10.01 Kris Publishes with Collaborators from Polymer Science in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!

Our newest manuscript that was "Scaling up nature: Large area flexible biomimetic surfaces" was accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. This work was a collaboration lead by Prof. Kenneth Carter in the department of polymer science and engineering at UMass Amherst. For more information see the publications page.


09.15 Griffin and RJ Join the Lab!

 Griffin Hurley, a Chemical Engineering major and Chinese minor has joined the lab to help synthesize nanofiber mats. Richard "RJ" Hall, a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major and Microbiology minor has joined the lab to help us construct a brand new bioreactor. Welcome to the lab!

09.02 NSF NRT Program awarded ~ $3 Million to Train Students in Use of Soft Materials for Life Sciences

A big congrats to the entire Soft Materials for Life Sciences (SMLS) team! Schiffman is a Team Leader on the NSF NRT that is lead by co-PIs Profs. Kenneth Carter and Gregory Tew. The award of $2.975 million will be made over five years through the National Science Foundation’s National Research Traineeship ( NSF NRT) program to train a group of graduate students from different disciplines in the use of polymers and other soft materials in the life sciences. For more information see press release.

08.20 Kris Publishes in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!

Congrats to Kris! His first-author research publication "Fewer Bacteria Adhere to Softer Hydrogels" has been accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. For more information see the publications page.

08.18 Schiffman gives Oral Presentation at 250th National ACS Conference in Boston, MA.

Prof. Schiffman presented "Adsorption of bacteria into electrospun cellulose nanofiber mats: Effect of surface functionality" at the 250th National ACS Conference in Boston. Her talk was part of a session on New Advances in Nanostructured Polymeric Membranes for Filtration, which was part of the Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering.

08.16 Schiffman Quoted in WIRED on New Natural Polymer Fibers.

Newer biopolymers are being developed in earnest now because of a heightened awareness of the environmental impact of textile production, especially textiles that require petroleum. To read the full article see link.

07.23 Schiffman and Colleagues Guest Edit a Focus Collection in Nanotechnology.

Boris Lau (UMass, Environmental Engineering), Jessica D Schiffman, and Weile Yan (Texas Tech University, Environmental Engineering) are guest editors for a focus collection on the "Lifecycle of Nanomaterials" for the journal Nanotechnology. The collection focuses primarily on two key areas (i) the synthesis of nanomaterials and (ii)  the fate and transport of nanomaterials in the natural environment or engineering treatment facilities. Manuscripts are being accepted until January 31, 2016. For more information see link.

06.24 New Publication in the J. of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials.

In collaboration with the Peyton Lab (ChE, UMass) the manuscript, “Mechanics of intact bone marrow” has been accepted to the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. For more information, see the publications page. Congrats!


06.09 Kris Presents Poster at BMB/BMP/CBI Retreat.

UMass Amherst BMB/BMP/CBI Joint Retreat with UMass Medical School was a sucess - pie eating contest and all! Kris presented his poster "The Effect of Hydrogel Materials Properties on Bacterial Rolling". For more info see link.


06/05 Nate Presents Research "Snap Shot" at Complex Fluids Meeting.

Nate presented a short research presentation at the 63rd New England Complex Fluids Meeting hosted at UMass-Amherst. His talk, “Thermoreversible Gelation of a Low Acid Chitosan/Pectin Hydrogel” was well received! For more info see link.


06/01 Welcome REU Student Michael Porter!

Michael Porter, a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering student from Johns Hopkins University joins us for the Cellular Engineering REU program, welcome!


05/11 Katrina Named a Tillwick Fellow!

Congrats to Katrina on being awarded the David C. Tillwick  Memorial Fellowship.

05/08 Farewell to Tyler and Hiu: Two of our Fabulous Undergraduate Researchers Graduate.
We wish our two graduating seniors all the best of luck as they leave UMass. Hiu will be starting as a Process Engineer in Lithography at GlobalFoundries. Tyler has accepted a position at Putnam Investments in Boston, MA, where he will work as a Technology Associate – Business Analyst. We wish them all the best and are confident that they will make great use of their Chemical Engineering degrees! Above, Tyler, Schiffman, and Hiu are pictured at the Chemical Engineering Senior Banquet. Tyler proudly displays his superlative award.

05/01 New Publication accepted to Biomacromolecules on a Novel All-Natural Hydrogel!

Nate's article "Thermal-Responsive Behavior of a Cell Compatible Chitosan/Pectin Hydrogel" has just been accepted for publication in Biomacromolecules, congrats! For more information see the publications page.

04/23 Katrina Receives Fulbright Award to Travel to Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany!

Katrina Rieger, has been chosen to receive a highly selective and very prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Award in conjunction with the Germanistic Society of America Award. Rieger will serve as a Fulbright researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States. More info here.

04/23 Katrina's Patent is Official!

Congrats to Katrina! Her patent “Essential oils or volatile organics thereof electrospun in chitosan nanofiber mats” has recieved an official patent number. For more information, see the publications page.

04/10 Kris' Team FogKicker Awarded Top Prize $25,000!

As part of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council 2015 Innovation Tour, Team FogKicker presented a coating technology with potential applications for millions of people. A press-release of this event can be seen here and media coverage here.


04/01 Kris Aces Prospectus!

We are excited to announce that Kris has passed his prospectus presentation! Stay tuned for his premire first-author publication!

03/26 Katrina Presents at the ACS National Meeting in Denver!

Katrina travels to Denver to give the oral presentation, “Adsorption of bacteria into electrospun cellulose nanofiber mats: Development of a dynamic model” at the 249th ACS National Meeting & Exposition. Her talk is in the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry and more information can be found here.


03/26 Eric Recieves William F. Field Alumni Scholar Award!

Congratulations to undergraduate researcher Eric Rice for receiving the competitive William F. Field Alumni Scholar Award! Established in 1976, this award recognizes and honor third-year students for their academic achievements at UMass Amherst. The program was named in honor of William F. Field, the university’s first Dean of Students, for his outstanding support of academic excellence and his personal commitment to bringing out the best in every student.


03/19 Schiffman Participates in NEA Science Day at UPRM.

Prof. Schiffman attended the 8th annual NorthEast Alliance Science Day at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez. The goal of this event is to provide participants (students and faculty) an opportunity to share their research experiences, plans, and achievements with faculty and students of the ten institutions of the Northeast Alliance and setting the basis for collaboration. For more info see link.


03/10 Emma Takes Third Place in Poster Competition at Regional AIChE Meeting!

Three of our undergraduate researchers attended the 2015 Northeast Student Regional AIChE Conference hosted this year by MIT and Northeastern University. We were proud to have three fresh posters on display to showcase all the great research that these undergrads have been working on! AND, congrats to Emma for taking third place in the Poster Competition! Congrats!! Pictured from left to right are Emma, Natalie, and Hiu. More info here.


2/10 Chris Kuo-LeBlanc Joins the Lab as an Undergraduate Researcher, Welcome!

On this snowy day, we wish a warm welcome to Christopher A. Kuo-LeBlanc who has just joined the lab as an undergraduate researcher. Chris is pursuing  a dual degree Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Biochemical Engineering and Mathematics with a concentration in Applied Mathematics. His research will focus on creating on antifouling membranes.

1/23 New Mini-Review on Green Antifouling Strategies Accepted to Frontiers in Microbiology!

Kerianne and Kristopher have joint first authorship on a mini-review, which was just accepted for publication in Frontiers in Microbiology, congrats! The name of the article is "Green Materials Science and Engineering Reduces Biofouling: Approaches for Medical and Membrane-based Technologies". For more information see the publications page.



12/24 Our Proposal to Improve Ultrafiltration Membranes was Funded!

Schiffman was awarded funding from the U.S. Geological Survey from the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC)! Her proposal offers a novel method to increase the flux of ultrafiltration membranes. We are very excited to continue our work on membranes!

12/24 Kris Awarded CBI Fellowship!

A BIG congratulations to Kris for winning a 2-year Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Traineeship! Science at the chemistry-biology interface brings the synthetic, mechanistic and analytical powers of chemistry to bear on new and exciting areas of biology. See link to learn more about the CBI program.

12/12 Schiffman & Collogues Awarded ARL Grant to Develop Nanoparticle and Graphene Coatings!

The Army Research Lab (ARL) has awarded Profs. Schmidt (Mechanical Engineering), Schiffman, Maroudas (Chemical Engineering), Ramasubramaniam (Mechanical Engineering), and Rothstein (Mechanical Engineering) a grant entitled "Cold spray of nanoparticle biocidal coatings and modeling of graphene polymer coatings". Within this work, the Schiffman Lab will focus on developing antibacterial nanoparticle-enhanced surface coatings. Congrats!

