Members


Orlando Coronell

Orlando Coronell, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S. in Civil Engineering
Universidad del Norte, Colombia

Email: coronell@unc.edu

 


Mikayla Armstrong

Mikayla Armstrong
Doctoral Candidate

B.S. in Environmental Engineering
North Carolina State University

Membranes for water reuse applications

Email: mikaylad@live.unc.edu

 


Holly Haflich

Holly Haflich
Doctoral Student

M.S. in Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Purdue University

B.S. in Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Purdue University

Electromembrane processes

Email: hhaflich@live.unc.edu


Riley Vickers

Riley Vickers
Doctoral Student

B.S. in Civil Engineering
University of Texas at Austin

Molecular- and micro-scale simulations of membrane materials

Email: riley.vickers@unc.edu

 

 


Haley Macdonald
Doctoral Student

B.S. in Chemistry
University of  North Carolina Wilmington

Novel sorbents for PFAS remediation

Email: haleymac@email.unc.edu

 

 


John DoeGraham Parker
Masters Student

B.S. in Chemical Engineering
North Carolina State University

Novel sorbents for PFAS remediation

Email: guparker@unc.edu

 

 


Christian Chung
Undergraduate Student

B.S. in Biology, B.A. in Public Policy
Minor in Environmental Studies and Sciences
Expected graduation May 2024

Novel sorbents for PFAS remediation

Email: chrichu@live.unc.edu

 


Josh Singleton
Undergraduate Student

B.S. in Chemistry
Expected graduation May 2025

Electromembrane Processes

Email: josh_singleton@unc.edu

 

 


Wei Zhang, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ph.D. in Desalination and Water Treatment
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

M.Sc. in Environmental Science
Sichuan Agriculture University, China

B.S. in Microbiology
Chengdu University, China

Membrane fabrication and modification for water/wastewater treatment

Email: wei_zhang@unc.edu


Nick ChewNick Chew, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

B.E. in Environmental Engineering
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Technologies for removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

Email: nickgpc@email.unc.edu


DJ Guillory
Research Specialist

B.S.E. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
University of Iowa

Granular sorbents for PFAS remediation

Email: djg1@unc.edu

 

 


Alumni

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Fei Liu, Ph.D. (2020)Optimization of osmotic ballasts for salinity gradient energy applications

Shan Zhu, Ph.D. (2017)
Ionic conductivity of ion exchange membranes

Seokjong Byun, Ph.D. (2010)
Monitoring of trace ions in process waters of fossil power plants

Ph.D. Students

Kasia Grzebyk (2019)
Modifying interfacial polymerization reaction conditions in high-pressure membrane fabrication for enhanced organic micropollutant removal

Alex Gorzalski (2019)
Modeling contaminant degradation in oxidation processes in water treatment plants

Ryan Kingsbury (2019)
Investigation of selective mass transport in ion exchange membranes for clean energy and water processes

Jingbo Wang (2018)
Characterization of transport phenomena in thin-film composite and thin-film nanocomposite membranes

Ariel Atkinson (2017)
Development and application of a novel anti-biofouling membrane

Lamar (Tony) Perry (2017) (Applied Physical Sciences)
Understanding the property-performance relationships of membrane active layers containing porous nanoparticles

Panitan (Wan) Jutaporn (2016)
Relationship between organic fouling of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) ultrafiltration (UF) membranes and the fluorescence signature of dissolved organic matter in raw and pretreated feed waters

Lin Lin (2015)
Characterization of the water transport properties of the active layers of polyamide reverse osmosis and nanofiltration membranes

Visiting Ph.D. Students

Arianna Catenacci (2013)
Zero valent metals for removal of contaminants at the point of use

Chuan Wang, Ph.D. (2010-2011)
Removal of copper and lead from aqueous solution using zero valent media

Masters Students

John Gilles (2015) (co-advised with Dr. Mark Sobsey)
Point of use filtration for microbial and metal removal from water

Sabrina Sultana (2014) (Applied Physical Sciences)
Ion exchange membranes for electrodeionization

Joshua Powell (2013)
Characterization of the degradation of polyamide membranes by free chlorine

Alex Gorzalski (2013)
Membrane fouling during nanofiltration of waters from North Carolina aquifers

Eliot S. Meyer (2012)
Degradation of the supports of thin-film composite and thin-film nanocomposite membranes during Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) analysis

Brad N. Bennett (2012)
Removal of nitrate from aqueous solution using zero-valent metals

Professional Interns

Sabrina Sultana (2015) (MS, UNC Applied Physical Sciences)
Graphene oxide membranes

Undergraduate Researchers

Nicholas Hall (2016-2018)
Fabrication and testing of nanocomposite membranes for water reuse applications

Will Blanks (2016-2017)
Water purification using reverse osmosis and nanofiltration membranes

Sophie Flotron (2015-2017)
Electricity generation using reverse electrodialysis

John Eskew (2015-2017)
Water purification using reverse osmosis and nanofiltration membranes

Kaity Emerson (2014-2016)
Membranes for electrodeionization (Research Honors in Biomedical Engineering, 2016)

Jamie Michael (2015-2016)
Thin-film nanocomposite membranes for water reuse applications

Ted Lee (2014-2015)
Thin-film nanocomposite membranes for water reuse applications

Ellen Quinlan (2012-2013)
Fouling of nanofiltration membranes by groundwaters

David Holcomb (2011-2012)
The Reduction of Nitrate by Iron, Zinc, Copper, and Brass Media (BSPH Honors Thesis, awarded Highest Honors, UNC ESE, 2011-2012)

Mindy Feng (2011-2012)
Characterization of active layers of thin-film composite membranes by spectroscopic methods

Teresa Long (2011)
Forward osmosis membrane filtration for water desalination and reuse

Peter J. Attayek (2010-2011)
Development of a remotely-controlled, semi-automatic target system for the study of organic membranes using high-energy ion beam analyses