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Three Engineering Undergraduate Researchers to Present at 20th ‘Posters at the Capitol’

February 18, 2022

Three undergraduate researchers in the Department of Chemical Engineering have been chosen to present their research at the 2022 Posters-at-the-Capitol event on March 3 at the Kentucky state capitol in Frankfort.

Now in its 20th year, this event will have more than 100 student representatives from across the state displaying the results of their research and scholarly or creative work.

“Posters-at-the-Capitol is an important event not only for UK, but all institutions of higher education in Kentucky, to showcase the research and creative work undergraduates in the Commonwealth," said Chad Risko, faculty director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. "We are particularly excited by this year’s cohort from UK, as their work demonstrates some of the excellent diversity of scholarly work that takes place on campus.”

Their work represents thousands of hours of faculty-mentored student scholarship. With unique research projects on display, Posters-at-the-Capitol helps to increase understanding of the important role undergraduate research plays in the education of our students among those responsible for higher education funding in Kentucky. Posters-at-the-Capitol enhances the undergraduate student experience by allowing them to showcase their hard work to those who make important decisions on issues that affect Kentuckians.

The UK College of Engineering students participating in Posters-at-the-Capitol this year include: 

  • Matthew Bernard – Faculty mentor: Dibakar Bhattacharyya, Ph.D. Project title: “Novel Improvements to Mask and Indoor Air Filtration Technology: Improved Personal Protective Equipment and Public Health.”
  • Lucas Bertucci – Faculty mentors: Joshua Werner, Ph.D., and John Groppo, Ph.D. Project title: “Sustainable Materials and Recovery Technologies (SMaRT).”
  • Anicah Smith – Faculty mentor: Zach Hilt, Ph.D. Project title: “Addressing PFAS Contamination in Blood Bank Supplies with Hydrogel Nanocomposite Sorbents.”

View all of the 2022 Posters-at-the-Capitol projects here.