J.; Zhang, L.; Akbulut, M.; Jiang, B. Solid-shelled microemulsion with capabilities of confinement-induced release for improving permeability of reservoirs. Chem. Eng. J. 2017, 323, 243-251.

Yegin, C.; Lu, W.; Kheireddin, B.; Zhang, M.; Li, P.; Min, Y.; Sue, H.; Murat Sari, M.; Akbulut, M. The Effect of Nanoparticle Functionalization

“Collaborative Research: Understanding Cholesteric Pitch in Nanocylinder Films,” National Science Foundation, 09/2014 07/2018. “Collaborative Research: A Scalable Processing Method to Produce Thermoplastic Nanofibers from Melt,” National Science Foundation, 09/2015 08/2019.

“CAREER: Structure-property-processing Relations for Aggregation-resistant Graphene,” National Science Foundation, 08/2014 - 02/2019.

Nagabandi, N.; Yegin, C.; Feng, X.; King, C.; Oh, J. K.; Narumanchi, S.; Akbulut, M. In In Metallic nanocomposites as next-generation thermal interface materials; Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems (ITherm), 2017 16th IEEE Intersociety Conference on; IEEE: 2017; , pp 400-406.

Oh, J.; Yegin, C.; Akbulut, M. Micro/Nanoscale Tribological and Mechanical Investigation of the Articular Surfaces of Katydid Leg Joints: Potential for the Novel Bioinspired Lubrication Systems. MRS Advances 2017, 2, 1117-1123.

External Research Funding

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

Hao, L.; Yegin, C.; Talari, J.; Oh, J.; Zhang, M.; Sari, M.; Zhang, L.; Min, Y.; Akbulut, M.; Jiang, , Bin Thermo-responsive gels based on supramolecular assembly of an amidoamine and citric acid. Soft matter 2018, 14, 432-439.

Oh, J.; Behmer, S.; Marquess, R.; Yegin, C.; Scholar, E.; Akbulut, M. Structural, tribological, and mechanical properties of the hind leg joint of a jumping insect: Using katydids to inform bioinspired lubrication systems. Acta Biomaterialia 2017, 62, 284-292.

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.

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

“Collaborative Research : Microwave Heating of Carbon Nanotube Coatings to Enable Rapid Welding in 3D-Printed Polymer Structures,” National Science Foundation, 06/2016 - 05/2019. “Quantitative Detection of Carbon Nanotube Release Using RF Interactions,” U.S. Army Corp Of Engineers, 03/2017 - 09/2018. “2014 Dupont Young Professor Grant- Micah Green,” DuPont Corporation, 09/2014 08/2017.

Refereed Journal Publications Cano, A.; Maul, J.; Saed, M.; Irin, F.; Shah, S.; Green, M.; French, A.; Klein, D.; Crago,

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THE ARTIE MCFERRIN DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING J.; Cañas Carrell, J. Trophic Transfer and Accumulation of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes in the Presence of Copper Ions inDaphnia magnaand Fathead Minnow (Pimephales promelas). Environ. Sci. Technol. 2018, 52, 794-800.

McGehee, D.; Lahiani, M.; Irin, F.; Green, M.; Khodakovskaya, M. Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes Dramatically Affect the Fruit Metabolome of Exposed Tomato Plants. ACS applied materials & interfaces 2017, 9, 3243032435.

Refereed Journal Publications

Cano, A.; Maul, J.; Saed, M.; Shah, S.; Green, M.; Cañas Carrell, J. Bioaccumulation, stress, and swimming impairment inDaphnia magnaexposed to multiwalled carbon nanotubes, graphene, and graphene oxide. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 2017, 36, 2199-2204.

Meeks, K.; Pantoya, M.; Green, M.; Berg, J. Extending the excluded volume for percolation threshold estimates in polydisperse systems: The binary disk system. Appl. Math. Model. 2017, 46, 116-125.

Liu, Z.; Olson, M.; Shinde, S.; Wang, X.; Hao, N.; Yoo, C.; Bhagia, S.; Dunlap, J.; Pu, Y.; Kao, K.; Ragauskas, A.; Jin, M.; Yuan, J. Synergistic maximization of the carbohydrate output and lignin processability by combinatorial pretreatment. Green Chem. 2017, 19, 4939-4955.

Haile, M.; Sweeney, C.; Lackey, B.; Sarwar, O.; Henderson, R.; Saed, M.; Green, M.; Grunlan, J. Ultrafast and Highly Localized Microwave Heating in Carbon Nanotube Multilayer Thin Films. Advanced Materials Interfaces 2017, 4, 1700371. Haywood, A.; Weigandt, K.; Saha, P.; Noor, M.; Green, M.; Davis, V. New insights into the flow and microstructural relaxation behavior of biphasic cellulose nanocrystal dispersions from RheoSANS. Soft matter 2017, 13, 84518462. Karimineghlani, P.; Emmons, E.; Green, M.; Shamberger, P.; Sukhishvili, S. A temperature-responsive poly(vinyl alcohol) gel for controlling fluidity of an inorganic phase change material. Journal of Materials Chemistry A: Materials for energy and sustainability 2017, 5, 12474-12482. Liu, Z.; Olson, M.; Shinde, S.; Wang, X.; Hao, N.; Yoo, C.; Bhagia, S.; Dunlap, J.; Pu, Y.; Kao, K.; Ragauskas, A.; Jin, M.; Yuan, J. Synergistic maximization of the carbohydrate output and lignin processability by combinatorial pretreatment. Green Chem. 2017, 19, 49394955. Mayadeo, N.; Morikawa, K.; Naraghi, M.; Green, M. Modeling of downstream heating in melt electrospinning of polymers. Journal of polymer science.Part B, Polymer physics 2017, 55, 1393-1405.

