Air Products Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Undergraduate Research Symposium was designed to provide ChBE undergraduates who participate in research the opportunity to present their work in a public forum. The School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering gratefully acknowledges Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. for their sponsorship of both the Symposium and a series of undergraduate awards to support student research.


2013 award recipients shown left to right: Rachel Meltzer, Dan Russakow (Air Products), Jignesh Shah (Air Products), Dr. Cliff Henderson (ChBE Professor), Michelle Dose, Joshua Mysona, and Justin Eisenberg.








2013 Award Recipients



Faculty Advisor(s)


1st Place

Michelle Dose

Ronald Chance, Bill Koros

Sorption and Diffusion of Ethanol and Water in Fluoride Mediated Silicalite-1

2nd Place

Rachel Meltzer

Robert Nerem, Lisa McGinley

Will Mechanical Forces Affect the Function of MSCs as Pericytes?

3rd Place 

Justin Eisenberg

Dennis Hess

Development of Polymeric Surfaces to Reduce Protein Adhesion

Honorable Mention

Joshua Mysona

Chris Jones

Investigation of mass transfer limitations in the heterogeneous oxidative Heck reaction

2012 Participants & Research Projects

Abishek Mukund

Synthesis and Characterization of Organic Semiconductors: π(pi)-Conjugated Polymer Semiconductors

Andrew Rohskopf

Computer Simulation of Synthetic Elastin Binding Domains

Andrew Tatum 

Separation of Chiral Compounds Using HPLC

Anna Thomas

Protein-Metabolite Interactions

Austin Bailie

Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Block-copolymer Phase Separation for Semiconductor Fabrication

Benjamin Ivey 

Kinetics of ZIF-8 Crystallization

Benjamin Laccetti 

Characterization of the LCST Shrinking Kinetics and Mechanical Properties of Novel Pre-polymerized Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) Based Hydrogels

Bradley Silverman 

SH3-Domain Affinity Based Fibronectin Biomaterials for Wound Healing

Ivan Santillan 

Surface Interactions of Biomass Molecules with Catalysts and Supports

Jacob Byrd 

Formation of Macrovoids in polymers initiated by nonsolvents

Jingya Ying 

Polymerization of Malic Acid 

Jiyuan Ding 

Design of a Microfluidic-Based Platform for Spatially Controlled Drug Treatment in Cichlid Early Development

Joshua Mysona

Investigation of mass transfer limitations in the heterogeneous oxidative Heck reaction

Justin Eisenberg

Development of Polymeric Surfaces to Reduce Protein Adhesion

Karan Suraj

A novel in vivo intracellular delivery system using laser-carbon interactions

Keller Smith

Georgia Tech AIChE Chem-E-Car: Stingerette

Keller Smith

Georgia Tech AIChE Chem-E-Car: Rambling Wreck

Kyle Jones

Colloidal Sand Castles

Miao He 

Controlling Twinning Superstructure in Si Nanowires

Michelle Dose 

Sorption and Diffusion of Ethanol and Water in Fluoride Mediated Silicalite-1

Nathanael Bates

Enhanced Photon Upconversion by Photonic Crystal Structures with a Tunable Bandgap

Nur Ashikin Lockman

Bio-inspired Chitin-based Optical Materials

Rachel Meltzer

Will Mechanical Forces Affect the Function of MSCs as Pericytes?

Shun Xi

Synthesis of Linear and hyperbranched pNIPAAM by Reversible Addition Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) Polymerization in Inverse Miniemulsion System

Sriram Suresh

Characterization of different types of Aerosols during the summer season in Midtown Atlanta Using Factor Analysis

Trey Sides

Determination of Water Transport in Hybrid Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

Vinh Huong Trang

Role of SDF-1-CXCR4 Axis on the Motility of Metastatic Breast Cancer Cells

Program Coordinator:
Lori Brown
Director of Corporate Relations
Georgia Tech

Phone: (404) 894-7488
lori.brown [at]

Faculty Coordinator:
Dr. Cliff Henderson
Professor & GT ChBE Undergraduate
Research Coordinator
School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Phone: (404) 385-0525
cliff.henderson [at]

About Air Products:

Air Products touches the lives of consumers around the globe in positive ways every day. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence, and commitment to safety and the environment. Air Products aims to develop lasting relationships with its customers and communities based on human qualities: an understanding of their needs, integrity and honesty in the way it does business, and a passion for exceeding expectations.

Air Products was established in 1940 in Detroit, Michigan, on the strength of a simple but then revolutionary idea: the “on-site” concept of producing and selling industrial gases, primarily oxygen. At the time, most oxygen was sold as a highly compressed gas product in cylinders that weighed five times more than the gas itself. Air Products proposed building oxygen gas generating facilities adjacent to large-volume users, thereby reducing distribution costs. The concept of piping the gas directly from the generator to the point of use proved sound and technically solvable.

Today, Air Products provides numerous products and solutions, including tonnage gases, equipment and energy, electronics and performance materials, and healthcare products. Air Products boasts 18,900 employees around the world, operates in more than 40 countries, posted fiscal 2011 revenues of $10.1 billion, and ranked 271st in sales among Fortune magazine’s May 2011 list of the 500 largest U.S. corporations.