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August 31, 2021: Sabrina Alam’s paper “Poly(allylamine)/tripolyphosphate coacervates for encapsulation and long-term release of cetylpyridinium chloride” is accepted for publication in Colloids Surf. A

 

August 30, 2021: The group welcomes John Levendis as a new Honors Research student.

 

May 7, 2021: A hearty congratulations to Gabrielle Blevins for graduating with an honors degree in chemical engineering! 

 

May 4, 2021: Congratulations to Lamide Ogundeji on successfully defending his MS thesis!

 

April 5, 2021: Jose Benalcazar joins the lab as a new MS thesis student. Welcome aboard!

 

December 6, 2020: A hearty congratulations to Rachael Bickford for graduating with an honors degree in chemical engineering!

 

November 20, 2020: We are grateful to receive a People, Prosperity, Planet (P3) Student Design Competition grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

November 19, 2020: Sabrina Alam and Kunal Choudhuri present their research at the 2020 AIChE Annual Meeting.

 

October 22, 2020: Sabrina Alam’s paper “Highly sustained release of bactericides from complex coacervates” is accepted for publication in ACS Appl. Bio Mater.

 

August 9, 2020: Oluwadamilola Egbeyemi begins his internship with First Solar.

 

July 9, 2020: A hearty congratulations to Sabrina Alam on her successful MS thesis defense!

 

April 22, 2020: Yuhang Cai’s paper “Biomolecular uptake effects on chitosan/tripolyphosphate micro- and nanoparticle stability” is accepted for publication in Colloids Surf. B.

 

December 14, 2019: Congratulations to Jeremiah Berger and Carly Daniels on graduating with UToledo chemical engineering degrees!

 

December 6, 2019: Sabrina Alam presents her research at the Detroit Science Symposium on Chemistry and Materials Engineering for Industry. 

 

November 1, 2019: The group welcomes Oluwadamilola (Dami) Egbeyemi as a new graduate student.

 

October 21, 2019: Sabrina Alam begins her six-month internship with BASF.

 

June 17, 2019: Yuhang Cai’s paper “Pitfalls in analyzing release from chitosan/tripolyphosphate micro- and nanoparticles” is accepted for publication in Eur. J. Pharm. Biopharm.

 

May 23, 2019: Sabrina Alam wins 3rd Prize for Best Poster at the 4th Joint UT-WSU Chemical Engineering Graduate Research Symposium. Well done!

 

May 10, 2019: Carly Daniels joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome aboard!

 

February 16, 2019: Work by former undergraduate researchers Andrew Worthen and Kelly Irving is accepted for publication in Gels.

 

December 15, 2018: Josh Bastian and Ryan Bogrow graduate with degrees in chemical engineering. Congrats to them both!

 

November 28, 2018: Kunal Choudhuri’s paper “Photolithographically assembled polyelectrolyte complexes as shape-directing templates for thermoreversible gels” is featured on the cover of J. Mater. Chem. B.

 

November 12, 2018: Lamide Ogundeji joins the lab as a new graduate student. Welcome to the team!

 

November 1, 2018: Kunal Chuoduri and Prof. Lapitsky present their research at the 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting.

 

October 24, 2018: Kunal Choudhuri’s paper “Photolithographically assembled polyelectrolyte complexes as shape-directing templates for thermoreversible gels” is accepted for publication in J. Mater. Chem. B.

 

August 27, 2018: Gabrielle Blevins joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome!

 

May 14, 2018: Udaka de Silva and Jennifer Brown’s paper “Poly(allylamine)/tripolyphosphate coacervates enable high loading and multiple-month release of weakly amphiphilic anionic drugs: An in vitro study with ibuprofen” is accepted for publication in RSC Advances.

 

May 14, 2018: The lab welcomes Ryan Bogrow and Carolina Dos Santos Barbosa as new undergraduate researchers. Welcome aboard!

 

April 30, 2018: Congratulations to Brandon Saner on his successful MS thesis defense!

 

February 8, 2018: Yuhang Cai’s  collaborative work with Prof. Nicole Zacharia’s lab (Dept. of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron), entitled “Effect of small molecules on the phase behavior and coacervation of aqueous solutions of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) and poly(sodium 4-styrene sulfonate)” is accepted for publication in J. Colloid Interface Sci.

