Primary Investigator: Blair Brettmann

Blair Brettmann received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. She received her Master's in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT in 2009 following internships at GlaxoSmithKline (Upper Merion, PA) and Mawana Sugar Works (Mawana, India). Blair received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at MIT in 2012 working with the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing under Prof. Bernhardt Trout. Her research focused on solid-state characterization and application of pharmaceutical formulations prepared by electrospinning. Following her Ph.D., Blair worked as a research engineer for Saint-Gobain Ceramics and Plastics for two years. While at Saint-Gobain she worked on polymer-based wet coatings and dispersions for various applications, including window films, glass fiber mats and architectural fabrics. Later, Blair served as a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago with Prof. Matthew Tirrell.

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Graduate Students

Manali Banerjee

Manali received a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and a B.S. in Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University in 2016. Throughout her undergraduate career, she performed research under Dr. Tomasz Kowalewski in the field of electrochemical hydrogen evolution reactions catalyzed by copolymer templated nanocarbons. Manali also did an internship with Reckitt Benckiser in the R&D department where she worked on optimizing formulations for a stain removal product. She is currently a second year Ph.D. candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering program at Georgia Tech and a recipient of the Renewable Bioproducts Institute fellowship. Her research focuses on nanocellulose for pharmaceutical applications. Her roles in the Brettmann Lab include safety manager and website manager.

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Elena Ewaldz

Elena received her B.S. in Materials Engineering from Iowa State University in 2017. She graduated with two additional minors in German and Apparel, Merchandising, and Design. During her time there, Elena performed research funded by the Environmental Protection Agency under Dr. Chunhui Xiang in electrospun bio-renewable polymer mats for pesticide filtration. She also worked as a Plant Process Engineering Co-op at Bemis North America (Oshkosh, WI) and as an Engineering intern for two summers at UTC Aerospace Systems (Rockford, IL). Elena is currently a first year Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. Her research in the Brettmann lab is focused on particle electrospinning for wearable devices.

Nasreen Khan
Nasreen received her B.S. and M.S in Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel University in 2013. During her time at Drexel, she did a co-op in Biosurgicals R&D at Ethicon, Inc (Johnson and Johnson). Her Master's research was on Hierarchically Ordered Nanofibers for Biomimetic Applications under Dr. Christopher Li. Since then, she worked in industry with roles in R&D at TerraCycle, Inc., Biocompatibility Analytical testing at DePuy Synthes (Johnson and Johnson), and Technical Services at Dunmore Corporation. She is currently a first year Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering department and a Renewable Bioproducts Institute fellow. Her research in the Brettmann Lab focuses on rational design of polyelectrolyte complexes for use in paper manufacturing. 

Hannah Woods

Hannah received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2017 from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. As an undergraduate, her senior capstone project with Rolls-Royce concentrated on developing a polymer-based alternative to salt-spray coating for hot corrosion testing. In 2016, she interned at NASA Langley Research Center where she worked on polymer synthesis of thermosetting feedstock for 3D printing.  She is currently a first-year Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. Her research focuses on optimizing polymer binders for additive manufacturing of energetic materials.

Undergraduate Students

Riddhi Patel

Riddhi is a 2nd year undergraduate student in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. She is a 2017 MSE undergraduate research scholar and a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Riddhi has spent the past year working on electrospinning nanocomposites under the guidance of Dr. Brettmann. Her research project is focused on producing nanofiber-particle composites using electrospinning. Riddhi really enjoys research and is looking forward to the rest of her time in the Brettmann Lab and the MSE department.

Grace Willows

Grace is a second-year undergraduate student in the Materials Science and Engineering department at Georgia Tech. Previously she worked for Megan Dethier at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories, studying trends in clam populations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Currently she works with Manali on modifying nanocellulose surfaces for drug crystallization.