People

Faculty

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Joseph F. Stanzione, III, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Fields of study: Value-added chemical engineering of xylochemicals, green chemistry and engineering, monomer and polymer synthesis, additive manufacturing, transport phenomena

Ph. D. - Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2013

M. S. - Chemical Engineering, Drexel University, 2008

B. S. - Chemical Engineering, Drexel University, 2008

Joseph Stanzione, III received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering at Drexel University and his Ph.D. at the University of Delaware under the directions of Professor Giuseppe Palmese and Professor Richard Wool, respectively.  In 2013, he joined the Chemical Engineering faculty of Rowan University.  His research program focuses on the utilization of lignocellulosics as an alternative renewable chemicals feedstock, green chemistry and engineering for the development of next-generation lignocellulosic biorefineries, and bio-based polymers and composites for high-performance, biomedical, and energy applications.  His work has resulted in one patent, four patent applications, and publications in journals such as Green Chemistry, ChemSusChem, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Macromolecular Chemistry & Physics, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, and ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.  Additionally, he is a co-recipient of the U.S. EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in 2013 and co-editor of the Special Issue: Sustainable Polymers and Polymer Science: Dedicated to the Life and Work of Richard P. Wool published by the Journal of Applied Polymer Science in 2016.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Silvio Curia

Fields of study: Sustainable high-performance thermoplastics and thermosets

Ph. D. - Use of Supercritical CO2 for Green Polymer Chemistry, University of Nottingham (UK), 2016

M. S. - Preparation of TiO2 Nanoparticles for the Synthesis of PMMA nanocomposites, University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), 2012

B. S. - Extraction and Use of Plant Pigments as Colorants for Elastomeric Blends, University of Calabria (Italy), 2009

Silvio originates from Cosenza, Italy.  He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham investigating the use of supercritical carbon dioxide for the processing of polymeric materials and the synthesis of renewable telechelic polyesters.  Silvio joined the Stanzione Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory in January 2017.  He is currently investigating the use of lignin and cellulose derived molecules for the synthesis of high-performance materials.

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Ivan D S Souza

Fields of study: Sunscreen technology

Ph. D. - Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Sciences, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil),  2015

B. S. - Industrial Pharmacy, University of Maringa (Brazil), 2009

Ivan has been working with cosmetic science and technology since 2009, both in the academic and business environment. Currently, he is interested in using chemistry to develop solutions for sun care and skin care products.

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Emanuele D’Angelo

Fields of Study: Polymeric composite materials and reuse of carbon fibers recovered by pyrolysis

Ph.D. - Industrial Chemistry, University of Bologna (Italy), 2018

M. S. – Industrial Chemistry, University of Bologna (Italy), 2014

B. S. – Industrial Chemistry, University of Catania (Italy),  2012

Emanuele comes from Caltagirone, Italy. He is currently completing his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Bologna dealing with the production and characterization of polymeric composite materials and the reuse of carbon fibers recovered by pyrolysis. 

He joined Dr. Stanzione’s Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory at Rowan University in May 2017 and he will be investigating the use of recycled carbon fibers within bio-based thermosetting resin matrices.

Research Scientists

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Kevin Andrews

Fields of study: Renewable materials for thermosets, polymer characterization

 B. S. - Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2006

 After graduating from the University of Delaware, Kevin worked at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory where he helped develop HAP-free repair putties and low HAP composite resins using bio-based styrene alternatives. He then went to Drexel University, where he worked with Prof. Guiseppe Palmese developing bio-based rubber toughening agents for vinyl ester thermosets. His research at the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory is focused on characterizing and developing resins for additive manufacturing technologies. Outside of the lab, Kevin enjoys training jiu jitsu and muy thai, camping, and intensive meditation.

Graduate Students

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Elyse A. Baroncini

Fields of study: Bio-based thermosetting materials

B. A. - Physics, Franklin & Marshall College, 2012

After graduating from Franklin & Marshall College, Elyse worked for a small company north of Philadelphia manufacturing analytical instrumentation.  She spent two years traveling the globe as an applications engineer before leaving her position to enroll in Rowan University’s Chemical Engineering graduate program.  Currently, she is completing her Ph.D. research investigating the use of bio-based materials in lithium-ion batteries and in additive manufacturing applications.

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Alexander W. Bassett

Fields of study: Synthesis and Characterization of High-Performance Polymeric Materials

B. S. - Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, 2016

Alex joined the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory in 2014 while completing his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. During that time, Alex focused on the development of bio-based styrene replacements, BPA-free epoxy resins, and BPA-free polycarbonates.  He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Rowan University.  His research focuses on utilizing bio-based molecules for the development of high-performance thermosetting resins, the development of interpenetrating polymer networks for high-performance polymeric materials, and the synthesis of benign dianilines for polyimide resins.

