Faculty Mentor John Zondlo
Thesis and dissertation research topics
- Heat transfer on enhanced surfaces
Why did you pursue graduate degrees in your field?
Because I wanted to become a university professor.
Why did you select this career path?
Interest in working with young people and doing research.
What topics are the most exciting ideas emerging from your field?
- Developed novel solid-oxide fuel cells
- Worked in many areas of biomass processing and utilization
- Developed novel technology for the use of coal as a feedstock for value-added carbon products
Describe your industry experience.
Worked as a researcher in gas-phase separations
Describe your current research project.
I am working on several projects at the present time: Using biomass to manufacture activated carbons, helping with theoretical calculations on the dissolution of cellulose using ionic liquids and treating coal fly ash with microwaves as a way to recover rare earth elements.
What professional organizations are you involved with?
- American Chemical Society
What would you tell a student struggling to feel connected to their major?
Study hard, seek help, get to know the professors and other students.
What is your life like outside of your profession/academics (family, hobbies, where do you call "home", etc.)?
I live on and operate a 25 acre horse farm. I play music. I am a ham radio operator.