Industrial Fermentation, Bioprocess Optimization and Artificial Intelligence Methods, Biofuels and catalytic conversion of biomass-derived molecules.
Biochemical Engineering, Computer Modeling, Fermentation Kinetics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Wine Processing, Separation Processes.
Jennifer Sinclair Curtis
Behavior of particles, with applications ranging from food processing, pharmaceutical manufacture, and the aerospace, energy and mining industries to natural processes such as debris flows and sediments. Her work has made important contributions to understanding how fluids and solid particles behave together.
Colloidal Systems, Food Engineering, Interfacial Phenomena, Mass Transfer-Food, Separation Processes.
Process systems engineering, Nonlinear process control and estimation, Analysis and control of hybrid systems, Fault-tolerant control using switched actuator/sensor configurations, Control of transport-reaction and particulate processes, Computational modeling, simulation and systems-level analysis of biological systems
Molecular modeling of soft-condensed matter.
Catalysis research emphasizes fundamental investigations motivated by technologically important problems and close interactions with industry. The research involves catalyst preparation, characterization by physical methods, and testing in low- and high-pressure reactors.
Direct Measurements of Biological Membrane-Membrane Interactions, Ligand-Receptor Interactions, Polymer Thin-Films, and Small Angle Scattering Studies of Interfacial Films.
Microstructural, phase, transport, and mechanical properties of biological membranes and lipid monolayers in viral infection, cell signaling and transport, alcohol tolerance, imaging, and drug delivery.
Using the tools of genetic engineering, recombinant proteins can be produced using a variety of expression systems and hosts, including microbial, mammalian, insect, plant or algal cells grown in bioreactors as well as transgenic animals and plants. Our laboratory is developing novel expression systems (i.e. the genetic instructions that direct the host cell to produce the non-native protein) and bioprocess engineering technologies to produce recombinant proteins, including human therapeutic proteins, enzymes for cellulose degradation, and biopolymers for materials applications, using whole plants, harvested plant tissues or plant cells grown in-vitro in bioreactors.
The development of numerical methods for the solution of complex problems in engineering and science, mostly at the continuum scale. Complex rheology: multiscale and continuum methods for incompressible viscoelastic flows. Multiphase flows: compressible and incompressible flows of fluids and elastic-plastic solids in time-dependent domains, interfacial processes. Constitutive modeling: equations of state, thermodynamic modeling, symmetry invariants. Charged systems: plasma physics, boundary charge and bilayer problems.
Development of low-cost photovoltaic (PV) devices. Since the largest cost components to a photovoltaic system are the material and material preparation, our group utilizes solution processable organic and nanoparticle components for PV applications.
Palazoglu Research Lab at UC Davis encompasses a number of activities in modeling, control and analysis of complex systems.
Our research group uses fundamental theoretical and experimental approaches to study transport processes involving small particles in polymer solutions and gels. This work has applications in bioseparation techniques, most of which make use of the sieving effect of hydrogels to separate biological macromolecules, and also in numerous suspension-processing operations. Our overall effort has significant overlap with the fields of colloid science, fluid mechanics and biochemical engineering.
Our group is investigating rheology, biorheology, ultrasonics and suspension mechanics.
My research is in complex fluids, with an emphasis on using advanced high-speed video techniques to extract quantitative measurements from complicated phenomena. My group strives to answer fundamental scientific questions about a variety of systems where the transport behavior is paramount. Recent topics include: electrocoalescence of charged droplets, shear-induced deformation of red blood cells, and electrically-induced aggregation of food colloids.
Ron C. Runnebaum
Dr. Runnebaum has a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in Viticulture & Enology and in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science. His research program aims to combine his interests in sustainable winemaking with his research background in nanomaterials, adsorption, heterogeneous catalysis, and reaction engineering. Winemaking-related projects include 1) Developing materials to capture CO2 and volatile organic compounds, especially from fermentation; 2) Developing fundamental understanding for the production of chemicals from winery waste streams; and 3) Designing solid-state materials for the replacement of solution-based treatments, particularly those that could improve sustainability. In addition, Dr. Runnebaum continues to investigate fundamental structure-activity relationships in chemical adsorption and reaction by nanomaterials, including zeolites and supported organometallic clusters.
Nanostructured and ultrafine grained materials. Green materials and green engineering design