Department News

1st Place Winners of the Senior Design Showcase Competition

Roman Voronov, assistant professor of chemical engineering, advised his team consisting of Sebastian Villegas, Johanna Lopez Benitez, and Derek Huan to win 1st Prize in the Senior Design Showcase Competition. The three undergraduates students of the Electrical Engineering department were mentored by Long Pham, PhD student, chemical engineering. Their project is titled "A Low-Cost, Scalable, Transparent Environment with Integrated Temperature Control and Automated Pneumatic Pumping for Live Cell Microcopy Experiments."

pictured from left to right: Derek Huang, Johanna Lopez Benitez and Sebastian Villegas 

Recipient of the 2017 AIChE Pharmaceutical Development of Manufacturing Student Award

Meng Ling, PhD student, working along side her adviser Ecevit Bilgili, is the recipient of the 2017 AIChE Pharmaceutical Development to Manufacturing (PD2M) Student Award sponsored by Pfizer. This prestigious award is highly competitive and is given by AIChE's PD2M division annually. Meng received the award during the AIChE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.

Congratulations, Ecevit and Meng, on this well deserved award!


First Prize Poster Competition Winner

Victoria Harbour who is currently a senior conducting research with Sagnik Basuray won first prize in the poster competition at the American Electrophoresis Society (AES) Meeting, which was held with the AIChE 2017 National Meeting in Minneapolis. AES is the premier society for microfluidics and biosensors. Furthermore, Victoria was competing with both undergraduate and graduate students. Congratulations Victoria!

pictured left to right: Mehnaz Mursalat, Bhuvana Mohanlal, Victoria Harbour, Andrew House                                                                                 

Winner of the 2017 Alan S. Michaels Award for Innovation in Membrane Science and Technology

Kamalesh Sirkar, distinguished professor of chemical engineering, won the 2017 Alan S. Michaels Award for Innovation in Membrane Science and Technology.This award is given every three years by the North American Membrane Society (NAMS). The award consists of a $ 10,000 prize and lifetime membership in NAMS. Sirkar holds 31 U.S. patents and three in Canada. He is best known for developing the concept of membrane contractors, a process that permits two phases that do not mix, such as two liquids or a liquid and a gas, to contact each other at the pores of a membrane without dispersing into each other in order to introduce or extract specific compounds across it. He also developed a novel membrane distillation technology capable of converting sea and brackish water into potable water with a considerably high eater recovery rate than the standard method, reverse osmosis. 

Chemical Engineering Professor Awarded the 2017 Emerging Researcher Award

Xianqin Wang, associate professor of chemical engineering won the 2017 Emerging Researcher Award for the American Chemical Society’s energy and fuels division at the organization’s national meeting in Washington, DC. The award recognizes “sustained and distinguished contributions” to the field of fuel chemistry. Professor Wang is the first woman to win this award.


NJIT Graduate Student Wins Poster Competition

Kerri-Lee Chintersingh-Dinnall, a Ph.D. student in chemical engineering won the poster competition for her poster entitled "Combustion of boron and boron-iron composite particles in different oxidizers" at the U.S. Defense threat Reduction Agency Program Review Meeting in McLean, VA.  Kerri-Lee worked along side her adviser and distinguished professor Edward Dreizin completing work in the lab completing her research on boron. She will present her work on boron at the American Institute of Chemical Engineering Annual Meeting and Materials Research Symposium later this year.      

New CBPE Faculty Member

Dr. McEnnis is currently completing a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Michigan studying multicompartmental nanoparticles for drug delivery applications. She received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Polymer Science and Engineering and BS from MIT in Chemistry. Her research uses physical chemistry characterization techniques in novel ways to investigate drug delivery vehicles in biological environments to create successful, well-designed drug delivery systems.

Kathleen McEnnis will join the CBPE department as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2017.


Shen Ji, first year graduate student in the chemical engineering PhD program, published his first paper with Dr. Guvendiren, Assistant Professor of CBPE. The study titled "Recent Advances in Bioink Design for 3D Bioprinting of Tissues and Organs" is a mini review based on Shen's qualifier exam. 3D bioprinting is an additive manufacturing approach that utilizes a “bioink” to fabricate devices and scaffolds in a layer-by-layer manner. In this mini review, Shen summarized the commonly used bioprinting methods such as extrusion-based, droplet-based, and laser-based bioprinting, with particular focus on bioink design requirements for each approach. The study also presents the current state of the art in bioink design including the challenges and future directions.

Article can be reached (Open Access) from the link:

1st Place Winners at the 82nd Annual AWWA Conference

Scott Quirie, Emily Heckman and Daniel Young, chemical engineering students, won first place at the 82nd Annual American Water Works Association (AWWA) NJ conference held on March 22nd at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City. The conference showcases the latest research, products and services within the water industry. The winning research poster was entitled "Feasibility of Nano-Ozone Bubbles to Treat Drinking Water", and focused on the application of ozone-filled nanoscale bubbles that possess great potential in the cleanup of both organic contaminants as well as pathogens. 