Guo, Y.; Winkler, J.; Kao, K. Insights on Osmotic Tolerance Mechanisms in Escherichia coli Gained from an rpoC Mutation. Bioengineering 2017, 4, 61.

Odom, M. G. B.; Sweeney, C.; Parviz, D.; Sill, L.; Saed, M.; Green, M. Rapid curing and additive manufacturing of thermoset systems using scanning microwave heating of carbon nanotube/epoxy composites. Carbon 2017, 120, 447-453. Shah, S. A.; Habib, T.; Gao, H.; Gao, P.; Sun, W.; Green, M. J.; Radovic, M. Template-free 3D titanium carbide (Ti3C2Tx) MXene particles crumpled by capillary forces. Chemical communications 2017, 53, 400-403. Sun, W.; Shah, S. A.; Chen, Y.; Tan, Z.; Gao, H.; Habib, T.; Radovic, M.; Green, M. J. Electrochemical etching of Ti2AlC to Ti2CTx(MXene) in low-concentration hydrochloric acid solution. Journal of Materials Chemistry A: Materials for energy and sustainability 2017, 5, 21663-21668. Sweeney, C.; Lackey, B.; Pospisil, M.; Achee, T.; Hicks, V.; Moran, A.; Teipel, B.; Saed, M.; Green, M. Welding of 3D-printed carbon nanotube–polymer composites by locally induced microwave heating. Science advances 2017, 3, e1700262. Zeng, M.; Shah, S.; Huang, D.; Parviz, D.; Yu, Y.; Wang, X.; Green, M.; Cheng, Z. Aqueous Exfoliation of Graphite into Graphene Assisted by Sulfonyl Graphene Quantum Dots for Photonic Crystal Applications. ACS applied materials & interfaces 2017, 9, 30797-30804.

Peabody V, G. L.; Li, H.; Kao, K. Sexual recombination and increased mutation rate expedite evolution of Escherichia coli in varied fitness landscapes. Nature Communications 2017, 8, 2112.

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

External Research Funding “Development of a continuous genome shuffling approach to expedite adaptive laboratory evolution,” National Science Foundation, 7/2016 - 6/2019. “CAREER: Visualizing Evolution in Real-Time (VERT),” National Science Foundation, 3/20112/2017.

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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


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical 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.

External Research Funding “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 “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 - 07/2018 “Novel Multifunctional Nanoporous Framework Adsorbents for Challenging Gas Separations,” Qatar University, 08/2016 08/2019.

Refereed Journal Publications An, H.; Park, S.; Kwon, H.; Jeong, H.; Lee, J. A new superior competitor for exceptional propylene/propane separations: ZIF-67 containing mixed matrix membranes. J. Membr. Sci. 2017, 526, 367-376.

Simultaneously Ion- and Electron-Conducting Block Copolymer Binders for Battery Electrodes,” National Science Foundation, 09/2016 - 08/2019

Cho, K.; Yeom, Y.; Seo, H.; Lee, A.; Huy Do, X.; Hong, J.; Jeong, H.; Baek, K.; Yoon, H. Finesized Pt nanoparticles dispersed on PdPt bimetallic nanocrystals with non-covalently functionalized graphene toward synergistic effects on the oxygen reduction reaction. Electrochim. Acta 2017, 257, 412-422.

“Water, Salt, and Temperature Effects in Polyelectrolyte Complexes and Multilayers,” National Science Foundation, 09/2016 08/2019

Choi, J.; Kwon, H.; Jeong, H. Fabrication of Thin Metal-Organic Framework MOF Films on Metal-Ion-crosslinked GO-modified Supports. MRS Advances 2017, 2, 2497-2504. Hillman, F.; Zimmerman, J.; Paek, S.; Hamid, M. R. A.; Lim, W.; Jeong, H. Rapid microwave-assisted synthesis of hybrid zeolitic–imidazolate frameworks with mixed metals and mixed linkers. Journal of Materials Chemistry A: Materials for energy and sustainability 2017, 5, 6090-6099. Lee, H.; Kim, H.; Jeong, H.; Park, M.; Chung, D.; Lee, K.; Lee, E.; Lim, W. Selective Removal of Radioactive Cesium from Nuclear Waste by Zeolites: On the Origin of Cesium Selectivity Revealed by Systematic Crystallographic Studies. The journal of physical chemistry.C 2017, 121, 10594-10608. Lee, M.; Kwon, H.; Jeong, H. Defect-dependent stability of highly propylene-selective zeoliticimidazolate framework ZIF-8 membranes. J. Membr. Sci. 2017, 529, 105-113. Ramu, G.; Jeong, H. Recent Progress on Metal-Organic Framework Membranes for Gas Separations: Conventional Synthesis vs. Microwave-Assisted Synthesis. 멤브레인 2017, 27, 1-42. Yue, Y.; Ma, L.; Sun, J.; Jeong, H.; Liang, H. Super-hierarchical Ni/porous-Ni/V 2 O 5 nanocomposites. RSC Advances 2017, 7, 4038340391.

