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1. NEWS, AWARDS, HONORS (Expanded): 2015


Li-Chiang LinLi-Chiang LinLi-Chiang Lin

Li-Chiang Lin, currently a research scientist at MIT, will join the CBE faculty in Fall 2016. He obtained his PhD at the University of California-Berkeley and wrote his thesis, “Computational Study of Porous Materials for Gas Separations,” under Professor Berend Smit.

Dr. Lin’s research focuses on large-scale computational screenings using molecular simulations to discover novel, energy-efficient and cost-effective materials for energy-related applications. His methodology integrates multi-scale computational techniques to achieve more accurate simulation predictions and more efficient screenings. 

Publications:  Of his 30 peer-reviewed publications, his articles in Nature Materials and Nature Chemistry have been cited 105 and 170 times, respectively. His research has been featured on the covers of Angewandte Chemicals International, Phys Chem Chem, Journal of Physical Chemistry, and Chem Phys Chem. Additional publications include Angewandte Chemicals (twice total), Nature Communications (twice), Nature Materials, Nature Chemistry, Nano Letters, and Langmuir. 

Top Awards: Lin received the 2013 DOW Excellence in Teaching Award, a Chevron Fellowship (2013), the 2012 AIChE Separation Division Graduate Student Research Award, and six Presidential Awards (top 5% of students) at National Taiwan University.

Katelyn Swindle-ReillyKatelyn Swindle-ReillyKatelyn Swindle-Reilly

Katelyn Swindle-Reilly will begin her appointment as an assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering with a 25% posting in Chemical Engineering in September, 2016. 

Professor Swindle-Reilly holds a BS in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (2004). She obtained her MS in chemical engineering (2006) and PhD in Energy, Environment and Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis (2006). 

Dr. Swindle-Reilly’s research interests in biomaterials and biomedical product design fit well with OSU’s expertise in tissue engineering and regeneration medicine. For the past 4 years she has been a senior scientist at Rochal Industries where she oversaw the development of several wound care and soft tissue regeneration products. Her research interests are centered on the biomimetic design of optimized biomaterials for tissue repair and in addition to publishing in the biomaterials literature, Dr. Swindle-Reilly also holds 2 approved patents and 4 patent applications. She has written or served as sub-awardee PI on eight successfully funded grants totaling over $5 million through NIH, NSF, and DOD.

Ilham El-MonierIlham El-MonierIlham El-Monier

Dr. El-Monier (PhD in petroleum engineering, Texas A&M University-College Station) will be a clinical assistant professor in the Petroleum Engineering track beginning this fall.

Dr. El-Monier, currently a lecturer and post-doc at The University of Oklahoma in their petroleum and geological engineering program, 
 will teach in CBE’s new petroleum engineering track.Her industry training includes working as a reservoir engineer in the Cairo office of BP and other stations in Egypt. Her research interests include fluid mechanics and petrophysics and fracturing and image analysis of hydraulic fractures in various substrates.



Aravind AsthagiriAravind Asthagiri






Lumley Research Award (Ohio State University College of Engineering).



Bhavik R. BakshiBhavik R. Bakshi






"Best Papers of 2015," Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T) magazine, a publication of the American Chemical Society - first runner-up.




​Stuart L. Cooper​Stuart L. Cooper

NAE member Stuart Cooper co-published a new book,"Advances in Polyurethane Biomaterials," and was voted President-Elect of Sigma Xi, the largest scientific honor society in the world. 




Liang-Shih FanLiang-Shih Fan

NAE member L.-S. Fan was named the 67th AIChE Institute Lecturer and presented at the fall AIChE meeting in Salt Lake City. He also received a Lumley Research Award (Ohio State College of Engineering). Fan, who is the inventor of chemical looping, the leading clean-coal technology in the US, obtained a $1.5M Department of Energy grant in 2015 to further develop his patented chemical looping gasification (CLG) technology, an advanced air separation process that can produce electricity and/or chemicals.





Lisa M. HallLisa M. Hall






NSF CAREER Award, as well as Department of Energy funding supporting her research for safer, more efficient lithium batteries.




W.S. Winston HoW.S. Winston Ho

Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award - 2015 Professor G.S. Laddha Medal, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers. Also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the 70th Anniversary of the Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.




 Kurt Koelling Kurt Koelling






Academy of Chemical Engineers induction (Missouri University of Science and Technology). Previous NSF CAREER Award winner.




Isamu KusakaIsamu Kusaka

New book published, "Statistical Mechanics for Engineers," which simplifies equilibrium statistical mechanics.





Umit. S. OzkanUmit. S. Ozkan






Umit Ozkan's lab was selected for The Ohio State University Environmental Health & Safety 2016 Laboratory Safety Dean's List.  





Andre F. PalmerAndre F. Palmer







Inducted as an AIMBE Fellow, representing the top 2% of medical and biological engineers nationwide.





