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Winners of the 2016 ISPE New Jersey Chapter Student Poster Competition

NJIT students won two awards at the 2016 ISPE New Jersey Chapter Student Poster Competition event organized by the New Jersey Chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, which took place at the Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ.  They are (1) Stefani Kocevska, with a poster entitled “Destruction of Chlorofluorocarbons in Non-Thermal Plasma” co-authored by Brenda Okereke, Merve Pekdemir, Alyssa Pitt, Mohnish Sabhani and Ratchell Sadovnik, and (2) Kuriakose Kunnath, with a poster entitled “Solvent-free particle surface modification using amino acid L-Leucine during milling for improved dry powder dispersion” co-authored by Z. Huang and  R. Dave.  Therefore Stefani and Kuriakose will be invited to present their work and complete with the other national and international student poster winners at the ISPE Annual Meeting International Poster Competition to be held September 2016 in Atlanta, GA.


As a part of his national service duties, Prof. Voronov collaborated with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) on developing a teaching resource meant to help prospective young candidates find a faculty job in academia.  The resource titled “ChE Faculty Candidates Resource Center” (http://www.aiche.org/community/sites/che-faculty-candidates-resource-center) debuted on January 2016, and contains various guidance materials on: a) Application Packet preparation, b) On-site and Remote Interviewing and c) Negotiating Job Offers.   In addition to this service, Prof. Voronov has also been participating in chairing, and improving, the “Meet the Faculty Candidate Poster Session” –an opportunity for the candidates to exhibit themselves in front of potential employers -  at the AIChE Annual Conferences. In addition, Dr. Voronov was featured in AICHE's ChEnected: http://www.aiche.org/chenected/2016/03/new-resource-site-faculty-candidates  


2014 Nobel Prize Laureate, Eric Betzig

NJIT Chemical Engineering student Long Pham and 2014 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry ("for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy") Eric Betzig at Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, VA. Pham and his adviser, Prof. Voronov, are currently working on reproducing Betzig's latest Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy system in their lab at NJIT. As a result they were invited to attend a workshop at Janelia Farm, where they were taught how to align and run the system, alongside other groups working on the system.  It is expected that by the time their microscope is finished, NJIT will be one of ~10 institutions in the world with such a system (while others are expected to come online later).

More technical information about the Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy can be found here: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/346/6208/1257998 and Images/Videos obtained with the microscope can be found here: https://vimeo.com/album/3098015.


New Editorial Appointments

Ecevit Bilgili, associate professor, Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological, and Pharmaceutical Engineering, was appointed as a new editor of the Editorial Board, US, of Advanced Powder Technology journal in January 2016.

Advanced Powder Technology aims to meet the demand for an international journal that integrates all aspects of science and technology research on powder and particulate materials. The journal fulfills this purpose by publishing original research papers, rapid communications, reviews, and translated articles by prominent researchers worldwide.

Rajesh Dave, distinguished professor, Otto H.York Department of Chemical Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering, was appointed as Executive Editor/ Chief of the Editorial Board for Advanced Powder Technology.

Advanced Powder Technology was initially founded as the International Journal of the Society of Powder Technology, Japan, but now the editorial works are shared with the unique framework consisted of regional and distinguished board members to respond accordingly to the increasing world-wide demands to submit articles not only on various aspects of powder and particles but also on all kinds of materials produced from particles and powder.         

Xianqin Wang, associate professor, Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Nature Scientific Report Journal. The main focus will be to preview papers related to Catalysis, Energy, Nanotechnology and Reaction Engineering topics. Detailed information can be found at Nature Publishing Group.

In addition, the link for the ACS conference is: http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings/abstract-submissions/acsnm252/division-of-energy-and-fuels.html   


Dr. Gennady Gor will join the CBPE Department as an Assistant Professor starting in Fall 2016.

