Prerana publishes timely review article ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!

Congrats to Prerana! Her comprehensive and timely review article, "Beyond the single nozzle: Coaxial electrospinning enables innovative nanofiber chemistries, geometries, and applications" has just been published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Congrats to Prerana on her first, first-author manuscript! For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (December 2020)

Mengfei Huang gives oral presentation at our Virtual Research Symposium!

Mengfei gave an excellent talk entitled, “High-performance coatings featuring methylene malonate derivatives” at the first Virtual Research Symposium held by the Chemical Engineering department at UMass. (December 2020)

Dr. Zoey Meng successfully defends her PhD dissertation! 

Congratulations to Dr. Zoey Meng for successfully defending her PhD dissertation via Zoom! It's not what any of us imagined! Her next stop will be California! Zoey has accepted a postdoctoral position with Prof. Rachel Segalman at the University of California at Santa Barbara! Congrats again to the new Doctor! (November 2020)

Kelsi and Irene give multiple presentation and Schiffman chairs the Virtual MESD poster competition at the 2020 Virtual AIChE Annual Meeting!

Irene Kurtz was a finalist in the AIChE2020 Graduate Student Competition in Microbes at Biomedical Interfaces! She also presented a poster called “Zwitterion-containing copolymers reduce bacterial adhesion in dental environments”. Kelsi M.S. Rehmann presented her work entitled “Surface Initiated polymerization from poly(ethylene) surfaces for biomedical applications” orally, as well as a poster of her results on the “Chain extension of carboxylic acid capped polyesters via methylene malonate chemistry." Professor Schiffman chaired the AIChE MESD student poster competition. We all hope to see you next year assuming the 2021 meeting is held in Boston! (November 2020)

Welcome to Dr. Priyanka!

Priyanka is a postdoctoral researcher who will be working jointly between our ab and the Perry lab on complex coacervation-based strategies to saften fungicides. (November 2020)

Schiffman discusses how her lab is fighting the global pandemic by harnessing the power of cross-disciplinary research. 

As part of UMass Homecoming activities, Professor Schiffman discussed her lab’s pioneering efforts to help combat COVID-19. Discussions included the College of Engineering community’s work on PPE and ventilators, as well as our revolutionary research including a bio-inspired membrane that captures virus-containing droplets and a breathalyzer-style COVID-19 test that is in clinical trials. For more information, see link. (October 2020)

New collaborative manuscript published in the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials!

Our recent publication "Localized characterization of brain tissue mechanical properties by needle induced cavitation rheology and volume controlled cavity expansion" was just published in the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials.  For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (October 2020)

Prerana gives presentation at 84th New England Complex Fluids Workshop!

Prerana gave an oral presentation at the Virtual 84th New England Complex Fluids Workshop. The name of her presentation was “Coaxial electrospinning of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) fibers” (September 2020)

New collaborative paper published in ES&T!

We are excited that our new collaborative manuscript " Facile Postprocessing Alters the Permeability and Selectivity of Microbial Cellulose Ultrafiltration Membranes" has been published in Environmental Science & Technology. This study was lead by Professor Katherine Zodrow at Montana Tech. For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (September 2020)

 

Zoey awarded patent!

Congratulations to Zoey Meng on the publishing of her second patent! "Ultra-stable Printing and Coatings using Aqueous Complex Coacervates, and Compositions and Methods Thereof," X. Meng, S.L. Perry, J.D. Schiffman, US Patent No. 10,767,060 B2, Sept. 8, 2020. For a link to the patent, see the publications page. (September 2020)

Kelsi passes her Prospectus Exam!

We are excited to announce that Kelsi has passed her prospectus exam! (July 2020)

New NSF award to develop a membrane that can capture COVID-19 airborne droplets

Schiffman and her UMaine counterparts received grants totaling more than $225,000 from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) early-concept grants for exploratory research program, also called EAGER. Collaborating on the project is UMaine biomedical engineer Caitlin Howell and virologist Melissa Maginnis. 

 

The NSF announcement is here and a UMass announcement is here.

 

Press coverage of this award includes an interview by FOX Bangor/ABC 7 News, and articles from News Medical Life Sciences, Business Insider, and more. (July 2020)

 

The Schiffman Lab is operating at a limited capacity

The Schiffman lab is currently operating at a limited capacity. Details about the UMass Amherst Reopening plan are outlined here. (July 2020)

Best wishes to our graduating seniors: Jared, Greg, Jana!
A BIG congratulations to our graduating seniors, Jared Bowden, Gregory Donovan, and Jana Latayan! Jared will be starting a PhD program in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Greg will start a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. You will all be missed! (May 2020)
Prof. Schiffman is part of a STEM Women’s Interdisciplinary Group who were just awarded an ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring Grant to support research collaboration through plans to help develop “high risk-high reward” research proposals by bringing together disparate scientific groups with overlapping research interests in the area of “Particles and Polymers in Biofilms.” (April 2020)

We are temporarily closed - March 13th until ?
Stay safe and at home everyone! Due to COVID-19 the Schiffman lab is temporarily closed and has stopped conducting any experiments. (March 2020) 

Prof. Schiffman awarded College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award!

Congrats Professor Schiffman who was awarded the 2019-2020 College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award becasue she excels as a teacher and a mentor, with outstanding contributions to a large undergraduate core course in kinetics and reactor design, as well as an innovative, broadly-enrolled graduate course on nanostructured biomaterials. Her remarkable mentoring track record includes more than 35 undergraduate researchers that produced high quality work and published, with students having won campus Rising Researcher and national conference poster awards under her direct supervision. (March 2020)

Mengfei Huang publishes in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research!

Congrats to first author Mengfei, as well as coauthor Yuan Liu on their recent publication "High-performance, UV-curable crosslinked films via grafting of hydroxyethyl methacrylate methylene malonate". The study was published in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (February 2020)

New collaborative paper published in ES&T Letters!

We are excited that our new manuscript has been selected as an ACS Editors’ Choice article! The new collaborative manuscript "Sustainable Living Filtration Membranes" has been published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. This study was lead by Professor Katherine Zodrow at Montana Tech. For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (February 2020)

Undergraduate researcher Sara Koprek joins our lab!
Sara is an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering who will be working on delivering living microbes using polymer systems. Welcome! (February 2020)

New collaborative paper published in ACS Applied Bio Materials!

Congratulations to Kris Kolewe on his contributions to a newly published collaborative paper with the Jungwoo Lee lab named "In vitro reconstitution of an intestinal mucus layer shows that cations and pH control the pore structure that regulates its permeability and barrier function"! For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (January 2020)

Irene Kurtz wins 2nd place Oral Presentation at the Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium

Congratulations to Irene Kurtz on winning 2nd place in the Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium (PVMS) research talk competition! (January 2020)

New collaborative paper published in Chemical Science!

Congrats to Zoey Meng on her contributions to the new manuscript "Programmable chemical switch based on triggerable michael acceptors". This study was lead by the Thayumanavan group in the department of chemistry at UMass. For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (January 2020)

 

New NSF award on the Mechanoselective Adhesion of Microorganisms to Biomaterials!

Congrats to Profs. Jessica Schiffman and Lauren Andrews for being awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) named “Establishing the Mechanoselective Adhesion of Microorganisms to Biomaterials”. We are excited to conduct this important research that pairs materials science with synthetic biology. The NSF announcement is here and a UMass announcement will be posted soon (December 18, 2019)

Postdoctoral Research Associate position available in Chemical Engineering

Professors Perry and Schiffman are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with experience in polymers, colloids, & encapsulation. The project involves regulating uptake, encapsulation, and delivery from polymer materials. (December 2019)

 

Zoey Meng wins 2nd place in the Life Science Graduate Research Symposium

Congratulations to Zoey Meng on winning 2nd place in the Life Science Graduate Research Symposium student research talk competition! (December 12, 2019)

Thilo Heckmann's manuscript accepted to ACS Applied Nano Materials!

Congrats to Thilo! His first author manuscript “Spatially organized nanopillar arrays dissimilarly affect the antifouling and antibacterial activities of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus” has just been accepted to ACS Applied Nano Materials. For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (December 10, 2019)

 

PhD students Brandon Barajas and Rushabh Shah join the group!