“NRT-DESE: Data-Enabled Discovery and Design of Energy Materials,” National Science Foundation, 09/2015 - 08/2020

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. In 2017, Lutkenhaus was named a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, and was named a Women Chemists Committee (WCC) Rising Star by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

“Discovering the Rich Electrochemistry of Nitroxide Radical-Modified Conjugated Polymers,” Robert A. Welch Foundation, the, 06/2014 - 05/2017 “FFATA: CAREER: Internal Structure and Properties of Confined Layer-by-Layer Films and Nanotubes,” National Science Foundation, 03/2011 - 02/2017 “Aramid Nanofiber-Functionalized Graphene Electrodes for Structural Energy and Power,” DOD-Air Force-Office of Scientific Research, 05/2016 - 05/2019 “The Nature of Charge Storage in Nitroxide Radical Polymers,” Department of Energy Award, 08/2015-08/2018

Refereed Journal Publications Chalker, C.; An, H.; Zavala, J.; Parija, A.; Banerjee, S.; Lutkenhaus, J.; Batteas, J. Fabrication and Electrochemical Performance of Structured Mesoscale Open Shell V2O5 Networks. Langmuir 2017, 33, 5975-5981.

External Research Funding

De, S.; Nandasiri, M.; Schaef, H.; McGrail, B.; Nune, S.; Lutkenhaus, J. Water-Based Assembly of Polymer-Metal Organic Framework (MOF) Functional Coatings. Advanced Materials Interfaces 2017, 4, 1600905.

“Safety-Enhancing Electrolytes for Structurally Sound Batteries under Ballistic Stresses,” Lynntech, Inc., 09/2016 - 04/2017

Kwon, S.; Elinski, M.; Batteas, J.; Lutkenhaus, J. Robust and Flexible Aramid Nanofiber/ Graphene Layer-by-Layer Electrodes. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2017, 9, 17125-17135.

“Collaborative Research: Next-Generation

Kwon, S.; Harris, J.; Zhou, T.; Loufakis, D.; Boyd, J.; Lutkenhaus, J. Mechanically Strong

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microparticle/nanoparticle composites and hybrids. Materials Research Express 2017, 4, 075041.

Li, F.; Gore, D.; Wang, S.; Lutkenhaus, J. Unusual Internal Electron Transfer in Conjugated Radical Polymers. Angewandte Chemie (International ed.) 2017, 56, 9856-9859. Li, F.; Zou, Y.; Wang, S.; Fang, L.; Lutkenhaus, J. Scalable Synthesis and Multi-Electron Transfer of Aniline/Fluorene Copolymer for SolutionProcessable Battery Cathodes. Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2017, 38, 1700067. Morris, M.; An, H.; Lutkenhaus, J.; Epps, T. Harnessing the Power of Plastics: Nanostructured Polymer Systems in LithiumIon Batteries. ACS Energy Letters 2017, 2, 19191936. Nabar, G.; Souva, M.; Lee, K. H.; De, S.; Lutkenhaus, J.; Wyslouzil, B.; Winter, J. O. HighThroughput Nanomanufacturing via Spray Processes. Nanotechnology Commercialization: Manufacturing Processes and Products 2017, 101-131. O'Neal, J.; Bolen, M.; Dai, E.; Lutkenhaus, J. Hydrogen-bonded polymer nanocomposites containing discrete layers of gold nanoparticles. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2017, 485, 260-268. O'Neal, J.; Dai, E.; Zhang, Y.; Clark, K.; Wilcox, K.; George, I.; Ramasamy, N.; Enriquez, D.; Batys, P.; Sammalkorpi, M.; Lutkenhaus, J. QCM-D Investigation of Swelling Behavior of Layer-byLayer Thin Films upon Exposure to Monovalent Ions. Langmuir 2018, 34, 999-1009. Sato, K.; Ichinoi, R.; Mizukami, R.; Serikawa, T.; Sasaki, Y.; Lutkenhaus, J.; Nishide, H.; Oyaizu, K. Diffusion-Cooperative Model for Charge Transport by Redox-Active Nonconjugated Polymers. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 1049-1056. Suarez Martinez, P.; Robinson, J.; An, H.; Nahas, R.; Cinoman, D.; Lutkenhaus, J. Spray-On Polymer-Clay Multilayers as a Superior Anticorrosion Metal Pretreatment. Macromolecular materials and engineering 2017, 302, 1600552. Wang, L.; Zhang, S.; Lutkenhaus, J.; Chu, L.; Tang, B.; Li, S.; Ma, W. All nanoparticle-based P(MMA)/TiO2 one-dimensional photonic crystal films with tunable structural colors. Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2017, 5, 8266-8272

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in Houston, TX July 10-13 2017,” National Science Foundation, 06/2017 - 11/2017. “Layer-by-layer Polymer Assemblies as Size-Selective Gas Separation Membranes,” National Science Foundation, 09/2014 12/2017. “University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research,” Pennsylvania State University, 08/2017 - 02/2019. “Maximizing the Effectiveness of FischerTropsch Fixed-Bed Reactor: Tailoring Reaction Media, Catalyst Geometry and Pore Structure -- Cycle 7,” Qatar National Research Fund, 05/2015 - 06/2018.

Sreeram Vaddiraju

Refereed Journal Publications

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Louisville sreeram.vaddiraju@tamu.edu

Challiwala, M.; Wilhite, B.; Ghouri, M.; Elbashir, N. Multidimensional modeling of a microfibrous entrapped cobalt catalyst FischerTropsch reactor bed. AIChE Journal.

