WEEK 11 - April 14, 2021
ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Sustainable Fuel, Food, and Water
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
Left: Elimelech Research Group Page, Yale University
Right: National Geographic Society Newsroom, Discovering the Higgs through Physics, Dance and Photography
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Columbia University, 2020
M.Phil. Chemical Engineering, Columbia University, 2019
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Columbia University, 2017
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Yale University, 2015
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Lea joined the Elimelech Research Group in Sep. 2020 to pursue research on the development of sustainable reactive electrochemical membranes for water decontamination. Her research focuses on novel electrochemical methods to reduce nitrate from wastewaters and to convert nitrate to valuable products. Lea is financially supported by the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) as a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow.
Lea received her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University under Professor Jingguang G. Chen. As an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, she researched the conversion of CO2 and N2 to chemicals and fuels using non-precious metal heterogeneous catalysts and non-thermal plasma activation. Lea obtained her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Yale. During her undergraduate studies, she researched osmotic back-flushing for biofilm removal on desalination membranes in the Elimelech Research Group. She also completed research fellowships abroad, in combustion of nitrogen-based fuels at the Technion Institute, in plasma modification of polymer surfaces at the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, and in immunogenomics at the Weizmann Institute.
At Columbia, Lea founded SciRISE, a high school internship program for students who recently immigrated to the US to pursue independent research projects. As an undergraduate, she was a co-founder of the Yale Summer Science Research Institute. In addition to STEM education and outreach, Lea enjoys teaching, choreographing, and performing classical and contemporary ballet; training animals; and hiking.
April 21, 2021
Chemists Celebrate Earth Week is Finally Here!!
Theme: Reducing Our Footprint with Chemistry
For years, chemists have been promoting a better world through recyclable plastics, cleaner-burning fuels, phosphate-free detergents, environmental monitoring, and green chemistry initiatives. To promote the positive role that chemistry plays in the world, ACS established the Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) public awareness campaign. During CCEW, ACS members and chemistry enthusiasts celebrate by coordinating events and communicating the importance of chemistry. Read more about CCEW.
We'll join in the all-week CCEW 2021 April 18–24 with the theme, “Reducing Our Footprint with Chemistry.”
See ACS Kids Zone below for more on this week's demonstrations of sustainable polymer chemistry !
Project SEED Applications Now OPEN!!!
Students can apply for Project SEED's virtual summer 2021 program today (March 22) through April 26 via the APPLY NOW button on the webpage below:
Project SEED's Virtual Program is a 6-week online experience where you will get to learn more about chemistry-related careers, prepare for the college experience (choosing and applying to college, navigating financial aid and scholarships, and mapping out a strategy to succeed), and the basics of lab research. While this program does not include hands-on research, the skills that you will acquire will help prepare you for a future research opportunity. Each week, there will be small-group discussions, independent assignments, and nationally broadcasted webinars on the three objective areas, as well as social activities to help you get to know your colleagues and mentors. Participating students receive a stipend of at least $1,000 for completing the 6-week program and assignments.
Students will need to submit the following as part of the application:
- Parent/Guardian Permission & Income Tax Information. (Your parent will receive an email with a link to provide a digital signature and to upload documents to confirm financial eligibility.)
- Unofficial High School Transcript (that you will upload into your application)
- Answers to the following 3 essay questions. (The application CAN be saved, so a student can start the application and then return to complete it. I don't see word limits at this time, but I'd suggest each response should be at least 1 paragraph.)
- Essay 1: Describe yourself and tell us about your goals after high scho.
- Essay 2: Describe any lab experiences you have had in your education thus far, types of lab or activities you have done, and confidence in your lab skills.
- Essay 3: Why do you want to participate in Project SEED? Elaborate on how this will affect your education, passion for science, or impact your life.
Questions? Contact Jeremy Heyman (firstname.lastname@example.org) with "Project SEED in the Subject Line. Or the national office at email@example.com.