We are excited to welcome 1st year Chemical Engineering PhD students to the group! Rushabh Shah will develop bioinspired membranes and Brandon Barajas will research materials-bacteria interactions! Welcome! (November 22, 2019)

Zoey gives invited talk at AIChE in the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research symposium
Zoey Meng gave a fantastic talk named, "Electrospinning Coacervates – No Chain Entanglements Required" as part of the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research session at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. (November 12, 2019)

Professor Schiffman elected Director of MESD and chairs two sessions at AIChE

Congrats to Professor Schiffman! She won the election and her appointment to serve on the Executive Council of Materials Engineering and Sciences Division (MESD) as a Director officially started during the 2019 AIChE meeting. At AIChE, she also chaired two sessions, the first session on the "Biophysical Properties of Microbes and Microbial Communities" during the and the second was the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research (Invited Talks). (November 12, 2019)

 

Prof. Schiffman gives the Materials Science & Engineering Colloquium at Texas A&M.

Prof. Schiffman was kindly invited to give the Materials Science & Engineering Colloquium at Texas A&M. (November 3-4, 2019)

MS students Shao-Hsiang Hung and Jichao Song join the group!

We are excited to welcome 1st year Chemical Engineering MS students to the group! Shao-Hsiang Hung will develop nanofibers for environmental applications and Jichao Song (co-advised with Prof John Klier) will research high-performance polymer coatings! (November 1, 2019)

 

Prof. Schiffman invited to the department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Prof. Schiffman was kindly invited to give the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Colloquium at the University of Pittsburgh. (October 18, 2019)

Juanfeng Sun publishes in Biomacromolecules!

Sun's first author manuscript "Electrospinning nanofibers from chitosan/hyaluronic acid complex coacervates" has been published in Biomacromolecules! For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (October 15, 2019)

Visiting PhD student Aydın Cihanoğlu joins our lab!
We welcome to Aydın Cihanoğlu to our lab to work on membranes! He is supported by a TÜBİTAK Fellowship to visit our lab for one year from the İzmir Institute of Technology in Turkey. Welcome! (October 1, 2019)

Prof. Schiffman awarded an NSF grant in membranes inspired by the pitcher plant!

Congrats to Prof. Jessica Schiffman for being awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF-CBET) named “Collaborative Research: Bioinspired liquid-gated membranes reduce biofouling”. We are excited to start a new project that was bioinspired by the amazing pitcher plant with Prof Caitlin Howell at the University of Maine. To read an announcement from UMass see link and to read the NSF announcement see link! (October 1, 2019)

Mengfei gives oral presentation at the Coatings Trends & Technologies Conference

PhD student Mengfei Huang gave an oral talk on “Methylidene Malonate for High-Performance Coatings” at the Coating Trends & Technologies (CTT) Conference in Illinois. For more information about the conference, see link. (September 11, 2019)

New publication on antibacterial nanofibers in ACS Applied Bio Materials!

Amy Contreras's first author manuscript "Photodynamically active electrospun fibres for antibiotic-free infection control” has just been accepted to ACS Applied Bio Materials. For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (September 4, 2019)

Our team is awarded an NSF DMREF grant to manufacture of a new class of soft electronics!

Congrats to Professors Stephen Nonnenmann, Jessica Schiffman, Derek Lovley, and Todd Emrick on receiving a four-year, $1.75 million grant from the NSF to study and construct soft stretchable electronic devices that can be used in future healthcare, security and communications applications. This project will be in collaboration with Arthi Jayaraman at the University of Delaware. Congrats to the whole team! To read an announcement from UMass see link and to read the NSF announcement see link! (September 1, 2019)

Schiffman Chosen as ACE Faculty Fellow by the UMass ADVANCE-IT Team

Schiffman, associate professor in the Chemical Engineering Department (ChE) and the Professor James M. Douglas Career Development Faculty Fellow, will be serving as an ADVANCE Collaboration & Equity (ACE) Faculty Fellow this year to promote institutional gender equity. To read an announcement from UMass see link. (September 1, 2019)

Our team is awarded an NSF grant for a Variable-Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope (VP-SEM)!

Congrats to David Hoagland, Paul Katz, Alexander Ribbe, Jessica Schiffman, and Laura Bradley for being awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation named “MRI: Acquisition of a variable pressure scanning electron microscope with serial block-face imaging for bio and soft materials research”. With this award from the Major Research Instrumentation program, the UMass Amherst Electron Microscopy Center is acquiring a VP-SEM equipped with both a cryo-stage and a modular microtome for serial block-face imaging. To read an announcement from UMass see link and to read the NSF announcement see link! (August 22, 2019)

Prof. Schiffman presents award lecture during plenary session at the 2019 ACS Fall National Meeting in San Diego.

Dr. Schiffman presented her award lecture at the 2019 ACS Fall National Meeting in San Diego, CA. The oral presentation was part of a plenary session where award lectures were presented. Here abstract was titled, "COLL 515: Interfacing polymer materials with microbiology". (August 27, 2019)

Schiffman wins the 2019 ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Young Investigator Award!

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, in partnership with the ACS Division of Colloid & Surface Chemistry, is pleased to announce that Dr. Jessica Schiffman, University of Massachusetts Amherst, is the winner of the 2019 ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Young Investigator Award.

Read more about her career-to-date at this link.

See UMass press release here. (August 2019)

Our new publication on antifouling films in ACS Applied Bio Materials!

Our new manuscript “Bacteria-resistant, transparent, free-standing films prepared from complex coacervates”, has been accepted for publication in ACS Applied Bio Materials! For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (August 20, 2019)

New collaborative publication accepted by Chemical Engineering Science!

The new manuscript “Predicting the performance of pressure filtration processes by coupling computational fluid dynamics and discrete element methods”, has been accepted for publication in Chemical Engineering Science! For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (August 20, 2019)

Irene Kurtz Wins Scholarship for BASF International Summer Course in Germany

Irene Kurtz, has been chosen to attend the highly competitive BASF Summer Course in Ludwigshafen, Germany, held from August 11 to 17. Young talented scientists from all over the world will meet in Germany to take part in the event. Kurtz is one of eight participants selected from North America. For more information, see news article. (August 11, 2019)

Sun accepts a position with Complete Genomics Inc!
Congrats to Juanfeng Sun; he has accepted a position with Complete Genomics Inc. in San Jose, California! (August 10, 2019)

Schiffman delivers invited talk at Colloidal, Macromolecular and Biological Gels II an ECI Conference in Cork, Ireland

Schiffman delivered an invited talk at the ECI conference, Colloidal, Macromolecular and Biological Gels II in Cork, Ireland. For more information about the conference see the link. (July 22, 2019)

Irene Kurtz presents oral and poster presentations at the Science of Adhesion GRC and GRS meetings!

Irene Kurtz attended and presented two oral presentations and a poster at the Science of Adhesion GRC and GRS conferences in South Hadley, MA. The 2019 GRC/GRS on the Science of Adhesion focused on outstanding challenges in understanding adhesion and friction in extreme conditions. For more information about this conference, see the website. (July 21, 2019)

 

Schiffman Chosen as ACE Faculty Fellow by the UMass ADVANCE-IT Team

Jessica Schiffman, an associate professor in the Chemical Engineering Department (ChE) and the Professor James M. Douglas Career Development Faculty Fellow, will be serving as an ADVANCE Collaboration & Equity (ACE) Faculty Fellow this year, starting in the fall of 2019 and functioning in that capacity for a 12-month term to promote institutional gender equity.

For more information, see news article. (July 15, 2019)

Emily selected into NRT-SMLS program.

Congrats to Emily who has been accepted into the new cohort of graduate students in the NSF sponsored graduate training program on soft materials for life sciences! (July 15, 2019)

Thilo Defends his MS Thesis!
Congrats to Thilo Heckmann on successfully defendeing his MS thesis, “Structure-Property Relationships of PDMS Nanotopographies to Control Bacterial Adhesion and Inactivation”. (May 22, 2019)

Mengfei Huang awarded Most Outstanding Technical Paper at Eastern Coatings Show!

Congrats to doctoral candidate Mengfei Huang! She was the lead author of the article that won the most outstanding technical paper award at the Eastern Coatings Show held on May 14 and 15 in Atlantic City, NJ. At the conference, Mengfei also gave an excellent oral presentation on the same subject as the winning paper, “Synthesis of High-Performance UV Curable Crosslinked Coating Films Via Grafting of HEMA Functionalized Methylene Malonates”. She proposes a new method for synthesizing next-generation, UV-curable and water-based emulsion polymers and polymer dispersions using methylene malonates as a key component.