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 “Silicon Materials Lithium-Ion Batteries,” UTBattelle, LLC, 08/2016 - 04/2018.

Refereed Journal Publications Ali, A.; Chen, Y.; Vasiraju, V.; Vaddiraju, S. Nanowire-based thermoelectrics. Nanotechnology 2017, 28, 282001. Vasiraju, V.; Norris, D.; Vaddiraju, S. Thermal transport through Zn3P2nanowire-BN

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 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 “Modular synthesis of HEH and HEHN/ HAN in Micoreactors,” Physical Sciences Incorporated, 09/2017 - 04/2018. “’13th International Conference on Catalysis in Membrane Reactors, ICCMR-13,’ to be held

Cui, X.; Mannan, M. S.; Wilhite, B. A. Segregated-Feed Membrane Reactor Design for Alkylpyridine N-Oxidation: Implications for Process Safety and Intensification. Ind Eng Chem Res 2017, 56, 3822-3832. Onel, O.; Niziolek, A.; Butcher, H.; Wilhite, B.; Floudas, C. Multi-scale approaches for gas-toliquids process intensification: CFD modeling, process synthesis, and global optimization. Comput. Chem. Eng. 2017, 105, 276-296. Song, Y.; Lugo, E.; Powell, S.; Tzeng, P.; Wilhite, B.; Grunlan, J. Highly selective multilayer polymer thin films for CO2/N2separation. Journal of polymer science.Part B, Polymer physics 2017, 55, 1730-1737. Wilhite, B. Unconventional microreactor designs for process intensification in the distributed reforming of hydrocarbons: a review of recent developments at Texas A&M University. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering 2017, 17, 100-107.


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Assistant Professors

External Research Funding

Curitiba Marcellos, C.; Durand, H.; Kwon, J.; Gomes Barreto, A.; Laranjeira da Cunha Lage, Paulo; Bezerra de Souza, M.; Secchi, A.; Christofides, P. Optimal operation of batch enantiomer crystallization: From ternary diagrams to predictive control. American Institute of Chemical Engineers.AIChE Journal 2017.

“Systematic Process Intensification of Gas Separation, Conversion and Storage,” National Science Foundation, 07/2016 06/2019 “Modular Process Intensification of Methane Separation, Storage and Conversion,” American Chemical Society, 09/2018 08/2020.

Narasingam, A.; Siddhamshetty, P.; SangIl Kwon, J. Temporal clustering for order reduction of nonlinear parabolic PDE systems with time-dependent spatial domains: Application to a hydraulic fracturing process. American Institute of Chemical Engineers.AIChE Journal 2017, 63, 3818-3831.

Refereed Journal Publications Bajaj, I.; Iyer, S.; Faruque Hasan, M. M. A trust region-based two phase algorithm for constrained black-box and grey-box optimization with infeasible initial point. Comput. Chem. Eng. 2017.

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.

Boukouvala, F.; Hasan, M. F.; Floudas, C. A. Global optimization of general constrained grey-box models: new method and its application to constrained PDEs for pressure swing adsorption. J. Global Optimiz. 2017, 67, 3-42. Demirel, S.; Li, J.; Hasan, M. M. F. Systematic process intensification using building blocks. Comput. Chem. Eng. 2017, 105, 2-38. Hasan, M. M. F.; Faruque Hasan, M. M.; First, E.; Floudas, C. 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. Hossen, M. M.; Mosaddek Hossen, M.; Sazedur Rahman, A. H. M.; Kabir, A.; Faruque Hasan, M. M.; Ahmed, S. Systematic assessment of the availability and utilization potential of biomass in Bangladesh. Renewable & sustainable energy reviews 2017, 67, 94-105. Iyer, S.; Bajaj, I.; Balasubramanian, P.; Hasan, M. M. F. Integrated Carbon Capture and Conversion To Produce Syngas: Novel Process Design, Intensification, and Optimization. Ind Eng Chem Res 2017, 56, 8622-8648.

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

External Research Funding “Well Ignition as a Blowout Response,” Hilcorp Alaska, LLC, 06/2017 - 01/2018.

Refereed Journal Publications

Narasingam, A.; Kwon, J. Development of local dynamic mode decomposition with control: Application to model predictive control of hydraulic fracturing. Comput. Chem. Eng. 2017, 106, 501-511. Siddhamshetty, P.; Kwon, J.; Liu, S.; Valkó, P. Feedback control of proppant bank heights during hydraulic fracturing for enhanced productivity in shale formations. American Institute of Chemical Engineers.AIChE Journal . Siddhamshetty, P.; Yang, S.; Kwon, J. Modeling of hydraulic fracturing and designing of online pumping schedules to achieve uniform proppant concentration in conventional oil reservoirs. Comput. Chem. Eng. 2017. Siddhamshetty, P.; Seeyub Yang; Sang-Il Kwon, J. Modeling of hydraulic fracturing and developing a new pumping schedule to achieve uniform proppant concentration. 2017 American Control Conference (ACC) 2017, 2182-2187. Yang, S.; Siddhamshetty, P.; Kwon, J. Optimal pumping schedule design to achieve a uniform proppant concentration level in hydraulic fracturing. Comput. Chem. Eng. 2017, 101, 138-147.

Crose, M.; Kwon, J.; Tran, A.; Christofides, P. Multiscale modeling and run-to-run control of PECVD of thin film solar cells. Renewable Energy 2017, 100, 129-140.

