Brown junior Becca Martin-Welp took the first-place trophy in the Materials Engineering and Science category at the 2023 American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual undergraduate student poster competition. The annual conference is being held in Orlando, Fla., with the annual poster competition taking place on Monday.
Martin-Welp’s poster “Improving Mechanical and Water Stability of Graphene Oxide and Polymer Composite Films for Protective Barrier Applications” was supervised by Professor Robert Hurt.
With more than 400 students presenting and about 100 judges, it is the largest forum for chemical engineering undergraduates to present their research activity to the professional community at large. The competition was divided into nine different topic areas: 1) General, 2) Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, 3) Food, Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology, 4) Separations, 5) Environmental, 6) Education, 7) Fuels, Petrochemicals, and Energy, 8) Computing and Process Control, and 9) Materials Engineering and Sciences.
Louiza Dimtsoudi ’25 presented her poster, “Wrinkled Graphene Oxide-Based Film Coatings for Liquid Repellency in Personal Protective Equipment,” at the competition. She was also advised by Professor Hurt.