Our UF Chemical Engineering Department has been awarded an NSF REU to bring 10 students to campus summers 2020, 2021, 2022. This is strictly for non-UF students and will take place in conjunction with SURF. Research Projects are still being identified and can be found from the list below, from CHE Faculty websites (https://www.che.ufl.edu/ourfaculty), from CHE Department Research websites (https://www.che.ufl.edu/research-overview) and at the CHE Department REU website still under construction (https://www.che.ufl.edu/REU).

Project Title: Theoretical Evaluation of Metal Restructing
Department:
Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: David Hibbitts, dhibbitts@che.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): none
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  Chemical Engineering major
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars for Fall/Spring
Application Requirements: UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; Send email to hibbitts@che.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: All Available Openings are Full for 2016-2017
Website: http://hibbitts.rc.ufl.edu/
Project Description: Surfaces of metal catalysts are often covered by strongly adsorbed intermediates, such as carbon monoxide (CO), which can cause the metal surface to restructure. This project utilizes density functional theory (DFT) calculations to examine the energetics of these restructuring events, to better understand how catalysts operate at realistic conditions.

Project Title #1: New Shape Memory Polymers for Vapor Sensing
Department:
Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Peng Jiang, pjiang@che.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Yin Fang, fangyin123@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, 2 students each term
Prerequisites:  Basic chemistry and physics
Credit:  1-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF Unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Peng Jiang, pjiang@che.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms and November 1 for the Spring term
Website: http://www.che.ufl.edu/jiang
Project Description: We are developing a new series of shape memory polymers for chromogenic vapor sensors. These sensors change colors when exposed to different chemical vapors. They are useful for a large variety of applications ranging from homeland security to diabetes screening. The undergraduate student working on the project will collaborate with a small group of graduate students to develop basic understanding of the unusual shape memory mechanisms and explore the detection limits of the final devices.

Project Title #2: Novel Chromogentic Sensors
Department: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Peng Jiang, pjiang@che.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Sin-Yen Leo
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, 2 students each term
Prerequisites:  Basic chemistry and physics background
Credit:  1-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF Unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Peng Jiang, pjiang@che.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: N/A
Website: http://www.che.ufl.edu/jiang
Project Description: We are developing new chromogenic chemical and biological sensors for various applications ranging from detecting the content of ethanol in gasoline to monitoring benzene/toluene/xylene in contaminated water. The undergraduate students will work with their graduate mentors to develop new shape memory polymers that can specifically and sensitively detect analytes in different solution/vapor mixtures.

Project Title #1: Liquid Bridge Instability
Department: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Ranga Narayanan, ranga@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  Must have completed with good grades the following courses: Mass and Energy balances, Transport phenomena (this can be concurrent with the application).
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912, or Tech Electives are possible
Stipend: University Scholars or $650 for three semesters
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, UF Unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email required documents to ranga@ufl.edu, USRP Scholars must apply through regular channels
Application Deadline: February 17, 2017 for Summer and Fall 2017 and October 1, 2017 for Spring 2018
Website: n/a
Project Description: Liquid bridges are configurations that occur in the growth of compound semi-conductors. We are interested in determining the ways in which a liquid bridge can become unstable to odd and then even rupture. This project is essentially experimental. The student must be capable of writing well and have excellent communication skills.

Project Title #2: Flow Instability in Rotating Systems – Applications to Bioreactors
Department: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Ranga Narayanan, ranga@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Nevin Brosius
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  Good grades in Mass and Energy Balances and Transport Phenomena.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912, or Tech Electives are possible
Stipend: University Scholars or $650 for three semesters
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, UF Unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email required documents to ranga@ufl.edu, USRP Scholars must apply through regular channels
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
Website: None
Project Description: Rotating Annular Flows can conceivably be used in Bioreactors. An experimental system is being set up to study when the flow can become unstable leading to secondary vortices. The project is experimental and the student will learn about data acquisition and considerable fluid mechanics. The student will compare the results with a model.