12/12 Natalie Awarded CHC Fellowship, Congrats!

Undergraduate researcher, Natalie Mako, has been awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowship for Spring 2015!

12/04 Kris Kolewe Gives Oral Presentation in Symposium I at the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, MA.

Kris’ talk “Bacteria Rolling and Attachment to Non-Fouling Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogels: Implications for Catheter Design” has been accepted as an Oral Presentation in Symposium I: Emerging 1D and 2D Nanomaterials in Health Care. For more information see link. Congrats!

12/04 We Accept the New MRS Chapter Award at the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, MA.

Prior to the Plenary address by Hyuk Chang of Samsung Electronics, MRS Vice President Oliver Kraft recognized 12 new MRS University Chapters, bringing the total to 90 chapters worldwide. Kris Kolewe (Chapter President), Katrina Rieger, and Faculty Mentor Jessica Schiffman accepted this award.

11/06 New Publication by Katrina and Nat on Ultrathin Chitosan/Cinnamaldehyde Films!

Katrina Rieger and Nathaniel Eagan's manuscript "Encapsulation of Cinnamaldehyde into Nanostructured Chitosan Films" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Polymer Science. Congrats!

10/23 Schiffman gives Invited Lecture and Chairs Symposium and at the Fiber Society Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

At the fall meeting and technical conference of the Fiber Society, Schiffman gave an Invited Talk on her lab’s recent progress into antimicrobial nanofiber mats. She also chaired the “Medical 1” symposium and presented a poster about the fundamentals of using electrospun nanofibers to collect bacteria. To learn more about the Fiber Society or see the full conference proceeding, see link.


09/22 Welcome Eric and Marco, New Undergraduate Researchers!

Chemical Engineering undergraduate researchers, Hiu “Marco” Yeung and Eric Rice, have officially joined the Schiffman lab. Marco, who is co-advised by Prof. Wei Fan (Chemical Engineering) is working to develop zeolites immobilized on nanofibers and membranes for water purification applications. Eric Rice is co-advised with Prof. Todd Emrick (Polymer Science and Engineering) is developing “greener” antifouling materials that feature natural polymers.


09/12 Kerianne & Tyler attend New England Graduate Student Water Symposium.

Kerianne & Tyler presented their poster "Evaluating Polysulfone Ultrafiltration Membranes for Water Purification" at the New England Graduate Student Water Symposium at UMass-Amherst. For more information see link.

07/18 Emma's Dream Job Published in C&EN Article!

Emma Klinkhamer’s dream job of “Biomaterials Lab Boss”was published in the latest issue of Chemical & Engineering News! Check it out here!

06/19 Kerianne & Tyler attend Water Systems, Science & Society under Global Change Conference at Tufts University.

Kerianne & Tyler presented their poster "Evaluating Polysulfone Ultrafiltration Membranes for Water Purification" at the 2014 UCOWR/NIWR/CUAHSI: Water Systems, Science & Society under Global Change Conference at Tufts University. For the full conference proceedings see link.

06/13 Katrina's Article Accepted for Publication in Carbohydrate Polymers!

Katrina's manuscript "Electrospinning an essential oil: Cinnamaldehyde enhances the antimicrobial efficacy of chitosan/poly(ethylene oxide) nanofibers" has been accepted for publication in Carbohydrate Polymers! A big congrats to Katrina! See publication page for more info!.


06/09 Nate and Katrina Awarded Fellowships!

Congratulations to Nate and Katrina for each being awarded the 2014 J.W. Eldridge Graduate Fellowship. This award honors Professor John W. Eldridge, former Head of the UMASS Department of Chemical Engineering.

06/02 Schiffman & Collogues Awarded ARL Grant to Develop Polymer-Nanoparticle Coatings!

The Army Research Lab (ARL) has awarded Profs. Ramasubramaniam (Mechanical Engineering), Schiffman, Maroudas (ChE) and Watkins (Polymer Science and Engineering) a one-year grant entitled "Material Properties of Nanoparticle Coatings, Biocidal Coatings, and Polymer Coatings". The objective of this work is to develop antibacterial surface coatings that can be to be applied quickly using spray coating techniques typically reserved for fabricating solid metal surfaces.

