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Welcome to the Arges Research Lab at LSU in the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering. The principal investigator for the group is Professor Chris Arges. Follow us on Twitter Link (@ArgesLab)!

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Recent News

October 2020 - Professor Arges is looking to hire an undergraduate researcher to work on organic acid separations using electrodialysis and electrodeionization. Please email Professor Arges if interested.

September 2020 - Dr. Mario Ramos-Garcés from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras has joined our group as a Postdoc Researcher. Welcome Mario! We look forward to working with you.

August 2020 - Le Zhang (MS ChE 2018) and Prof. Arges published a paper on water structures at graphene oxide/reduced grapene oxide interfaces in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B. This paper was led by Prof. Revati Kumar and Dr. Rolf David in LSU Chemistry. It also had a contribution from Dr. Aashish Tuladhar from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. 

July 2020 - Dr. Varada Menon, former PhD student from the Arges Lab, was recently recognized for her research contributions to polymer science and engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) - Materials Engineering and Sciences Division Area 8A (Polymers). She will receive her award this Fall and give a talk. A story on this award and Varada's research experience at LSU was recently published.

July 2020 - Prof. Arges's paper with Profs. John Flake and Craig Plaisance on electrochemical coupling of methane to ethane and ethylene with platinum electrodes and superacids was published in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society.

July 2020 - Our NSF MRI proposal was funded (Lead PI Prof. Kevin McPeak). This award will acquire a near-field optical microscope for spectroscopy (infrared, Raman, Fluorescence, etc) with sub-100 nm resolution. 

May 2020 - Congratulations to Qi Lei! He successfully defended his MS Thesis and his paper was published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A! The paper had contributions from Deepra Bhattacharya in our group as well Ke Li from Professor Kumar's group in Chemistry and Jingya Xiao from Professor Lawrence's group. Much thanks to the other co-authors, Drs. Strzalka and Zhang, at the Advanced Photon Source (Argonne). Finally, this article is part of Journal of Materials Chemistry A's 2020 Emerging Investigators Issue - which Professor Arges was selected for. Congrats to all!

May 2020 - Congratulations to Gokul Venugopalan! His paper on a flexible supercapacitor that operates across a wide temperature range was published in ACS Applied Energy Materials! This was a nice collaboration with Profs. Manas Gartia and Ram Devireddy and Ardalan Chaichi (co-first author). Congrats to all!

April 2020 - Congratulations to Varada Menon! Her paper on a high power ammonia-copper flow battery (AFB) was published in ACS Applied Energy Materials! This was a nice collaboration with Profs. Xiuping Zhu at LSU CEE and Marta Hatzell at Georgia Tech MechE. Former NSF REU student, Mariia Chernova, contributed to this work as well as other undergraduate researchers from the lab (Thu Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen, and Juan Rubio). Gokul Venugopalan was also a co-author. Congrats to all!

April 2020 - Congratulations to Matthew Jordan for receiving the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Award. This is a prestigious honor. Matthew will receive research support for studying electrochemical separations at Argonne National Laboratory for one year. Way to go Matthew!

Mar 2020 - Varada Menon successfully defended her PhD. After a few more weeks at LSU, she will start a Postdoc position at the University of Texas Austin in Chemical Engineering with Prof. Delia Milliron! Congrats Varada! We are very proud of you!

Mar 2020 - Haihui Zhu, Prof. Zhu, Prof. Wang, and Prof. Arges publish a paper in Electrochimica Acta on MoS2 electrodes for salinity gradient energy recovery. Congrats Haihui Zhu (former ChE 4275 student)!

March 2020 - Matthew Jordan's paper on Janus bipolar ion-exchange resin wafers featuring a water dissociation catalyst for electrodeionization was published in Molecular Systems Design & Engineering. Another collaborative paper with Argonne National Laboratory. Nargiza Nazyrynbekova, Subarna Kole, and Deepra Bhattacharya were coauthors. This article also presented as the back cover artwork for the special issue dedicated to Molecular Engineering for Water Technologies. Congrats to Matthew!

March 2020 - Varada Menon's paper on ionomer binders for advancing electrodeionization was published in Nature's npj Clean Water. This was a fun collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory. Subarna Kole and Qi Lei were coauthors. Congrats to Varada!

February 2020 - Prof. Arges gives a seminar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas entitled 'Electrochemistry at the macromolecular level with self-assembled block copolymers'!

February 2020 - Profs. Arges and Romagnoli were recently selected for an award from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office. This project focuses on machine learning for optimizing materials manufacturing for intermediate temperature fuel cells!