Project Title #3: Faraday Instability at Interfaces
Department: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Ranga Narayanan, ranga@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Nevin Brosius
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 2 students per term
Prerequisites:  Undergraduate Mass and Energy Balances, Transport Phenomena
Credit:  2 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, UF Unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email resume and unofficial transcripts by PDF with a cover letter to ranga@ufl.edu,
Application Deadline: Beginning of the terms
Website: None
Project Description: Mixing in microsystems is of importance in Lab-on -a chip devices, in microgravity processing, and in micro-heat pipes. This mixing can be caused by flow instabilities. Flow instabilities due to resonant interaction between parametric forcing and the natural frequency leads to interfacial patterns. This project is about prediction and experimental validation of the onset of interfacial patterns between fluid layers. Students will work with 3D printing of experiments, imaging, and data analysis.

Project Title: Electrochemical Engineering
Department: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Mark Orazem, meo@che.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Too Be Assigned
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior; Number of openings depends on availability and interest of graduate student mentors.
Prerequisites:  Material and Energy Balances, Transport Phenomena
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, faculty interview; please discuss your interest with Cynthia Sain,  csain@ufl.edu, and then send me an email with CV to Mark Orazem, meo@che.ufl.edu, to request a time to meet.
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  http://www.che.ufl.edu/orazem/
Project Description: The Orazem Electrochemical Engineering research group offers the opportunity for undergraduate research under the mentorship of graduate students directed by Prof. Orazem. Students are preferred who would like to have a long-term relationship with the group, culminating in an individual research project. The specific topics offered will support on-going research projects involving applications of electrochemical engineering fundamentals. The number of undergraduate positions available depends on availability and interest of graduate student mentors.

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): None
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.

Project Title #1: Biomedical Applications of Magnetic Nanoparticles
Department: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Carlos Rinaldi, carlos.rinaldi@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): varies
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, 2-5 students per term (new students when positions open)
Prerequisites:  Passion for science and engineering, interest in research and in advancing technology, self-driven. Students from Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering encouraged to apply.
Credit:
  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume and statement of research interest; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Carlos Rinaldi, carlos.rinaldi@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  http://www.bme.ufl.edu/labs/rinaldi/
Project Description: The Rinaldi lab is interested in biomedical applications of magnetic nanoparticles. We combine particle synthesis, modification, and characterization and fundamental understanding of response to magnetic actuation to advance applications in biomedical imaging, therapeutic delivery, and nanoscale thermal therapy. The research is interdisciplinary, combining concepts from biomedical, chemical, electrical, and materials science and engineering. Current efforts focus on developing tracers for magnetic particle imaging (MPI), an exciting new biomedical imaging modality that allows for non-invasive, unambiguous, and quantitative imaging of the in vivo distribution of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle tracers. This research involves nanoparticle synthesis and characterization, cell culture, animal studies, image analysis, 3D printing, and computer programming. Students interested in any of these aspects are encouraged to apply.

Project Title #2: Nanoparticle Science and Engineering
Department: Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Carlos Rinaldi, carlos.rinaldi@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): varies
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Passion for science and engineering, interest in research and in advancing technology, self-driven. Students from Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering are encouraged to apply.
Credit:
  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume and statement of research interest; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Carlos Rinaldi, carlos.rinaldi@ ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  http://www.bme.ufl.edu/labs/rinaldi/
Project Description: The Rinaldi lab has projects in the area of nanoparticle science and engineering. We aim to develop and scale-up methods of nanoparticle synthesis, apply state-of-the-art instrumentation to characterize nanoparticle properties, and explore novel applications of nanoparticles. Current projects focus on ferrite and ceramic particles with magnetic or electronic properties suitable for a wide range of applications.

