Accomplished and innovative research labs investigate a wide spectrum of cutting-edge topics in chemical engineering and material sciences that lead to next-generation technologies.
Fiber Optics and Nanophotonics Laboratory
Research in the Fiber Optics and Nanophotonics Laboratory covers several frontier areas ranging from nanotechnology-enabled conventional optical fiber and photonic crystal fiber for multi-parameter sensing to plasmonic noble metal nanoparticles for field-enhanced applications.
Research in this laboratory principally involves mathematical modeling of crystallization from solution and modeling of heterogeneous catalytic reactors.
Microreactor Technology for Chemical Synthesis and Biofuel Generation
The research interests are primarily in two areas, namely microreactor technology for chemical synthesis and distributed production of advanced biofuels from biomass waste. The microreactor technology development focuses on the demonstration of the enhanced heat and mass transfer performance provided by microreactor in comparison to conventional-size reactors. Mass transfer enhancement of two to three orders of magnitude have been obtained for multiphase reactions carried out in single channel microreactors at low processing flow rates. The lab demonstrates a transformative technology which combines innovative reactor concepts with fundamental catalytic studies and catalyst development for the distributed production of biofuel from various forms of biomass waste.
Microfluidics and Self-Assembly Laboratory
The Microfluidics and Self-Assembly Laboratory research interests include self-assembly, nanomaterials, biomaterials, and microfluidics. The lab uses an array of state-of-the-art tools such as soft-lithography, inkjet printing, and layer-by-layer self-assembly to create new materials and devices.
Research in the Catalytic Nanoparticles Lab focuses on reaction mechanism studies on surfaces of solid catalysts for petroleum refining and chemical industries. The scale gap between observable reaction rates and catalytic surface reactions on the nanoscale is bridged through iterative cycles of experimental catalyst characterization and testing in combination with DFT calculations.