The Logan Group – Summer 2019

Front Row (L to R): Bruce Logan,  Wulin Yang, Alyssa Grube, Nicholas Cross, Emmanuel Fonseca, David Jones
Back Row (L to R): Xu Wang, Moon Son, Ruggero Rossi, Kathryn Lawson

Researchers Currently in the Logan Lab

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers


Nicholas Cross PhD Student in Chemical Engineering (Fall 2019). Nicholas received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University. He is working on improving thermal ammonia regenerable batteries as a method of converting waste head into electricity.

Emmanuel Fonseca  MS student (Fall 2018). Emmanuel received his BS in Bioengineering from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is working on new anode  materials for microbial electrolysis cells and microbial fuel cells, and is interested in exploring bioelectroecology dynamics in these systems.

Kathryn Lawson

Kathryn Lawson PhD Student (Since Fall 2017). Kathryn received her BS at Clarkson University and MS degree from The Ohio State University. She is working on hyperthermophilic microbial fuel cells using archaea.

Wulin Yang, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher (Since August 2016; PhD 2012-2016). Wulin received his BS degree from Peking University (China), his MS from Yale University, and his PhD from Penn State. Wulin’s current research focuses on developing advanced cathode materials in MFC (Microbial Fuel Cells) and desalination. [Google scholar]

Moon Son Postdoctoral Researcher (Since July 2017). Moon received his PhD from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Republic of Korea. Moon is working on new membranes for desalination. [Google scholar]  [Personal webpage]

Ruggero Rossi, PhD

Ruggero Rossi, Post-Doctoral Researcher (Since July 2017). Ruggero received his PhD from the University of Bologna in Italy in Biochemical and Biotechnological Engineering in 2017. Ruggero is working on analysis and scaling up of microbial fuel cells.

Undergraduate Researchers 


Elizabeth (Ellie) Alberti, 2019. Ellie is a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering at Penn State. Her research interests include environmental and biological applications of Chemical Engineering.

Alyssa Grub, 2019. Alyssa is an undergraduate in Engineering Science and Mechanics student studying current and power production in two-chamber hyperthermophilic microbial fuel cells for her senior thesis project.

Eric Kolvek, 2018-2019. Eric is an undergraduate in the Penn State Chemical Engineering department. Eric is working on Battery Deionization (BDI) flow systems to desalinate waste water.

Benjamin Aronson, 2019. Benjamin is an undergraduate student majoring in Materials Science and Engineering with a focus on sustainable applications of materials. Currently, his research is on BDI flow cells for ammonia recovery.

Visiting Researchers


Sanneri Santiago, 2019. Sanneri is majoring in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. Currently studying the impact of cathode modifications on microbial fuel cell (MFC) performance as part of the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) at Penn State.

Laboratory Manager

David Jones Environmental Engineering Lab Manager (since 2003), Kappe Environmental Engineering Laboratories, and Laboratory/Research Safety Officer for the Logan group. Dave has a BS in Chemistry from Roanoke College, an MS in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State, and is continuing work towards a Bioenergy Certificate in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems. His responsibilities include a variety of administrative functions, EHS management and research support as well as operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of most analytical equipment.

Arriving Soon!

Dr. Le Shi, Postdoc, from KAUST, Saudi Arabia (July 2019).
Mr. Evan Newcomer, M.S. Student in Environmental Engineering (August 2019)
Prof. Fabia Rios, Visiting Professor and Fulbrighter, from Universidad Industrial de Santander Columbia (August 2019 to 1/31/20)
Ms. Erika Mendoza, Visiting PhD student, from Sonora Technical University (August 2019 to 1/31/20)

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