On April 20th, I successfully defended my Ph.D. in Biophysics, Structural, and Computational Biology at the University of Rochester.

I did research on silicon nanomembranes as part of the Nanomembrane Research Group (NRG). My work focused on modeling the clogging and filtration behavior of these membranes using both theory and experiment. This work should make cutting edge therapeutic biotech products such as monoclonal antibodies (which can be used to treat everything from many cancers to arthritis to Crohn’s disease) cheaper and more effective.

Scientific Publications:

Karl J. P. Smith, Josh D. Winans, and James L. McGrath. Ultrathin Membrane Fouling Mechanism Transitions in Dead-End Filtration of Protein. Proceedings of the ASME 2016 14th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels (Peer reviewed).conference

Josh D. Winans (co-first-author), Karl J. P. Smith (co-first-author), Thomas R. Gaborski, James L. Roussie, and James L. McGrath. Membrane Capacity and Fouling Mechanisms for Ultrathin Nanomembranes in Dead-end FiltrationJournal of Membrane Science 2/1/16.

Book chapter – Silicon Nanomembranes for Efficient and Precise Molecular Separations in Silicon Nanomembranes: Fundamental Science and Applications. (8/16). Karl J. P. Smith, Joshua D. Winans, and James L. McGrath

Dean G. Johnson, Tejas S. Khire, Yekaterina L. Lyubarskaya, Karl J.P. Smith, Jon-Paul S. DesOrmeaux, Jeremy G. Taylor, Thomas R. Gaborski, Alexander A. Shestopalov, Christopher C. Striemer, and James L. McGrath. Ultrathin Silicon Membranes for Wearable Dialysis. Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease, 20(6):508 – 515, 2013. Nanotechnology and the Kidney.

For more information, please visit the website of my research group: nanomembranes.org

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