CHE research

Our faculty conducts research that tackles grand challenges of chemical engineering and materials science. Their research areas are listed below:

Zhiqiang Cao

Research area: Biomolecular engineering and biomaterials

Keywords:

  • Medical implants
  • Drug delivery to treat diabetes
  • Antimicrobial materials

Research website: http://caoresearch.com

Da Deng

Research area: Energy production and storage 

Keywords:

  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Environmental technology
  • Functional nanomaterials

Helen Durand

Research area: 

Keywords:

  • Plant-wide control of nonlinear systems
  • Centralized and distributed economic model predictive control
  • Operational safety of closed-loop processes
  • Reduced-order modeling in predictive control

Research website: http://durand.eng.wayne.edu/

Yinlun Huang

Research Area: Sustainability and manufacturing 

Keywords:

  • Multiscale sustainabiliity science
  • integrated material-product-process design and decision making
  • sustainable and smart manufacturing 

Research website: http://chem1.eng.wayne.edu/~yhuang/

Haipeng Liu

Research area: Biomolecular engineering and biomaterials

Keywords:

  • Chemical immunology
  • Vaccine formulation
  • Biomaterials

Charles Manke

Research Area: Biomolecular engineering and biomaterials

Keywords:

  • Rheology of complex fluids and biopolymers
  • Molecular and mesoscopic simulations
  • Biomembrane

Guangzhao Mao

Research area: Biomolecular engineering and biomaterials

Keywords:

  • targeted drug delivery
  • polyelectrolyte and DNA complexes
  • biomolecular interactions

Research website: http://www.eng.wayne.edu/page.php?id=507

Howard Matthew

Research area: Biomolecular engineering and biomaterials

Keywords:

  • Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
  • Stem cells
  • 3D tissue models

Reseach website: http://www.tissue.eng.wayne.edu/

Simon Ng

Research Area: Sustainability and manufacturing 

Keywords:

  • Catalysts
  • Biodiesel
  • Sensors

Research website: http://cheme.eng.wayne.edu/ChE/people/ng/ng

Eranda Nikolla

Research area: Energy production and storage

Keywords:

  • Heterogenous selective catalysis
  • Electrocatalysis
  • CO2 conversion
  • Fuel cells
  • Batteries

Research website: http://nikollalab.eng.wayne.edu/Nikolla_Research_Group/Home.html

Jeffrey Potoff

Research area: Biomolecular engineering and biomaterials

Keywords:

  • Biomolecular structure and function
  • Membrane fusion
  • Computational materials design

Research website: http://potoff1.eng.wayne.edu/

Susil Putatunda

Research Area: Sustainability and Advanced manufacturing 

Keywords:

  • Light weight materials
  • Steel
  • Fracture toughness

Research website: http://cheme.eng.wayne.edu/ChE/people/putatunda/putatunda

Steven Salley

Research Area: Energy production and storage

Keywords:

  • Biodiesel
  • Catalysts
  • Alternative energy technology

Research website: http://cheme.eng.wayne.edu:18080/ChE/people/salley/salley

Gina Shreve

Research Area: Sustainability and manufacturing 

Keywords:

  • Surface coatings
  • Landfill remediation
  • Leachate

Research website: http://cheme.eng.wayne.edu/ChE/people/shreve/shreve

Korosh Torabi

Research area: Biomolecular engineering and biomaterials

Keywords:

  • Theoretical and computational molecular thermodynamics
  • Nonequilibrium thermodynamics
  • Protein engineering, motor proteins

Research website: http://torabi.eng.wayne.edu//

Elaine Zhu

Research area: Biomolecular engineering and biomaterials

Keywords:

  • Macromolecular structural dynamics and assembly
  • Rheology and (bio)tribology
  • AC-electrokinetics and micro fluids