The Department of Chemical Engineering is pleased to announce our most recent National Science Foundation Fellowship recipients: Julia Faeth and Lianette Rivera, current ChE graduate students; and Jennifer Jocz, a graduating senior in the department who will begin her graduate studies at Michigan this fall.
Julia Faeth (left) is currently researching fast hydrothermal liquefaction (FHTL), a biomass conversion process. FHTL takes place in water to avoid energy-intensive drying steps, which makes this process well suited to process biomass with high water content, like algae. FHTL produces bio-crude oil, which can be upgraded to liquid fuels, much like petroleum crude oil. She completed her undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at the University of Dayton and her graduate advisor is Phillip Savage.
Jennifer Jocz (center) graduated from the undergraduate chemical engineering program at Michigan in May. For the past year, she’s been working in Mike Solomon‘s lab on a project focusing on changing the optical properties of colloidal solutions by applying an electric field to assemble crystal structures. She worked also on product synthesis research during a summer internship with Dow Chemical. When she enters the graduate program at Michigan this fall, she is interested in concentrating her research interests in the energy area, particularly reactions and catalysis.