See press release here.

See UMass press release here.

(May 15, 2019)

Best wishes to graduating ChE senior Madison Stetz!

Congratulations to Maddie, a Chemical Engineering senior graduating today! She has worked in our lab for two fabulous years and she will be missed. After graduation, Maddie will start her new position as a Shift Test Engineer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. (May 22, 2019)

Emily and Prerana ace their Qual Exam!

We are excited to announce that both Emily and Prerana have passed their qualifying exams! Congrats! (May 9, 2019)

Jared and Avi attend REUs this Summer at MIT and Harvard!

Congrats to undergrad researchers who will be attending prestigious REUs this summer! Congrats to Jared Bowden on being 1 of 10 researchers selected to attend an REU in the Materials Research Laboratory at MIT. Additionally, congrats to Avi Waldman on being selected to attend an REU at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University! (May 8, 2019)

Schiffman delivers invited talk at 257th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Orlando

Schiffman delivered the invited talk “CELL 370: Electrospinning cargo-containing complex coacervates from synthetic and natural polyelectrolytes” at the ACS National Meeting in Orlando, FL. Her talk was well-received in a session called Bioactive Delivery: Frontiers in Biomaterials. (April 3, 2019)

Schiffman keynote speaker at the 2019 Eckhardt Northeast Student Regional Conference

Prof Schiffman was honored to be invited by the UMass Chemical Engineering undergraduates to be the Keynote and kick off the 2019 Eckhardt Northeast Regional Student Conference held in Amherst on March 29-31, 2019. For more information, see UMass press release about the conference here. (March 30, 2019)

Dr. Yuan Liu accepts a position with The Bridgestone Group!

Congrats to postdoc researcher Dr. Yuan Liu! She has accepted a position with The Bridgestone Group in Ohio. We will miss you! (March 29, 2019)

Sun Defends his MS Thesis!
Congrats to Juanfeng Sun on successfully defendeing his MS thesis, “Electrospinning nanofibers from chitosan-hyaluronic acid complex coacervates”. (March 28, 2019)
Mengfei Huang's publication was accepted by ACS Applied Polymer Materials!

Our new manuscript “Anionic Polymerization of Methylene Malonate for High-Performance Coatings”, has been accepted for publication in ACS Applied Polymer Materials! For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (March 15, 2019)

Prof. Schiffman presented two invited talks at the APS March Meeting.

This year at the APS March Meeting in Boston, MA, Prof. Schiffman gave an invited talk in Session R60: Condensed Matter/Materials Science Solutions to Environmental Problems. She gave an additional talk in Session V49: Mechanics of Materials Processing. For more information, see the APS March Meeting website here. (March 7, 2019)

Irene Kurtz presents poster at PVMS 2019

Irene Kurtz presented a poster this year at The 2019 Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium in Amherst, MA. For more information see link. (January 18, 2019)

 

2018

Irene awarded outstanding teaching assistant award, congrats!

Due to the overwhelming amount of positive feedback and comments provided by the current Juniors in Chemical Engineering, Irene Kurtz has been awarded the Tillwick Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award! Congrats Irene, this is a well-deserved honor! (December 24, 2018)

Guozhen Yang's publication accepted by Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research!

Our new manuscript “Polymer particles with a low glass transition temperature containing thermoset resin enable powder coatings at room temperature”, has been accepted for publication in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research! For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (December 20, 2018)

Our manuscript that studies S. aureus transport on PEG surfaces accepted by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!

Our new manuscript “Mechanical properties and concentrations of poly(ethylene glycol) in hydrogels and brushes direct the surface transport of Staphylococcus aureus”, has been accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interface! This work was a great collaboration with Professor Maria Santore’s lab in the department of Polymer Science and Engineering here at UMass! For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (December 10, 2018)

Congrats to undergraduate researchers Avi and Jared on being awarded CHC fellowships!

Let's all congratulate Avi and Jared! They have both been awarded a Research Assistant Fellowship from the Commonwealth Honors College for Spring 2019 to support them and their undergraduate research! The Research Assistant Fellowship program gives students an opportunity to gain experience in their academic field by working as a Research Assistant on a faculty member's research project or on their own project under the close guidance of a faculty member.  These Fellowships are intended to help prepare students to undertake their own future research projects and to provide supplemental financial assistance. (December 7, 2018)

Kerianne Defends her PhD Dissertation!
Dr. Kerianne M. Dobosz successfully defended her PhD thesis, “Tuning Electrospun Nanofibers and Chemistry to Enhance the Flux and Fouling Resistance of Ultrafiltration Membranes”. Congrats Doctor Dobosz! (November 30, 2018)
Zoey Meng's new publication in Macromolecules!

Our new manuscript “Electrospinning cargo-containing polyelectrolyte complex fibers: Correlating molecular interactions to complex coacervate phase behavior and fiber formation”, has been accepted for publication in Macromolecules! For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (October 29, 2018)

New collaborative publication in PLOS ONE

A new study “Cross-platform mechanical characterization of lung tissue”, has been accepted for publication in PLOS ONE! We certainly had fun conducting rheological experiments on lung tissue! For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (October 17, 2018)

Welcome Dr. Vanda Liadinskaia to the lab!

We are excited to welcome to Dr. Vanda Liadinskaia as a new postdoctoral associate in our lab! Dr. Liadinskaia received two PhDs, one in Chemistry from Saint Petersburg State University (SPSU) and a second in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST). Dr. Liadinskaia will be working on a joint project with the Perry Lab on trying to use coacervate materials to make fungicide treatments safer and more robust. Welcome! (October 1, 2018)

Irene Kurtz presents at 2018 NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Annual Meeting.

Irene Kurtz has been selected to attend and present a research poster at the 2018 NRT Annual Meeting. The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program is designed to ensure that STEM graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of careers. The 2018 NRT Annual Meeting will consist of participants from over 60 active projects, meeting over a two-day period to discuss issues in graduate STEM education. For more information see link For more information see link. (September 27, 2018)

Visiting graduate student Thilo Heckmann joins our lab!
A warm welcome to Thilo Heckmann! He is in his third semester of a graduate program in Process and Chemical Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. While visiting UMass, Thilo will be working on developing new polymer thin film technologies for antifouling applications. (September 27, 2018)
Undergraduate researchers Jana Latayan and Greg Donovan join our lab!
Welcome to the lab Jana and Greg! Jana and Greg are both third year undergraduates in Chemical Engineering! Jana will be working on electrospun fibers and Greg will be working on determining the mechanical properties of coacervate materials! (September 27, 2018)

New manuscript on antifouling membranes with retained pore size and selectivity in Langmuir!

A big congratulations to first author Kerianne Dobosz and undergraduate researcher Chris Kuo-LeBlac on their new manuscript that has just been accepted to Langmuir. The article is part of a special issue journal that focuses on “Zwitterionic interfaces: Concepts and emerging applications”. For more information and a link to the article, “Antifouling ultrafiltration membranes with retained pore size by controlled deposition of zwitterionic polymers and poly(ethylene glycol)” see our Publications page. (September 6, 2018)

New manuscript in Scientific Reports on gecko skin-inspired "nanograss" that kills bacteria!

Our new collaborative manuscript “Gecko-inspired biocidal organic nanocrystals initiated from a pencil-drawn graphite template” is now available online in the open access journal, Scientific Reports. For more information, see the Publications page. (August 2, 2018)

UPDATE: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED!

Postdoctoral Research Associate position available in Chemical Engineering

Professors Perry and Schiffman are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with experience in polymers, colloids, & encapsulation. The project involves regulating uptake, encapsulation, and delivery from polymer materials. (June 2018)

Irene Kurtz's new review article is published in Materials

Irene's first author review paper “Current and emerging approaches to engineer antibacterial and antifouling electrospun nanofibers” has just been accepted for publication in Materials. This invited review article is part of the Special Materials Issue "Electrospun Materials 2018". Congrats Irene! For more information, see the Publications page. (June 22, 2018)

 

Irene Kurtz presents at the BASF NORA event in Amherst, MA

Irene Kurtz gave an oral presentation called, “Biostatic catechol copolymers” today at the NORA Collaboration Days event in Amherst, MA. (June 19, 2018)

 

Dr Gouzhen Yang presents at 2018 CSAT conference in Worcester, MA

Guozhen presented his research on additive manufacturing using polymer particles at the 2018 CSAT conference in Worcester, MA. For more information about cold spray technology and the conference, see link. (June 19, 2018)

 

New manuscript accepted to ACS Applied Bio Materials on super slippery hydrogels that repel proteins and microbes!

