Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Project Title: Environmental Applications of Biochar
Department:
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Bin Gao, bg55@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Anne Elise Creamer, ac864@ufl.edu
Terms Available:
Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  none
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912, for most students 0-1 credits per semester
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Dr. Bin Gao, bg55@ufl.edu, to request an interview
Application Deadline:
July 31 and November 31
Website:  http://abe.ufl.edu/bingao/
Project Description: The project is mainly focused on the preparation, characterization, and applications of engineered carbon (biochar) materials derived from waste biomass, including agricultural and forestry residuals. Students will develop novel methods to prepare high efficiency engineered biochars in the environmental nanotechnology lab in the ABE department.

Project Title#1: Biomimetic Nanosensors for Measuring Pesticides and Insecticides
Department:
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Eric McLamore, emclamor@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Yue Rong, yuerong@ufl.edu
Terms Available:
Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Senior; 1-2 students per term
Prerequisites:  Senior level standing in engineering, with comfort in chemistry
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912, for most students 0-1 credits per semester
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file of all requirements to Eric McLamore, emclamor@ufl.edu, to request an interview
Application Deadline:
July 31 and November 31
Website:  http://www.mclamorelab.com/
Project Description: We are using insect derived proteins to measure pesticides based using our conductive graphene sensors. These sensors are being applied in Florida and within various regions of Colombia to monitor pesticides/insecticides. In Florida, we are working to protect bee populations. In Colombia (Cali), we are working to protect rural sugarcane farmers.

Project Title#2: Biosensors for Pathogens and Breath Biomarkers
Department:
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Eric McLamore, emclamor@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Yue Rong, yuerong@ufl.edu
Terms Available:
Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Senior; 1-2 students per term
Prerequisites:  Senior level standing in Engineering, Students working with Dr. McLamore must have some experience with chemistry labs (Orgo, or other similar wet labs). Students working with Dr. Katz must have taken at least two courses in biology.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912, for most students 0-1 credits per semester
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file of all requirements to Eric McLamore, emclamor@ufl.edu, to request an interview
Application Deadline:
July 31 and November 31
Website:  http://www.mclamorelab.com/
Project Description: We are developing biosensors for measuring pathogens in saliva, and also breath biomarkers of disease such as diabetic ketoacidosis. Students are needed to develop sensors in the McLamore lab (Ag & Bio Engineering), and also work with patients in the Katz Lab (Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences).

Project Title: Use of Bioreactors for the Production of Bioenergy, Bioproducts, or Wastewater Treatment
Departments:
Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentors: Pratap Pullamanappallil, pcpratap@ufl.edu ; Spyros Svoronos, svoronos@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): various TBD
Terms Available: There may be openings at the beginning of every semester.  The total number of undergraduate researchers is 10-15.
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior;
Prerequisites:  None, but preference is given to students from the ABE and the Chem E departments and to students who have taken or are taking courses with Prof. Pratap Pullamanappallil  or Prof. Spyros Svoronos.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912, for most students 0-1 credits per semester.  Chem E students can utilize up to 3 credits for technical electives
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Students with interest should contact one of the faculty mentors (pcpratap@ufl.edu and svoronos@ufl.edu).  If there is an opening, they will be invited to attend one of the research group’s weekly meetings where they will find specific information about available projects.
Application Deadline: various times throughout the year
Website(s): http://www.abe.ufl.edu/people/directory/faculty-profiles/pullammanappallil-pratap.shtml and  http://www.che.ufl.edu/faculty/svoronos/index.html
Project Description: Research to establish a path for the economic production of a biofuel (methane) and a bioproduct (polysaccharide). It utilizes a remarkable cyanobacterium that eliminates the need for freshwater inputs or external addition of nitrogenous nutrients and avoids expensive purification methods for product recovery. The project is in collaboration with Professor Edward J. Phlips of the UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation.