The Department of Chemical Engineering offers an Honors Program to a select group of students from each of its undergraduate programs. Although the program begins in its second year, the focus of the program is undergraduate research starting in the junior year, which provides the basis for an undergraduate thesis that is prepared in the senior year. The research results are also presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference at UC Davis. The research, thesis, and presentation are prepared in consultation with a faculty member from the Department. A list of students, projects and advisors for projects beginning in 2014 is shown below.

Participants in this program gratefully acknowledge the generous financial support of John and Gina Wasson.

For more information on the Honors Program contact Professor Ron Phillips or email Eugenia Luu, the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator


Honors Projects

Student Adviser Project Start
Alexandra Moskaluk McDonald Purification and Characterization of Newcastle Disease Virus’ Antigenic Protein, Hemagglutinin-neuraminidase (HN) 2014
Chris Guido Ristenpart A Solutal Fingering Instability during Capillary Imbibition in Fibrous Media 2014
Gil Benezer Dungan Analysis of Agarrose Sol-Gel Phase Behavior in the Presence of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate 2014
Evan Forman Stroeve Tunable drug release from lipid bilayer coated superparamagnetic Fe3O4/mesoporous silica nanoparticles using PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymers 2014
Nicholas Talken Ristenpart Electrofluidic properties of colloidal particles 2014
David J. Bilsky Moule DISC Patterning of Polymer Microstructures using Light Interference 2015
Zhimin Xie Schoenung Hazard and Life Cycle Assessment of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles when Applied as Antimicrobial Coatings in Textiles 2015
Cori Satkowski Faller Molecular Dynamics of Lipid Bilayer Morphology Modifications Induced by Hydroquinones 2015
Yang-Denis Su Phillips Diffusion in Carbopol Solutions and Gels 2015
Tony Ting Li Kuhl Wettability Comparison of Hydrophobic Surfaces 2015
Jillian Doherty Phillips Intrinsic Viscosity of Dilute Carbopol Solutions 2016
James Makel Stroeve Thermally and Chemically Responsive Nanoporous Materials for Efficient Capture of Fission Product Gases  2016
Xuan Mo Schoenung Microstructure and Thermal Stability of Nanocyrstalline AI Powders Produced by Cryomilling 2016
Lixian Huang Risbud Processing Induced Anomalous Superconductivity in Spark Plasma Sintered Bulk YBCO 2016
Allison Lo Stroeve Development and Functionization of Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery 2016
Bradley Petkus Stroeve Poly(n-isopropylacrylamide)-poly(ethylene) Glycol Co-Functionalized Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Improved, Thermoresponsive Protein Delivery  2016
Doniko Kingi Kuhl Zeta Potentials of Lipid Vesicles 2016
Yue Deng Longo Towards Enhanced Photochemical Water Splitting through Bacteriorhodopsin/TiO2 Sol-gel Composite  2016
Kathryn Mains McDonald Purification of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Via Ion Exchange Membrane Chromatography


Ryan Kopa Mahajan Effects of Convolutional Neural Networks on Automated Materials Science Research


Shayla Nikzad Block Use of mass Balance in Determining Plant Water Status of Individual Wine Grapes


Robert Wu Kuhl Thermodynamics of Lipid Monolayers



Student Adviser Project Publication
Nicholas Talken Ristenpart Electrofluidic properties of colloidal particles Hexatic-to-Disorder Transition in Colloidal Crystals Near Electrodes: Rapid Annealing of Polycrystalline Domains
Zhimin Xie Schoenung Hazards of manufacturing of cosmetics Hazard and Life Cycle Assessment of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles when Applied as Antimicrobial Coatings in Textiles