Defining and Refining the Energy-Water-Food Nexus

May 21 - 23, 2017

Workshop Co-Chair

Dr. Delaina Amos 
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Louisville

Workshop Co-Chair

Dr. Mahendra Sunkara
Professor & Director, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, University of Louisville

Workshop Coordinator

Andrew Marsh
Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, University of Louisville 

Poster Session

The scientific poster session is open to all undergrad and grad students, postdocs, and faculty with energy-food-water nexus-related research projects. To submit a poster for consideration, send the title, author list, and 250-word abstract to Delaina Amos, workshop coordinator, at RE3Workshop "at" gmail.com before Friday, May 12.

Accepted posters are to be hung and discussed from 5:30 - 8:00 pm on Monday, May 22 in the Muhammad Ali Center. The poster session final judging will take place at that time, which also includes discussion. Awards will be given on Tuesday morning at the start of the lecture session from 8:30 - 9:00 am. Poster authors should attend these 3 functions. See AGENDA.

Poster sizes are 36" high or 44" high x 56" inch wide, horizontal alignment only. The bulletin boards on which posters will hang are 4' high x 8' wide on 3' legs.

The poster session is free and open to the public.

Featured posters are listed in alphabetic order by submitting author's last name.


o   Synthesis of Graphene Oxide Membranes and their behavior in Water and Isopropanol
Ashish Aher, Yuguang Cai, Mainak Majumder, and Dibakar Bhattacharyya
University of Kentucky

o   Biomass Conversion to Functionalized Carbon
Masoudeh Ahmadi, Jacek Jasinski, Jagannadh Stayavolu, Mahendra Sunkara
University of Louisville

o   Controlled Growth of 1-D Tungsten Oxide Nanostructures via Chemical Vapor Deposition Route
Muhammad Zain Akramv, Yasir Abbas, Mahendra Sunkara, Jian Ru Gong
National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, People's Republic of China; University of Louisville

o   Novel Band-Gap Engineered III-V Alloys for Unassisted Water Photoelectrolysis
Sonia Calero-Barney, Alejandro Martinez-Garcia, Harry B. Russell, William Paxton, Srikanth Ravipati, Madhu Menon, Ernst Richter, James Young, Todd Deutsch, Mahendra K. Sunkara
University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Daimler AG, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

o   Sun Bleach
Emily Braun, Andrew Callahan, Blake Morris, Gavin Gleeson
Sun Bleach; Bellarmine University

o  Graphene-family Nanomaterials Assembled with Cobalt oxides and Cobalt Nanoparticles As Hybrid Supercapacitive Electrodes and Enzymeless Glucose Detection Platforms
S. B. Carrizosa, N. Dimakis and S. Gupta,
Western Kentucky University

o   Production of Biocontrol Agents for Treating Asian Rust Disease Using Soybean Processing Wastes
Ulalo Chirwa
University of Kentucky

o   Will Hemp Become the Next Big Kentucky Crop?
Lalitendu Das, Enshi Liu, Areej Saeed, David W. Williams, Hongqiang Hu, Chenlin Li, Allison E. Ray, Jian Shi
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Plant and Soils Science Department, University of Kentucky; Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability (RCARS); Energy and Environment Science and Technology, Idaho National Laboratory

o   Catalytic oxidation and depolymerization of lignin in ionic liquids
Lalitendu Das, Siquan Xu, Jian Shi
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky; College of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Forest University

o   Nanoporous Metals as Layers in Composite Reactive Membranes
Michael J Detisch, T. John Balk, Dibakar Bhattacharyya
University of Kentucky, Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering

o   Electrochemical study of TiO2 coated sulfur electrode for Li-S batteries
Ruchira Dharmasena, Arjun K.Thapa, Jacek Jasinski,Mahendra Sunkara, Gamini U. Sumanasekera 
University of Louisville

o   Building a co-creation community of entrepreneurs in emerging markets around access to safe water
Thad Druffel, Mark Hogg, Erin Yenney
University of Louisville, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research; WaterStep

o   De-agglomeration of Detonation Nanodiamond via Salt-assisted Ultrasonication and Surface Redox Chemistry for Sensing Applications
B. Evans, A. Henson, S. B. Carrizosa and S. Gupta
Western Kentucky University