Kris’ first author manuscript “Fouling-resistant hydrogels prepared by the swelling-assisted infusion and polymerization of dopamine” has just been accepted for publication in the brand-new journal, ACS Applied Bio Materials. Congrats to Kris and Kerianne for their effort on this work! For more information, see the Publications page. (June 8, 2018)

Profs. Perry and Schiffman receive funding from BASF NORA!

Congrats to Profs. Perry and Jessica Schiffman for being awarded a grant from BASF NORA! The goal of NORA is to work jointly in research projects to generate a better fundamental understanding in the fields of interest to BASF and based on this develop next generation technologies and solve the most demanding materials, chemistry and biology-related problems. For more info on BASF NORA see link. (June 1, 2018)

New manuscript on multifunctional bioinspired shark skin-surfaces that are antifouling AND antibacterial - published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!
“Bioinspired Photocatalytic Shark-Skin Surfaces with Antibacterial and Antifouling Activity via Nanoimprint Lithography” has just been accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces! Congrats to Kris and Irene for their great work on this paper, which was a collaboration with Prof. James J. Watkins and PhD student Feyza Dundar Arisoy, from the department of polymer science and engineering at UMass. The work pairs innovative bioinspired materials with microbiology. For more information, see the Publications page. This work has been highlighted in the ACS News Service Weekly PressPac, Health Medicine Network, ResearchNext, and the UMass News Office! (May 23, 2018)

Best wishes to our graduating seniors: Griffin, Chris, Robin, Jake, and Lina!

A BIG congratulations to our graduating seniors, Griffin Hurley, Chris Kuo-Leblanc, Robin Levinson, Jacob Schladenhauffen, and Lina Wu! Chris will be starting a PhD program in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lina will start her PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Robin will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to start a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Jake will start as a Research Associate Scientist at Sigilon Therapeutics, a biotech start-up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Congrats to all! (May 11, 2018)

Drexel University includes Professor Schiffman in an article about their alumni “most likely to enhance Drexel’s reputation”

Each June after diplomas are conferred, Drexel graduates venture forth into the world to make their mark. Among those recently minted alumni, a select group of PhD graduates have been deemed the “most likely to enhance Drexel’s reputation” in their future careers and endeavors. While the award has changed somewhat over time, since 2006, 10 Drexel Materials graduates have received the University level award, with an additional student receiving the inaugural College-level award in 2017. It got us to wondering, have these alumni indeed been helping to enhance Drexel’s reputation since graduation? We caught up with seven Drexel Materials recipients of the Outstanding Promise Award to find out. Read the article here. (April 25, 2018)

Lina, Jake, Robin, Griffin, and Chris have research posters at the Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference!

Lina, Jake, Robin, Griffin, and Chris explained their amazing research at the 24th  Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference in Amherst, MA. The conference included 1,286 presenters from 21 schools in Massachusetts! For more information about the conference, see website. (April 17, 2018)

Professor Schiffman and Irene Kurtz attend NSF Biofilms Workshop

Professor Schiffman and Irene Kurtz attend a workshop hosted by the University of Notre Dame and sponsored by the NSF on the Mechanical Properties of Biofilms. The workshop was filled with great discussions that we hope will continue into the future! (April 17, 2018)

 

Professor Schiffman gives invited Sigma Xi lecture at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC)

Professor Schiffman gave an invited Sigma Xi lecture at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) in Natick, MA. For more information about the center, see website. (April 17, 2018)

Professors Shelly Peyton & Jessica Schiffman give a BTP Biotech tAle

Professors Shelly Peyton and Jessica Schiffman presented a Biotech tAles debate, "Biomaterials: Slippery or Sticky?"! The BTP training faculty present different views on the topic and is designed to have a format of debates. These monthly sessions serve as the standing community-building activity to promote regular interactions among BTP faculty and students around the research relevant to biotechnology. (March 22, 2018)

Professor Schiffman and Irene Kurtz deliver presentations at the 255th National ACS Meeting in New Orleans, LA

Professor Schiffman gave an invited talk at the National ACS meeting in the Division of Colloid & Surface Chemistry. Irene presented a poster on "Bioinspired Polymer Composites for Antifouling Coatings". (March 18, 2018)

Irene Kurtz Receives Eli Lilly Travel Award

Irene S. Kurtz was one of nine recipients nationally to receive an Eli Lilly Travel Award. The award is sponsored jointly by the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Eli Lilly & Company to increase the participation of women in the chemical sciences. Funding provides female graduate students and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to travel to a national meeting and present their research. For more information see news article. (March 18, 2018)

Mengfei Huang gives a presentation at The Waterborne Symposium

Mengfei Huang presented an oral presentation about her research called "Advancing Manufacturing through Chemistry" at The Waterborne Symposium meeting in New Orleans, LA! For more information about the conference, see link. (February 4, 2018)

Irene Kurtz presents research poster at the Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium

Irene discussed her poster at another awesome Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium in Amherst, MA. (January 19, 2018)

Undergraduate researcher Jared Bowden joins our lab!

Welcome to the lab Jared! He is currently a second year undergraduate in Chemical Engineering who will be working on high flux membranes! (January 8, 2018)

Kerianne receives G.R.A.S.S. Award for seminar performance

Due to her high-ranking oral presentation, Kerianne has received the Graduate Student Seminar (G.R.A.S.S.) award! Congrats to Kerianne! (January 4, 2018)

New manuscript published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!

Kris' first author manuscript, "Bacterial adhesion is affected by the thickness and stiffness of poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels" has just been accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces! A big congrats to Kris and undergraduate researcher Natalie Mako for their hard work on this project, as well as to our collaborators Jiaxin Zhu and Prof. Stephen Nonnenmann from the Mechanical Engineering department at UMass. For more information, see the Publications page. (January 2, 2018)

New comprehensive revew paper on quantum dots in Sensors & Actuators!

Our new comprehensive review manuscript, “Quantum dots as fluorescent probes: Synthesis, surface chemistry, energy transfer mechanisms, and applications” was just accepted to Sensors & Actuators: B. Chemical. This work is a collaboration between Prof. Schiffman and Prof. R. Geetha Balakrishna from Jain University in Bangalore, India. For more information, see the Publications page. (January 2, 2018)

 

2017

Undergraduate researcher Madison Stetz joins our lab!

Welcome to the lab Madison Stetz! She is currently a junior undergraduate in Chemical Engineering who will be working on characterizing the nanoscale topography of antifouling surfaces. (December 8, 2017)

Schiffman gives the Polymer Colloquium at UMass Lowell.

Prof. Schiffman was kindly invited to give the polymer science colloquium at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. This seminar was hosted by the department of chemistry at UMass Lowell. (November 9, 2017)

 

Schiffman and Yang attend the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN

At the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN, Dr. Guozhen Yang presented a poster and an oral presentation on his research. Prof. Schiffman chaired a session on Charged and Ion-Containing Polymers. For more information about the conference, see link. (October 29, 2017)

Juanfeng Sun joins our lab as a Master's Student!

Welcome to the lab Juanfeng Sun! He is a Master's student in Chemical Engineering who will be working on a joint project with the Perry Lab on the electrospinning of complex coacervates. (October 24, 2017)

Professor Schiffman gives an invited talk in China

Professor Schiffman presented the invited talk "Electrospun nanofibers enhance the flux and fouling resistance of ultrafiltration membranes” at the 9th Joint Sino-US Joint Conference on Chemical Engineering in Beijing, China. For more information on the conference, see link. (October 16, 2017)

We presented research posters and a presentation at the NSF NRT-SMLS retreat.

Graduate students Irene Kurtz and Zoey Meng presented posters on their research at the 2017 Fall Polymer Event/SMLS Retreat. Professor Schiffman presented an oral presentation at the NRT-SMLS retreat too. (October 11, 2017)

UMass Amherst News Story featured our Green Fibers!