Pictured Daniel Young (bottom left), Emily Heckman (bottom middle), and Scott Quirie (top right). PhD students in Civil Engineering: Janitha Batagoda (top left) and Shaini Aluthgun Hewage (bottom right). Research professor Dr. Meegoda (back middle).​

Victoria Harbour Wins Third Place in Research Poster Presentation at Regional AIChE Meeting

Ms. Victoria Harbour, a junior chemical engineering major was awarded third place for a research poster presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Regional AIChE Conference held at Rowan University on March 25, 2017.

The topic of her research was NVU-on-a-chip: Multi-spectroscopic, flow-based platform to study in-vitro transient dynamics of the brain. Her research advisor is Professor Sagnik Basuray, an assistant professor in the department.



AICHE North Jersey Section Award Scholarship Presentations

The annual presentation of scholarships for chemical engineering students from NJIT and Stevens Institute of Technology was held at Stevens Institute of Technology on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. These scholarships are awarded to students with outstanding academic performance as well as an exemplary record in contributions to the AIChE student chapters. Several other NJIT students attended the dinner meeting which also featured a talk on Effective Interviewing.

The following are the awardees from NJIT:

  • James Wakerlik                       Otto H. York Award
  • Thomas Reardon                     Stanley S. Grossel Award
  • Robert Gwiszcz                       Outstanding Chemical Engineering Senior
  • Thomas Hopper                       Robert M. Brown Memorial Scholarship
(Pictured L to R: Katherine Gawel, Thomas Hopper, Robert Gwiszcz, Thomas Reardon, James Ligot, Krolina Wakulik and Dr. Reginald Tomkins) 

Dr. Gennady Gor, Assistant Professor, has published an invited review paper on adsorption-induced deformation of nanoporous materials in the journal Applied Physics Reviews. Nanoporous materials play an important role in many chemical engineering applications, in particular they are used as adsorbents. When fluids get adsorbed in the pores that are only a few nanometers wide, the intermolecular forces between the fluids and solids induce very high pressures. These pressures can reach hundreds of atmospheres and cause noticeable deformations even in stiff solid materials. The review paper discusses a variety of cases where these strains are significant: change of permeation of zeolite membranes, swelling of coal, etc. and presents the state-of-the art theoretical understanding of this phenomenon.

The paper is available online (open access) at

Kamalesh Sirkar, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, acclaimed  for his innovations in industrial membrane technology used to separate and  purify air, water and waste streams, and to improve the quality of  maufactured products such  as pharmacuticals, solvents and nanoparticles, has been named a 2016 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Sirkar holds 29 U.S. patents and three in Canada. He is best known for developing the concept of membrane contactors. 

He will be inducted this April as part of the 6th Annual Conference of the  National Academy of Inventors at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston. Andrew H. Hirshfield, the U.S. Commissioner for Patents, will give the keynote address at the ceremony.   


Dr. Ecevit Bilgili, Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, has been invited by the US Pharmacopoeial Convention to give a talk at the USP Workshop "Nanomedicines: Technical and Regulatory Perspectives" on March 20-22, 2017 in Rockville, MD.

Further information can be found at the link below:

2016 Excellence in Research Prize and Medal Recipient

The NJIT Board of Overseers is proud to award Dr. Rajesh N. Davé, distinguished professor in the Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering, its ninth annual Excellence in Research Prize and Medal.
The ceremony recognizing Dr. Davé and the first airing of the video overview of his research will be streamed live Thursday, Oct. 6, at 5:30 pm ET. For a live streaming link go to

Chemical Engineering Professors Issued Patent

Dr. Ecevit Bilgili, Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, received the patent “Systems and Methods for Superdisintegrant-Based Composite Particles for Dispersion and Dissolution of Active Pharmaceutical Agents” issued on September 27, 2016 as Patent No. US 9,452,107 B2.


  • Ecevit Bilgili (Primary Inventor)
  • ​Rajesh Dave 
  • Mohammad Azad
  • Anagha Bhakay


Dr. Kamalesh Sirkar, Distinguished Professor, received the patent “System and Method for Continuous Polymer Coating of Particles” issued on September 27, 2016 as Patent No. 9452930.   



  • Kamalesh Sirkar (Primary Inventor)
  • Robert Pfeffer
  • Dhananjay Singh
  • Dengyue Chen 

​​NJIT Graduate Student Receives Awards at an International Conference​

Ms. Na Yao, a 3rd year PhD student in Chemical Engineering, supervised by Distinguished Professor Kamalesh K. Sirkar and Professor Boris Khusid in the Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering attended the Engineering Conference International (ECI) Advanced Membrane Technology VII during Sept. 11-16, 2016 in Cork, Ireland.  This meeting attracts experts and researchers in membrane separation technologies from all over the world, including North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania. She presented a poster on her research efforts supported by the Membrane Science, Engineering and Technology (MAST) Center, and won the Student Poster Presentation Award in the competition among the students from top universities, such as Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Imperial College London.  Ms. Yao received a partial travel stipend from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) for her participation at the conference.

Winner of the 2016 ITP Poster Awards

Mehnaz Mursalat, graduate student, Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering Department was selected as a top poster presenter at ITP 2016. Mehnaz is advised by Dr. Sagnik Basuray, Assistant Professor, Otto H. York Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering. The 23rd International Symposium on Electro- and Liquid Phase-Separation Techniques was held on September 18-21 in Minneapolis, MN.