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
Ph. D. - Chemical Engineering, University
of Delaware, 2013
M. S. - Chemical Engineering, Drexel
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John David Chea
Fields of Study: Extraction and purification of phytochemicals, process engineering, synthesis and characterization of bio-based polymers
B. S. - Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, 2018
John originates from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He graduated from Rowan University in 2018 with a major in Chemical Engineering. As an undergraduate, he worked on industry-sponsored projects such as the minimization of media loss in filtration backwash with Hungerford & Terry Inc. and sunscreen recrystallization with INOLEX. He also assisted in the synthesis and characterization of bio-based gel polymer electrolyte under the direction of Ph.D. student Elyse Baroncini. Currently, he is working towards a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory. His research focuses on lab-scale extraction and purification of phytochemicals in conjunction with pilot plant engineering and design optimization. Another aspect of his research includes the synthesis and characterization of bio-based polymers. Outside of engineering, he enjoys tennis, ping pong, and graphic design.
Fields of Study: Synthesis and characterization of hybrid bio-based thermosetting materials
B. S. - Chemical Engineering, University of Tulsa, 2015Alex 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 to investigate the synthesis and characterization of bio-based thermosetting materials.
Fields of Study: Synthesis and characterization of bio-based poly-aromatic materials
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.
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.
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.
Jasmin Z. Vasquez
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Amory
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.
B.S. - Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, anticipated 2020
Michael began studying chemical engineering at Rowan University in the Fall of 2016. He has worked in the Sustainable Materials Research Lab since the Fall of 2017 and has worked on developing high performance bio-based polymers and bio-based flame retardant additives under Silvio Curia and Emanuele D'Angelo.
B.S - Mechanical Engineering, Rowan University, anticipated 2020
B.S - Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, anticipated 2019
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.
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, anticipated 2020
Will began studying chemical engineering at Rowan University in the Fall of 2016 and was first introduced to Research & Development in the Fall of 2017. He has since contributed to projects such as developing novel bio-based flame retardants under Emanuele D’Angelo and renewable materials for additive manufacturing under Alex Bassett. Outside of class Will enjoys participating in intramural sports, namely flag football and basketball, and pursues photography as a hobby.
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.
B. S. - Chemical Engineering, Rowan University, anticipated 2020
Professional Collaborators at Rowan University
Francis (Mac) Haas, Ph.D.
Fields of study: Conventional and alternative fuel utilization, primary air pollutant formation processes, arithmetic manufacturing, biomedical device design
Ph.D. – Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2016
M.S. - Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics, 2006
B.S. – Chemical Engineering, Drexel University, 2006
B.S. – Environmental Engineering, Drexel University, 2006
Dr. Mac Haas is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Advisor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rowan University. His background in thermal-fluid sciences arcs across diverse disciplines, supporting his current research thrusts in advanced manufacturing, biomedical devices, and process safety. His ongoing collaborations with the SMRL involve furthering both the fundamental physical understanding and applications space of direct-write additive manufacturing processes, with particular emphasis on high-performance polymers and polymer composites.
Mary M. Staehle, Ph.D.
Johnathan J. Morris
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Alumni - Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Ivan D S Souza, Ph.D.
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
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
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
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
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