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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Students Well-Represented at Research Expo


There were 38 exhibits by Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering students at Ohio University's Spring Student Expo, which showcases student research and creative activity.  The Expo was held on May 3, 2012 in Ohio University's Convocation Center.

Exhibits are divided into sessions of about 10 competitors each and are judged by faculty and senior researchers.  There were a total of four sessions for Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, three for graduate student first authors and one for undergraduate student first authors. 

In addition to the WERC environmental design team, competing students are pursuing research projects in the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research, the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology, and the Sustainable Energy and Materials Laboratory, as well as in biomedical engineering.  Lists of all exhibitors and winners are  available at http://www.ohio.edu/graduate/studentexpo.cfm

The winners of the ChBE session are listed below.

Graduate Session 1

  • 1st place. Vedasri Vedharathinam (PhD CHE) and Brian Bell (BS CHE), "Recovery of Ni and Ni-Co alloy from Ni-MH battery waste and its application in urea electrolysis", advised by Dr. Gerardine Botte.
  • 2nd place. Thu Tran (PhD CHE), "Mechanistic study of cathodic reactions in sweet corrosion", advised by Dr. Srdjan Nesic.

Graduate Session 2

  • 1st place. Saba Navabzadeh (MS CHE), "Effect of calcium ion on the formation and protectiveness of iron carbonate layer in CO2 corrosion", advised by Dr. Srdjan Nesic.
  • 2nd place. Ali Estejab (PhD CHE), "A semiempirical model for water and ammonia electrolysis", advised by Dr. Gerardine Botte.

Graduate Session 3

  • 1st place. Wei Yan (PhD CHE), "Electrochemical decomposition of urea with Ni-based catalysts", advised by Dr. Gerardine Botte.
  • 2nd place. Shanique Grant (PhD CHE), "Mercury deposition:Great Lakes", advised by Dr. Kevin Crist.

Undergraduate Session

  • 1st place. Lingchong Mai (BS CHE), "Studies on the bulk reactions during ammonia oxidation", advised by Dr. Gerardine Botte.
  • 2nd place. Luis Delgadillo (BS CHE), "Dynamic cellular adhesivity of breast cancer cells under simulated blood flow conditions", advised by Dr. Monica Burdick.

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