 

January 16, 2017: Meddie Demmings and Kylee Kramer join the lab as undergraduate researchers. Welcome to our team!

 

December 17, 2017: Makenna Salsbury graduates. Congrats and best of luck!

 

December 15, 2017: Udaka de Silva’s paper “Customizing polyelectrolyte complex shape through photolithographic directed assembly” is accepted for publication in Soft Matter.

 

November 14, 2017: Prof. Lapitsky and lab alum Prof. Yan Huang receive a U.S. Patent on materials for underwater adhesion and long-term sustained release.

 

October 26, 2017: Sabrina Alam joins the lab as a new Ph.D. student. Welcome aboard!

 

October 17, 2017: Profs. Lapitsky and Seo receive another U.S. Patent on antibacterial surfactant/microgel formulations.

 

June 20, 2017: Congratulations to Dr. Udaka de Silva on defending his PhD thesis!

 

June 8, 2017: Congratulations to Dr. Yuhang Cai on his successful PhD thesis defense!

 

June 3, 2017: Claudia Echeverri Cuartas joins the lab as a visiting graduate student from the University of Antioquia. Welcome!

 

May 20, 2017: Nader Sawtarie and Yuhang Cai’s paper “Preparation of chitosan/tripolyphosphate nanoparticles with highly tunable size and narrow polydispersity” is accepted for publication in Colloids Surf. B.

 

May 12, 2017: Yuhang Cai and Udaka de Silva present their research at the 2st Annual UT-WSU Joint Chemical Engineering Graduate Research Symposium.

 

May 8, 2017: The group welcomes Shailaa Kummar as a new undergraduate researcher.

 

February 7, 2017: Profs. Lapitsky and Seo, and lab alum Kristopher Richardson receive a U.S. Patent on antibacterial surfactant/microgel formulations.

 

January 19, 2017: Yuhang Cai’s paper “Analysis of chitosan/tripolyphosphate micro- and nanogel yields is key to understanding their protein uptake performance” is accepted for publication in J. Colloid Interface Sci.

 

January 12, 2017: Kunal Choudhuri joins the lab as a new Ph.D. student. Welcome!

 

January 9, 2017: Aaron McGinnis joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome aboard!

 

December 17, 2016: Jose Calvillo, Kyle Zamora and Cory Zalesak graduate. A hearty congratulations to all!

 

November 18, 2016: Yuhang Cai, Udaka de Silva and Prof. Lapitsky present their research at the 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting.

 

October 3, 2016: Udaka de Silva’s Paper “Preparation and Timed Release Properties of Self-Rupturing Gels” is accepted for publication in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces.

 

September 22, 2016: Yan Huang’s paper “On the kinetics of chitosan/tripolyphosphate micro- and nanogel aggregation and their effects on particle polydispersity” is accepted for publication in J. Colloid Interface Sci.

 

August 5, 2016: Nader Sawtarie graduates with his M.S. degree. Congrats!

 

May 20, 2016: Udaka de Silva wins the Best Presentation Award at the 1st Joint UT-WSU Chemical Engineering Graduate Research Symposium. Well done!

 

May 16, 2016: Jose Calvillo and Kyle Zamora join the lab as undergraduate research assistants. Welcome!

 

April 30, 2016: Hearty congratulations to lab alum Yan Huang on accepting a faculty position at Fuzhou University!

 

February 11, 2016: John Takas joins the lab as a work study student. Welcome aboard!

 

January 26, 2016: Patrick Lawrence’s paper Ionically crosslinked polymer networks for the multiple-month release of small molecules is accepted for publication in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces.

 

December 19, 2015: Jennifer Brown graduates. Congrats and best of luck!

 

June 11, 2015: Yan Huang and Yuhang Cai’s paper “Factors affecting the stability of chitosan/tripolyphosphate micro- and nanogels: Resolving the opposing findings” is accepted for publication in J. Mater. Chem. B.

 

May 22, 2015: Udaka de Silva wins the Best Presentation Award at the University of Toledo’s 4th Annual Chemical and Environmental Engineering Graduate Research Symposium. Great work!

 

May 18, 2015: Jennifer Brown and Murtadha Aljubran join the lab as undergraduate researchers. Welcome to the team!

 

March 20, 2015: Prof. Lapitsky receives the UT College of Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Mentor Award.

