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Two CBE seniors win AIChE Annual Meeting Student Poster Awards

Each year at the AIChE (American Institute for Chemical Engineers) annual meeting, an undergraduate student poster competition singles out compelling research being undertaken by promising young researchers.

Vasiliki KolliopoulosVasiliki KolliopoulosAt this year's annual meeting held in Minneapolis, MN, Vasiliki "Aliki" Kolliopoulos won first prize in the Food, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology division for her poster, "Directing the self-assembly of nultiple DNA origami nanostructures in a single reaction." 

Aliki's outstanding research was also recognized this year with an honorable mention in the highly competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship competition.

This fall, Aliki will commence a journey to her Ph.D. with the support of a two-year, fully-funded NIH fellowship called the Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program.

Aliki, who co-authored an article in 2016, is currently preparing a first-author manuscript describing her research, entitled "Orthogonal self-assembly of multiple DNA origami nanostructures within a single reaction."


Nathaniel OlsonNathaniel OlsonTaking third prize in the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering division was Nathaniel Olson. Nathaniel's poster described the research he worked on in Professor Nicholas Brunelli's group and was entitled "Imogolite nanotubes as a catalyst for biomass conversion."

Nate, who took advantage of an Ohio State Undergraduate Summer 2016 Research Fellowship to investigate nanotechnology and the key role it could play in expanding humanity's reach into space, followed up that experience with an internship at the NASA Glenn Research Center during the summer of 2017.

For 2018-19, he was selected for a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship, extendable up to four years, as he begins a course to Ph.D. studies in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The highly competitive award provides Nate with an increased stipend and the opportunity to perform research at a NASA center for ten weeks a year on his proposed research project, "Yttria-stabilized zirconia aerogels for high temperature applications."