Project Title: Natural Biomaterials for Muscle Regeneration
Department: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Whitney Stoppel, whitney.stoppel@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD
Terms Available: Spring
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior; up to 2 additional students will be added to the group in the Spring
Prerequisites:  Motivated, self-driven student with an interest in experimental research, chemical engineering, application of engineering to medicine, and scientific writing. Some biology preferred; general knowledge of mass transport (registration in or completion of ECH 3264 recommended). Students interested in completing an honors thesis in chemical engineering are encouraged to apply.
Credit:
0-2 credits/semester via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars or Emerging Scholars
Application Requirements: Online application and interview: follow undergraduate application instructions at https://www.stoppellab.org/labmembers.html
Application Deadline: Nov. 1 for Spring 2019
Website: www.stoppellab.org
Project Description: The Stoppel Lab is interested in the development and optimization of natural biomaterials for applications in skeletal muscle regeneration and wound healing. We utilize natural materials such as silk from silk worms or alginate from sea kelp/brown algae to develop materials with controllable and predictable in vivo responses. The research is interdisciplinary, combining concepts from chemical and biomedical engineering and materials science. Through this research experience, students are expected to gain skills in experimental design, execution, and analysis while honing their scientific communication skills through lab, department, college, and university level opportunities to present the results of their work. Initially, Stoppel lab students work in pairs and independent projects are provided over time.

Project Title #1: Transport Properties of Mesoporous Metal-Organic Frameworks by NMR
Department:
Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Sergey Vasenkov, vase17@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): none
Terms Available: Spring
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, 1-2 students per term
Prerequisites:  ECH 3264 Elementary Transport Phenomena
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars for Fall/Spring
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume; email one pdf file with all requirements to Sergey Vasenkov, vase17@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring Term
Website: None
Project Description: Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) represent an emerging class of nanoporous materials that exhibit organic/inorganic hybrid crystalline lattices with well-defined nanopores having sizes comparable with sizes of small gas molecules. MOFs with added mesoporosity, viz. mesoporous MOFs, are of great interest for potential applications in catalysis due to the possibility of reducing mass transport limitations caused by the presence of smaller nanopores. This project focuses on generating preliminary data on diffusion of small gas molecules including CO, CO2 and CH4 in mesoporous MOFs on micrometer length scales by advanced NMR techniques.

Project Title #2: Elucidating Mechanisms of Gas Transport in Porous Hybrid Membranes by Advanced NMR
Department:
Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Sergey Vasenkov, vase17@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Evan M Forman, eforman@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior; 1-2 students per term
Prerequisites:  Declared engineering major
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars for Fall/Spring
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume; email one pdf file with all requirements to Sergey Vasenkov, vase17@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring Term
Website: None
Project Description: Porous membranes fabricated for separations of gas mixtures such as CO2, CH4, and N2 are usually structurally heterogeneous. In particular, mixed-matrix membranes (MMMs) are novel membranes that are formed by dispersing particles of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) in polymeric matrices. The main goal of this project is to develop a fundamental understanding of microscopic transport of gas molecules on different (micrometer and submicrometer) length scales of displacements in MMMs using advanced NMR techniques.

Project Title #3: Using Single-File Diffusion for Gas Separations
Department:
Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Sergey Vasenkov, vase17@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Akshita Dutta, adutta92@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior; 1-2 students per term
Prerequisites:  ECH 3264 Elementary Transport Phenomena
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars for Fall/Spring
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume; email one pdf file with all requirements to Sergey Vasenkov, vase17@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring Term
Website: None
Project Description: Single-file diffusion, i.e. diffusion in one-dimensional narrow channels where the molecules cannot pass one another, is of great potential interest for applications in gas separations. Until now, separations under conditions of single-file diffusion were not demonstrated experimentally and direct experimental observations of such diffusion were limited to systems of channels with only one-component sorbates. This deficiency in the current knowledge will be addressed in the proposed project. The main goal of the project is to investigate different types of gas transport, including single-file transport, on small (i.e. micrometer and submicrometer) length scales in nanoporous materials using advanced NMR techniques.