A UMass Amherst news story featured Professors Schiffman and Perry for their work on developing green, non-toxic nanofiber fabrics for a wide range of uses. The article featured a beautiful SEM micrograph acquired by Zoey Meng and false-colored by undergraduate chemical engieering student Savannah Szemethy! For more info check out this link. (October 5, 2017)

Kris Defends his PhD Dissertation!
Dr. Kristopher W. Kolewe successfully defended his PhD thesis, “Structure-Property Relationships of Polymer Films and Hydrogels to Control Bacterial Adhesion”. Congrats Doctor Kolewe! (September 29, 2017)
 

CBI Chalk Talk Features Mengfei and Professors Klier and Schiffman

See press release below. More information link. (November 11, 2017)

Mengfei is awarded a PPG Fellowship!

Congratulations to Mengfei on being awarded a PPG Fellowship! She won this fellowship based on her competitive research proposal on reactive polymer coatings. To learn more about PPG click this link. (August 29, 2017)

  Schiffman gives Invited talk at the 254th National ACS Conference in Washington, D.C.

Prof. Schiffman presented her invited talk called "Functional fibers electrospun from polyelectrolyte complex coacervates" at the 254th National ACS Conference in Washington D.C. While at the ACS National conference, Schiffman also chaired a session within the Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering on Polyelectrolyte Coacervates, Precipitates & Multilayers. (August 22, 2017)

Undergraduate researcher Lina Wu joins our lab to work on a senior thesis, welcome!

Lina Wu, a rising senior in Chemical Engineering has joined our lab to work on her Honors Thesis. Prof. Schiffman will be the chair of her committee and Prof. Todd Emrick (Department of Polymer Science and Engineering) will be her secondary committee member. Welcome! (August 20, 2017)

We welcome Dr. Yuan Liu to the lab!

Dr. Yuan Liu has just joined our group as a joint Postdoctoral Associate with Prof. John Klier. Most recently, Dr. Liu received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Welcome! (August 6, 2017)

Profs. Schiffman and Perry Awarded an NSF Grant!

Congrats to Profs. Jessica Schiffman and Sarah Perry for being awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF-CMMI) named “Electrospinning Nanofiber Mats from Aqueous Polyelectrolyte Solutions”. To read an announcement from UMass see link and to read the NSF announcement see link! (July 19, 2017)

Irene is awarded an NSF SMLS Fellowship!

Congratulations to Irene for being selected on behalf of the Soft Materials for Life Sciences (SMLS) National Research Traineeship Program, as a recipient of an NSF Fellowship for the 2017-2018 school year. See link to learn more about the NSF-SMLS program. (July 17, 2017)

Zoey gives an oral and a poster presentation at the ACS Colloids meeting at The City College of New York.

At the 91st ACS Colloid & Surface Science Symposium at The City College of New York, graduate student Zoey gave an oral presentation and a poster presentation about her work on encapsulating cargo into electrospun complex coacervates fibers. For more information about the conference, see link. (July 10, 2017)

Schiffman awarded Tenure with promotion to Associate Professor!

Congrats to Dr. Schiffman! She has been awarded tenure with promotion to Associate Professor! A news report can be found at this link. (July 7, 2017)

New collaborative paper published in Langmuir!

Our new manuscript, “Antifouling stripes prepared from clickable zwitterionic copolymers” was just accepted to Langmuir. This work is a collaboration between graduate student Kris Kolewe and undergraduate Eric Rice, from the Schiffman lab, Prof. Todd Emrick from the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at UMass, as well as Pornpen Sae-ung and Prof. Voravee Hoven from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Congratulations to all! For more information, see the Publications page. (June 16, 2017)

Mengfei is awarded a UMass CBI Fellowship!

Congratulations to Mengfei for being awarded a 2-year Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) UMass Fellowship! 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. (June 7, 2017)

Best wishes to our graduating seniors and the entire 2017 ChE class!
Congratulations to our graduating seniors Natalie Mako and Rasmia Shamsi for both earning their B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. We will miss these two talented scholars and researchers! (May 17, 2017)

Kerianne Dobosz's first-author manuscript accepted in I&EC Research!

Congrats to Kerianne and undergraduate researchers Chris, and Tyler on their manuscript “Ultrafiltration membranes enhanced with electrospun nanofibers exhibit improved flux and fouling resistance” being accepted for publication in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. For more information, see the publications page. (May 1, 2017)

Seniors Natalie and Rasmia successfully defend their theses orally!

At the 23rd Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference hosted at UMass, our Chemical Engineering senior honors students presented their research and defended their honors theses. Natalie Mako's poster was about "Investigating bacterial attachment preferences to improve medical coatings" and Rasmia Shamsi's poster was called "Spin-coating coacervate thin films with encapsulated Rhodamine". (April 22, 2017)

Zoey Meng's new publication in ACS Macro Letters!

Our new manuscript “Complex coacervation: Chemically stable fibers electrospun from aqueous polyelectrolyte solutions”, has been accepted for publication in ACS Macro Letters! A big congrats to Zoey on having her first paper published! For a link to the manuscript, see the publications page. (April 18, 2017)

Our work highlighted in Water & Waste Digest and by UMass News & Media Relations webpage!

An engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is designing a new system that keeps water purification membranes clean using safe, non-polluting nanoscale fibers to redirect and capture microbes, as well as unwanted biological and chemical matter, thus improving the lifetime filtering capacity of the membrane.... See the articles at the links below.

Water & Waste Digest: link

UMass News & Media Relations: link.

(April 13, 2017)

Schiffman wins Outstanding Junior Faculty Award!

Dr. Schiffman is the recipient of the Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. She was cited by the selection committee for her outstanding record in research, teaching and service including the development of novel bioinspired materials from natural polymers and plant-derived agents. Dr. Schiffman will be recognized during the College of Engineering Senior Recognition Celebration to be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Congrats! A news report can be found at this link. (April 5, 2017)

UPDATE: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED!

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chemical/Polymer Engineering

Candidates are sought for an immediate postdoctoral opening in the groups of Profs. Jessica Schiffman and John Klier. This position is supported by a robust industrial grant. This specific project involves modifying thermoplastic polymers to enhance their adhesive properties, characterizing these polymers, measuring mechanical and adhesive performance, correlating properties with polymer structure and reporting results to sponsors and faculty. The position requires mentoring of junior researchers, manuscript and patent preparation and submission of proposals for further work. For more information, see the advertisement at this link or apply online using this link. (March 2017)

Prof. Schiffman Awarded an NSF Grant!

Congrats to Prof. Jessica Schiffman for being awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF-CBET 1719747) called “EAGER: Confining biofouling using sticky stripes”. A news report can be found at this link! (February 17, 2017)

 

Profs. Schiffman and Klier receive Funding from Banzan International Group Corporation!

Congrats to Prof. Jessica Schiffman and John Klier for being awarded a grant from Banzan International Group Corporation to study “Reactive modification of polymers for adhesive applications”. We will be looking to hire a postdoctoral associate to work on this project, a full announcement should be posted soon. (February 1, 2017)

Profs. Emrick and Schiffman receive Funding from BASF NORA!

Congrats to Prof. Todd Emrick (Polymer Science and Engineering) and Jessica Schiffman for being awarded a grant from BASF NORA to study “Polymers for Preventing Bacterial Growth under Wet Conditions”. The goal of NORA is to work jointly in research projects to generate a better fundamental understanding in the fields of interest to BASF and based on this develop next generation technologies and solve the most demanding materials, chemistry and biology-related problems. For more info on BASF NORA see link. (January 20, 2017)

Schiffman delivers keynote talk and Kris presents his research at PVMS 2017.

Schiffman was kindly invited by a graduate student committee to give a keynote presentation at the Pioneer Valley Microbiology Symposium (PVMS) 2017 in Amherst, MA. Her talk is called “Bioinspired materials meet microbiology”. Kris was also selected to give an invited talk in the morning entitled “Understanding the dynamics of Staphylococcus aureus mechanosensitivity in flow” and a poster that discusses mechanical properties/microbiology interfaces in the late afternoon. (January 14, 2017)

 

2016

 

Schiffman gives invited talk at IUMRS-ICYRAM 2016 in Bangalore, India.

Schiffman presented an invited talk at the International Union of Materials Research Societies – 3rd International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (IUMRS-ICYRAM 2016) held December 11-15, 2016 at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. She also helped to lead sessions about the Global Materials Network (GMN), which provides a platform for young researchers from around the world to communicate and collaborate in materials research and education. More information about the GMN can be found at the link. (December 11, 2016)

We are Awarded a UMass Faculty Research Grant to Study Coacervate Fibers!

