Dr. Gupta key research is in the area of energy sustainability. Dr. Gupta was a Staff Scientist prior to joining University of Louisville. Dr. Gupta works in area of catalysis with emphasis on water splitting and fuel cells. The research is to develop novel materials based on carbon structures and transition metal dichalcogenides for applications in heterogeneous catalysis. Second research area is focused on developing hybrid perovskites for solar cells, LEDs and detectors. Finally, Dr. Gupta is working on developing silica based gels for encapsulation of sensitive biomolecules for their long-term storage at room-temperature. Since 2014 Dr. Gupta has published his research in high impact journals including, Science, Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Comm., Science Advances and others.
The main theme of Rajat's post-doctoral research is to develop smart medicines that target specific diseases while sparing healthy tissues and avoiding toxic side effects. His major current focus is to develop nanoparticles that combine the abilities of targeted drug delivery, therapeutic efficacy, and medical imaging enhancement (i.e. theranostic nanoparticles), offering the potential for a single agent that simplifies clinical treatments while improving patient outcomes. Rajat works with clinicians, physicists, biologists, and other engineers to help create advanced medicines and drug delivery systems to help realize the future of advanced medicine. From drug-delivery particles that are designed to protect astronauts from cosmic radiation during long-term space flights, targeted nanoparticles for cancer therapy and imaging, and cutting-edge diagnostic platforms for sensitive detection of the causes of pneumonia and the early stages of cancer, he strives to apply engineering principles to some of the biggest medical challenges facing society today.
Alexander Gupta is a third-year Chemical Engineering Ph.D student. He joined Gupta Research Lab in January 2017 after receiving his BS in Chemistry with concentration in Biochemistry from the University of Louisville. He currently works at Los Alamos National Laboratory and his area of study is Materials and Interfaces for Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Production and Utilization.
Ted Kalbfleisch is a Chemical Engineering Ph.D student. He joined Gupta Research Lab in February 2017. He is currently working toward stabilization and preservation of biological materials for easier and more convenient storage of more volatile substances.
Adam Flynn is currently working towards his MEng in chemical engineering. He is working on research in wastewater management, where various strategies are being investigated to remove or solidify/stabilize liquid waste for proper long-term storage.
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Amanda Mae Arts graduated in May 2020 with her BS in Chemical Engineering and is now a current MEng student and full-time Associate Research Engineer at the University of Dayton Research Institute Fuels & Combustion Division. She is working on developing novel complexes to modify electrode surfaces for applications in heterogeneous catalysis.
Evan Patrick Grimm graduated in May 2020 with his BS in Chemical Engineering and is now a current MEng student. He is working on the corrosion project.
Blake Martin is a third-year Chemical Engineering Ph.D student. He joined Gupta Research Lab in January 2017. He graduated from Centre College with a B.S. in chemistry. He is from Lexington, KY and has been at the University of Louisville for the past two years.
Chinmay Potnis is a third-year graduate student. He is currently working towards preserving the cancer biomarkers for prolonged periods at ambient temperatures. He has completed his B.S Chemistry in 2016 and M.S Chemistry in 2018 from Mumbai University. He joined University of Louisville in 2018.
Sam Romes is currently working towards his MEng in chemical engineering. He is working on research in wastewater management, where various strategies are being investigated to remove or solidify/stabilize liquid waste for proper long-term storage.
Luis Moreno is an MEng student working on the Power Plant Wastewater Project: The US EPA is working to introduce regulations to limit toxic heavy metal emissions from power plant wastewater streams. Here at the GRL, we are working to provide the power industry with technologies that enable them to meet these upcoming regulations. We are developing economic solutions to this complex problem by using materials such as sol-gels, commercial adsorbents, and even solid industrial waste.
Joseph Cahill is on the wastewater project working towards a master’s in chemical engineering. He is working towards finding products from fly ash as well as making cement (encapsulated mix) to be disposed effectively into a landfill.
Katie VanderEspt is a third-year Chemical Engineering undergraduate student. She joined Gupta Research Lab in January 2019. Her past research focused on characterizing corrosion through gel medium using electrophoresis. She is currently working on separation techniques to remove biological material from solgels.
Lindsay Eichhold is a third-year Chemical Engineering undergraduate student. She joined Gupta Research Lab in September 2020. She is currently working on the BioCaRGOS project to store cancer biomarkers at room temperature for extended periods of time.
Alex Kearns is a chemical engineering graduate student who joined GRL in May of 2018. He received his bachelor’s in chemical engineering in May of 2018 from the University of Louisville. His research focuses on the encapsulation of wastewaters generated in the energy sector using silica-based sol-gel technology. Funding for the work is provided by LG&E-KU Energy, where Alex is employed part-time.
Jack Boylan is a sophomore at duPont Manual High School. He joined Guptas Research Lab in October 2017. His research focuses on methods for Ocean Acidification reversal. More specifically, he is interested in comparing various methods of Iron Fertilization and their efficiency in returning oceanic pH to the preferred levels
Kavya Koneru is a sophomore at duPont Manual High School. She joined Guptas Research Lab in June 2017. She is currently working on projects about the preservation of plant cells using the organic/ hybrid silica gel at room temperature. This is an ongoing research for her and she will further inverstigate this methods of perservation on bacteria and animal cells.
Pedro Lopez joined Guptas Research Lab in August 2017. He is currently working on methods to characterize the corrosion of various metals such as copper and stainless steel.
Eric Wilkerson joined Gupta Research Lab in September 2017. Eric’s research has focused around electrochemical characterization of support materials for catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction. Additionally, he has spent much time in an industrial environment researching thermally induced stress distributions in glass.
Aditya Mehta joined Guptas Research Lab in July 2017. He is currently working on projects about understanding the basic ideas of corrosion and learning the electrochemical analysis to understand the interfaces developed by corrosion.
Harshith Gontla joined Guptas Research Lab in October 2017. He is working closely with Jack on methods for Ocean Acidification reversal, as well as the effect of iron siderophores produced by H. Campisalis on Diatom growth.
Matthew Hock joined Gupta Research Lab in June 2018. Matthew is currently working to identify Nickel corrosion and observe differences between electrochemical data of Nickel foil and corroded Nickel Oxide.
Aric Green joined Gupta Research Lab in August 2018. His research is about the creation of 3D electrospinning through the use of webbing made on a 3D printer converted to an electrospinner.
Filipe Teixeira joined Gupta Research Lab in August 2017. His research is about the creation of 3D electrospinning through the use of webbing made on a 3D printer converted to an electrospinner.
Emma Clinning joined Gupta Research Lab in August 2018. Her research is about the creation of 3D electrospinning through the use of webbing made on a 3D printer converted to an electrospinner.
Jianchao (Charles) Zhao joined Gupta Research Lab in January 2017. His research primarily focuses on electrochemistry and Corrosion. He is currently working on the experimental design of metal corrosion in gel medium, as well as the electrochemical characterization of the interfaces that metal develops during corrosion.
Jacob Kalbfleisch is a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student. He joined Gupta Research Lab in July 2017. He is currently working on methods to produce nanofibers with greater control and precision.