[November 2021] Our paper on the effects of ion valency on phase behavior and viscoelasticity of polyelectrolyte complexes is accepted for publication in the Journal of Polymer Science. Congrats Divya and Vaqar! This paper will appear in the Emerging Investigators Issue of the Journal, recognizing contributions from young investigators in the area of polymer science. [PDF]
[October 2021] We receive a new grant from Mattress Recycling Council to study foam variance to inform polyurethane recycling approaches.
[October 2021] Samanvaya presents a rapid-fire talk highlighting our group’s research in the PMSE Young Investigator and Future Faculty Speed Presentation and Social Hour.
[October 2021] Samanvaya presents a seminar in Macromolecular Science & Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.
[October 2021] Fahed presents his undergraduate and Master's research work on viscoelastic fingering at the Society of Rheology (SoR) in Bangor, Maine.
[October 2021] Divya presents her research on PU composites at the ACC CPI Polyurethane Technical Conference in Denver, Colorado.
[September 2021] Fernaldy joins the group. Katie and Vanessa continue with our group after completing their SURP stints.
[September 2021] Mohammad Galadari joins the group after completing his BS from USC. Welcome, Mohammad!
[September 2021] Our paper on the structure of nanoparticle-polyelectrolyte complexes is published in AIChE Journal. Congrats Advait and Jesse! [PDF] This paper will appear in the Future Issue of the Journal, recognizing contributions from young investigators in chemical engineering.
[September 2021] Katie and Vanessa presented their summer research in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) showcase.
[September 2021] Matthew completes his UC-LEADS project and heads to graduate school at Caltech. Congratulations and all the best Matthew!
[September 2021] The group celebrates Shang's graduation during a summer-end party!
[August 2021] Shang successfully completes her Ph.D. defense and heads to Stanford University as postdoctoral researcher to work with Gerry Fuller and Eric Shaqfeh. Congratulations and all the best Dr. Gao!
[August 2021] Fahed Albreiki joins the group after completing his MS from UIC. Welcome, Fahed!
[August 2021] Tobias Goeckler joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher after completing his Ph.D. from KIT, Germany. Welcome, Tobias!
[August 2021] Divya presents her and Vaqar's research on the influence of divalent cations on the phase behavior and viscoelasticity of PECs at the APS Virtual Polymer Physics Symposium.
[July 2021] Our review on Polyelectrolyte Coagulants and Flocculants in Water Treatment appears in Materials and Energy: Advances in Water Desalination Technologies. Congrats Divya and Advait! [PDF]
[June 2021] Our paper in collaboration with the Sharma group at UIC appears in PNAS. Congrats Shang! [PDF]
[June 2021] Samanvaya is recognized as a 2021 ACS PMSE Young Investigator.
[June 2021] Shang, Defu, and Advait present their research in the ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium.
[June 2021] Holly successfully completes her prospectus exam!
[June 2021] Matthew, Katie, and Vanessa join us for summer research stints. Welcome!
[June 2021] Samanvaya presents a seminar in the Center for Biological Physics at UCLA.
[May 2021] Samanvaya presents a seminar in Chemical in Biomolecular Engineering at UCLA.
[Apr. 2021] Samanvaya presents a seminar in Chemical Engineering at Ohio University.
[Mar. 2021] Shang, Defu, and Advait present their research at the APS March meeting.
[Dec. 2020] Vaqar successfully completes his M.S. thesis and heads to the corporate world. Congratulations and all the best!
[Dec. 2020] Divya successfully completes her prospectus exam, and Holly successfully completes her written qualifying exam!
[Dec. 2020] The latest paper from Samanvaya’s postdoc research with Dr. Lu Li and Dr. Artem Rumyantsev on the effects of solvent quality on polyelectrolyte complex phase behavior appears in Macromolecules. [PDF]
[Nov. 2020] Our group receives the NSF CAREER award. This award will support our work on multifunctional PEC hydrogels. Link
[Nov. 2020] Holly Senebandith joins our group as a graduate student from Chemistry and Biochemistry. Welcome, Holly!
[Nov. 2020] Our group presents three talks at the AIChE annual meeting.
[Nov. 2020] Samanvaya presents an invited talk at the 32nd International Conference on Science and Technology of Complex Fluids.
[Oct. 2020] Our review on SAXS Methods for Polyelectrolyte Complexes with Amanda Marciel, Jeff Ting, and Matthew Tirrell appears in Methods in Enzymology. [PDF]
[Sept. 2020] Samanvaya is named among the newest class of 35 Under 35 Award by AIChE. Link
[Sept. 2020] Advait and Defu successfully complete their prospectus exams!
[Aug. 2020] Our paper on temperature effects in portlandite suspensions with the Sant Group appears in Langmuir. [PDF]
[Aug. 2020] Samanvaya’s postdoc research with Dr. Lu Li on the effects of non-electrostatic intermolecular interactions on polyelectrolyte complex phase behavior appears in Macromolecules. [PDF]
[Aug. 2020] Samanvaya presents an invited talk at the 3M Company.
[Jul. 2020] Our group's first research contribution on time-ionic strength superposition in polyelectrolyte complex rheology appears in ACS Macro Letters. Congrats Vaqar! [PDF]
[Jul. 2020] Samanvaya’s postdoc research on PEC hydrogels appears in Macromolecules. [PDF]
[Jun. 2020] Matthew Salazar joins our group as a UC-LEADS student from UCSB. Welcome, Matthew!
[Jun. 2020] Xingwu Zhou graduates with MS from UCLA and heads to UMich for a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences. All the best Bob!
[May 2020] Our group receives funding from the Mattress Recycling Council to study upcycling of polyurethane foams.
[Mar. 2020] Our paper on rheology of portlandite suspensions with the Sant Group appears in Soft Matter. [PDF]