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THE ARTIE MCFERRIN DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING Refereed Journal Publications Chawla, R.; Ford, K. M.; Lele, P. P. Torque, but not flil, regulates mechanosensitive flagellar motorfunction. Scientific Reports 2017, 7, 5565. Diethmaier, C.; Chawla, R.; Canzoneri, A.; Kearns, D.; Lele, P.; Dubnau, D. Viscous drag on the flagellum activates Bacillus subtilisentry into the K-state. Mol. Microbiol. 2017, 106, 367-380. Ford, K.; Chawla, R.; Lele, P. Biophysical Characterization of Flagellar Motor Functions. J Vis Exp 2017.

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.

External Research Funding “Laboratory Hood Near Field Explosion Modeling,” Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, 07/2017 - 09/2018 “Phase II: Micro Powder Processing Safety,” Vacuum Process Engineering, Inc., 04/2017 12/2017

Pushkar Lele

Qing Sun

Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of Delaware plele@tamu.edu

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

Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of Delaware sunqing@tamu.edu

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.

Refereed Journal Publications

Sun’s research focuses on synthetic biology with advancing designs and applications. Using expertise in molecular engineering, protein engineering and microbial consortia engineering, to develop new techniques to reprogram gut microbiome, protein machinery and biomaterials. Her current application areas include health, environment and energy. Her research interests are synthetic biology with focus on protein engineering, genetic circuits design and biomaterial development for environmental and biomedical applications. She joined The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering in January 2018 as a new faculty member.

External Research Funding “Etiology and Prevention of Gastric Cancers by Mitigation of H. pylori-Mechanosensing,” Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, 08/2017 - 08/2019 “Mechanical regulation of ultra-sensitivity in E. coli flagellar motors,” National Institutes of Health, 09/2017 - 08/2021

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Bagaria, P.; Zhang, J.; Mashuga, C. Effect of dust dispersion on particle breakage and size distribution in the minimum ignition energy apparatus. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017.

Chad V. Mashuga Assistant Professor Ph.D., Michigan Technological University mashuga@tamu.edu 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,

Chaudhari, P.; Mashuga, C. Partial inerting of dust clouds using a modified standard minimum ignition energy device. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 48, 145-150. Zhang, J.; Liu, Y.; Elledge, H.; Chen, H.; Mannan, M. S.; Mashuga, C. Carbon nanofiber explosion violence and thermal stability. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 2017, 129, 221-231. Zhu, W.; Papadaki, M. I.; Han, Z.; Mashuga, C. V. Effect of temperature and selected additives on the decomposition “onset” of 2-nitrotoluene using Advanced Reactive System Screening Tool. J Loss Prev Process Ind 2017, 49, 630-635.

Refereed Journal Publications Swartz, A.; Sun, Q.; Chen, W. Ligand-Induced Cross-Linking of Z-Elastin-like PolypeptideFunctionalized E2 Protein Nanoparticles for Enhanced Affinity Precipitation of Antibodies. Biomacromolecules 2017, 18, 1654-1659.


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical Khoury, G.; Smadbeck, J.; Kieslich, C.; Koskosidis, A.; Guzman, Y.; Tamamis, P.; Floudas, C. Princeton_TIGRESS 2.0: High refinement consistency and net gains through support vector machines and molecular dynamics in double-blind predictions during the CASP11 experiment. Proteins 2017, 85, 1078-1098.

and catalysis.

External Research Funding “Microvesicle Isolation from Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infected Macrophage using Multi-stage Microfluidic Channel,” National Institutes of Health, 06/2014 - 05/2018

Research Assistant Professor

Refereed Journal Publications Contreras Naranjo, J.; Wu, H.; Ugaz, V. Microfluidics for exosome isolation and analysis: enabling liquid biopsy for personalized medicine. Lab Chip 2017, 17, 3558-3577. Krishnan, P.; Singla, A.; Lee, C.; Weatherston, J.; Worstell, N.; Wu, H. Hetero-multivalent binding of cholera toxin subunit B with glycolipid mixtures. Colloids and surfaces.B, Biointerfaces 2017, 160, 281-288.

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

External Research Funding “Computational Design of Novel ß-wrapins Targeting and Sequestering Amyloid-ß, a-synuclein and IAPP,” DHHS-NIH-National Institute On Aging, 01/2018 - 12/2020

Refereed Journal Publications Jonnalagadda, S. V. R.; Ornithopoulou, E.; Orr, A. A.; Mossou, E.; Forsyth, V. T.; Mitchell, E. P.; Bowler, M. W.; Mitraki, A.; Tamamis, P. Computational design of amyloid selfassembling peptides bearing aromatic residues and the cell adhesive motif Arg-Gly-Asp. Molecular Systems Design & Engineering 2017, 2, 321-335.

Liu, C.; Zhao, Z.; Fan, J.; Lyon, C.; Wu, H.; Nedelkov, D.; Zelazny, A.; Olivier, K.; Cazares, L.; Holland, S.; Graviss, E.; Hu, Y. Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 2017, 114, 3969-3974.

Homa Khosravian Research Assistant Professor Ph.D., University Of Illinois - Chicago hkhosravian@tamu.edu

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

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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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.

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

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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 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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Senior Professors

Kenneth R. Hall

James C. Holste

Charles J. Glover

Professor Emeritus Senior Professor Ph.D., University of Oklahoma krhall@tamu.edu

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

Professor Emeritus Senior Professor Ph.D., Rice University c-glover@tamu.edu

Hall’s research includes precision measurement of the thermophysical properties of fluids and their mixtures as well as the development of molecularthermodynamic models and correlations. He evaluates thermodynamic properties for a variety of fluids and their mixtures to yield further insight into process and product design in chemical and related industries.

