Research Opportunities

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Graduate Research

David is trying to fill two specialties he has funding for, which will have some overlap, and typical co-publication:

1) Thermodynamic modeling: A primary aim is to merge nanomaterial properties with systems-level performance enhancements. Additionally, work (such as on Batch RO) will create new configurations to enhance the performance of desalination and water treatment.

2) Nanotechnology experiments: This work will focus on creating nanomaterial membranes and surfaces with improved or novel properties. Potential work includes inverse opal membranes, novel condensation surfaces, multi-layer membranes, and nanoparticles for disinfection.


Undergraduate Research

David usually works with 5-10 undergraduate students each semester, for pay or course credit. Opportunities are usually available for the Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall, and multi-time period commitments are preferred (e.g. Summer and Fall). Freshmen and sophomores usually must begin for credit.  At present, most opportunities focus on water technologies. A wide variety of experience is possible, including apparatus building and testing, machining, running experiments, controls work, technical writing, academic diagrams, data analysis, and mathematical modelling.

David tries to find opportunities for students to be coauthors on conference and journal papers. Occasionally he has even taken undergrads to conferences, though this requires finding external funding. David tries to ensure the long term success of his mentees through award nominations, recommendation letters, and long-term advice. Past undergrads have received awards from their work with David including the MIT MechE superUROP award, the MIT Peter Griffith Prize, and shared awards including the Best Poster Presentation Award at the ACE15 Conference in Anaheim, California. Past undergrad mentees have gone off to graduate school at MIT, Stanford, UMD, etc, and have gotten jobs at companies including SpaceX, Stroud, ExxonMobil, RWL Water, International Development Enterprises (iDE), and the PA Consulting Group.

About Purdue related to the lab

Purdue University is a leading institute for mechanical engineering (ranked 6th currently) and nanotechnology (consistently top 7) ¹ ²The lab's home, the Birck Nanotechnology Center, is the cornerstone of Purdue's Discovery Park, which itself has been ranked the top university research park. Through these institutes, Purdue links university research to interdepartmental collaboration and industrial implementation.  Purdue is located between Indianapolis and Chicago. The cost of living is exceptionally low as well, with housing costs from $400-650/month, and low graduate tuition, which means less graduate student taxes if the current US government tax plan sticks with eliminating the tuition waiver.