o   A Scalable, Carbon Free, Energy Efficient Method of Ammonia Production
Shelby Foster, Julie N. Renner, Kathy Ayers, Andrew M. Herring, Lauren F. Greenlee
University of Arkansas; Proton OnSite; Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

o   Catalysts for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction using Intense Pulsed Light
Alexander Gupta, Jianchao Zhao, Blake Martin, Theodore Kalbfleisch, Thad Druffel, and Gautam
University of Louisville Energy Sustainability Lab

o   In-Situ Raman Spectroscopy Characterization of Graphene-Inorganic 'hybrids' with Cobalt Oxides Polymorphs: Investigating Charge Transfer Dynamics
S. Gupta, S. B. Carrizosa and N. Dimakis
Western Kentucky University

o   Nanowires based Hydro-desulfurization Catalysts for Hydrocarbon Fuels
Juan He, Sivakumar Vasireddy, Tu Nguyen, Vivekanand Kumar and Mahendra K. Sunkara
Advanced Energy Materials, LLC., Louisville, KY

o   Manufacturing Onsite Medical Strength Disinfectant With Low Voltage, In Large Volume and Quickly
Mark Hogg

o   Effect of Ca incorporation on crystal structure, magnetism and electrical properties of Sr2-xCaxFe2O6-?
Ram Krishna Hona, Asfia Huq, Suresh Mulmi and Farshid Ramezanipour
University of Louisville

o   Breaking recalcitrance of softwoods by an integrated thermochemical and biological pathway
Md Anwar Hossain, Thanh Khoa Phung, Sarttrawut Tulaphol, Teerawit Prasomsri, and Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh
University of Louisville

o   Synthesis of Silicon Nanowires: The Synergetic Catalytic Effect of Molten Gallium in the Presence of Plasma
Daniel F. Jaramillo-Cabanzo, Maria L. Carreon, Indira Chaudhuri, Madhu Menon and Mahendra K. Sunkara
Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, University of Louisville

o   High Surface Area Carbon supports for Hydrogen Evolution using Standard Pencils
Ted Kalbfleisch, Dhruv Patel, Charles Zhao, Alex Gupta, Gautam Gupta
University of Louisville Energy Sustainability Lab

o   Pencils as Porous Carbon Support Materials for Catalyst Testing in Hydrogen Evolution
Ted Kalbfleisch, Charles Zhao, Dhruv Patel, Alex Gupta, Gautam Gupta
University of Louisville Energy Sustainability Lab

o   Enhancing the Photovoltaic Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with Rare-Earth Metal Oxide Nanoparticles
Pom Lal Kharel, Francis P. Zamborini, and Bruce W. Alphenaar 
University of Louisville

o   Tin oxide Porous Nano wires with a High Density of Grain Boundaries as Catalysts for Electro chemical reduction of carbon dioxide to formic acid conversion
Kumar, Bijandra; Atla, Veerendra; Brian, J. Patrick; Kumari, Sudesh; Nguyen, Tu Quang; Sunkara, Mahendra; Spurgeon, Joshua M.
University of Louisville

o   In-situ binding recognition of phospholipid-guanidinium interactions at the air/water interface
Jennifer Kurtz, Wei Zhao, Amar Flood, Heather Allen
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Ohio State University; Department of Chemistry, Indiana University 

o   Effects of Structure and Composition of Lignin on the Derived Activated Carbon Materials for Supercapacitor Application
Wenqi Li, Jian Shi
University of Kentucky

o   Impact of dilute sulfuric acid, ammonia hydroxide and ionic liquid pretreatment on the fractionation and characterization of engineered switchgrass
Enshi Liu, Lalitendu Das, Bingyu Zhao, Mark Crocker, Jian Shi
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky; Department of Horticulture, Virginia Tech; Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky; & Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky

o   Exploring Catalysts Bound with Nitrogenase-based and non-Nitrogenase-based Peptides as an Approach toward Electrochemical Ammonia Production
Charles Loney, Ashley Graybill, Cheyan Xu, Prashant Acharya, David Suttmiller, Luke Wiles, Lauren F. Greenlee, Wayne Gellett, and Julie N. Renner
Case Western Reserve University

