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Madani A Khan

PhD student

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Email: madani.khan@stonybrook.edu

Madani received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the City College of New York. His current project involves functionalization of cellulose-based membranes to remove arsenic (III), arsenic (V) and other hard metals from drinking water.

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Grenalynn C. Ilacas

PhD student

Email: grenalynn.ilacas@stonybrook.edu

 

Grenalynn received both her Bachelor's degree (California State University, San Bernardino) and Master's degree (California State University, Los Angeles) in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry. She is currently focused on understanding the chemical and physical aspects of locally sourced biochar, as well as characterizing these samples before and after chemical activation via the nitro-oxidation process.

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Duning Li

PhD student

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duning.li@stonybrook.edu

Duning received his bachelor degree in Southern University of Science and Technology in 2019. His research field is focusing on using bio-adsorbents based on cellulose and chitin to treat PFAS compounds in drinking water.

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Jiajun Tian

PhD student

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Email: jiajun.tian.1@stonybrook.edu

Jiajun received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology. His research focuses on the characterization of nanoparticle-functionalized nanocellulose composite systems by X-ray scattering techniques.

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Noel Womack

PhD student

 

Email: noel.womack@stonybrook.edu

Noel received his Bachelor's degree from Southern Connecticut State University and his Master's Degree from Stony Brook University. Noel has a background in organic synthesis and polymer chemistry. His current project involves determination and utilization of nutrients, extracted from biomass feedstocks via the nitro-oxidation process, for liquid fertilizers. 

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Kaushanie Gunarathne

PhD student

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Email: kaushanie.gunarathne@stonybrook.edu

Kaushanie received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. 
Her current research is focussing on developing new bio-inspired construction materials using nanocellulose for extreme cold weathers.

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Andrew Wright

PhD student

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Email: andrew.wright@stonybrook.edu

Andrew received his Bachelor's degree in chemistry from Truman State University, Missouri, USA. His current research focuses on structural characterization of PFAS adsorption to develop innovative removal methods from water sources.  

2023-2024 QuADS NRT Fellowship Recipient

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Damian Amiruddin

PhD student

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Email: damian.amiruddin@stonybrook.edu

Damian received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Chemistry. His current research focuses on the development of polymer membranes for both desalination and hydrogen gas production. 

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Shengyu Yu

PhD Student

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shengyu.yu@stonybrook.edu

 

Shengyu received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Laurentian. (Sudbury, Ontario) His research focused on the application of nanoparticles to water purification using cellulose-based scaffolds.

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Mahdi Rezaei

PhD student

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mahdi.rezaei@stonybrook.edu

Mahdi got his bachelor's in pure chemistry at Shahid Beheshti University in Iran and then went on to get his master's in polymer chemistry from the University of Tehran. Right now, he's diving into how pressure impacts Nitro Oxidation Process(NOP) and looking at ways to scale it up. 

Sanket Mhaskar

PhD student

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Email: sanket.mhaskar@stonybrook.edu

Sanket received his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from University of Mumbai and Master's degree in Physical Chemistry from Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), India. His current research focuses on using Nitro-oxidized carboxycellulose nanofibers (NOCNFs) as media to adsorb toxic metal ions (e.g., Pd and Cd) in soil and prevent their entrance into crops during growth for food safety.

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Eniola Esther Arogunyo

PhD student

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Email: eniola.arogunyo@stonybrook.edu

Eniola obtained her Bachelor’s degree in pure Chemistry from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria with a focus on synthesis, characterization, and antimicrobial studies of metal-mixed Ligand complexes. Later, she received her master’s degree in chemistry from Pittsburg State University, Kansas with research focused on the Rapid Detection of Food-borne Pathogens using biosensors. Her PhD focuses on Slow-Controlled Release/Leaching studies for Nutrient Use Efficiency (NUE). When she’s not doing research, she enjoys singing, drawing, or playing badminton.

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Panayiota Siskos

Master student

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panayiota.siskos@stonybrook.edu

Panayiota Siskos is currently a graduate student pursuing a B.S./M.S. in Chemistry. She is currently working on preparing nanocellulose-based composites containing black titanium dioxide nanoparticles for the purpose of photocatalytic degradation of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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