Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director of the RI Consortium for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Ph.D. University of Kentucky, 2004
Our research lies at the interface between biology, chemistry, and chemical engineering, utilizing engineering principles and bioinspired strategies to understand nanomaterial-cell interactions, to create novel multifunctional self-assembled therapeutics, and to engineer nanostructured and antifouling surfaces. Our research approach is experimental in nature, and utilizes advanced techniques in spectroscopy, microscopy, and calorimetry. We collaborate extensively with faculty and students from the College of Pharmacy.
Our group also examines thermodynamic and transport phenomena in non-aqueous, liquid-phase membrane separations using native and surface engineered nanoporous inorganic materials. These are critical components to future separation designs using inorganic membranes, which are chemically inert. We envision that this work could lead to new separation strategies in pharmaceutical formulation, flavors and fragrances, semiconductor cleaning, and food processing.
CHE 348: Transfer Operations II (Spring)
Honors & Awards
NSF CAREER Award, 2011
URI College of Engineering Research Excellence Award, 2010
NSF Faculty Development Award, 2007
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 1995
Significant emphasis is placed on student development in our research group and in the classroom. This includes professional and personal development, in addition to technical and laboratory training. The goal is to provide students with a skill-set that will make them highly qualified and well positioned for successful careers in industry, government, and academia. This skill-set is developed through training in areas such as communication, leadership, team-building, collaboration, management, and innovation. All students in the Bothun lab actively participate in development training, student mentoring, strategic research planning, and team-based problem solving. Focus is given to preparing students for multidisciplinary collaboration, which is the cornerstone of many emerging technologies.
University College Freshman Advisor
AIChE Faculty Advisor
Dr. Bothun joined URI in July 2006 after a Discovery Corps Postdoctoral Fellowship sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In this role, Bothun partnered with the NSF Science & Technology Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents & Processes (CERSP) where he conducted research in the areas of non-aqueous membrane separations and enzyme catalysis, and established an undergraduate research and development program at North Carolina A&T State University, a historically black university. The goal of this program is to advance education and diversity in science and engineering. As a graduate student, Bothun's research was multidisciplinary in nature, merging the fields of high-pressure bioprocessing, interfacial and colloidal phenomena, and thermodynamics. Before attending graduate school he was a Process Engineer with Geobiotics Inc., a mining technology company specializing in biooxidation.
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