Seven CBE PhD Candidates Receive Graduate College Summer Fellowship

Seven PhD candidates in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering were recently awarded summer fellowships from the University of Iowa Graduate College! The recipients were Megan Christiansen, Marisol Contreras, Gonzalo Ferrada, Tanner Grover, Adreann Peel, Behrooz Roozitalab, and Beiming Tang. 

Megan Christiansen - Megan's research focuses on studying ozone and PM2.5 to improve air quality in coastal regions.
Marisol Contreras – Marisol is researching the economic and environmental impacts of hydrogen production driven by renewable energy. 
Gonzalo Ferrada – Gonzalo’s research focuses on improving the representation of fires and smoke in model simulations. Smoke can cause poor air quality episodes and alter the Earth’s Energy Budget that leads to climate change. The figure shows fires in Northern California observed with satellites.
Tanner Grover - Tanner researches the effects polymer molecular structure has on material properties such as strength. He controls polymer structure using photopolymerization chemistry and then investigates material performance to increase understanding on structure/property relationships.
Adreann Peel – Adreann is working on developing photopolymerized hydrogel coatings for biological implants, focusing on ensuring that the hydrogels are sufficiently attached and durable to last for the lifetime of the implant.
Behrooz Roozitalab – Behrooz is conducting research on the effects of COVID-19 stay-at-home order (i.e. lockdown) on India’s air quality and exploring the chemistry behind the changes in ozone concentrations.
Beiming Tang - Beiming's research is analyzing ozone and PM2.5 mechanisms in East Asia through modeling. His focus is on the process-level transport, generation and sinks of air pollution across nations. He aims to publish more subtle control strategy that improves air quality with the least harm to the economy.