Environmental Physical Chemistry @ UMN

The EPC Lab combines experiment and simulation to understand aqueous interfaces of environmental relevance.

Current research interests include:                                             
  • Bio-adhesion and nano-bio interfaces
  • Membrane fouling and fouling mitigation
  • Transport in membrane materials


Group News

October 2018: The EPC Lab has moved to the University of Edinburgh in sunny Scotland, UK. We have PhD positions available! Contact Santiago (Santiago [at] ed.ac.uk) if you are interested in joining us.

September 2018: Lab member Henry Croll defends his M. S. thesis. Congratulations, Henry!

September 2018: Santiago presented a talk during the 19th Biennial Seminar on Water Resources and Environmental Management, organized by the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

August 2018: Henry and Adel's paper entitled "Graphene Oxide Surface Modification of Polyamide Reverse Osmosis Membranes for Improved N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) Removal" is accepted for publication in Separation and Purification Technology. Paper available here.

May 2018: Santiago presented an invited seminar entitled "Unraveling Bacterial Adhesion to Aqueous Interfaces" in the Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London.

April 2018: Santiago presented an invited seminar entitled "Computational and Experimental Studies of Aqueous Interfaces" in the Department of Physics at Hamline University.

March 2018: Santiago presented a talk in the Biomaterials & Biointerfaces session at the ACS Spring National Meeting in New Orleans. His talk was entitled "Interaction of bacterial cells with model graphene oxide surfaces: insights from single-cell force spectroscopy".

December 2017:
Our paper entitled "
Bacterial Adhesion to Graphene Oxide (GO)-Functionalized Interfaces is Determined by Hydrophobicity and GO Sheet Spatial Orientation", in collaboration with Ben Stottrup (Augsburg University), is accepted for publication in
Environmental Science & Technology Letters.
Paper available here.

November 2017: Sara's paper, elucidating the adhesion mechanism of bacteria on UF membrane surfaces, is accepted for publication in Environmental Science & Technology. Congratulations, Sara!
Paper available here.

November 2017: Santiago presented an invited talk at the 1st Pan American Congress of Nanotechnology in Guarujá, Brazil.

October 2017: Sara, Adel and Santiago contribute presentations to the 2017 AIChE National Meeting in Minneapolis.

September 2017: Mehdi's paper on surface-induced anisotropic dynamics is accepted for publication in
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. Paper available from the ACS website. Congratulations, Mehdi!

June 2017: Jinkai presents a talk at the AEESP Research & Education Conference, hosted by the University of Michigan.

May 2017: Sara receives a Certificate of Merit from the ACS division of Environmental Chemistry, for her talk at the ACS Spring Meeting. Congratulations!

April 2017:
Sara delivers a talk about microbial adhesion to membranes at the ACS Spring Meeting in San Francisco.

January 2017:
Congratulations to Jinkai on receiving a prestigious NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

November 2016: Jinkai Xue (Ph.D., Alberta) joins the lab as a postdoc.

October 2016: Adel receives the AEESP Best MS Thesis Award for his work at Concordia with Saif Rahaman. Congrats!

September 2016: Adel Soroush (B.S., Tehran Poly., M.S. Concordia) joins the lab as a graduate student.

August 2016: Sara presents a poster on her bioadhesion research at the 2016 Gordon Conference on Membranes.

March 2016: Santiago gives an invited seminar at 3M Co.

January 2016:
Anissa Hasane, visiting graduate student from NTNU, joins the lab.

November 2015: Santiago presents a talk at Dow Energy and Water Solutions in Edina, MN.

September 2015:
Sara Binahmed (B.S., M.S., American University of Beirut) joins the group as a graduate student.

August 2015: Santiago presents a talk at the ACS Fall Meeting in Boston.

June 2015: Santiago is appointed to the graduate faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

Summer 2015: Joe Wang and Aslan Mansurov join the group as undergraduate researchers.

May 2015: Our ES&T Letters paper is selected as an Editors' Choice in Science.

April 2015: Santiago delivers seminars at Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UMN.

March 2015: Our paper on the interactions between graphene oxide and bacterial cells appears in ES&T Letters. Paper available here.

February 2015:
Santiago receives a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award.

February 2015: The group receives USGS funding to develop low-fouling membranes.

January 2015: Mehdi Karzar-Jeddi (Ph.D., UConn) joins the group as a postdoctoral associate.

November 2014: Santiago is appointed to the graduate faculty in the Water Resources Science Program.

October 2014: Santiago joins the U as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering.