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Principal Investigator

Yakov Lapitsky

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2006

B.Ch.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2001

B.S. Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2001

Former Group Members

Yuwu Chen  (Special Topics Student)

M.S.Ch.E. University of Toledo, 2011

M.S. Environmental Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, 2008

B.S. Environmental Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology , 2006

 

Project: Competitive interactions of anionic surfactants with cationic polyelectrolyte gels

Andrew Worthen (Honors Thesis Student)

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2010

 

Project: Nanostructured materials from bioderived surfactant/polyelectrolyte mixtures

Current Position: Ph.D. Student at UT Austin

Kris Richardson (Special Topics Student)

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2012

 

Project: Surfactant interactions with self-assembled polyelectrolyte nanoparticles

Lisa Kingsolver

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2014

 

Project: Stimulus-responsive polyelectrolyte gels

Cody Addington (Honors Thesis Student)

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2010

 

Project: Controlled drug release from chitosan micro– and nanoparticles

Current Position: Ph.D. Student at NC State University

Kelly Irving (Special Topics Student)

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2011

 

Project: Effect of preparation mechanism on chitosan capsule stability

Chinonso “Best” Agubosim (Special Topics Student)

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2011

 

Project: Thermodynamics and kinetics of chitosan/tripolyphosphate binding

Current Position: Chemical Engineer at BP

Brian Johnson (Honors Thesis Student)

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2011

 

Project: Controlling size distributions of polyelectrolyte-based colloidal drug carriers

Current Position: M.S. Student at University of Toledo

Nazanin Bohlooli Ghashghaee

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Tehran, 2011

 

Project: Predicting drug uptake and release properties of polyelectrolyte-based colloids

Current Position: Ph.D. Student at Washington State U

Steven Westenkirchner (Non-Thesis M.S.)

M.S.Ch.E. University of Toledo, 2011

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2009

 

Project: Directed assembly of polyelectrolyte complex microstructures and microdevices

Current Position: Engineer at General Mills

Abdullah Al Balushi (Special Topics Student)

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2013

 

Project: Phase behavior of polyelectrolyte mixtures with multivalent salts 

Current Position: Undergraduate at University of Toledo

Current Position: Ph.D. Student at Ohio State U

Jason Corpus

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2012

 

Project: Drug uptake and release properties of polyelectrolyte-based colloids

Current Position: Area Process Manager at Glatfelter

Yuhang Cai

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2017

B.S. Polymer Materials Science and Engineering, Hangzhou Normal University, 2011

 

Project: Mechanistic analysis of drug uptake and release properties of polyelectrolyte-based colloids

Justin Wengatz

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2012

 

Project: Directed assembly of polyelectrolytes in 2-D

Current Position: Engineer at Rockwell Automation

Njideka Helen Okoye

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Tennessee Tech, 2011

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Nigeria, 2002

 

Project: Directed assembly of polyelectrolytes

Current Position: Ph.D. Student at Tennessee Tech

Udaka de Silva

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2017

M.S.Ch.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2014

B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, 2011

 

Project: Directed assembly of polyelectrolytes complex microstructures

Nalan Tuzmen (Visiting Professor)

Ph.D. Biochemistry, Dokuz Eylul University, 2001

M.S. Biochemistry, Dokuz Eylul University, 1995

B.S. Chemistry, Dokuz Eylul University, 1991

 

Project: Rapid nanofluidic quantification of biomolecular diffusion rates in hydrogels

Current Position: Associate Professor at Dokuz Eylul U

Madison Herman

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2013

 

Project: Colloidal stability of chitosan/tripolyphosphate microgels

Mary Herbers

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2014

 

Project: Preparation and properties of ionically crosslinked poly(acrylic acid) nanoparticles

Erick Danyi

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2014

 

Project: Protein encapsulation within ionically crosslinked underwater adhesives 

Bernard Weik

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2014

 

Project: Directed assembly of polyelectrolyte complexes

Joanne Beckwith

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2013

 

Project: Microstructural effects on drug release from polyelectrolyte-based colloids

Current Position: Ph.D. Student at U of Michigan

Current Position: Libbey Glass

Katherine Smarkel

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, Class of 2015

 

Project: Kinetics of chitosan/tripolyphosphate micro– and nanogel flocculation

Mike Sekerak

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2014

 

Project: Photodirected assembly of polyelectrolyte complexes

Current Position: Project Engineer at Owens-Illinois

Current Position: Student at the University of Toledo

Graduate Students

Current Position: Process Engineer at Marathon

Yan Huang

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2014

B.S. Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, 2009

 

Project: Mechanistic design of polyelectrolyte-based pharmaceutical colloids

Patrick Lawrence

M.S.Ch.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2014

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2012

 

Project: Formation, properties and applications of multifunctional polyelectrolyte gels 

Current Position: Lincoln Electric

Sabrina Alam

M.S.Ch.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2020

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), 2017

 

Project: Properties and applications of complex coacervates 

Current Position: Assistant Professor at Fuzhou Univ.