Dr. Gor received his Ph.D. at St. Petersburg State University, Russia, in 2009. He held two postdoctoral appointments one at Rutgers University and another at Princeton University. In 2014, Dr. Gor was awarded the National Research Council Associateship at the Naval Research Laboratory, where he currently works. Dr. Gor's main interest is porous materials and the behavior of fluids confined in the nanopores. He addresses the current challenges in
these areas by developing and applying modeling techniques on different scales: molecular simulation, finite-element methods and density functional theory. More information about Dr. Gor's research is available at http://porousmaterials.net


Kamalesh K. Sirkar attended the 8th Sino-US Jt. Conference of Chemical Engineering, Shanghai, China during October 12-16, 2015. He delivered two Keynote Lectures, one at the Green Technology Symposium on “Pressure Swing Membrane Absorption Process for CO2 Removal from Shifted Syngas” and another at the Membrane Technology for Water Purification Symposium on “Experimental and Modeling Studies in Membrane Distillation”.

In addition he organized a 5-Session Symposium on “Separation Technology” at this conference, chaired one of the sessions and presented a paper on continuous production of polymer coated drug crystals.


NJIT Particle Engineer Wins Awards and Patents for Rethinking Tiny Building Blocks of Modern Production

Rajesh Davé, a problem-driven inventor whose relish for re-engineering tiny particles has led to advances in such diverse areas as weapons safety and drug delivery systems, while earning him a stream of patents, has been tapped by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) for one of its major career awards.

Davé, a distinguished professor of chemical, biological and pharmaceutical engineering, has won the organization’s 2015 Lectureship Award in Fluidization, a process for agitating solids such as powders and particles in order to make them behave like liquids. By fluidizing particles, engineers are able to adapt their structure and behavior to improve products ranging from cement, to cookies, to fuel, to cancer medications, to sunscreen, while making it faster and more efficient to manufacture them.


Ghislain Tchantchou, PhD student in the Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering received the 2015 BME Innovation and Career Development Award which is a competitive travel award to attend the BMES annual meeting at TAMPA. This travel award is given to deserving students from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering and provides a complimentary registration to the 2015 BMES Annual Meeting at the Tampa Convention Center and an $800 travel stipend to help cover meeting travel expense.

Ghislain Tchantchou's advisor is Dr. Sagnik Basuray, Assistant Professor in the Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering.


From the NJIT Newsroom

The New Jersey Innovation Institute, (NJII), an NJIT Corporation that applies the intellectual and technological resources of the state's science and technology university to challenges identified by industry partners, has received three TechConnect 2015 National & Global Innovation Awards.  >>
To address the challenges in industrialization of algae-based biofuel and issues of algal contamination in drinking water supply, Wen Zhang, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Xianqin Wang, associate professor in the Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering, have jointly been developing functional magnetic nanoparticles with polymer coating for cost efficient algal biomass harvesting and removal from water. >>
Kamalesh Sirkar, distinguished professor of chemical engineering, delivered a keynote lecture on "Novel Membrane Absorption-based Processes for CO2 Capture" at the International Congress of Membranes and Membrane Processes (ICOM 2014) in Suzhou, China in July. >>
Francisco Guzman, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical, Biological, and Pharmaceutical Engineering (CBPE) working with NJIT's Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection (NRDP), has won a fellowship from the American Petroleum Institute that includes attending the 2014 International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Savannah, Georgia in May of this year. >>
Laurent Simon, an associate professor of chemical engineering at NJIT, received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. >>
Kamalesh Sirkar, distinguished professor of chemical engineering, has authored a new textbook entitled Separation of Molecules, Macromolecules and Particles (Cambridge University Press, 2013).  >>
Reginald Tomkins, professor of chemical engineering and co-op adviser for the Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering, was the winner of the 2011 Zaida C. Morales Martinez ACS Scholars Mentoring Prize.  >>
Following a successful research collaboration with NJIT, Catalent Pharma Solutions of Somerset has announced that it has exclusively licensed innovative taste-making technology developed by NJIT Distinguished Professor Rajesh Davé, who was the principal investigator of a research project funded by Catalent.  >>
The work of Boris Khusid, professor in the department of chemical, biological and pharmaceutical engineering, has been included in NASA's Flight Opportunities Program. >>
Graduate student John Tang received the Elias Klein Founders' Travel Award for the North American Membrane Society (NAMS) Annual Meeting held in New Orleans, LA during June 9-13, 2012.  >>