o   Tuning of composition and reaction conditions of inorganic-organic hybrid perovskites to model crystal growth
Blake Martin, Brandon Lavery, Venkata Vasiraju, Gautam Gupta, Thad Druffel
University of Louisville

o   Gallium Phosphide as a passivation layer for p-type Silicon photocathodes
Alejandro Martinez-Garcia, Sonia Calero-Barney, Mahendra K. Sunkara
University of Louisville

o   Energy-Food: The rise of vertical farming
Miller, Mark; Uddenberg, Signo; Nagengast, Amy; Pietras, Matt

o   Ultrafast carbon dioxide sorption kinetics using lithium silicate nanowires
Apolo Nambo, Juan He, Tu Quang Nguyen, Veerendra Atla, Thad Druffel, and Mahendra Sunkara
University of Louisville

o   Selective isosorbide production from sorbitol using selective silica-aluminas in aqueous media
Thanh Khoa Phung, Md Anwar Hossain, Teerawit Prasomsri, Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh
Chemical Engineering, University of Louisville

o   Oxygen vacancy defects on La1-x CaXMnO3±? for electrocatalysis
K. Ramachandra Rao, Babajide Patrick Ajayi, Hugo Apolo Nambo Salgado, Dominika A. Ziolkowska, Mahendra Sunkara, Jacek B. Jasinski
Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research & Department of Chemical Engineering University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

o   Plasma jet deposition of nanoparticle and nanowire network thin films conveyed through plasmas via gas-solid fluidization
Srikanth Ravipati, W. F. Paxton and M. K. Sunkara
Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, University of Louisville

o   Development of an Automated Combinatorial Plasma Synthesis Device for Catalyst Evaluation
Chris Robinson
University of Louisville

o   Building Integrated Photovoltaic/Thermal (BIPV/T) Systems Applications, Enhancement and Modeling
Efstratios Dimitrios Rounis, Andreas Athienitis, Theodore Stathopoulos
Concordia University Montreal

o   Exploring Biocatalysis in Ionic Liquid for Selective Lignin Depolymerization
Joseph Stevens, Ryan Kalinoski, Lalitendu Das and Jian Shi
University of Kentucky, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

o   Fabrication of Lithium-ion Conducting Solid Polymer Electrolyte Membranes for High-Performance Lithium Metal Batteries
Bishnu P. Thapaliya, Xiaoguang Sun, Nanqing Chen, Chi-Linh Do-Thanh, Sheng Dai
Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee; Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

o   Industrial hemp: from waste to fuels
Sarttrawut Tulaphol, Thanh Khoa Phung, Md Anwar Hossain, Teerawit Prasomsri, and Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh
University of Louisville

o   Determining Viscoplastic Properties of Lithium Metal by Nanoindentation
Yikai Wang and Yang-Tse Cheng
University of Kentucky

o   Determination of carbonyl inhibitors in biomass hydrolysates using 2,4-Dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH) and GC-MS/MS
Yu Zhang, Changlei Xia, Maobing Tu
Department of Biomedical, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati

o   Hydrogen Evolution Electrocatalysts via Plasma Treatment of MoS2 on Disposable Graphitic Pencils
Jianchao Zhao, Alexander Gupta, Theodore Kalbfleisch, Dhruv Patel, Mahendra Sunkara, Gautam Gupta
Department of Chemical Engineering, Conn Center, University of Louisville

o   Towards a Real-Time Data-Driven Approach for Proactive Injury Prevention in Agriculture
Junqi Zhao and Esther Obonyo
Pennsylvania State University

o   Discovery of Design Principles for Phosphate Recognition at Water Interfaces
Wei Zhao, Jennifer Kurtz, Bo Qiao, Heather C. Allen, and Amar H. Flood
Department of Chemistry, Indiana University; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Ohio State University

o   The Study of the Carbon Nanocage Growth Mechanism
Dominika A. Ziolkowska, John S. Dilip Jangam, Madhu Menon, Gamini U. Sumanasekera,and Jacek B. Jasinski
University of Warsaw; University of Louisville; University of Kentucky