06/02 Katrina Selected to Attend National Leadership Conference.

Congrats to Katrina who has been selected to attend the 2014 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) at the University of Maryland, College Park. The conference will  provide a transformative experience for attendees from every state and from around the world to be the next generation of leaders. More info here.


06/02 New Undergraduate Researchers, Tyler, Natalie, and Maureen Join our Lab.

We wish a warm welcome to three chemical engineering undergraduates who have recently joined our lab. Natalie R. Mako is a rising sophomore at UMASS who will be working on developing new biopolymer materials for our recently funded research project on Cystic Fibrosis. After completing his Separations course, rising UMASS Senior Tyler Martin was incredibly excited to learn more about membrane-based processes; he will be fabricating and evaluating new ultrafiltration membranes that resist biological fouling. (3) Maureen Hoen is visiting us from Clarkson University this summer as she participates in ICE REU program on Cellular Engineering. She will working at the nanofiber-microbe interface using some new in-house synthesized biopolymer fibers!  

05/10 We are Awarded an Armstrong Fund for Science Award to Study Cystic Fibrosis!

Schiffman (PI) with collaborators Nonnenmann (MIE) and Peyton (ChE) have received $30,000 for their project, “Nanomechanics, biofilms and cystic fibrosis.” Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease characterized by a polymer layer that grows in the lungs and becomes abnormally thick and sticky and impairs breathing. For the press release, see link and other link.


05/09 Our three Seniors Accept Graduate School Offers!

We are very proud that Annuli, Elena, and Nat have earned their B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and will continue on to pursue PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering around the country! Annuli, Elena, and Nat have been part of our lab since year one and they will be missed!

- Annuli has an accepted an offer from the University of Pittsburgh,
- Elena will start at the University of Washington this fall, and
- Nat will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

05/01Annuli, Elena, and Nat Pass their Honors Thesis Defense!

Congratulations to our three senior chemical engineering undergraduates for successfully defending their theses at the 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference. This was an exciting event that brought together over 1,000 students from campuses across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to share their research as illustrated by this photo essay. Congrats again!

04/18 Katrina's Company Fiberessence Awarded $7,500!

Katrina was one of five finalists to compete in the 9th Annual University of Massachusetts Amherst Innovation Challenge business plan competition. The Innovation Challenge is an annual competition, designed to inspire, educate and reward teams of UMass students, faculty and recent alumni, who work together to integrate science, engineering and business to create new businesses. A press-release of this event can be seen here.


04/18 Emma to Attend REU this Summer at Case Western Reserve University!

Congrats to Emma, she was one of 10 students selected to attend the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program on Polymers! This program is hosted by the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.

04/05 Emma, Nat, and Elena Present Posters at Regional AIChE Meeting.

The UMass Amherst chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) sent 25 members to the 2014 Northeast Student Regional AIChE Conference, held this year at the University of Connecticut, with 350 students in attendance. For the full story, see link.

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03/10 Nate Publishes Article in Langmuir!

Nate's manuscript "Characterization of Self-Assembled Polyelectrolyte Complex Nanoparticles formed from Chitosan and Pectin" has been published in Langmuir! Congrats Nate! See publications page for more info.


02/04 "Greener" Materials Science.

We are a Feature Story! Read our press release here.


01/29 Kerianne Aces Qual Exam!

We are excited to announce that Kerianne has passed her qualifying exam! Time to start casting those membranes!

1/23 Schiffman Named the "James M. Douglas Career Development Faculty Fellow!"

Schiffman's award is “in honor of Professor Douglas’ research innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and ability to tackle complex problems using innovative and non-traditional approaches to achieve results.” The purpose of the Douglas Fund is to provide an Early Career Faculty Development Award annually to an untenured faculty member in the ChE department. The funds are meant to support a faculty member whose entrepreneurial spirit and creativity is an inspiration to colleagues and students alike. Professor Schiffman will use her funding from the Douglas Award to support her lab’s research into developing polymer hydrogels that resist microbial contamination. Press release here.



12/11 Katrina Competes in Elevator Pitch Competition to Win Top Prize!

