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Faculty Asssociates for CBPD

Christine Aikens
Department of Chemistry
cmaikens@ksu.edu

Research Interests:
Dr. Aikens investigates the binding energies and configurations of biomolecules on metal and metal oxide nanoparticle surfaces using electronic structure methods in order to provide insight into the adhesion and adsorption properties of biopolymers on these surfaces.

Ahlam N. Al-Rawi
Research Associate
326 Cardwell Hall
(785)-532-6786
(785)-532-5520 (fax)
ahlam@ksu.edu
http://www.phys.ksu.edu/people/postdocs/alrawi_a.html

Research Interests:
Dr. Al-Rawi’s research interest is in computational physics, particularly molecular dynamics simulations to study the structure and dynamics of a system of atoms.

Temperature-dependent calculations of the anharmonic effects and diffusion of several metal surfaces has been conducted and, are presently calculating and understanding the structure and dynamics of bio-molecular systems and the effects of the environment on functionality of these systems.


Vikas Berry

Vikas Berry, Chemical Engineering

 

Subi Bhadriraju,
Professor
Kansas State University
306 Shellenberger Hall Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-4092 Fax : 785-532-7010
E-mail : sbhadrir@ksu.edu
http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/grsc_subi/

Research Interests
Dr. Bhadriraju is specialized in degradation and storage change of biobased materials management of insects using elevated temperatures; effects of ultrasound on reproduction of storage moths; developing of IPM programs for the food and retail industries; model environmental effects on insect development and survival; pesticide toxicology and resistance; develop survey and sampling techniques; and develop/evaluate trapping technologies

Amit Chakrabarti
Professor
116 Cardwell Hall
Department of Physics
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785)-532-6786
(785)-532-6806 (fax)
amitc@ksu.edu
http://www.phys.ksu.edu/people/faculty/chakrabarti_a.html

Research Interests:
Theoretical studies of : Complex Assembly of Colloids and Nanoparticles; Aerosol Gelation; Phase Separation in Liquid Mixtures; Polymers at an Interface; self-association in polymer systems; Random and disordered systems

Chen

 

Jianhan Chen, Biochemistry
Hulya Dogan,
Assistant Professor
Kansas State University
104 Shellenberger Hall
Manhattan KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-2628 Fax: 785-532-7010
E-mail: dogan@ksu.edu
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RESEARCH INTERESTS
Grain processing and milling; Biopolymer science; Food rheology and texture; Physical, textural and structural chracterization of food materials; Food processing; and Mathematical modelling and process optimization

Larry E. Erickson
Professor
Director, Center for Hazardous Substance Research
1012 Duland Hall
Department of Chemical Engineering
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-4313
(785) 532-7372 (fax)
lerick@ksu.edu
http://www.che.ksu.edu/faculty/erickson

Research Interests:
Biochemical Engineering, Biological Waste Treatment Process Design and Synthesis, Mathematical Optimization, Transport Theory, Environmental Engineering

 

Flunders

Bret Flunders, Physics
Keith L. Hohn
1016 Duland Hall
Associate Professor
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-4315
(785) 532-7372 (fax)
hohn@ksu.edu
http://www.che.ksu.edu/faculty/hohn

Research Interests:
Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, Natural Gas Conversion, Millisecond Contract Time Reactors, Nanoscale Catalysts, Surface Science, Hydrogen
Production

Duy H. Hua
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry
CB301
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-6699 or 6664
(785) 532-6666 (fax)
duy@ksu.edu
http://www.k-state.edu/chem/people/faculty/hua.html

Research Interests:
Design, synthesis and evaluation of bioactive natural products and small molecules; design, synthesis and application of beltenes and nanotubes; Lipid derived biopolymers

Takashi Ito
Assistant Professor
KG 303
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-1451
(785) 532-6666 (fax)
ito@ksu.edu
http://www.k-state.edu/chem/people/faculty/ito.html

Research Interests:
Analytical Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Electrochemistry,
and Microfluidics

Kenneth J. Klabunde
University Distinguished Professor
Chem-Biochem 323
Department of Chemistry
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-6849
(785) 532-6666 (fax)
kenjk@ksu.edu
http://www.k-state.edu/chem/people/faculty/klabunde.html

Research Interests:
The chemical properties of very small particles (nanocrystals), as well as reactive atoms and small molecules, are under investigation. Thus, Dr. Klabunde’s research deals mainly with the synthesis of nanometer-sized particles of metals, metal oxides, metal sulfides, and the investigation of their surface chemical properties in sorption, catalysis, and their effect on polymers, especially biobased polymers. The use of these new materials for air and water purification, detoxification of chemicals and bacteria, and as strong, new plastics that are environmentally safe and renewable are of particular interest.

Bruce Law
Professor
327 Cardwell Hall
Department of Physics
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785)-532-1618
(785)-532-6806 (fax)
bmlaw@phys.ksu.edu
www.phys.ksu.edu/personal/bmlaw

Kevin B. Lease
RA3017
Associate Professor
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-7180
(785) 532-7057 (fax)
lease@ksu.edu
http://www.mne.ksu.edu/people/faculty/

 

Jun Li

Jun Li, Chemistry
Beth A. Montelone
Associate Dean and Professor
117b Eisenhower Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-6900
(785) 532-7004 (fax)
bethmont@ksu.edu
http://www-personal.ksu.edu/~bethmont

Research Interests:
Dr. Montelone's research expertise is in the area of molecular genetics, with an emphasis on DNA repair, recombination, and mutagenesis. Current projects are related to the integration of research and education at the university and K-12 levels and broadening participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

John R. Schlup
Professor
1037 Duland Hall
Department of Chemical Engineering
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-4319
(785) 532-7372 (fax)
jrsch@ksu.edu
http://www.che.ksu.edu/faculty/schlup/
Yong-Cheng Shi
Associate Professor
SH 211
Department of Grain Science and Industry
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-6771
(785) 532-7010 (fax)
ycshi@ksu.edu
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Research Interests:
Starch structure and functionality; Physical, chemical, and genetic
modifications of starch; Enzymatic modifications of biopolymers;
Starch digestibility, resistant starch, and carbohydrate nutrition; Uses of starch and other carbohydrates in food and industrial applications.

Xiuzhi Susan Sun
Professor
Biobased Materials and Technology Lab
101B BIVAP Bldg., 1980 Kimball Ave.
Department of Grain Science and Industry
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785)532-4077
(785)532-7193 (fax)
xss@ksu.edu
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Research Interests:
Plant proteins extraction and modification, polypeptides and protein structures and adhesion, protein latex adhesives, poly(lactic acids) and sugar based thermoplastics compounding and synthesis, bionanocomposites, thermodynamics and rheological properties of biobased polymers

Robert Szoszkiewicz
Assistant Professor
307 Cardwell Hall
Department of Physics
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-2601
(785)532-0855
(785)532-6806 (fax)
szosz@ksu.edu
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Research Interests:
Our research is at the interface of biology, chemistry, and physics.
We address quantitatively issues related to mechanochemical properties
of single and multiple (bio)molecules under force.
We want as well to translate certain structure-functionality relations
(and in particular those dwelling on cellular functionality) into
man-made surfaces and devices, and we start with producing the
nanopatterned templates for controllable assembly of single molecules.

John M. Tomich
206 Burt Hall
Professor
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-5956
(785) 532-6297 (fax)
jtomich@ksu.edu
http://www.k-state.edu/bchem/fac/jt/main2.html

Research Interests:
1) Design, synthesis and testing of anion selective channel forming peptides to determine the mechanism by which channels can show ion selective and still have extremely high transport rates. 2) Characterization of a peptide that causes a transient yet repeatable disruption of tight junctions in barrier membranes. 3) Design and synthesis of peptides with unusually high adhesive strength.

Praveen Vadlani, Assistant Professor
Kansas State University
202B BIVAP
1980 Kimball Avenue
Manhattan KS 66506
Phone: (785) 532-5012; Fax: (785) 532-7193
E-mail: vadlani@ksu.edu
http:Click here to view my website

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES AND INTERESTS:
• Development of value added products from Distillers grain w/solubles (DGS)
• Production of organic acids and their salts
• Development of novel enzymes for feed industry
• Evaluation of cereal grains for production of ethanol
• Bioprocess optimization for aerobic and anaerobic fermentation
• Bioseparations

Donghai Wang
49 Seaton
Associate Professor
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-2919
(785) 532-5825
dwang@ksu.edu
http://www.bae.ksu.edu/people/display.php?type=faculty&id=41

Research Interests:

Bioprocess including bioconversion of agricultural products and by-products into chemicals using fermentation technology, biodegradable materials such as adhesives and composites, and starch and
protein extraction; development of objective and rapid methods for quality measurement of biomaterials using near-infrared technology and other biosensors.