Northeastern University Department of Chemical Engineering March Newsletter
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Letter from the Chair

Awards, Awards, and More Awards 

In this Newsletter, I am proud to announce several recent awards received by our students. Just this past week, our Fall 2016 Design Team won first place in the National AIChE Design Competition in San Antonio! As you can see below, their project combined theory with experiments to grow basil (and other herbs) from a vertically design carbon dioxide capturing system using fish. How creative and tasty! In addition, we are proud to announce that five of our recent graduates either won or were honorable mention for the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowships. Not to be outdone, our graduate students hosted our 2nd Annual Biomaterials Day at Northeastern this past month receiving an award from the Society For Biomaterials to do so. How proud they are making us!  We also highlight in this newsletter awards recently won by our newest affiliated faculty member, Dr. Mrityunjay Singh, who received prestigious awards from the European and Japanese Ceramics Societies. Congratulations to all!


Thomas Webster
Professor and Department Chair, Chemical Engineering
Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering

Congratulations to the recent graduates who are recipients of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awards!

Claudia Okonkwo (ChE'15)
Currently at Georgia Tech

Emily Wisniewski (ChE'15)
Currently at at Johns Hopkins

Jake Rabinowitz (ChE'16)
Honorable Mention
Currently at Columbia University

John Jamieson (ChE'15)
Honorable Mention
Currently at at Johns Hopkins

Tom Nigl (ChE'16)
Honorable Mention
Currently at Penn State

Upcoming Events and 
Dr. Richard Giberti
April 7, 2017
Mugar 201
"Technology in the Business World"

Capstone Design Presentations
April 19, 2017
206 Egan, 306 Egan, 440 Curry

Awards Banquet Luncheon
April 20, 2017

Raytheon Amphitheater

GroUp Wins 2017 AIChE National Meeting Best Design Competition

The final course for every Chemical Engineering program is its Capstone Design course. This course requires students to utilize all the skills they have acquired during their university career. 

Brittany Foley, Andrew Horowitz, Joseph Laviano, and Katy Wardzala came up with a unique Capstone project: consuming the CO2 from fermentation processes at breweries via growth beds in a vertical aquaponics system. The design not only eliminates a portion of or all CO2 emissions for the brewer, but provides the customer, who already has food vending relationships in place, an annual profit from the crops and fish cultivated onsite. The team decided on the name “GroUp”, based on a pun and a witty acronym. 

The team was invited to compete in San Antonio, TX in March at the AIChE Best Senior Design Competition. By this point, Brittany, Andrew, and Joseph had graduated while Katy was finishing up her senior year at Northeastern. After a stellar oral presentation, GroUp impressed the professional audience and was awarded First Place!

“My favorite part of this project was probably building the prototype. We were a bit nervous on presenting a sustainability project in Texas where most of the chemical engineers work in petroleum. So it was pretty exciting to win, and kind of unbelievable! I hope to be able to promote sustainability throughout my career as it is something I feel very strongly about,” Katy remarks.

Affiliate Faculty Dr. Mrityunjay Singh Receives Awards from European and Japanese Ceramics Societies

Dr. Mrityunjay Singh has been selected to receive the Honorary Fellow Award from the European Ceramic Society. The award ceremony for the inaugural class of Honorary Fellows will be held during the 15th Conference and Exhibition of the European Ceramic Society (ECerS) in Budapest, Hungary during July 9-13, 2017. Dr. Singh has also received Sir Richard Brooks International award from ECerS in 2007 in Berlin. Additionally, Dr. Singh will deliver the plenary lecture at this event.

In November 2016, Dr. Singh received the “JFCA 30th Anniversary Special Award for Distinguished Contributions” at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Japan Fine Ceramics Association (JFCA) in Tokyo. Dr. Singh was recognized for his pioneering and seminal contributions and global leadership in the field of science, engineering, and applications of advanced ceramic and composite materials and technologies.

