Graduate: Explore Chemical Sciences

Explore Graduate Chemistry

Fulya Sudur '16 (Chemical Engineering)

"I came to UMass Lowell from Middle East Technical University, which is one of the best universities in Turkey. I chose to apply to the Ph.D. program in chemical engineering here because I wanted to continue to get a high-quality education for my future academic career. As an international student, I had some concerns about getting used to a different culture. This wasn't a problem at this University though because UMass Lowell has lots of cultural and fun events for students to start a new college life. UMass Lowell also offers many opportunities in different research areas and it has state-of-the-art laboratories. Now, I am working with Dr. Nese Orbey and my research topic is microencapsulation, which is a new trend topic. It is based on coating materials within a continuous film of polymeric shell. This technique is used in many areas such as pharmaceutical applications to control the release of medicine, food industry to mask the taste or odor, to improve shelf life, etc. In short, doing research in this high technology environment is very helpful to improve myself as a Ph.D. student. I am very happy to be a part of the UMass Lowell family."

Sethumadhavan Ravichandran '12 (Polymer Science)

Sethumadhavan Ravichandran is a graduate student in the Polymer Science Program within the College of Sciences’ Chemistry Department. He and his interdisciplinary team designed and developed a novel, safer and "greener" flame retardant material using a renewable waste product obtained during cashew nut processing. Their project won the 2011 EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) top honor award. Sethumadhavan in part credits the University's strong collaborations and partnerships for winning the award. Sethumadhavan was excited to join UMass Lowell after earning his bachelor's degree in India because he says the University is "known for" and "very good at actually getting a product out of something" and bringing it to the market: "How many people in the chemistry or sciences department [elsewhere] work on something and then that never sees the light of the day." At UMass Lowell, students are given an opportunity to take research "to the next level where you can actually make something real out of it."