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

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.

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ZACHRY ENGINEERING EDUCATION COMPLEX COMING FALL 2018 • A modern, high-tech learning environment for undergraduate engineering education • The largest academic building on campus with 525,000 sq. ft. • Active learning classrooms • Extensive makerspace • Interdisciplinary learning labs • Informal meeting and study areas • Student career center • Tutoring and advising center • Technology support services • Green roof/terrace

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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 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

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, Laboratory for SyntheticBiologic Interactions Ph.D., Cornell University wooley@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.

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A. Rashid Hasan

Joshua Yuan

Marlan Scully

Larry A. Cress '76 Faculty Fellow Professor of Petroleum Engineering Ph.D., University of Waterloo-Ontario, Canada rhasan@tamu.edu

Professor of Systems Biology and Bioenergy Director, Synthetic and Systems Biology Innovation Hub Ph.D., University of Tennessee syuan@tamu.edu

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

Yuan’s research focuses on design-based engineering to address the challenges in energy, environment and health. The design-based engineering strategies focused on chemical, computational and systems biology analyses to understand the fundamental mechanisms and to guide the design of enzymes, processes, microorganisms, and plant for various applications. While the principle can be broadly applied, Yuan’s research primarily focused on increasing biorefinery waste utilization, enhancing photosynthetic terpene production and improving enzymes based on structure dynamics.

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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2017 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.

Stephen J. Butler ’81

Phil McDivitt ’87

Dr. John (Jack) B. Rodden ’88

Manager, TXO Capital Programs Eastman Chemical Company

President, Nylon Business Ascend Performance Materials

Vice President & Treasurer Tribune Media Company

Raymond F. Carr IV

Jeffrey McFerrin ’92

Glen “David” Sanders ’92

Gulf Coast Business Manager Air Products and Chemicals

President Chemical Specialties

Regional Vice President of Refinery Operations Valero Energy Corp.

Patrick Conroy

John R. Miller ’82

Dennis Seith ’79

Vice President Intervale Capital., LLC

Vice President Trendminer Inc.

CEO INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA

Allison Drobniak ’99

Brock Nelson ’90

Steven Skarke ’83

Offshore Project Engineering Management Wood Group Mustang. Inc.

VP Commercial Development INVISTA

Vice President Kaneka Americas Holding Inc.

Greg Garland ‘80

T. Michael O'Connor

James D. Slaughter ’96

Chairman and CEO Phillips 66

President O'Connor Ventures

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

Stephanie Hertzog ’96

Tara Parker ’85

Dr. Lee Tillman ’84

Senior Vice President Tally Energy Services

Business Development Coordinator Exxon Mobil Corp.

President and CEO Marathon Oil Corporation

Ron Hyden ’79

Dr. Joe Powell

James Turner ’83

Completions Manager, New Ventures Southwestern Energy

Chief Scientist, Chemical Engineering Shell Global

Wes Lohec ’81

Dr. Sheyla Ramsay

Executive Director Process Technology and Engineering Fluor Corporation

Vice President of Health, Environment and Safety Chevron Corporation

Senior Technical Leader PepsiCo, Inc. – Research and Development

Lynn E. Weaver ’00

Michael A. Meath

Lori Riethmiller ’91

Wendy Young ’96

Global Director The Dow Chemical Company

3M Communication Markets Division Distribution Sales Manager, North America

Business Development Manager Chemstations, Inc.

Michael R. McAtee

Aleida Rios ’91

Senior Vice President, Strategic Projects BASF Corporation

Vice President of Operations BP Gulf of Mexico

Enterprise Products


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Texas A&M Energy Institute, led by Pistikopoulos, selected for $6.3M RAPID Institute project Leaders of the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) have announced the first round of public-private partnership projects selected for negotiation. Eighty-five institutions joined in submitting more than 70 proposals in six technology focus areas: chemical and commodity processing, renewable bioproducts, natural gas upgrading, modeling and simulation, module manufacturing, and intensified process fundamentals. Featured Researchers

Mannan

Hasan

Kwon

Pistikopoulos

Dr. Stratos Pistikopoulos, interim co-director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute, will be leading a four-year $6.3 million RAPID Institute project titled, “SYNOPSIS – Synthesis of Operable Process Intensification Systems,” which will focus on the development of a systematic framework for the discovery of highly-intense, verifiable, operable and safe chemical process systems. The result will be generic software platforms, operability assessment tools, and model libraries for intensified operable modular chemical processes. Faculty affiliates of the Texas A&M Energy Institute, a joint institute between the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and the Texas A&M University Division of Research, will also work on this project with faculty members from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Auburn University,