Profs. Sarah Perry and Jessica Schiffman were awarded a UMass Faculty Research Grant to support their work on the electrospinning of complex coacervates. Congrats! (December 8, 2016)

Irene selected into NRT-SMLS program.

Congrats to Irene who has been accepted into the new cohort of graduate students in the NSF sponsored graduate training program on soft materials for life sciences! (December 7, 2016)

Kris gives oral presentation at the 6th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium

Kris gave a great talk to an interdisciplinary audience today at the 6th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium. The day-long event showcases research from graduate students in all of the life science departments. (December 2, 2016)

Kris and Natalie win poster awards and Schiffman presets Keynote at the 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

At this years’ AIChE conference, Natalie, Kris, and Schiffman were quite busy! Kris won second place in the MESD poster session competition; his poster covered his newest research project that synergistically uses chemistry with mechanical properties to diminish bacterial fouling. While at AIChE, Kris also gave an oral presentation, “Dynamic adhesion of Staphylococcus aureus to poly(ethylene glycol) surfaces” on our collaborative project with Prof. Maria Santore. Undergrad researcher Natalie presented her research project on hydrogel AFM and was awarded second place in the undergraduate poster session! Schiffman gave a keynote talk in Area 8A Emerging Areas in Polymer Science and Engineering Plenary. Her talk was on “Bioinspired materials meet microbiology: The role of ion-containing polymers and structure-property relationships in preventing biofouling”. Schiffman also served as an invited panelist for a “Round table discussion for junior faculty”, which was hosted by the Women’s Initiatives Committee (WIC). (November 14, 2016)

Welcome new graduate students Irene and Mengfei and undergraduate researcher Robin Levinson!

New PhD student, Irene Kurtz has joined the group after completing her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Mengfei Huang also joins our group as a co-advised PhD student with Prof. John Klier. Mengfei completed her B.S. degree in Polymer Materials from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology. Additionally, we are excited that Robin Levinson has joined the group. Robin is currently a junior double majoring in chemical engineering and neuroscience with a minor in computer science. (October 27, 2016)

Zoey, Kris, and Kerianne Presents Poster at the CUMIRP/NRT Retreat Retreat.

Zoey pesented her poster on the "Electrospinning Polyelectrolyte Complex (PEC) Coacervates into Fiber Mats" at the first NSF-NRT Soft Materials for Life Sciences (SMLS) retreat. The poster session was co-hosted with CUMIRP where Kerianne and Kris presented posters on their research projects. (October 19, 2016)

Zoey, Kerianne, and Schiffman present at the Fall 2016 Fiber Society Conference in Ithaca, NY.

Our lab gave three fabulous talks that were spread throughout this year’s Fall Fiber Society Conference hosted by Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Based on her submitted manuscript, Kerianne was selected to compete in the Oral Presentation Competition. She came in second place for her presentation, “Electrospun nanofiber morphology enhances the flux and antifouling performance of ultrafiltration membranes”. Zoey’s talk, “Electrospinning polyelectrolyte complex coacervates into fiber mats” was her first presentation at an international conference, congrats! Additionally, Schiffman gave a talk entitled “Adhering zwitterions to electrospun nanofiber mats using bioglue”. (October 11, 2016)

We welcome new Post Doc Dr. Guozhen Yang to the lab!

Dr. Guozhen Yang has just joined our group as a joint Postdoctoral Associate with Prof. John Klier. We are excited to have him kick off our project supported by the Army Research Lab on polymer coatings! Most recently, Dr. Yang received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. (October 6, 2016)

New publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!

Our new manuscript “Antifouling electrospun nanofiber mats functionalized with polymer zwitterions”, has been published online today in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. This work was possible due to the great contributions of Schiffman lab members, Kris and Kerianne who contributed equally to this work, as well as Katrina. This work was a collaboration with Chia-Chih "George" Chang and Prof. Todd Emrick (PSE). For more information, see the publications page. (September 25, 2016)

Schiffman gives invited talk at NART in Raleigh, NC.

Schiffman recently gave an invited talk, "Cellulose nanofiber environments tailored for microorganisms and mammalian cells" at NART 2016. The objective of NART (Nanofibers, Applications and Related Technologies) is to bring together the various communities who use nonwovens and of micro and nanofibers and related (nano) technologies in a wide range of innovative functional fibrous products. For more information see the link. (September 15, 2016)

Kerianne wins best oral presentation at NEGSWS, Congrats!
Kerianne gives a winning oral presentation at the New England Graduate Student Water Symposium held in Amherst, MA. Her talk "Flux and antifouling performance of ultrafiltration membranes enhanced with electrospun nanofibers" included data from undergraduate researcher Christopher A. KuoLeblanc. Congrats again to Kerianne on winning first place in the oral presentations. For more information see the link. (September 11, 2016)

Schiffman gives invited talk at "Surface Activity Driven by Material Geometry and Elasticity" workshop in Amherst, MA.

Schiffman gave an invited talk at the "Surface Activity Driven by Material Geometry and Elasticity" workshop. The goal of this two day workshop was to exchange ideas and ambitions to develop novel material platforms to modify fluid interfaces, based on the shape and flexibility of surface-active materials, rather than on chemical design. For more information see the link. (September 10, 2016)

Schiffman is PI on ARL grant to Develop Functional Coatings!

Schiffman is the PI on a grant awarded by The Army Research Lab (ARL). We will start our research on "Multifunctional cold spray coatings" in October 2016. More information coming soon! A BIG congrats to Schiffman and fellow co-PIs. (September 1, 2016)

Kerianne is a finalist in the Fiber Society Graduate Student Paper Competition!

We are excited to learn that Kerianne has been chosen as a finalist in the 2016 Fall Fiber Society Graduate Student Paper Competition. She is one of three graduate students who will present their research manuscript orally at the Fiber Society’s 75th anniversary conference. We wish her all the best of luck in Ithaca, NY this October! (August 22, 2016)

Schiffman gives invited international talk at IMRC in Cancun, Mexico!

Schiffman happily accepted the invitation to give an invited oral presentation at the XXV International Materials Research Congress (IMRC) in Cancun, Mexico. Her invited talk “Nanofiber enabled membranes”  was featured in the Materials and Technology for Energy Conversion, Savings, and Storage symposium. Schiffman gave an additional contributed talk to the Biomaterials for Medical Applications symposium called “Fewer bacterial attach to soft slipper hydrogels.” For more information about the conference, see the link. (August 15, 2016)

Two of our undergraduates awarded Grants from the Commonwealth Honors College!!

Natalie Mako  has received an Honors Research Grant in support of her research project, “The effect of hydrogel materials properties on bacterial attachment”. Additionally, the proposal submitted by Rasmia Shamsi, “Spin-coating polyelectrolyte films using coacervate phase to facilitate encapsulation of rhodamine” has been awarded funding. Congrats to both of our rising seniors! (August 12, 2016)

Schiffman named “Women in Science You Should Be Following On Social Media”!

Congrats to Schiffman for being recognized by Sci Chic as one of 35 female STEM role models you should be following on social media. This also seems like an excellent time remind  website readers to  follow us on Twitter @SchiffmanLab. To see the full article, click the link. (June 30, 2016)

Undergraduate researcher Tushar Bahl joins the Schiffman Lab.

We welcome Tushar Bahl, a rising junior in chemical engineering  into the Schiffman Lab! Tushar will be starting a new exploratory project on electrospinning of bioinspired nanofibers for nerve regeneration! (June 29, 2016)

Kerianne passes her Prospectus Exam!

We are excited to announce that Kerianne has passed her prospectus presentation! Stay tuned for her premire first-author publication! (June 10, 2016)

Kris gives presentaion and Schiffman chairs sessions at the ACS Colloids meeting at Harvard!

This week at the 90th ACS Colloid & Surface Science Symposium in Boston, MA, graduate student Kris gave an oral presentation, “Dynamic adhesion of Staphylococcus aureus to poly(ethylene glycol) surfaces”.  Prof. Maria Santore and Surachate Kalasin from the Polymer Science & Engineering department, as well as Schiffman lab undergraduate, Natalie R. Mako made important contributions to this presentation. Additionally, Schiffman served as a technical session chair and organizer for the session, “Biological interfaces”. For more information about the conference, see link. (June 7, 2016)

New publication in Lab on a Chip!

