Principal Investigator

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Peter J. Beltramo

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, UMass-Amherst, 2018 - Present

B.S., University of Pennsylvania, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2009
Ph.D., University of Delaware, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2014
Postdoc, ETH Zürich, Soft Materials, 2017 

Department website 

Peter joined the Chemical Engineering department at UMass-Amherst as an Assistant Professor in January 2018.   Research in the group will focus on interfacial soft matter, where we apply fundamental principles to understand and engineer interfacial processes central to biology and colloid science.  Peter comes to UMass from ETH Zurich, where he has been conducting postdoctoral research developing new experimental methods and analysis techniques to study the biophysics of model cell membranes and also investigating strategies to engineer foam and emulsion stability.  Prior to ETH, he earned his BS degree from the University of Pennsylvania before completing his PhD at the University of Delaware, both in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  His doctoral research focused on the electrokinetics and self-assembly of colloidal suspensions for photonic and phononic applications.  

Graduate Students

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Sam Trevenen

B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Chemical Engineering, 2017
Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering, UMass-Amherst, 2017 - Present (coadvised by Prof. John Klier)

Project: Interfacial assembly

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Oscar Zabala

B.S., University of New Haven, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, 2017
Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering, UMass-Amherst, 2017 - Present 

Project: Biomembrane fusion

Paige Liu

B.S., University of California, Berkeley, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, 2017

M.S. student in Chemical Engineering, UMass-Amherst, 2018 - Present

Undergraduate Students

  1. James Trottier- ChE 2021

  2. Lillian Kurina- Chem 2021