A National Science Foundation I/UCRC: Phase 1

Iowa State University Faculty and Staff

  • Nuria Acevedo

     

    Research Interests: Physicochemical and structural properties of foods, lipids, food nanotechnology, and material science in foods

    Nuria Acevedo
  • Xianglan Bai

     

    Research Interests: Thermochemical conversion of biomass (fast pyrolysis and solvolysis), utilization of waste materials, and biofuels and biobased products

    Xianglan Bai
  • John Beghin

     

    Research Interests: Agricultural economics, international trade, international economics, trade and the environment, policy analysis, obesity, food policy

    Nuria Acevedo
  • Robert Brown

     

    Research Interests: Gasification and fast pyrolysis of biomass; biorenewable resources; biofuels and biopower; fluidized beds; and hot gas cleaning

    Robert Brown
  • Jason Chen

     

    Research Interests: Using practical and scalable chemistry to design and synthesize novel monomeric and polymeric substances with a variety of potential properties and applications

    Jason Chen
  • Eric Cochran (Deputy Director)

     

    Research Interests: Synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous block copolymers and polymer nanocomposites for applications ranging from asphalt modification to adhesives to directed self-assembly for photolithographic masks

    Eric Cochran
  • Matthew Darr

     

    Research Interests: The use of embedded systems and advanced instrumentation to enhance the efficiency, productivity, and control capacity of agricultural systems including those for food, fiber, and energy production

    Matthew Darr
  • Vinay Dayal

     

    Research Interests: Composite materials evaluation, ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation of composites, experimental structural design and finite element analysis, and experimental mechanics

    Matthew Darr
  • William Graves

     

    Research Interests: Biology of rare woody plants

    William Graves
  • David Grewell (Center Director)

     

    Research Interests: Developing soy and corn-based protein plastics as well as developing and characterizing processing techniques

    David Grewell
  • Peter Gudlewski

     

    Negotiator, Industry Research Contracts

  • Nastaran Hashemi

     

    Research Interests: Microfluidics, biosensors, optofluidics, materials, organ on a chip, diagnostics and therapeutics, and physics of micro/nanoscale phenomena

    Nastaran Hashemi
  • Nacu Hernandez

     

    Research Interests: Research and development of biomaterials, mainly thermoplastic elastomers, from renewable resources

    Nacu Hernandez
  • Shan Hu

     

    Research Interests: Polymer electrolyte for battery and fuel cell, smart materials for sensors and actuators, functional surface coatings for building windows and highway pavements, polymer aerogel/hydrogel, nanotechnology and nanomaterials

    Chunhui Xiang
  • Darren Jarboe

     

    Research Interests: Technology commercialization and entrepreneurship, rural development, farm machinery sanitation, and biomass marketing and utilization

    Darren Jarboe
  • Malika Jeffries-El

     

    Research Interests: Organic chemistry and polymer chemistry (conducting polymers)

    Malika Jeffries-El
  • Shan Jiang

     

    Research Interests: Colloids and nanoparticles, surface and interface, coating materials, biodegradable polymers, and gene delivery

    Chunhui Xiang
  • Atul Kelkar

     

    Research Interests: Control theory, robust and nonlinear control, acoustic noise control, vibration control, flexible multi-body dynamics, integrated design via multi-objective optimization, robotics, and neural networks

    Malika Jeffries-El
  • George Kraus

     

    Research Interests: organic synthesis, bio-agricultural chemistry, and toxicology

    George Kraus
  • Buddhi Lamsal

     

    Research Interests: Food processing and engineering, crops utilization and industrial value-addition via enzyme application, and fermentations, biobased products, engineering properties of food and structure-functional properties- proteins, polysaccharides, food rheology

    Buddhi Lamsal
  • Chris Martin

     

    Research Interests: Application of biopolymers and biocomposites to evaluate and maximize their potential for practical uses in building and design

    Chris Martin
  • Reza Montazami

     

    Research Interests: Smart materials and structures, functional thin-films (energy harvesting, sensors and actuators), polymer-metal nanocomposites (green energy), nature-inspired soft microrobotic (biomedical devices and military applications), and MEMS and NEMS

    Reza Montazami
  • Mikesch Muecke

     

    Research Interests: Biocomposites; green design; compact-footprint design-build construction, passive house technology; design for the elderly; electronic architectures; rapid prototyping; architectural history, theory, and culture; mobility and architecture

    Mikesch Muecke
  • Lynne Mumm

     

    Senior Negotiator, Industry Research Contracts

  • Balaji Narasimhan

     

    Research Interests: Molecular design of nanoscale polymer systems and biomaterials to precisely control molecular architecture and functionality in these systems

    Balaji Narasimhan
  • Carey Novak

     

    Research Interests: Business development and technology commercialization

    Carey Novak
  • Rudy Pruszko

     

    Research Interests: Economics, social issues, and commercialization

    Rudy Pruszko
  • D. Raj Raman

     

    Research Interests: Developing early-stage techno-economic models of bioprocessing systems

    D. Raj Raman
  • David Ringholz

     

    Research Interests: Demonstrate how industrial design can act as a vehicle for showcasing what is possible with biopolymers and moving this technology into the mainstream

    David Ringholz
  • Iris Rivero

     

    Research Interests: Biomedical manufacturing, nanomaterials, carbon nanotubes, manufacturing processes, materials characterization, aerospace applications, nondestructive testing (NDT)-X-ray diffraction, and fatigue/failure analysis

    Iris Rivero
  • Kurt Rosentrater

     

    Research Interests: Sustainability of biorenewable systems and processes, development of value-added products and coproducts, design of bioprocess engineering systems, and mathematical modeling and simulation

    Kurt Rosentrater
  • James Schrader

     

    Research Interests: Identifying, evaluating, and improving emerging bioplastic container materials to replace petroleum-based plastic containers in specialty crop production

    James Schrader
  • Joey Talbert

     

    Research Interests: Biocatalysts, nanobiotechnology, non-aqueous enzymology, green processing, and immobilized enzymes

    Joey Talbert
  • Martin Thuo

     

    Research Interests: Soft materials (polymers and soft alloys), surfaces and interfaces (self-assembled monolayers, molecular electronics, and self-cleaning surfaces), and low-cost diagnostics and other bio-analytical devices

    Martin Thuo
  • Keith Vorst

     

    Research Interests: Design, safety, and function of polymeric food packaging with an emphasis on cost optimization and conversion processes of polymer and bioplastic food packaging, biological and chemical safety of food contact surfaces, and shelf-life extension and nutritive value retention

    Keith Vorst
  • Tong Wang

     

    Research Interests: Characterization and processing of soybeans, corn, eggs, and microalgae for producing functional lipids and proteins as food, feed and fuels

    Tong Wang
  • Zhiyou Wen

     

    Research Interests: Bioprocess engineering; fermentation for functional foods and non-food products; algal culture development; biofuels and value-added products from microalgae; anaerobic digestion of food and animal wastes

    Chunhui Xiang
  • Chris Williams

     

    Research Interests: Asphalt materials characterization; asphalt design, performance and construction; asphalt rheology; and pavement design

    Chris Williams
  • Chunhui Xiang

     

    Research Interests: Modifying the properties of existing textile products with nanomaterials, i.e. nanofibers, nanoparticles

    Chunhui Xiang
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