Katrina's pitched her business idea and company, Fiberessence, along side eleven other innovators during the UMass Innovation Challenge Executive Summary & Elevator Pitch Competition held Dec. 3. She presented a two-minute pitch to a panel of judges from the private sector with wide-ranging expertise in creating new ventures. Katrina was one of four teams to be awarded the largest prize of $1,500. For more information, see link.

12/11 Two of Our Honors Undergraduate Researchers Awarded Grants from the Commonwealth Honors College!!

Nathaniel Eagan has received an Honors Research Grant in support of his research project, “Investigating the Surface and Antimicrobial Properties of Chitosan-Cinnamaldehyde Surface Coatings”. Additionally, the proposal submitted by Annuli Okoye has been awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowship. Congrats!


11/11 PhD Student Kerianne Dobosz and Honors Sophomore Emma Klinkhamer Join the Lab!

Kerianne has recently joined our lab after completing her B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from Cornell University. We are excited to have her come on board as our new antifouling-membranes expert! Undergraduate researcher Emma is currently a Sophomore in Chemical Engineering. With full enthusiasm she has been electrospinning biopoylmer nanofiber mats!


09/25 Katrina Named Finalist in Graduate Student Paper Competition!

We are excited to learn that Katrina has been chosen as a finalist in the 2013 Fall Fiber Society Graduate Student Paper Competition. She is one of three graduate students who will present their research manuscript orally at the conference, which is formally named the "International Symposium on Fibers Interfacing the World". We wish her all the best of luck in Clemson, South Carolina!


09/25 Congrats to Annuli on SWE Fellowship!

We congratulate Annuli on being named a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholar!

08/27 Elena & Nat Awarded Research Assistant Fellowships from CHC!

Congrats to Seniors Elena and Nat for winning Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowships for 2013. Elena has steadily been making progress on her research proposal “Fabrication, characterization, and optimization of chitosan:pectin hydrogel films for waste water treatment”. We are also excited to see the developments of Nat's project, “Investigating the surface and antimicrobial properties of chitosan-cinnamaldehyde surface coatings”.

08/12 Schiffman Awarded NSF Funding!

Schiffman has been awarded her first NSF funding, Congrats! She is the sole PI on the project "BRIGE: Engineering Antifouling Ultrafiltration Membranes Using Polycationic Nanofibers". For more information see the NSF abstract (link). Press release here.

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08/06 We've Moved & Welcome to our New Webpage, Built by ChemEng senior Shelby D'Abbraccio!

The Schiffman Lab and Offices have moved to shiny new locations! We are now housed on the fifth floor of the Life Science Laboratories (LSL) building. It only seemed fit to accompany our new space with a new webpage, which was designed by Shelby D'Abbraccio, a senior undergraduate in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

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07/30 Katrina & Nate Publish in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B!

We are excited to announce that our Applications Review Article, "Designing Electrospun Nanofiber Mats to Promote Wound Healing – A Review" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B: Materials for Biology and Medicine. See publications page for more info.


06/26 Welcome Dr. S. Srinu Naik!

We are excited to host visiting scholar, Dr. S. Srinu Naik, an expert in wastewater treatment, in our lab for the next month! Srinu is an Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, India). Thanks to the Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP)/World Bank for providing this funding. 


06/24 Big Congrats to Katrina for Receiving an ICE IGERT Fellowship!

Katrina Rieger has been awarded a one-year NSF-sponsored ICE IGERT Traineeship! Congratulations! For more about the ICE program, see link.


06/13 Schiffman and Colleagues from Drexel Publish in the Journal of Materials Science

Our manuscript "Phosphate Salts Facilitate the Electrospinning of Hyaluronic Acid Fiber Mats" has been accepted for publication. See the Publications page for more info!


06/03 Welcome Jeff Marshall!

We are excited to welcome ICE REU student, Jeffrey Marshall, to our lab this summer to research biopolymer hydrogels! Jeff joins us from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID/RIT) where he is a Laboratory Science Technology Major. Welcome! 

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05/30 Schiffman Receives Funding from the ACI Foundation.

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) Foundation’s Concrete Research Council has funded our proposal, “Mitigation of Steel Reinforcement Corrosion via Bioactive Agents”. This proposal is a collaboration between the Schiffman lab and Prof. Sakulich from the Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). For info about ACI, see link.


05/22 Nate's Abstract Accepted to the 246th National ACS Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana!