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John David Chea

B. S. - Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, 2018

John graduated from Rowan University in 2018 with a major in Chemical Engineering and minor in Chemistry. He has worked extensively on a water filtration project with the goal to minimize media loss during backwash. He has also researched drug response in humans through molecular dynamic simulations. Currently, he is working towards a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory.  He aspires to work in food engineering and renewable energy fields. Outside of engineering, he enjoys playing tennis, ping pong, and drawing sketches. 

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Alexandra Chong

B. S. - Chemical Engineering, University of Tulsa, 2015

Alex received her B. S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa in 2015. As an undergraduate student, she conducted organic chemistry research under the direction of Dr. Syed R. Hussaini investigating more efficient and cost-effective enaminone synthesis. After graduating, she worked as a Chemist for a company in Tulsa, OK where she analyzed chemical tracers used for oil and gas well diagnostics. Alex is currently working with the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory as she pursues her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Rowan University. 

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Maggie Gillan

Fields of study: Thermoset Polymers for Additive Manufacturing

B.S. - Chemistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2013

Maggie received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2013. As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Lisa Kelly and Dr. N.B. Singh. She then joined Dr. Nicole Zander's group at the Army Research Laboratory where she worked on finding value-added applications of recycled and indigenous materials on the battlefield. Maggie joined the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory in summer 2018, where her work involves thermoset polymers for additive manufacturing. In her spare time, Maggie enjoys sewing, fixing up old sewing machines, cooking, board games, and camping.

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Kelli Hambleton

B. S. - Chemistry, Rowan University, 2017

Kelli graduated in 2018 with her BS in Chemistry from Rowan.  She is currently studying Chemical Engineering for her MS to expand her knowledge and view chemistry from a different angle.  Kelli has spent two summers as an intern for the Sherwin-Williams company where she gained experience working with various coatings, such as, deck stain and architectural paint.  Outside of the lab, Kelli is a member of both the women's ice hockey and ballroom dance teams on campus.



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Minxue Shi

B. S. - Chemistry, Rowan University, 2016

Minxue joined the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory under Dr. Stanzione’s guidance in 2016.  Currently, she is working towards her Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering studying the kinetics of bio-based polymers.  Minxue came from China seeking higher education in the U.S.  She enjoys learning and working with her colleagues; “they are like family” she says.  Outside of school, Minxue loves adventures, such as, sky diving, kayaking and helicopter flight lessons.  Minxue also volunteers at an animal shelter in her spare time.

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Kayla Sweet

B.S- Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, 2018

Kayla graduated from Rowan University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2018 and is currently pursuing her Master's in Chemical Engineering. She began working in the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory in the Spring of 2016 during her undergraduate sophomore year. During her time in the laboratory, she has worked on multiple projects, including studying solutions for sun care products and the development of high-performance bio-based polymers. Her current work includes researching multi-functional, thermoplastic polymers for a variety of applications.

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Jasmin Vasquez

Field of Study:  Synthesis and Characterization of Bio-based Composite Materials

M.S. – Materials Science and Engineering, University of the Philippines Diliman, 2013

B.S. – Agricultural Engineering, University of the Philippines Los Baños, 2006

Jasmin graduated with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering, Major in Agricultural and Bio Process Engineering from the University of the Philippines Los Baños.  She completed her M.S.  in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of the Philippines Diliman.   Her Master’s Research focused on the synthesis and characterization of Unidirectional Abaca Fiber Reinforced Bitter Cassava based Thermoplastic Starch Composite.  She is currently pursuing her PhD in Engineering, Major in Materials Science and Engineering at Rowan University.  She joined Dr. Stanzione’s Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory in September 2018.

Undergraduate Students

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Claire Breyta

B. S. - Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, anticipated 2019

Claire began Rowan University in 2015 and is currently pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering with a Honors Concentration. In 2017, she joined the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory working on the synthesis of bio-based monomers and polymers under the direction of Ph.D. student Alex Bassett.

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Nicholas Coposky

B.S. - Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, anticipated 2020


Nicholas is a junior at Rowan University majoring in Chemical Engineering. He has been working in the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory since the Fall of 2016. Under the tutelage of postdoctoral researcher Ivan da Silva Souza, he has worked on developing essential separations techniques to extract useful chemicals from bio-based feedstocks. Additionally, he has been synthesizing polyesters from these useful chemicals. 

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Savanna Dautle

B.S. - Chemical Engineering and Mathematics, Rowan University, anticipated 2019

Savanna is a junior at Rowan University pursuing a dual major in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics. She joined the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory in October 2015 under the guidance of Alex Bassett. She is now studying polyesters and polycarbonates under Dr. Silvio Curia.

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Janelle Diesburg

B.S - Mechanical Engineering, Rowan University, anticipated 2020

 Janelle is a junior studying mechanical engineering with an electrical and computer engineering minor.  She began working for the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory in May 2018 under the guidance of Ph.D. student Maggie to optimize the design of a 3D printer.  She also works for Dr. Staehle’s Systems Biology and Neurodevelopment Laboratory, designing and programming the electronics for their research.