 

January 13, 2015: Njideka Okoye, Udaka de Silva and Justin Wengatz’s paper “Photodirected assembly of polyelectrolyte complexes” is accepted for publication in Polymer.

 

January 8, 2015: Patrick Lawrence’s paper “Ionically crosslinked poly(allylamine) as a stimulus-responsive underwater adhesive: Ionic strength and pH effects” is accepted for publication in Langmuir.

 

December 20, 2014: Lab alum Lisa Kingsolver receives the University of Toledo’s Engineering Pride Award.

 

December 20, 2014: Mary Herbers and Erick Danyi graduate with honors. Congrats guys!

 

December 16, 2014: Patrick Lawrence receives the Outstanding M.S. Thesis Award. Congratulations!

 

December 12, 2014: Prof. Lapitsky delivers an invited lecture at the 5th Interdisciplinary Symposium on Materials Chemistry, hosted by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (Mumbai, India).

 

November 19, 2014: Udaka de Silva and Yuhang Cai present their research at the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting.

 

November 13, 2014: Patrick Lawrence successfully defends his M.S. thesis. Well done!

 

October 9, 2014: Yan Huang successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations, Dr. Huang!

 

October 1, 2014: Nader Sawtarie joins the lab as a new graduate student. Welcome aboard!

 

July 3, 2014: Udaka de Silva and Bernie Weik’s paper “Simple preparation of polyelectrolyte complex beads for the long-term release of small molecules” is accepted for publication in Langmuir.

 

June 25, 2014: Yan Huang, Udaka de Silva, Patrick Lawrence and Prof. Lapitsky present their research at the 88th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium.

 

May 16, 2014: Yan Huang, Udaka de Silva and Patrick Lawrence present their research at the 3rd Annual Chemical and Environmental Engineering Graduate Research Symposium.

 

May 12, 2014: Mary Herbers and Erick Danyi join the lab as new Honors Thesis students and Brandon Saner joins us as a new graduate student. Welcome to the team!

 

May 3, 2014: Bernie Weik graduates. Congratulations!

 

May 1, 2014: Udaka de Silva is awarded his M.S.Ch.E. degree. Congrats!

 

March 6, 2014: Prof. Lapitsky and Yan Huang file a Provisional Patent Application on ionically crosslinked gels that adhere to various substrates (including glass, Teflon and human skin) under water.

 

January 30, 2014: Yan Huang and Patrick Lawrence’s paper “Self-assembly of stiff, adhesive and self-healing gels from common polyelectrolytes” is accepted for publication in Langmuir.

 

January 6, 2014: Mike Sekerak joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome aboard!

 

December 14, 2013: Joanne Beckwith graduates with honors. Congrats!

 

November 15, 2013: Yuhang Cai’s paper “Formation and dissolution of chitosan/pyrophosphate nanoparticles: Is the ionic crosslinking of chitosan  reversible?” is accepted for publication in Colloids Surf. B.

 

November 6, 2013: Yan Huang and Prof. Lapitsky present their research at the 2013 AIChE Annual Meeting.

 

September 10, 2013: Yuhang Cai, Udaka de Silva, Yan Huang and Prof. Lapitsky present their research at the 246th ACS National Meeting.

 

July 15, 2013: Yan Huang’s paper “Determining the colloidal behavior of ionically crosslinked polyelectrolytes with isothermal titration calorimetry” is accepted for publication in J. Phys. Chem. B.

 

June 12, 2013: Profs. Lapitsky and Seo receive a grant from the Ohio’s Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-Up Program to develop antibacterial surfactant/microgel mixtures.

 

June 7, 2013: Prof. Lapitsky, Prof. Seo (U of Toledo) and Kris Richardson file a PCT Patent Application on antibacterial surfactant/microgel mixtures.  

 

May 17, 2013: Yan Huang wins the Best Presentation Award and Udaka de Silva wins the Best Poster Award at the University of Toledo’s 2nd Annual Chemical and Environmental Engineering Graduate Research Symposium. Great work!

 

May 6, 2013: Undergraduate students Lisa Kingsolver, Katherine Smarkel and Bernie Weik join the lab. Welcome aboard!

 

January 15, 2013: Patrick Lawrence joins the lab as a new graduate student. Welcome to the team!

 

December 18, 2012: Kris Richardson’s paper Physicochemical and antibacterial properties of surfactant mixtures with quaternized chitosan microgelsis accepted for publication in Carbohydrate Polymers.