James RathmanJames Rathman






President and Provost's Award for Distinguished Faculty Service (Ohio State). Only two awards are given annually.





Jessica O. WinterJessica O. Winter

Cancer Today cover story, Winter Issue 2015-16 and included in Business First's 2015 "Forty Under 40" List, which singles out Columbus's most promising achievers.








David WoodDavid Wood






DARPA funding renewed for his ground-breaking protein purification method to develop a “pharmacy in a laptop” which will manufacture medicines on demand. Received the Lumley Research Award from Ohio State's College of Engineering. Previous NSF CAREER Award winner.




 Barbara WyslouzilBarbara Wyslouzil







Argonne Today featured Wyslouzil Aerosol Research Group's research.





Nicholas Brunelli and Lagnajit "Lucky" PattanaikNicholas Brunelli and Lagnajit "Lucky" Pattanaik"Lucky" student Lagnajit Pattanaik wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Undergraduate CBE student Lagnajit Pattanaik's nickname might be "Lucky," but luck had very little to do with him winning the most prestigious undergraduate research scholarship in the country - the Goldwater.

Lagnajit, who has been called "Lucky" since childhood, was one of two Ohio State University students and eleven students in the state of Ohio whose hard work, ingenuity and outstanding potential were recognized with the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, which seeks to foster excellence and alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, matematicians and engineers.

"I was a bit surprised to win," Lagnajit said, "but Dr. Nicholas Brunelli had suggested that I apply, and he has given me tremendous encouragement. He motivates me every day. No one is harder working than him, and we recently got our first big federal grant, which is exciting. This award is not just mine, it's Dr. Brunelli's and the group's as well -- a culmination of effort. You'll definately be seeing more Goldwater Scholars from Dr. Brunelli's group," he said with a smile.

Lagnajit has always liked and excelled at math and chemistry. Combining the two seemed to lead naturally to studying chemical engineering, he said.

"It was my interest in chemistry that led me to Dr. Brunelli's group," Lagnajit explained. "Our lab uses more organic chemistry than other chemE areas. We model catalysts after enzymes and study catalysis for biomass conversion -- converting organic molecules like fructose, glucose and eventually cellulose to 5 hydroxy methyl furfural (HMF). HMF is an intermediary material used to make other molecules found in polymers, plastics and fuels. It's greener than using petroleum to make polymers," Lagnajit said.

Lagnajit had two research experiences previous to working with Professor Brunelli's group. A paper he worked on in high school with Dr. Lannutti got published.

"I've always been a good student, but what I've learned most is to be patient in research. You go in expecting a 100% success rate before finding out that a 10% success rate is actually good. Getting experience with failure has helped me grow as a researcher," he said.

"I have also learned about how much preparation is needed to do good research. So much of research is reading what others have done before you, and thinking about how you can improve on it... understanding your project and what you are trying to achieve," he added.

"What do I like best about it? When you run an experiment and it supports your theory -- that's a cool feeling. In chemistry, you can't see things working, so when you can quantify that you were right, and then extend the technology so that it can make a difference in the world when applied to a larger scale, it just makes you feel very good.

"It makes you think about how we can get our technology to help other people. Because at the end of the day, that's our goal. It's a really big motivator for me.

"I'd like to eventually build a flow reactor that would allow us to feed in raw materials and flow out value-added products in a cleaner and more sustainable fashion," Lucky concluded.

Lucky, who will be on an internship this summer with Owens Corning, also received the Maximus Scholarship this year, as well support from the Office of Diversity Inclusion and Ohio House of Science Education. He will be a senior next year.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The creation of Goldwater program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics.The Goldwater Scholarship is an honor bestowed only once. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.


Angela ChenAngela ChenCBE senior Angela Chen wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

When meeting Angela Chen, one is greeted by a blazing intelligence and struck by her pointed interest in knowing how things work, fit together, and generally, “how things come to be.”

She notices small details and asks insightful questions, filing the data away for potential future reference. She calculates and plans out her time with precise detail. Most of all, she is curious -- and not only about scientific processes and procedures, but also about how people make choices and develop careers.

One of three undergraduate students at The Ohio State University to win a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship this year, senior chemical engineering student Angela Chen is a researcher through and through. A talented and dedicated scientist, she talks animatedly about the work she and the rest of her team are currently doing in Professor David Wood’s laboratory. "The beauty and value of this work is that we have found a way to rapidly and cheaply screen massive amounts of compounds without having to sacrifice the lives of animals," she explains.

She is excited about winning the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. "Basically, it will enable me to go to any school that I want to," she said. "I am leaning towards the University of Texas at Austin because of their research program and the type of research I am most interested in."

Angela was not the only Ohio State chemical engineering student to be recognized in this year’s NSF competition. CBE graduate William Levi Murch, who started a Ph.D. at Stanford in 2014, also won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

In addition, CBE seniors Joseph Gauthier, who will be starting a Ph.D. at either Stanford or Minnesota in Fall 2015; Nathan Volchak at MIT and Robert Warburton, who is now working on a Ph.D. at Purdue, all received honorable mentions.

Winning an NSF Research Fellowship is a distinct honor, as the process is highly competitive. Only 14% of all students who apply for a Fellowship actually receive one. 

Students in the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering have a strong tradition of being recognized in the National Science Foundation Research Fellowships competition. In the last ten years, 15 Ohio State chemical engineering students have received full NSF Graduate Research Fellowships – a considerable number. 

Previous winners include:

Hok Hei Tam and Joseph A.M. Weinstein-Webb (2014);

Kunal Sailesh Parikh (2013), as well as an honorable mention for Lauren Dellon;

Kevin Kaichuang Yang (2011), and an honorable mention for Ryan Clark and Kevin Kauffman;

Eric Ryan Sacia (2010), and an honorable mention for Mark Politz;

Craig Buckley and Jean Wheasler (2009);

Laura M. Ensign, Thomas M. Malott, Diana K. Snelling, and Theresa Vonder Haar (2007);

Imogen M. Pryce (2006); and Shona Patel (2005), as well as many other honorable mentions.

NSF, a federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote science, is the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. 

NSF Fellowships provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees. Two thousand fellowships are awarded annually to graduating seniors and graduate students to ensure the vitality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States. 

Angela is now studying at her first-choice institution: the University of Texas at Austin.


Kunal ParikhKunal ParikhJohns Hopkins doctoral student Kunal Parikh receives national life sciences award

Kunal Parikh, a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, was presented with a Roche/ARCS Scholar Award at the National Academy of Sciences. This is the second year that he has received the award.

An entrepreneur as well as a scientist, Parikh has spent years developing drug-delivery platforms to improve patient treatment. He plans to spend the next year pursuing patents for these technologies; submitting his research for publication in scholarly journals; visiting hospitals and manufacturing plants to conduct implementation research; and continuing to lead and mentor the team of scientists, engineers, and clinicians who work alongside him.

One year doesn't seem like enough time.

Parikh, the son of Indian immigrants, says he grew up with a "scarcity mentality," and learned to make the most of what was available to him. Prior to graduating from The Ohio State University with a chemical engineering degree, he considered becoming a Jain monk, even spending time in monasteries in India speaking wtih monks about his future. 

"They were very clear that my purpose should be to serve others above all else," he said. 

This led Parikh to explore different fields where he could make a difference, including biomedical engineering, biotechnology, public policy, and both nonprofit and for-proft organizations. He saw the potential for aligning the priorities of these fields in order to streamline research and patient care.

Parikh says bringing an entrepreneurial eye to the medical field is critical to ensuring that the developments proceed through the manufacturing and regulatory processes and ultimately make an impact at the patient's bedside. He calls it a "moral imperative."

His research focuses on developing technologies that improve the delivery of vaccines and medicine in the body. This approach includes creating technology capable of sustained drug release to parts of the body and a platform for effective and safe gene delivery that could be used to treat or prevent infections diseases.

"I hope that my approach of needs identification, platform technology development, and translation [to the marketplace] can serve as a template for others who are interested in developing impactful biomedical technologies," he says.

"It's truly empowering for me to know that I have an entire group of people rooting for me and depending on me to push these discoveries towards clinical impact," he said. "Many thanks to Ohio State, Ohio State Engineering, and Ohio State Chemical Engineering," he tweeted upon learning he had received the award. "You were such a critical part of my journey and growth."

The Roche/ARCS Scholar Award, a three-year award funded by the Roche and ARCS foundations, grants nonrestricted funds to support the next generation of life science students. Parikh says the Roche.ARCS Scholar Award program changed his mindset about what he could accomplish by expanding the resources available to him.

Of the 36 national Roche/ARCS Scholars, Parikh is one of two chosen to attend the highly selectiveRoche Pharma Research and Early Development symposium, "Increasing Drug Development Success: Understanding Drug-Disease Interactions Through Quantitative Systems Pharmacology," held in November in New York City.

The presentation of the Roche/ARCS Scholar Award was part of the annual ARCS Foundation Scholar Awards reception, which took take place at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Johns Hopkins' vice Provost for research, Denis Wirtz, spoke at the reception. 

--Editor's Note: Parikh, who performed undergraduate research for Professor Jessica Winter while he was an undergraduate student in the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program, was a Morrill Scholar and Denman Scholar in the University Honors Program at The Ohio State University. He graduated magna cum laude with honors in engineering and honors in research in chemical engineering with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering degree in 2012.

Story by Saralyn Lyons; originally published in HUB (Johns Hopkins magazine) on October 15, 2015.