“Graphene-based microfluidics for serial crystallography”, a new article has been published online today in Lab on a Chip. This collaborative work was directed by Prof. Sarah Perry of the Chemical Engineering department. Schiffman lab graduate student, Kris Kolewe provided pivotal materials development that enabled flow over the graphene-based microfluidic device using bioinspired chemistry. This invited full article is part of the Special Issue of Lab on a Chip for “Emerging Investigators.” Since publication, this article has been highlighted in Chemistry World and the 2016 Annual Report for Advanced Photon Source. For more information, see the publications page. (May 25, 2016)

Best wishes to our graduating seniors!
Congratulations to our graduating seniors Emma Klinkhamer, Eric Rice, and Rob Wang. While we are sad to see you go, it is time to move on to other fabulous opportunities. Emma has accepted a position as a Process Engineer at Sensata Technologies. This Fall, Eric will be starting graduate school as a PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. (May 6, 2016) 

Katrina Defends her Dissertation!
Dr. Katrina Rieger successfully defended her PhD thesis, “Biopolymer electrospun nanofiber mats inactivate and remove bacteria! Congrats Doctor Rieger! (May 5, 2016)

Nate Defends his PhD Dissertation!
Dr. Nate Birch successfully defended his PhD thesis, “Synthesis of biopolymer materials tailored for biological applications”. Congrats Doctor Birch! (May 2, 2016)

 

Emma takes 1st and Natalie tales 2nd place posters at the AIChE Regional Conference!

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) hosted the 2016 Northeast Regional Conference at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on April 22 & 23. Our lab had a strong showing at the event!  Senior Emma Klinkhamer’s poster “Engineering a nanofiber-hydrogel platform to study mammalian cell behavior” was awarded first place in the poster competition and Junior Natalie Mako’s poster “How far can microorganisms feel: Hydrogel stiffness and thickness affect microbial attachment” won the second place poster award! Senior Eric Rice also presented his work “Bioinspired dopamine coatings: The effect of patterning on antifouling and antimicrobial properties” at the conference. (April 23, 2016)

Seniors Emma, Rob, and Eric successfully defend their theses!

At the 22nd Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference hosted at UMass, our three seniors presented their research and defended their honors theses. Rob Wang started the day off by giving an oral presentation entitled, “Fabrication and characterization of PSS/PDADMAC coacervate thin films.” Later on, Emma Klinkhamer’s poster “Engineering a nanofiber-hydrogel platform to study mammalian cell behavior” and Eric Rice’s poster “Bioinspired dopamine coatings: The effect of patterning on antifouling and antimicrobial properties” gathered a crowd of questions! (April 22, 2016)

New manuscript "Polyelectrolyte-functionalized nanofiber mats control the collection and inactivation of Escherichia coli" accepted to Materials!

Katrina and Michael's manuscript has just been accepted to Materials! Undergraduate student Michael Porter, a visiting REU student from Johns Hopkins University, helped conduct many of the experiments that are included in this work! Our invited manuscript, "Polyelectrolyte-functionalized nanofiber mats control the collection and inactivation of Escherichia coli" is part of the special issue, "Electrospun Materials". For more information see the publications page. (April 18, 2016)

Natalie Mako Named UMass Rising Researcher, Congrats!

Undergraduate researcher Natalie Mako won the The Rising Researcher award, which aims to raise the profile of UMass' most promising undergraduate students and to publicly acknowledge their excellent work. As part of this special recognition, the winners will receive handsome engraved awards, special recognition in campus publicity, and an opportunity for them, their advisors, and special guests to meet the Chancellor and Mrs. Subbaswamy at a spring reception in their honor. Congrats again! For more information see the full articles here and here. (April 6, 2016)

Our manuscript "Preliminary study on mitigating steel reinforcement corrosion with bioactive agent” accepted to Cement and Concrete Composites!

Schiffman was involved in a collaborative project with researchers, Jafferji and Sakulich at Worcester Polytechnic Institute that lead to our recent publication, "Preliminary study on mitigating steel reinforcement corrosion with bioactive agent”. Essential oils really can do it all! For more information see the publications page. (April 3, 2016)

Katrina's Manuscript "Transport of microorganisms into cellulose nanofiber mats" accepted to RSC Advances!

Katrina's first author manuscript “Transport of microorganisms into cellulose nanofiber mats” has just been accepted to RSC Advances! Chemical engineering PhD student Raghu Thyagarajan and Prof. David Ford collaborated on the modeling effor of this work. Additionally, former lab undergraduates Hiu Yeung and Maureen Hoen, a visiting REU student from Clarkson University, also assisted with this project and are co-authors! For more information see the publications page. (February 23, 2016)

We welcome Bryan Chua, a new undergraduate researcher to the lab!

Bryan Chua, a first year undergraduate persuing degrees in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Science has just joined the lab, welcome! We are very excited to see what new antifouling materials he can design while at UMass! (February 19, 2016)

Welcome to the lab Rasmia Shamsi!

Rasmia Shamsi, a Junior in the Department of Chemical Engineering and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College has just joined the lab. She will be co-advised with Prof. Sarah Perry and her research will be on self-assembling complex coacervate systems. Welcome! (January 28, 2016)

Katrina's Manuscript Accepted to ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!

Katrina publishes a joint first-author manuscript in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces with PhD student Hong Je Cho from Prof. Wei Fan's lab (Chemical Engineering at UMass). The manuscript, “Antimicrobial activity of silver ion exchanged zeolites immobilized on cellulose nanofibers” was a true team effort between our labs! Former undergraduate researcher, Hiu Yeung, helped initiate this work and is also an author. Congrats to all! For more information see the publications page. (January 20, 2016)

Kris Publishes in Advanced Materials Interfaces with Collaborators!

In collaboration with Prof. Todd Emrick (Polymer Science and Engineering at UMass Amherst) and Prof. Benny Freeman at (Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin) our manuscript, “Simultaneous deposition of zwitterionic polymer and polydopamine for hydrophilic and underwater superoleophobic surfaces” has been accepted! This work has been published in Advanced Materials Interfaces! For more information see the publications page. (January 18, 2016)

 

2015

Schiffman Awarded NSF CHM Funds to Develop Biomimetic Surfaces!

Schiffman has been awarded funds to develop large-scale biomimetic antifouling and antibacterial coatings. The Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing is an NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC). The mission of The Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM) at the University of Massachusetts is to be a leading research and education center for the development of efficient, cost effective process platforms and versatile tools for the two and three dimensional integration of components and systems across multiple length scales. (December 18, 2015)

Schiffman & Collogues Awarded ARL Grant to Develop Functional Coatings!

The Army Research Lab (ARL) has awarded Profs. Schmidt (Mechanical Engineering), Schiffman, Jae-Hwang (Mechanical Engineering), Lee (Mechanical Engineering), Rothstein (Mechanical Engineering), and Watkins (Polymer Science and Engineering) a grant entitled "Collective cold spray and graphene research effort". Within this work, the Schiffman Lab will focus on developing antibacterial nanoparticle-enhanced paint. Congrats! (December 10, 2015)

Kerianne and Kris Present Posters at the 2015 Materials Research Society (MRS) Conference in Boston, MA… and Kerianne Blogs!
The Schiffman lab was well represented at the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, MA. Kerianne presented her poster “Electrospun Nanofibers Enhance the Performance of Ultrafiltration” in a session on Nanocellulose Materials and Beyond. Kris presented in the Multifunctional Polymers Session a poster on his work “Tailoring Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogel Properties to Encourage Bacteria”, which is a collaboration with the Santore Lab (Polymer Science and Engineering at UMass). These posters would not have been possible without research assistance from Schiffman lab undergraduates, Chris Kuo-Leblanc and Natalie Mako. Additionally, Kerianne became a blogger! To view her summaries of MRS talks, check out the MRS Meeting Scene website out at this link. Congrats to all! (December 1, 2015)

Katrina and Nate's Manuscript Accepted to Carbohydrate Polymers!