Prof. and Chair Thomas Webster Delivers Plenary Lecture during IWBCMT-2017 in India

Chemical Engineering Professor & Chair Thomas J. Webster delivered a plenary lecture at the International Workshop on Biomaterials, Cellular and Molecular Theranostics (IWBCMT-2017) held at VIT University, Vellore, TamilNadu, India from 18th-20th of January 2017. VIT University is ranked as the Number One private University in India. He discussed the future of biomaterials on a global stage.

Research and Community Engagement at Second Annual Boston Biomaterials Day

The Second Annual Boston Biomaterials Day brought together engineers from a variety of backgrounds to present research, network, and form collaborations. The event was hosted by the Dept. of Chemical Engineering and the Dept. of Bioengineering. It was funded by the Society For Biomaterials. There were over 100 attendees with 12 oral presentations, 35 posters and a workshop titled “The Science of Beer,” run by alumnus Nafi Fraiman (E'11) who is currently an Assistant Brewer at Cape Ann Brewing Co. 

The day was again a tremendous success and served as confirmation that the tradition should be carried on for years to come. Visiting Scholars from all over the world were able to present their work while visiting the United States. The poster session was busy with conversation, and several collaborations were born of the presentations. There was a variety of eclectic oral presentations, including one about using biomaterials as an art platform! Finally, the plenary talk by Professor David J. Mooney from Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute described cutting-edge research on improving immunity against cancer with a small implantable biomaterial device.
Recent Publications
A quantitative method for screening and identifying molecular targets for nano medicine
By: Peng Guo, Jiang Yang, Diane R. Bielenberg, Deborah Dillon, David Zurakowskie, Marsha A. Moses, Debra T. Auguste
Accepted manuscript available online   Published: MAR 2017

Nanofibrous Silver-Coated Polymeric Scaffolds with Tunable Electrical Properties
Adnan Memic, Musab Aldhahri, Ali Tamayol, Pooria Mostafalu, Mohamed Shaaban Abdel-wahab, Mohamadmahdi Samandari, Kamyar Mollazadeh Moghaddam, Nasim Annabi, Sidi A. Bencherif, Ali Khademhosseini
Volume: 7   Issue: 3  Available Online   Published: MAR 2017

Superparamagnetic iron oxide-encapsulating polymersome nanocarriers for biofilm eradication
By: Geilich, Benjamin M.; Gelfat, Ilia; Sridhar, Srinivas; Webster, Thomas J 
Volume: 119   Pages: 78-85   Published: DEC 2016
Nanostructured poly (lactic acid) electrospun fiber with high loadings of TiO2 nanoparticles: Insights into bactericidal activity and cell viability
By: Toniatto, T. V.; Rodrigues, B. V. M.; Marsi, T. C. O.; Webster, Thomas J
Volume: 71   Pages: 381-385   Published: FEB 2017
Self-assembled peptide nanomaterials for biomedical applications: promises and pitfalls
By: Sun, Linlin; Zheng, Chunli; Webster, Thomas J.
Volume: 12   Pages: 73-86   Published: DEC 2016

Gadolinium-Loaded Polychelating Polymer-Containing Tumor-Targeted Liposomes
By: Erdogan, S.; Torchilin, V.P.
Volume: 1522  Pages: 179-192  Published: JAN 2017
Multifunctional Liposomes
By: Aryasomayajula, B.; Salzano, G.; Torchilin, V.P.
Volume: 1530  Pages: 41-61  Published: FEB 2017
The reversal of multidrug resistance in ovarian carcinoma cells by co-application of tariquidar and paclitaxel in transferrin-targeted polymeric micelles
By: Zou, W.; Sarisozen, C.; Torchilin, V.P.
Volume: 25  Pages: 225-234   Published: MAR 2017
The Cytotoxic Action of Cytochrome C/Cardiolipin Nanocomplex (Cyt-CL) on Cancer Cells in Culture
By: Vladimirov, Y.A.; Sarisozen, C.; Vladimirov, G.K.; Filipczak, N.; Polimova, A.M.; Torchilin, V.P.
Published online ahead of print   Published: MAR 2017
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