Research Opportunities

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At The Ohio State University, there are vast opportunities for a wide range of research activities, which can be further broadened by interdisciplinary collaboration.

Research Centers:  More than 40 research centers campus wide provide students with access to state-of-the-art facilities for research, well as CBE-affiliated research centers and laboratories.

Global Engineering: There are also many opportunities for international research and internships, as well as global curriculum integration here on campus.   


Using both applied (experimental) and theoretical/simulation (computational) methods of investigation, CBE's research foci can be broadly categorized into three overlapping areas:

1) Advanced Materials;

2) Biomolecular and Biomedical: cancer and nano-bioscience and technology;

3) Energy, Sustainable Engineering and the Environment.




Research Area Descriptions


1) Bioengineering | Biotechnology | Membranes

Faculty Bios

Bioengineering & Biotechnology are broad terms that involve the application of engineering principles to biological processes.
Research in CBE covers a broad range of relevant topics, including:
a. Biomaterials (Cooper, Palmer, Swindle-Reilly, Winter);
b. Cell and tissue culture (Chalmers, Liu, Winter, Wood, Yang);
c. Drug delivery (Liu, Palmer, Swindle-Reilly, Watkins, Winter, Wood); 
d. Imaging (Reátegui, Winter);
e. Medical diagnostics and therapies (Lee, Liu, Palmer, Reátegui, Watkins, Winter, Wood);
f. Separations (Chalmers, Ho, Liu, Reátegui, Winter, Wood).

2) Colloids | Aerosols | Particle Technology

Faculty Bios

Understanding the behavior of colloids, aerosols, and small particles is important in both natural and industrial settings.
Research in CBE includes:
a. Fundamental studies of particle nucleation from the vapor phase (Kusaka, Wyslouzil);
b. The growth, structure and freezing of nanodroplets (Wyslouzil);
c. Self-assembly of block copolymer micelles in the liquid phase (Hall, Watkins, Winter, Wyslouzil);
d. Development of reactors based on fluidization of small particles (Fan).

3) Fluid Mechanics \ Multiphase Flow

Faculty Bios

Fluid mechanics and multiphase flow are fundamental research areas that support the chemical process industry.
Currently, focus is largely on the complex multiphase flows (Fan) that characterize fluidized bed reactors.

4) Molecular Thermodynamics | Molecular Simulation 

Faculty Bios

A strong understanding of molecular thermodynamics is critical to our ability to predict the behavior of matter.
Furthermore, the ability to simulate the properties of materials accurately can lead to significant insight into the underlying phenomena and, ultimately, the design of novel materials.
Research in CBE within this focus area extends from experimental work (Tomasko) to theory/simulation (Asthagiri, Hall, Kusaka, Rathman, Wyslouzil).
Research is driven by problems in the fields of:
a. Catalysis and energy related materials (Asthagiri, Paulson);
b. Polymers (Hall, Tomasko);
c. Dynamics of phase transitions (Kusaka, Hall, Wyslouzil);
d. Chemical toxicity (Rathman).

5) Polymers | Nanomaterials

Faculty Bios

The department has had a long history of research in the area of polymers and nanomaterials.
Current focus is largely in the following areas:
a. Biomaterials and biological arena (Cooper, Lee, Swindle-Reilly, Winter);
b. Polymer membranes and  nanoporous materials (Ho);
c. Polymer theory/simulation (Hall);
d. Liquid crystals and liquid crystalline polymers (Wang);
e. Block copolymer (BCP) self-assembly (Watkins);
f. Polymer electrolytes and polymer dynamics at interfaces (Sangoro).

6) Reaction Engineering  |  Catalysis

Faculty Bios

Led by senior faculty members Fan, Feinberg, Ho, and Ozkan, reaction engineering and catalysis have long been strong focal points in the department.
With the addition of Asthagiri and Brunelli, this area gained depth both experimentally (Brunelli) and computationally (Asthagiri).
Topics of interest are largely focused on energy and environmental problems, and include the development of heterogeneous catalysts and reactors for:
a. Biomass conversion (Brunelli, Fan, Ozkan);
b. Wastewater treatment (Ozkan, Ho);
c. Fuel cells (Asthagiri, Ozkan, Ho);
d. Efficient conversion of coal and natural gas (Asthagiri, Ozkan, Brunelli, Fan). 

7) Sustainability  |  Energy  |  Environment  |  Process Engineering

Faculty Bios

Meeting human needs while addressing and adapting to challenges posed by environmental change, resource depletion, and ecological deterioration is among the grand challenges facing humanity.
Research in CBE:
a. Directly addresses technological problems related to using or creating energy effectively (Asthagiri, Fan, Ho, Ozkan, Paulson, Sangoro);
b. Investigates problems related to environmental issues (Ozkan, Wyslouzil);
c. Considers the broader problems of process engineering and sustainability (Bakshi, Paulson);
d. Investigates energy harvesting from electromagnetic waves (Wang).

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Blood lab research

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TEM image showing quantum dots and magnetic nanoparticles encapsulated in a polymer micelle

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TOC for Biomass-Derived Carbon Heterostructures Paper

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Oxidation Catalysis

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Image showing magnetic disks capturing and manipulating red magnetic quantum dots (MagDots)

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Human neutrophils

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Ho membrane device 2

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Computational Aravind Asthagiri Computational Catalysis
Computational Bhavik Bakshi

Sustainable Engineering

Experimental Nicholas Brunelli Catalytic Material Design
Experimental Jeff Chalmers Cell Analysis and Separation
Experimental Stuart L. Cooper Polymers and Biomaterials
Experimental Ilham El-Monier Petroleum Engineering
Experimental L.-S. Fan Clean Energy Research
Computational Martin Feinberg Chemical Reaction Network Theory
Computational Lisa Hall Computational Soft Materials
Experimental W.S. Winston Ho Membrane Research for Energy and Water
Experimental Blaise Kimmel Kimmel Laboratory for Protein Immunoengineering
Computational Isamu Kusaka

Molecular Thermodynamics

Experimental L. James Lee


Experimental X. Margaret Liu Biopharmaceutical Research
Experimental Umit S. Ozkan Heterogeneous Catalysis and Electrocatalysis
Experimental Andre Palmer

Artificial Blood Research

Computational Joel Paulson Advanced Optimization and Control
Computational Jim Rathman Modeling Complex Chemical Phenomenon
Experimental Eduardo Reátegui Bioengineering Research
Experimental Joshua Sangoro Soft Materials
Experimental Katelyn Swindle-Reilly Polymer Biomaterials and Drug Delivery
Experimental William Wang Soft Matter Research
Experimental  Davita Watkins Supramolecular Chemistry
Experimental Jessica Winter Biological and Applied Nanotechnology
Experimental David Wood Applied Protein Engineering
Experimental Barbara Wyslouzil Aerosol Lab
Experimental Shang-Tian Yang Biotechnology & Bioengineering

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Experimental research
Asthagiri Brunelli
Bakshi Chalmers
Feinberg Cooper
Hall Fan
Kusaka Ho
Paulson Kimmel  
Rathman Lee
  Wang, William