Current Position: Toledo Refining Company

Murtadha Aljubran

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2016

 

Project: A novel method for controlling polyelectrolyte-based colloid formation

Jennifer Brown

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2015

 

Project: Controlled release from polyelectrolyte networks

Current Position: Ph.D. Student at UCSB

John Takas

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, Class of 2019

 

Project: Surfactant/polyelectrolyte mixtures

Kyle Zamora

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2016

 

Project: Properties and applications of polyelectrolyte-based materials

Jose Calvillo

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2016

B.S. Envtl. Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona, 2011

 

Project: Stability of polyelectrolyte-based colloids

Current Position: M.S. Student at University of Toledo

Current Position: Student at the University of Toledo

Cory Zalesak

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2016

 

Project: Surfactant/polyelectrolyte interactions

Nader Sawtarie

M.S.Ch.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2016

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University, 2014

 

Project: Salt-assisted size control of polyelectrolyte-based colloids  

Current Position: R&D Engineer at Pilkington

Zachary Holtzapple

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2017

 

Project: Protein effects on colloidal stability of polyelectrolyte-based microgels

Makenna Salsbury

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2017

 

Project: Properties and applications of complex coacervates

Aaron McGinnis

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, Class of 2018

 

Project: Uptake and release properties of polyelectrolyte complex capsules

Current Position: Process Development Engineer at Intel

Current Position: Engineer at BP

Current Position: Formulation Scientist at Latitude Pharmaceuticals

Kunal Choudhuri

M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2016

B.Tech. Biotechnology, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, 2014

 

Project: Polyelectrolyte-based smart materials  

Brandon Saner

M.S.Ch.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2018

B.S. Astrophysics & Applied Mathematics, University of Toledo, 2014

 

Project: Antibacterial surfactant/microgel mixtures 

Shailaa Kummar

B.S. Bioengineering, University of Toledo, Class of 2018

 

Project: Tuning sustained release rates from complex coacervates

Current Position: M.S. Student at UT

Meddie Demmings

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, Class of 2019

 

Project: Properties and applications of complex coacervates

Kylee Kramer

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, Class of 2019

 

Project: Tuning sustained release rates from complex coacervates

Carly Daniels

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2019

 

Project: Stimulus-responsive capsules with tunable mechanical properties

Undergraduate Students

Current Position: M.D. Student at University of Toledo

Current Position: Process Engineer at Pilkington

Current Position: Associate Engineer at Emerson

Jushua Bastian

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2018

 

Project: Synthesis and characterization of polyelectrolyte-based complexes

Ryan Bogrow

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2018

 

Project: Tuning sustained release rates from complex coacervates

Carolina Mather

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2020

 

Project: Multifunctional underwater sealants with long-term sustained release functionality

Current Position: Libbey Glass

Current Position: Manufacturing Engineer at Owens Corning

Current Position: Process Engineer at Nexus Engineering Group

Oluwadamilola Egbeyemi

B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Obafemi Awololo University, 2016

 

Project: Analysis and applications of complex coacervates 

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2019

 

Project: Directed assembly of polyelectrolyte complexes

Jeremiah Berger

John Levendis

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, Class of 2022

 

Project: Complex coacervates for the sustained release of active small molecules

Current Position: Patent Engineer at Osha Bergman Watanabe & Burton

Current Position: Process Safety Engineer at Lubrizol

Current Position: Process Engineer at Materion

Wesam Hatem

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, Class of 2022

 

Project: Stimulus-responsive release from complex coacervates

Current Position: Industrial Operations Associate at Sanofi

Rachael Bickford

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2020

 

Project: Controlled release from complex coacervates

Gabrielle Blevins

B.S. Bioengineering, University of Toledo, 2021

 

Project: Directed assembly of biopolymeric polyelectrolyte gels

Current Position: M.S. Student at U of Michigan

Lamide Ogundeji

M.S.Ch.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2021

B.E. Chemical Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University, 2015

 

Project: Rheological and adhesion properties of complex coacervates 

Current Position: Manufacturing Engineer at INEOS Pigments 

Jose Benalcazar

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, 2018

 

Project: Complex coacervates as smart adhesives