Lab News

Hot off the press! Dr. Curtis & Matt Curtis are newly published! In book, Systems Engineering for Clean and Renewable Energy Manufacturing which Dr. Curtis co-authored, Matt made large contributions to the chapter entitled ‘Biomass-2-energy’. Therein, he relays current developments throughout the research and commercialization of biofuels, highlighting Dr. Curtis’ globetrotting benchmark study, and offers a candid prospectus including the field’s potential as well as its political, economic, and scientific obstacles.

NSF Benchmark Study



Congratulations to Trevor---I mean, Dr. Zuroff!

posted Jun 16, 2014, 1:17 PM by April Hile   [ updated Jun 27, 2014, 8:01 PM ]

You're a Phd. now!!! Trevor defended his thesis on Friday, June 16th--rather spectacularly--and is now Dr. Zuroff. Yaaahhhhh!!!!!

Dr. Curtis gets a Haircut!

posted Jun 11, 2014, 2:20 PM by April Hile   [ updated Jun 11, 2014, 2:32 PM ]

Sydney's haircut dreams come true :)




Trevor's Biofilm Paper is Published!!!

posted Jun 4, 2014, 5:59 PM by April Hile

Trevor's Insights into Clostridium phytofermentans biofilm formation: aggregation, microcolony development and the role of extracellular DNA with Dr. Leschine, local frisbee legend and Professor at UMass-Amherst specializing in Microbial Technologies within the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences made this month's issue of Microbiology! For an expanded version of the published article, feel free to e-mail me.

Checkout Pics from ChemE Picnic

posted May 20, 2014, 6:59 PM by April Hile   [ updated Jun 4, 2014, 7:11 PM ]


ChemE Picnic


Trevor Zuroff presenting at CCR Conference

posted May 19, 2014, 10:49 AM by April Hile   [ updated May 19, 2014, 10:50 AM ]

One of only eight graduate students selected in the U.S., Trevor will be in D.C. for the  Council for Chemical Research conference to present, network, and generally nerd-out!! Congratulations Trevor!!

Curtis Lab improves Safety Psych

posted May 18, 2014, 2:37 PM by Wayne Curtis   [ updated May 18, 2014, 2:50 PM ]

Psychedelic, not psycho .... 
To promote proper use of PPE (personal protective equipment) ... Dr Curtis has invested in tie-dyed labcoats; and even personally monograming them.  Dr. Curtis also recieved the Monthly safety award from the Dept of Chemical Engineering.  

Dr Curtis Receives 25-yr Service Chair - Rock ON !

posted Apr 21, 2014, 8:23 AM by Wayne Curtis

In recognition for 25years of service, Penn State has a ceremony and allows you to choose a clock, a chair ... or a rocking chair ... Rock Onward =)  

Justin Yoo receives 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

posted Apr 13, 2014, 8:17 PM by Wayne Curtis

Congratulations to Justin for being the latest lab undergraduate to receive and NSF GRFP Award!  

Congratulations Trevor on 1st Place Presentation Award

posted Apr 1, 2014, 11:35 AM by Wayne Curtis

Trevor takes First Place in oral presentation (Session II) at the 17th annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium ECMSS 2014

Mustafa's Rhodobacter Aquaporin Paper Publishes!

posted Feb 5, 2014, 6:48 AM by Wayne Curtis

Congratulations on your PLoS1 paper entitled "http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0086830" where you measure the single channel water permeation rates using Fluorescence Correlations Spectroscopy (FCS).   More than 1010 water molecules can traverse a single channel each second !  A great collaboration with professors Manish Kumar and Peter Butler.  

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