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Ian Dunn

B.S. - Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, anticipated 2019

Ian began at Rowan University in the Fall of 2015. He is currently a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He has been working in the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory since the Fall of 2016. He has worked on developing high-performance bio-based polyesters under the direction of postdoctoral researcher Silvio Curia and more recently has been working on the development of predictive polymer modeling programs.

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Amy Honnig

B. S. - Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, anticipated 2019

In 2015, Amy started her degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Music at Rowan University. She began work in the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory on the synthesis of bio-based monomers and polymers with Ph.D. student Alex Bassett in the fall of 2016. 

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Dominique Rousseau

B. S. - Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, anticipated 2019

Dominique began studying in the Chemical Engineering program at Rowan University in 2015.  In 2016, she joined Dr. Stanzione's Sustainable Materials Laboratory exploring the synthesis of bio-based polymers in energy storage and additive manufacturing applications under Ph.D. student Elyse Baroncini.

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Barry Satterfield

B.S. - Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, anticipated 2019

Barry began Rowan University in 2015 and is currently pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering with a Materials Specialization. In 2017, he joined the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory working on the synthesis of polycarbonates, polyesters, and high performance materials under the direction of postdoctoral, Silvio Curia.

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Christopher Strekis

B. S. - Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, anticipated 2020


Chris began studying in the Chemical Engineering program at Rowan University in 2016.  As a sophomore he joined Dr. Stanzione's Sustainable Materials Laboratory exploring the synthesis of bio-based gel polymers in energy storage  under Ph.D. student Elyse Baroncini.

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Kelly Yorke

B.S.- Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, anticipated 2020

Kelly began at Rowan University in the Fall of 2016. She is going into her junior year, majoring in Chemical Engineering, minoring in Mathematics and has a certificate in Spanish. She joined the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory in June 2018 working under the guidance of Ph.D. student Alex Bassett.

Professional Collaborators

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Dr. Mary M. Staehle

Fields of study: Systems biology, neurodevelopment and neuroregeneration, exogenous chemical neurodevelopmental toxicity, biomedical design
 
Ph.D. - Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2010
 
B.S. - Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2004
 
Dr. Mary Staehle is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rowan University.  With a background in high-throughput transcriptomics in the brain during chronic alcoholism and acute alcohol withdrawal, Dr. Staehle now studies neurodevelopmental toxicity of known and novel molecules using an innovative animal model of regeneration.  Her lab is developing a high-throughput testing apparatus for early identification of neurodevelopmental toxicity.  In collaboration with Dr. Stanzione, Ivan D S Sousa, and the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory, the Systems Biology and Neurodevelopment Laboratories provide in vivo testing of novel bisphenol replacement candidates in an NIH-funded project.

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Johnathan J. Morris

Fields of study: High throughput toxicology screening and neural development
 
B.S. – Mathematics, Rowan University, 2017
 
As an undergraduate student at Rowan, John conducted research under the College of Math and Science constructing ODE-based models of dopamine releasing neurons and survival phenotypes to study Parkinson’s Disease. Currently, John is pursuing his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Rowan University. His research is focused on developing and manufacturing a High Throughput Screening System to perform hundreds of neurotoxicity assays at a time using regenerative flatworms called Planarian. He participates in multiple outreach programs for the College of Engineering by directing summer engineering camps for middle and high school students. John is also an assistant diving coach for the Prof’s swimming and diving team.

Visiting Researchers

Alumni

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Alumni - Graduate Students

Eric D. Hernandez - M.S. in Chemical Engineering, 2015

Daniel P. Rogers - M.S. in Chemical Engineering, 2015

Joseph R. Mauck - M.S. in Chemical Engineering, 2016

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Alumni - 2018 Undergraduate Students

Tristan Bacha - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

John Chea - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Kayla Sweet - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

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Alumni - 2017 Undergraduate Students

Jayson Cosgrove - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Kevin Hagan - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Sylvia Hanna - B.S. in Chemistry

Daniel Heckmann - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Christopher Lesniak - B.S. in Chemistry

Nicholas McBride - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Theodore Price - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Kevin Schmalbach - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Jord Yniguez - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

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Alumni - 2016 Undergraduate Students

Alexander Bassett - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Nicholas Costantini - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Ralph Dabrowski - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Joseph DiGiacomo - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Emma Dohmeier - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Benjamin Ficara - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Elizabeth Green - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Luke Hayduk - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Brandon Hummer - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Stephen Kulik - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Steven Sacco - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

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Alumni - 2015 Undergraduate Students

Gerard Brereton - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Jessica Daws - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Steven Gossert - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Jessica Kastelein - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Svyatoslav Okshin - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Matthew Whalen - B.S. in Chemical Engineering

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