Congrats to Zijie, Bingjia and Mike for passing their qualifying exam with flying colors. All three are PhD candidates from Winter '21.
Our first ever preprint is out on ChemRxiv. Check it out here. Big takeaway is that theoretical predictions show promisingly large solar-to-chemical efficiencies and nutrient recovery rates to transform wastewater nitrates to valuable chemicals, including ammonia, in a photoelectrochemical device. Effects of NO3- concentration dependent mass-transfer limitations and competing reactions are discussed in detail.
Despite the "new-normal" of virtual interactions behind a screen, we find it SO important to meet in-person as a group, whenever possible. Nice to be outside and enjoy the splendid fall colors around campus
Rohini was invited to give a talk at the ME-Connect Seminar Series at her alma mater -- Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. So happy to be back (even if virtually) to talk to students highlighting my experiences in academia and to interact with several other faculty in the department. Thanks for inviting me Suhasa and ME-Connect at UMN, and for the fun surprise of having Jane (my PhD advisor) introduce me at the seminar.
Bingjia, Bryan and Zijie are starting out as PhD students in TREE Lab from Fall '20. Warm welcome to all three of them. Looking forward to working with all of you.
Zijie Chen, currently a first year PhD student in TREE-Lab, is a recipient of the MICDE Graduate Student Fellowship for 2020-2021. Congrats and way to go Zijie!
TREE-Lab researchers are staying healthy, doing as good as we can, and working on our research.
Some updates from our group to catch-up on:
1. Rohini was selected to attend the NAE's 2020 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Very grateful for this opportunity to meet and interact with so many talented scientists and researchers from various backgrounds.
2. Rohini chaired the 2nd AICHE Solar Energy Systems Conference this summer (Aug. 12 -- 14) along with co-chairs Nick Auyeung and Christopher Muhich, and organized by the Center for Energy Initiatives at the AIChE. The conference focused on the topics of solar-fuel generators, thermal energy storage, solar process heating, desalination and water treatment. Despite the transition from an in-person to a virtual event, the conference was very well received and turned out to be a very successful event. Thanks to the valuable support from the organizers at AIChE, steering committee members and all participants.
3. Mike, Bingjia, Zijie and Luisa from the TREE-Lab gave excellent oral presentations at the 2nd AICHE Solar Energy Systems Conference
Mike, Rohini and several other researchers at the Mechanical Engineering department at UM discuss some specifics on how we have all adapted to the "new normal" to keep lab work going while conducting research in a safe and a responsible manner. Check out more information here.
Bingjia and Zijie, currently Masters students in TREE Lab, are both officially admitted to the ME PhD program at UM. Congrats! Look forward to advising you both in your PhD journey.