Nate's abstract, "Synthesis of Chitosan:Pectin Nanoparticles for Improved Wound Healing" has been accepted as a Poster Presentation in session Biomacromolecules for Therapeutics and Diagnostics Delivery within the Division of Polymer Chemistry. Nate will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, this September via the prestigious ACS Ciba Student Travel Award he received. Congrats!


05/07 Schiffman Awarded Mellon Mutual Mentoring Micro Grant!

Congrats to Schiffman for being awarded a 2013-14 Mellon Mutual Mentoring Micro Grant through the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. For press release see link.


05/07 Schiffman and Colleagues from Drexel and Dartmouth Publish in the Journal of Materials Science

Our manuscript "Crosslinked Poly(allylamine) Fibers Electrospun from Basic and Acidic Solutions" has been accepted for publication. See the Publications page for more info.

04/27 Chemical Engineering Honors Student take over 19th Annual Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference by Storm. 

Congrats to our Senior Chemical Engineering Honors students. Today they defended their honors thesis at the 19th Annual Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference hosted at UMass Amherst. Congrats again. See link for more info.


04/17 Our UGs Accepted to Prestigious NSF & DOE Summer Programs!

(1) Nathaniel to Attend the CSM Polymer REU Program! This summer, undergraduate researcher Nathaniel Eagan will travel to Golden Colorado to attend the REU Program in Advancing Polymer Materials by Integrating Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines! For more information about this program, see link.
(2) Elena to Attend UNM NSMS REU Program! We are excited that undergraduate researcher Elena Pandres will be part of the NanoScience and MicroSystem (NSMS) REU Program this summer at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. This program is ideal for students interested in nanotechnology and materials science. For more information about this program, see link.
(3) Annuli Accepts DOE Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship! Annuli has accepted an appointment in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program. She will conduct a project at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown, West Virginia. Her appointment is administered for the DOE by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). For more information about the NETL, see link.

4/17/13 Nathaniel and Elena are Awarded Top Prizes in the Poster Competition at the Northeast AIChE Regional Conference at UMass Amherst!

Nathaniel comes in first place and Elena comes in third place in the AIChE poster competition! Congrats! Three posters were presented by our undergraduate researchers: Annuli, Elena, and Nathaniel this year at the 2013 Northeast American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Student Conference. The conference was held April 13-14 here at UMass Amherst! See link for more information.

04/03 Annuli, Elena, and Nathaniel Present Research Posters at the Northeast AIChE Regional Conference at UMass Amherst!

Three posters will be presented by our undergraduate researchers: Annuli, Elena, and Nathaniel this year at the 2013 Northeast American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Student Conference. The conference will be held April 13-14 here at UMass Amherst! See link for more information.

04/02 Elena and Nathaniel Present Research Posters at the WSSS Symposium at Tufts University!

Two posters from our group have been accepted for presentation at the 4th Annual Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) Interdisciplinary Water Symposium, "Feeding Ourselves Thirsty: The Future of Water and Food Production". Elena will present her research poster "Chitosan:pectin assemblies: Engineering green nanoparticles and hydrogels" and Nat will present his research poster "Nanostructured chitosan-cinnamaldehyde materials inactivate microbes". For more information about this event see link.


04/02 David Gamliel Accepted to CBE PhD Program at UConn!

David Gamliel has accepted an offer to pursue a PhD in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He will start at UConn Fall 2013, best of luck to Dave! link.


03/20 Schiffman and Chemistry Colleagues Publish Peer-Reviewed Book Chapter.

Dubin, Schiffman, and Zheng publish a book chapter entitled, "Polycation-Tethered Micelles as Immobilized Detergents for NAPL Remediation" in Novel Solutions to Water Pollution, vol. 1123, pp. 97-109 of the ACS Symposium Series published by the American Chemical Society. link.


02/02 Congratulations, Kris!

We are excited to announce that Kris has passed his qualifying exam!


02/02 We welcome Gita, an undergraduate researcher from Mississippi State University into our lab!

Gita Ramakrishnan is currently pursuing a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Minor in Economics from Mississippi State University. As part of her National Student Exchange program, Gita will be at UMass Amherst for about one year. We are excited to welcome her!



12/21 Schiffman is Welcomed as a New Training Faculty Member of the CBI Training Program!

We are excited to be a part of the Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Program. "Science at the chemistry-biology interface brings the synthetic, mechanistic and analytical powers of chemistry to bear on new and exciting areas of biology." For more information about CBI: link.