 

December 15, 2012: Jason Corpus and Justin Wengatz graduate. Congratulations!

 

December 11, 2012: Yuhang Cai and Udaka De Silva join the lab as new Ph.D. students. Welcome!

 

October 10, 2012: Yan Huang’s paper “Salt-assisted mechanistic analysis of chitosan/tripolyphosphate micro- and nanogel formation” is accepted for publication in Biomacromolecules.

 

August 7 - 10, 2012: Yan Huang, Jason Corpus and Prof. Lapitsky visit the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to perform small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments.

 

June 11, 2012: Yan Huang and Prof. Lapitsky present their research at the 86th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium.

 

June 9, 2012: Prof. Lapitsky, Prof. Seo (U of Toledo) and Kris Richardson file a Provisional Patent Application on antibacterial surfactant/microgel mixtures.  

 

June 1, 2012: Dr. Nalan Tuzmen joins the lab as a visiting professor from Dokuz Eylül University (Izmir, Turkey). Welcome aboard!

 

May 14, 2012: Abdullah Al Balushi, Jason Corpus and Justin Wengatz join the lab as undergraduate researchers. Welcome!

 

May 14, 2012: Yan Huang presents his research at the University of Toledo’s Chemical and Environmental Engineering Graduate Research Symposium.

 

May 5, 2012: Kris Richardson graduates. Congrats, Kris!

 

April 5, 2012: Madison Herman is awarded a Tau Beta Pi Scholarship. Congrats!

 

February 29, 2012: Prof. Lapitsky receives a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

 

January 9, 2012: Joanne Beckwith and Madison Herman join the lab as Special Topics students. Welcome!

 

December 18, 2011: Chinonso “Best” Agubosim, Kelly Irving and Brian Johnson graduate. Congratulations guys!

 

November 8, 2011: Prof. Lapitsky delivers an invited talk on biopolymer microgels at the 6th Sino-US Joint Conference of Chemical Engineering.

 

November 1, 2011: Nazanin Bohlooli Ghashghaee joins the lab as a Ph.D. student. Welcome!

 

October 20, 2011: Yan Huang and Prof. Lapitsky present their research at the 2011 AIChE Annual Meeting.

 

August 19, 2011: Prof. Lapitsky receives a National Science Foundation grant to investigate micro- and nanoparticles for drug delivery.

 

July 12, 2011: Yan Huang’s paper “Monovalent salt enhances colloidal stability during the formation of chitosan/tripolyphosphate microgels” is accepted for publication in Langmuir.

 

July 5, 2011: Andrew Worthen’s paper “Stabilization of bioderived surfactant/polyelectrolyte complexes through surfactant conjugation to the biopolymer” is accepted for publication in Colloid Polym. Sci.

 

June 21, 2011: Prof. Lapitsky presents a talk on chitosan microgels at the 85th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium.

 

June 13, 2011: Njideka Okoye joins the lab as a Ph.D. student. Welcome!

 

May 16, 2011: Chinonso “Best” Agubosim and Kelly Irving join the lab as Special Topics students. Welcome aboard!

 

May 2, 2011: Prof. Lapitsky delivers an invited talk on surfactant/ polyelectrolyte complexes at the 102nd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.

 

March 28, 2011: Yan Huang receives honorable mention at the 2nd Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium competition. His talk on chitosan microgels was ranked in the top 7 oral presentations (out of the 93 total). Congratulations!

 

March 21, 2011: Prof. Lapitsky receives a Surfactants & Detergents Division Junior Faculty Travel Grant from the American Oil Chemists’ Society.

 

March 14, 2011: Prof. Lapitsky receives a Summer Research Award and Fellowship Grant from the University Research Award and Fellowship (URAF) Program.  

 

January 10, 2011:  Kris Richardson and Brian Johnson join the lab as Honors Research students. Welcome!

 

December 17, 2010: Cody Addington and Andrew Worthen graduate with honors. Congratulations guys!

 

November 4, 2010: An Olis DM 45 stopped-flow spectrofluorometer is installed in our lab.

 

Oct 13, 2010: Yuwu Chen’s paper “Interactions of anionic surfactants with cationic polyelectrolyte gels: Competitive binding and application in separation processes” is accepted for publication in Colloids Surf. A.

 

June 21, 2010: Yan Huang presents a well-attended poster at the 84th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium.