Research Group 

PHD Students:

Barbara Calderon   Research Topic:  Study of blends of biobased and biodegradable Poly(propylene carbonate) and Poly(butylene succinate) by means of reactive extrusion. The analysis of two different functionalization routes for the compounding process: free radical grafting using a peroxide initiator and transterification reactions using a catalyst. The use of ultra high speed extrusion to increase reaction rate and tailor the properties of the compatibilized bioblends.

Barbara Calderon

Research Topic: Study of blends of biobased and biodegradable Poly(propylene carbonate) and Poly(butylene succinate) by means of reactive extrusion. The analysis of two different functionalization routes for the compounding process: free radical grafting using a peroxide initiator and transterification reactions using a catalyst. The use of ultra high speed extrusion to increase reaction rate and tailor the properties of the compatibilized bioblends.

Hao Pan

Hao Pan

Siwen Bi   Research Topic : Siwen Bi is interested in replacing petroleum-based plastics with bio-based and biodegradable polymers with good properties and developing “green” products. She is working on the synthesis of the biodegradable polymer, strategies for modifying the degradability of bio-based polymer and the development of controlled release fertilizer with the biodegradable polymer.

Siwen Bi

Research Topic: Siwen Bi is interested in replacing petroleum-based plastics with bio-based and biodegradable polymers with good properties and developing “green” products. She is working on the synthesis of the biodegradable polymer, strategies for modifying the degradability of bio-based polymer and the development of controlled release fertilizer with the biodegradable polymer.

Ye Wang

Ye Wang

 
 

MS Students: 

James Soule

James Soule

 
 

Undergraduate Students:

Colin Senechal    Research Interests:  Marine plastics, environmental impacts of marine plastic, re-processing of marine plastics, 3d printing composite materials for aerospace applications

Colin Senechal

Research Interests: Marine plastics, environmental impacts of marine plastic, re-processing of marine plastics, 3d printing composite materials for aerospace applications

Kyle Arsenault    Research Interests : Plastics sustainability, recycling, water sustainability, and public health

Kyle Arsenault

Research Interests: Plastics sustainability, recycling, water sustainability, and public health