12/16 Oral Presentation on All-Natural Corrosion Inhibitors Accepted to ICMA!

A paper entitled "Preliminary Investigations of Essential Oils as Corrosion Inhibitors in Steel Reinforced Cementitious Systems" will be presented orally at the 35th International Conference on Cement Microscopy, which is sponsored by the International Cement Microscopy Association (ICMA).
This research was conducted by undergraduate researcher Greg Keohane in collaboration with Prof. Sakulich from the Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Congrats! link


12/12 Nate Receives Competitive Green Chemistry Travel Award!

Congratulations goes to Nate on receiving the 2012 ACS Ciba Student Travel Award. Only 4 students in the nation were selected to receive this honor. This award recognizes research that has a significant green chemistry or sustainability component. In June 2013, Nate will use this award to present his research at the 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.


12/11 We are a Hamilton Company Syringe Grant Recipient.

The Hamilton Company has selected our lab to receive a 2012 Syringe Grant. Congrats! More information link.


11/16 Welcome Kris!

Our lab continues to grow with the addition of a new PhD student, Kristopher Kolewe who joins the group after completing his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University. Welcome!


11/15 Schiffman and UMass Amherst Colleagues from Chemistry and Food Science Publish in Materials Today.

Engel, Schiffman, Goddard, and Rotello's article "Nanomanufacturing of Biomaterials" has been accepted as a review article for publication in Materials Today. Congrats!

11/07 CBI Chalk Talk Features Katrina and Jessica.

See press release below. More information link.

  10/01 Upcoming mini-series for Engineering Students interested in Graduate School.
Session 1: An informal panel discussion with current graduate students to answer all your questions about graduate school!
  • How do I know if graduate school is right for me?
  • Do I pay for graduate school?
  • What is the application process like? When do I need to apply? What should I be doing now?
Who should attend: Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors
Date: Friday October 5, 2012
Time: 12:05 - 1:25 pm
Where: LGRT 201
Contact Prof. Schiffman at schiffman@ecs.umass.edu with questions.

Session 2: NSF Graduate Fellowship Application Workshop.
  • Are you an engineering student interested in applying for an NSF fellowship to help fund your graduate studies?
  • Want to learn more about what this fellowship is all about?
  • We’ll also discuss resume building, writing tips, and go through some former successful applications. This workshop is geared toward engineering applicants to the GRFP program.

Who should attend: Juniors, Seniors, 1st, 2nd year graduate students
Date: Friday October 12, 2012
Time: 12:05 - 1:25 pm
Where: LGRT 201
Contact Prof. Peyton at speyton@ecs.umass.edu with questions.

09/06 Annuli, Elena, and Nat are Awarded Honors Research Assistant Fellowships!

Annuli, Elena, and Nat have received Honors Research Assistant Fellowship to conduct research in the lab this Fall. Congrats!

08/31 Schiffman and Yale Colleagues Publish in Langmuir.

Zodrow, Schiffman, and Elimelech's article, "Biodegradable Polymer (PLGA) Coatings Featuring Cinnamaldehyde and Carvacrol Mitigate Biofilm Formation" has been accepted as an article for publication in Languir. Congrats!

07/29 Our SEM micrograph highlighted for the general public.

Cracked.com ranks our award-winning micrograph,"Squidsuckers: The Little Monsters That Feed the Beast" as the #1 "Everyday Thing That Look Terrifying Under a Microscope".

07/23 Schiffman and Yale Colleagues Publish in Desalination.

Hoover, Schiffman, and Elimelech's article, "Nanofibers in thin-film composite membrane support layers: Enabling expanded application of forward and pressure retarded osmosis" has been accepted for publication to a special "New Directions" issue of in Desalination.


07/20 Nathaniel receives Haensel UOP Award!

Congratulations to Nat! He has received the Haensel UOP Award for chemical engineering excellence and to support opportunities for undergraduate research!


06/12 Katrina & Nate Oral Presentations Accepted to AIChE.

Congratulations to Katrina and Nate whose abstracts have been accepted! They will both give oral presentations at 2012 AICHE Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. More info about upcoming conferences is located here.


05/29 Welcome Robert!

We are excited to have Robert Darling, an ICE REU student from the Chemical & Biological Engineering Department at Rice University conducting research in our lab this summer. Welcome!


