PhD candidate Alireza Ahmadian Yazdi with professor Jie Xu
PhD candidate gaining industry experience via NSF INTERN grant
By David Staudacher, UIC PhD candidate Alireza Ahmadian Yazdi has taken his studies outside the laboratory and into the working world. The College of Engineering student jumped at the opportunity to take on a five-month internship at California-based Beckman Coulter, a leading company in biomedical instruments. Ahmadian Yazdi, who is working on his PhD under the direction of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Assistant Professor Jie Xu in the Microfluidics Laboratory and being co-advised by Associate Professor Vikas Berry in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UIC, was awarded a $55,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) INTERN program to pursue the unique opportunity that started in January and runs through May. This grant was a supplement to the NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center award for…
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UIC professor’s artificial leaf makes waves as new way to lower greenhouse gases
New research from the University of Illinois at Chicago has proposed a novel design for artificial leaves that would be at least 10 times more efficient than their natural counterparts at transforming carbon dioxide into fuel. The research, from Meenesh Singh, assistant professor of chemical engineering in the UIC College of Engineering, and his colleague Aditya Prajapati, a graduate student in his lab, has made a splash in the media since being published earlier this month in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. Singh and Prajapati proposed encapsulating a traditional artificial leaf inside a transparent, semi-permeable membrane capsule made of a quaternary ammonium resin and filled with water. This capsule would allow the leaves to function outside of the…

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