Our manuscript that establishes the correlation between precursor solution properties and nanofiber morphology for polymer solutions electrospun with or without hydrophobic oils has just been accepted for publication in Carbohydrate Polymers! Here, cinnamaldehyde (CIN) and hydrocinnamic alcohol (H-CIN) were electrospun in chitosan/poly(ethylene oxide) nanofiber mats as a function of chitosan molecular weight and degree of acetylation. For more information about this excellent study, see the publications page. (November 27, 2015)

Kerianne wins Biotechnology Training Program (BTP) Fellowship!

Congrats to Kerianne! The UMass BTP Program joins together faculty from five degree granting programs – Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Polymer Science and Engineering, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and Molecular and Cellular Biology – to train students in an interdisciplinary fashion that expands career opportunities and sharpens professional skills. This program is supported by the National Institute of Health (1 T32 GM108556-01A1). For more information see link. (November 10, 2015)

Schiffman Chairs Area 8A Plenary Session: Emerging Areas in Polymer Science and Engineering at 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT.
Jessica Schiffman and Megan Robertson (University of Houston) invited speakers, organized, and raised funds to support two exciting plenary sessions within Area 8A (Polymers) at the 2015 AIChE Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. Thanks again for all the support, especially from the National Science Foundation (NSF, DMR 1543717)! While at AIChE, Schiffman also served as a poster judge for all of the fabulous posters submitted to Division 8A, Polymers! (November 5, 2015)

 

Schiffman gives Presentation at the International Fiber Society Meeting in Raleigh, NC.
At the 2015 fall meeting of the Fiber Society, Schiffman gave a talk entitled, “Electrospun Nanofiber Mats are Effective Killing Sponges”. This conference was hosted by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. For the full conference proceeding, see link. (October 28, 2015)

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. (October 1, 2015)

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! (September 15, 2015)

Schiffman gives Invited Talk in Linz, Austria!
Jessica Schiffman is invited to give a plenary lecture at the Symposium on Additive Manufacturing and Innovative Technologies (Add+it 2015) hosted at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. Add+it 2015 offers a platform for science and industry to discuss topics all across additive manufacturing and innovative technologies. International experts from more than ten different countries from four continents will share their knowledge in several talks and five workshops to show what additive manufacturing offers today and what can be expected in the future. To learn more see link. (September 9, 2015)

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. (September 2, 2015)

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. (August 20, 2015)

 

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. (August 18, 2015)

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. (August 15, 2015)

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. (July 23, 2015)

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! (June 24, 2015)

 

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. (June 9, 2015)

 

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. (June 5, 2015)

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! (June 1, 2015)

 

Katrina Named a Tillwick Fellow!

Congrats to Katrina on being awarded the David C. Tillwick  Memorial Fellowship. (May 11, 2015)

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. (May 8, 2015)

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. (May 1, 2015)

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. (April 23, 2015)

Katrina's Patent is Official!

Congrats to Katrina! Her patent “Essential oils or volatile organics thereof electrospun in chitosan nanofiber mats” has received an official patent number. For more information, see the publications page. (April 23, 2015)

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. (April 10, 2015)

Kris Aces Prospectus Exam!

We are excited to announce that Kris has passed his prospectus presentation! Stay tuned for his premire first-author publication! (April 1, 2015)

 

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. (March 26, 2015)

Eric Receives 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. (March 26, 2015)

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. (March 19, 2015)

 

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. (March 10, 2015)

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. (February 10, 2015)

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. (January 23, 2015)

 

2014

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! (December 24, 2014)

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. (December 24, 2014)

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! (December 12, 2014)

Natalie Awarded CHC Fellowship, Congrats!

Undergraduate researcher, Natalie Mako, has been awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowship for Spring 2015! (December 12, 2014)

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! (December 4, 2014)

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. (December 4, 2014)

Schiffman Chairs Session and Gives Presentation at 2014 Annual AIChE Conference in Atlanta, GA.

At the Annual AIChE meeting in Atalanta, GA, Schiffman served as a Chair for the session “Polymer Properties and Rheology” within Division 8A. She gave a talk in the session "Charged and Ion-Containing Polymers" called "Rheological Properties and Electrospinning of Chitosan-Oil Solutions”. Additionally, she served as a poster judge for all of the fabulous posters submitted to Division 8A, Polymers! (November 20, 2014)

 

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! (November 6, 2014)

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. (October 23, 2014)

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 developing “greener” antifouling materials that feature natural polymers. (September 22, 2014)

 

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. (September 12, 2014)

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! (July 18, 2014)

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. (June 19, 2014)

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! (June 13, 2014)

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. (June 9, 2014)

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. (June 2, 2014)

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. (June 2, 2014)

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!  (June 2, 2014)

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. (May 10, 2014)

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.

(May 10, 2014)

Annuli, 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! (May 1, 2014)

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. (April 20, 2018)

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. (April 18, 2018)

 

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. (April 5, 2018)

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. (March 10, 2014)

"Greener" Materials Science.

We are a Feature Story! Read our press release here. (February 2014)

Kerianne Aces Qual Exam!

We are excited to announce that Kerianne has passed her qualifying exam! Time to start casting those membranes! (January 29, 2014)

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. (January 23, 2014)

 

2013

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. (December 11, 2013)

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! (December 11, 2013)

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! (November 11, 2013)

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! (October 25, 2013)

09/25 Congrats to Annuli on SWE Fellowship!

We congratulate Annuli on being named a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholar! (September 25, 2013)

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”. (August 27, 2013)

Schiffman Awarded NSF Funding!

Schiffman has been awarded her first funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF-CBET 1342343), 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. (August 12, 2013)

TOC Wound Healing

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. (August 6, 2013)

TOC Wound Healing

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. (July 30, 2013)

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. (June 26, 2012) 

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. (June 24, 2012)

 

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! (June 13, 2012)

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! (June 3, 2012)

TOC Wound Healing

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. (May 30, 2013)

TOC Wound Healing

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! (May 22, 2013)

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. (May 7, 2013)

 

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. (May 7, 2013)

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. (April 27, 2013)

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.

(April 17, 2013)

Nat 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. (April 17, 2013)




Annuli, Elena, and Nat 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. (April 3, 2013)

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. (April 2, 2013)

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. (April 2, 2013)

 

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. (March 20, 2013)

Congratulations, Kris!

We are excited to announce that Kris has passed his qualifying exam! (February 2, 2013)

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! (February 2, 2013)

 

2012





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. (December 21, 2012)

 

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 (December 16, 2012)

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. (December 12, 2012)

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. (December 11, 2012)

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! (November 16, 2012)

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! (November 15, 2012)

CBI Chalk Talk Features Katrina and Jessica.

See press release below. More information link. (November 5, 2012)

  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.

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! (September 6, 2012)

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! (August 31, 2012)

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". (July 29, 2012)




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. (July 23, 2012)

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! (July 20, 2012)

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. (June 12, 2012)

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! (May 29, 2012)

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. (May 9, 2012)

 

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.” (April 27, 2012)

Funding from the NSF 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". The CHM is an NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC). (April 19, 2012)

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. (April 19, 2012)

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! (April 14, 2012)

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! (April 10, 2012)

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. (March 31, 2012)

Congrats to Katrina!

Katrina has become an Associate Member of the Institute for Cellular Engineering! (March 1, 2012)

Welcome Annuli!

Annuli Okoye has joined our lab as an undergraduate researcher. Her research will explore environmental applications of biopolymers. (February 23, 2012)

Congratulations to Nate and Katrina!

Our two graduate students, Nate and Katrina, both aced their qualifying exams! Time to celebrate. (February 8, 2012)




ICE Coffee & Connections features us.

Profs. Alfandari (VAS) and Schiffman (ChemE) discuss the different strategies their labs take towards Designing Extracellular Playgrounds. (February 1, 2012)

 

2011


Nat, Elena, and Stephanie are our newest lab members!

Undergraduate researchers Nat Eagan, Elena Pandres, and Stephanie Butler join our happy lab. (December 13, 2011)




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. (November 30, 2011)

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! (November 18, 2011)

Panel discussion about graduate school

Prof. Schiffman held a panel discussion about graduate school for Chemical Engineering seniors. (November 18, 2011)

 

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. (October 27, 2011)

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". (October 17, 2011)

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. (October 14, 2011)

Welcome David!

Undergraduate researcher David Gamliel and chemical engineering student joins the group. (September 29, 2011)

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. (September 19, 2011)

The Schiffman Group is formed

Assistant Professor Jessica Schiffman joins the Chemical Engineering Department at the UMass Amherst. (September 1, 2011)