05/09 Katrina Receives Eli Lilly Travel Grant, Congrats!

Katrina is one of nine recipients nationally to receive a grant from the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) on behalf of Eli Lilly & Co. and the American Chemical Society (ACS). She will use this grant to travel to Philadelphia, PA and present her work orally at the 244th ACS National Meeting this August.


04/27 Annuli presents poster at WSSS Symposium at Tufts Univ.

“Fabricating Chemically Robust Chitosan Films for Water Purification” has been accepted for presentation at the Third Annual WSS Interdisciplinary Water Symposium “The Glass Half-Full: Valuing Water in the 21st Century.”


04/19 Funding from the CHM.

In collaboration with Vince Rotello (Chemistry) and Julie Goddard (Food Science) the Schiffman Lab is excited to be part of a Seed Award from the UMass Center for Hierarchial Manufacturing (CMH) to explore "Nanomanufacturing using Biomaterials".

04/19 Funding from the WRRC.

Prof. Schiffman was awarded funding from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) to develop nanostructured biopolymer sorbents for tungsten removal.

04/14 Dave presents poster at ISPE poster competition.

Dave traveled to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) to present the poster, “Fabricating Chemically Robust Chitosan Films for Water Purification” at the Boston Area Chapter's ISPE Student Poster Competition. Good luck to Dave!


04/10 Dave accepted to an REU at the Univ. of South Carolina (USC)!

Dave will be attending an REU in sustainable energy hosted in the Department of Chemical Engineering at USC this summer. Congrats!


03/31 Annuli accepted to REU-RETREAT at Florida A&M University!

Congrats to Annuli! She has been accepted to participate in REU-RETREAT : Retaining Engineers through Research Entrepreneurship and Advanced-Materials Training.


03/01 Congrats to Katrina!

Katrina has become an Associate Member of the Institute for Cellular Engineering!


2/23 Welcome Annuli!

Annuli Okoye has joined our lab as an undergraduate researcher. Her research will explore environmental applications of biopolymers.


02/08 Congratulations to Nate and Katrina!

Our two graduate students, Nate and Katrina, both aced their qualifying exams! Time to celebrate.

02/01 ICE Coffee & Connections features us.

Profs. Alfandari (VAS) and Schiffman (ChemE) discuss the different strategies their labs take towards Designing Extracellular Playgrounds.




12/13 Nat, Elena, and Stephanie are our newest lab members!

Undergraduate researchers Nat Eagan, Elena Pandres, and Stephanie Butler join our happy lab.

11/30 Oral Presentation at MRS Fall Meeting.

Biofilm Reduction by Carvacrol and Cinnamaldehyde Incorporated into Poly(Lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) Thin Films was presented orally by Prof. Schiffman at the Fall MRS Meeting in Boston, MA.


11/18 Our lab grows! Welcome Nathan, Katrina, and Greg!

PhD student, Nathan Birch joins the group after completing his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Minor in Polymer Science and Engineering from Michigan Tech. Katrina Rieger, also a PhD student joins after completing her B.S. from Oregon State University in Chemical Engineering. Gregory Keohane, an undergraduate researcher is also part of our team. We are excited to have our new members!

11/18 Panel discussion about graduate school.

10/27 ICE welcomes us.

Prof. Schiffman has officially been welcomed to join the Institute of Cellular Engineering (ICE). We are excited to be a part of this accomplished team.


10/17 Oral Presentation at AIChE Annual Meeting.

At the 2011 AIChE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN, Prof. Schiffman presented,"Enhancement of Electrospun Polysulfone Mats Using Biocidal Nanomaterials".


10/14 Carbohydrate Polymers paper published.

The short communication,"Electrospinning of hyaluronic acid nanofibers from aqueous ammonium solutions" has been published in the January 2012 issue of Carbohydrate Polymers.


09/29 Welcome David!

Undergraduate researcher David Gamliel joins the group.


09/19 Paper accepted to Langmuir.

Research by Prof. Schiffman and collaborators from Cornell University publish an article titled "Biocidal Activity of Plasma Modified Electrospun Polysulfone Mats Functionalized with Polyethyleneimine-Capped Silver Nanoparticles" in Langmuir.


09/01 The Schiffman Group is formed.

Jessica Schiffman joins the Chemical Engineering Department at the UMass Amherst.