Project Title: Patterned Structures via Electrodeposition
Department:
Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Kirk Ziegler, kziegler@che.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Matt Mango
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  Good performance in Mass and Energy Balances, Transport Phenomena
Credit:  2-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars Plus Travel to a Conference
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume; UF unofficial transcripts, Letter(s) of recommendation, email University Scholars Application to Administration and submit Resume, Unofficial transcript and One letter of recommendation from a professor
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017 for Summer and Fall 2017
Website: ziegler.che.ufl.edu
Project Description: Our research will involve ground experiments on electro-deposition in preparation for an experiment on the International Space Station. The student will use chemical engineering principles of transport phenomena to design and run experiments on creating patterned substrates. The applications are in enhanced mixing for sensors, in enhanced heat transfer, etc. Access to the Nano Research Facility will be made available.

Project Title: Development and Implementation of Engineering Design K-14 Outreach Activities
Department:
Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Sindia Rivera-Jiménez, rivera.jimenez@eng.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): N/A
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 2-4 students per term 
Prerequisites: You should have (or want to improve with this experience) the following characteristics of a successful engineer: Natural Curiosity, Logical Thinking and Reasoning, Communication Skills, Attention to Detail, Creativity and Innovation, Team Player, Problem Solving Skills, Technical Knowledge, Constant Learner, and a desire to help others.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars 
Application Requirements: resume, statement of research interest, and faculty interview; Email pdf with application requirements to Dr. Rivera, rivera.jimenez@eng.ufl.edu.  
Application Deadline: Fall – September 1; Spring – February 1
Website: https://faculty.eng.ufl.edu/sindia-rivera-jimenez/
Project Description: (Engineering Education Project) Chemical Engineering faculty, staff, and students are involved in several annual programs that reach out to K-14 students and the public to promote awareness about engineering and science as well as to encourage talented young people to consider these fields for their future careers. Participating students will have the opportunity to apply their engineering skills by creating engineering design activities that will be implemented at local schools and museums. Also, participants will learn how to assess the event with the potential of presenting quantitative and qualitative results at a national conference (ASEE and AIChE).

Project Title: Chemical Engineering Design Workshops for Early Undergraduate Students
Department:
Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Sindia Rivera-Jiménez, rivera.jimenez@eng.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): N/A
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 5-6 students per term 
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Level 
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars 
Application Requirements: resume, statement of research interest, and faculty interview; Email pdf with application requirements to Dr. Rivera, rivera.jimenez@eng.ufl.edu.  
Application Deadline: Fall – September 1; Spring – February 1
Website: https://faculty.eng.ufl.edu/sindia-rivera-jimenez/
Project Description: This work explores to what extent student attitudes towards chemical engineering changes if problem-solving and design skills are practiced earlier in the curriculum. The workshops invite students to engage voluntarily in online instructional videos independently and then partake in design tutorials in a collaborative setting. Each face-to-face session will require students to work on team projects using their applied knowledge to solve simulation exercises at a higher level using introductory concepts of process economics and optimization techniques to make recommendations about their work. This project requires students mentors that want to learn simulation software (Aspen Plus, HYSYS, and UNiSim). Also, to assess the overall workshop performance with the potential of presenting quantitative and qualitative results at a national conference (ASEE and AIChE).

Project Title: Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers with Recombinant Proteins
Department:
Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Yeongseon Jang, y.jang@ufl.edu 
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Vaires 
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer 
Student Level:  Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 2-5 students per term (new students when positions open)
Prerequisites: Strong motivation and interest in research of polymers and biomaterials. Thermodynamics and Materials of Chemical Engineering are encouraged prerequisite courses, but highly motivated students from Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering are encouraged to apply.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars 
Application Requirements: basic application, resume, and statement of research interest; email one PDF file with all application requirements to Yeongseon Jang, y.jang@ufl.edu  
Application Deadline: Varies throughout the year 
Website: www.jangsmartlab.com 
Project Description: We investigate the self-assembly of recombinantly engineered fusion proteins with amphiphilic block copolymers in solution and at the interface. Understanding of the inter/intramolecular interactions between the building molecules is the key for designing of self-assembled materials with target structural, mechanical, and functional property. Current efforts focus on tuning structural and mechanical properties of self-assembled protein vesicles. This research involves materials preparation and characterization including fluorescent microscopy, light scattering, and quartz crystal microbalance.