as well as industry representatives at the Dow Chemical Company, Royal Dutch Shell and PSE Ltd. Texas A&M faculty contributors include Drs. M. Sam Mannan, Faruque Hasan and Joseph Sang-II Kwon. Georgia Tech contributors include Dr. Matthew Realff, and former postdoctoral associate of the late Dr. Christodoulos A. Floudas, Dr. Fani Boukouvala. Within the newly announced portfolio of RAPID projects, many leading universities, companies, research organizations and government laboratories submitted or supported the proposals selected. Universities involved in RAPID’s planned project portfolio will include Alabama, Auburn, Carnegie Mellon, Delaware, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and West Virginia. Companies participating are: Aspentech, Chemstations, Compact Membrane Systems, Corning, Dow, DuPont, Easy Energy, EcoCatalytic, ExxonMobil, HTRI, IntraMicron, Lubrizol, Metcer, Praxair, PSE, Secat, Shell, Sironix, Sour Gas and UTRC. Agenda 2020, Idaho National Laboratory, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Savannah River National Laboratory are among other participants. The selected projects range in duration from 15 months to four years and receive funding of approximately $30 million including cost share. RAPID plans a second project solicitation in the spring of 2018. RAPID issued its call for proposals last summer, basing its requests on an extensive technology road map that surfaced important science and technology gaps that, if addressed, could improve U.S. manufacturing. More than 100 subject matter

experts took part in those technology assessments. Rob Ivester, director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, congratulated RAPID and the organizations behind the successful proposals on this important milestone. “RAPID is demonstrating how public-private investments can improve technologies that strengthen U.S. manufacturing, create good jobs and train tomorrow’s workforce by unleashing major savings in energy-intensive industries,” he said. RAPID Chief Executive Officer Karen Fletcher said, “the RAPID team is excited to be getting these inaugural projects underway. Working with these partner organizations, RAPID will make significant contributions to manufacturing productivity and efficiency by developing next-generation process designs and modular process equipment that can be broadly deployed,” she explained. Fletcher urged other interested organizations to join the effort as project partners, members or supporters. Fletcher emphasized that RAPID is working closely with the other Manufacturing USA Institutes, which share common goals but have distinct industrial focuses, to ensure cooperation and share approaches to commercializing “step-change” innovations. To that end, she said RAPID will leverage AIChE’s substantial educational resources to train students and the workforce in the application of the new modular process intensification tools.

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Former student named one of the 50 most powerful Latinas of 2017 by Fortune In March, Fortune Magazine released a list of “The 50 Most Powerful Latinas of 2017.” The list was compiled by the Association of Latino Professionals for America, and was based upon four criteria: the size and importance of the woman’s business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman’s career—resume and runway ahead— and their social and cultural influence. Ranked at number 10 on the list is Aleida Rios ‘91, a graduate of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Rios serves as the vice president of operations for BP Gulf of Mexico. In choosing Rios for this honor, Fortune points out that she is “responsible for the safe, reliable and compliant operations on BP’s four offshore platforms in the deepwater gulf, which produce 250,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.” Not only does Rios oversee such a major component of BP’s petroleum operation, she has made a significant impact on the culture at the company. According to BP’s website, “Rios strives to create a work culture where everyone’s contributions are heard and valued. She makes it a priority to be visible and accessible to all of her colleagues and she is always willing to offer advice and counseling.” Rios also serves on the leadership council for BP’s Million Women Mentors program. This program is aimed at mobilizing 1 million mentors, male or female, to “inspire and instill confidence in girls and young women while empowering them to pursue careers in STEM-based industries.” The significance of this honor was not lost on Michael K. Young, president of Texas

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A&M. In a statement, Young recognized the accomplishment: “Being one of only 50 Latinas in the nation selected for this honor is certainly a testament to (Rios’) superior leadership, strong character, sharp intellect and tireless work ethic. Please know that I am truly proud and grateful to

have (Rios) as a member of our Aggie family. Thank you for all you do to represent our university in such a superior light.” Rios also currently serves on the Advisory Council of the of The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University.


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Hasan awarded grant aimed at tapping underutilized gas resources Dr. M.M. Faruque Hasan, assistant professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded an American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) Doctoral New Investigator Award for research that could benefit the entire energy sector and the natural gas industry. Hasan’s funded project, “Modular Process Intensification of Methane Separation, Storage and Conversion,” could potentially open up large swaths of resources currently not being used in these industries. Currently there are many different natural gas sources that are not being utilized, such as stranded natural gas, associated gas, distributed shale gas, landfill gas, biogas and fuel gas, to name a few. These gas sources are often small, regionally distributed and unused for a number of different reasons, all related to cost benefit. In most cases, these gases are just flared to avoid operational and environmental consequences. They often contain impurities at widely different concentrations, and the overall composition of these resources varies from source to source. Using the traditional method of transporting the raw gas through a pipeline to a distant processing plant is a significant investment, one that does not make financial sense for the quantities of gasses at these disparate sources. Hasan’s research will use advanced process intensification methods, optimization theory and algorithms to discover modular technologies

that will turn this problem into opportunity. Specifically, Hasan will employ a novel process intensification method developed in his research group that combines multiple operations into a single multifunctional unit. The goal is to develop modular technology that achieves the same performance of all of the processes that normally take place at a gas processing and conversion plant using less equipment. In this particular case, converting methane and/or other natural gasses into hydrogen, the raw gas has to be treated many different times using many different processes before it is converted into pure hydrogen. Hasan hopes to combine all of these different processes into one multifunctional gas technology. “You don’t want to have a huge pipeline connecting all of these different gas sources, that is a huge investment that does not make sense,” said Hasan. “The solution is to go to these sources, not just to collect the gas, but to produce chemicals on-site.” While modular process intensification is not a new concept, the costs associated with the current technologies are quite high. There are many different reasons for the high cost, but they are mostly due to poor economies-of-scale. Hasan is working from the other direction. By starting out with multifunctional and intensified equipment at smaller scales, Hasan will be designing completely novel technology for a completely novel process.

shows a lot of promise for discovering innovative processes without really waiting for a eureka moment,” said Hasan. One such technology discovered in Hasan’s lab for integrated carbon capture and conversion has recently resulted in a patent application. He has also had success in Featured Researcher leading the frontier of process intensification research. He is currently the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation grant, and is one of the co-principal investigators in the RAPID Institute project, a $4.2 million project led by the Texas A&M Energy Institute. Last Hasan year, Hasan was invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. He was also awarded the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Department of Energy-Oak Ridge Associated Universities in 2015.

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Lele awarded leading NIH grant to study how mechanical forces regulate intracellular signal amplification


TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING | engineering.tamu.edu/chemical Dr. Pushkar Lele, assistant professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, was recently awarded a single-PI, research project grant (R01) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The R01 grant is one of the most sought after federal grants, and the leading NIH grant. The grant, “Mechanical Regulation of UltraSensitivity in E. Coli Flagellar Motors,” will allow Lele to expand upon his research on the Featured Researcher sensing and intracellular transduction of mechanical signals in bacteria with the aid of extracellular appendages. One such appendage is the flagellum, which enables a bacterium to swim and navigate in Pushkar Lele response to chemical signals, a process that is known as chemotaxis. Lele and his research team have already shown that the flagellar motor, which operates the flagellum, is able to detect mechanical cues and undergoes structural changes. It is unclear how the structural and functional adaptations within motors facilitate chemotaxis, colonization and infections. With this grant, Lele and his team will explain how mechano-responses influence chemotaxis and swarming motility, two processes that likely aid in the detection and colonization of a solid surface. “All living systems have highly sophisticated mechanisms that serve to amplify important environmental signals and to suppress noise,” Lele said. “It takes a lot of resources for a bacterium to colonize a surface, so it has to have some certainty about the signal. Otherwise it will have wasted a tremendous amount of energy.” Specifically, Lele is interested in how the output of the chemotaxis network, a molecular switch,

responds to mechanical cues. For decades it was believed that chemical inputs alone controlled the switch activity. However, Lele and his research team found that the cell must ‘tune’ its chemotactic output to mechanical signals in order to colonize a surface. That said, the mechanisms of such adaptation remain unclear. This is a crucial bit of missing information that Lele believes could help influence current clinical strategies for tackling infections and antibiotic resistance. Such potential breakthroughs may

prove instrumental in the prevention of bacterial infections without triggering the pathogen’s defense mechanisms. Lele’s receiving the grant is unique, because R01 investigators under the age of 36 as a group make up around three percent of the award total, down from 18 percent in 1983, a decline that is even more pronounced when considering that the overall NIH funding for such investigators is 1.3 percent. Lele falls in a rare category of young investigators under the age of 35 to receive this award.

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Elabd awarded multiple NSF grants to investigate fuel cells This summer, Dr. Yossef Elabd, professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, was awarded two new National Science Foundation (NSF) grants for integrating polymers into electrochemical devices, most notably fuel cells. Elabd, associate department head, director of the undergraduate program and recently appointed holder of the Joe M. Nesbitt Professorship, is a single principal investigator (PI) on the two Featured Researcher grants, and he received a third NSF grant as a co-PI with Dr. Costas Kravaris as PI, also a professor in the chemical engineering department. Elabd’s research focuses on the main incentive for fuel cell research, which is Elabd to apply the technology to vehicles. While there are numerous benefits to using fuel cells in vehicles, as opposed to the now standard battery powered vehicles, one stands out. According to Elabd, “The main benefit of the fuel cell is that the energy density is just so much higher than a battery - six times higher.” In a nutshell, a fuel cell produces electric energy directly from an electrochemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Fuel cells use positive and negative electrodes, anodes and cathodes respectively, to move protons through an electrolyte

polymer, converting the chemical fuel directly into electrical energy. Currently, the electrodes in fuel cells are primarily composed of platinum.

variety of different chemistries in fuel cells, which also provides the ability to remove platinum completely from the equation.

Platinum is one of the most expensive commodities on earth. The price of platinum is one of the primary limiting factors for the adoption of fuel cell technology. The two NSF grants will allow Elabd and his research group to look for a way around the platinum bottleneck.

While fuel cell vehicles may not currently have the same popularity as battery-powered electric vehicles, advancements in research that reduce cost could change all this because fuel cells have six times higher energy density compared to batteries, and vehicles with fuel cells are not limited by weight constraints, the same constraints that dramatically limit the range of current electric battery vehicles.

The first grant, “Nanomanufacturing of ThreeDimensional Nanofiber-Nanoparticle Electrodes for Ultra-low Platinum Fuel Cells,” aims to dramatically reduce the use of platinum in fuel cells. This grant will help Elabd further develop a new electrode manufacturing process. This process consists of electrospinning polymer fibers and electrospraying a catalyst to create a new nanofiber-nanoparticle electrode. These new electrodes currently produce nearly the same power density as the current standard electrode while using only around 16 percent the amount of platinum. This new grant will target reducing this platinum amount even further. The second grant, “Polymerized Ionic Liquid Multiblock Polymers as Anion Exchange Membranes for Alkaline Fuel Cells,” will build on Elabd’s research toward developing a novel class of fuel cell electrolytes. On the whole, the chemical structure and makeup of a fuel cell is determined by the electrolyte. Currently there are relatively few proven electrolytes, which limits the flexibility and variety of every other component of the cell. However, using polymerized ionic liquids as the electrolyte opens the door to the use of a wide

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2017 Annual Report and Research Portfolio  
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