Some sweet news

Marjorie Austero Kiechel is currently woking as a Senior Food Materials Scientist for Ingredion, makers of Stevia and Karo. Excellent news!

Riki and Angela are 2016 STAR fellows!

Former NPP member, Jayvic Jimenez, is off to graduate school.

This fall, he starts the PhD program at Case Western in the Department of Chemistry. Way to go JC!

Dr Schauer to present at the Elecnano 7 May 23, 2016 in Lille, France

Dr Schauer to present at the Spring Fiber Society meeting in Mulhouse, France May 26, 2016

Congratulation to Ariana Levitt on being named an inaugural Coulter Fellow for 2016.

In her fellowship role, Ariana will work directly with faculty, clinicians, the Office of Technology Commercialization, and Drexel Ventures to do market research leading to development of strategic business plans for the proposals submitted to the Coulter Program.

The Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Program is dedicated to improving human healthcare by supporting translational research in biomedical engineering and the health sciences – research directed at the transfer of promising technologies developed at Drexel into clinical practice.  Started in 2006, the Coulter program now exists at 16 universities across the United States. The Coulter process for vetting, selecting and managing projects is known for its aggressive commercialization timeline (3-5 years), and Coulter funded projects average an 8x leverage of the funds granted in follow-on funding from angel and venture investors.

Congratulations again Ariana on this accomplishment!

Collaborator Genevieve Dion and colleagues have been awarded $75 million DOD grant on Functional fabrics



Alumnus Emily Buck has received the Vanier Scholarship for PhD study at McGill University

Congrats Emily!


Dr. Schauer is elected to the Governing Council of the Fiber Society

Dr. Schauer is the Plenary lecturer for the 12th International European Chitin meeting and 13th International Conference on Chitin and Chitosan (EUCHIS/ICCC) and the Cost workshop on electrospinning Sept 2015

Tatyana successfully defended her MS

Tatyana Huseynova graduated from the NPP lab in June 2015. She received the prestigious Drexel’s Outstanding Master’s Award for her thesis work (first from the group to win!) Currently she is working as an Environmental Compliance Engineering for Hewlett Packard Co.


Laura Toth Beringer successfully defended her PhD Dec 11, 2015.

Way to go Laura! She is currently a Technical Specialist in  The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society (TMS)

Dr. Schauer is organizing the fall Fiber Society Meeting at Drexel and the Chemical Heritage Foundation Oct 22-24, 2014.

Dr. Schauer is the Plenary Speaker in Liberec, Czech Republic.

Lecture was given for the Spring 2014 Fiber Society meeting in the beautiful Opera house!

5 MS students graduate from the NPP lab June 2014!

Congratulations to Emily, Ryan, Bryan, Reaya and Mandy!

Congratulations to Emily Buck and Chelsea Knittel! NSF GRFP recipients

Laura Toth wins fellowship

Joseph and Shirley Carleone Endowed Fellowship Fund ($1,500) – See more at:

Emily Buck wins Whitaker!


Dr. Schauer receives Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of MSE


Danielle Presents at ACS Fall 2012 Meeting

Danielle ACS

Danielle presented her poster titled, “Investigating Structural Changes to Green Tea Extract (EGCG) by Monitoring the Effects on Cells Using QCM-D”, at the ACS Fall 2012 Meeting.

Marjorie to Present at the MS&T Fall Conference 2012

Marjorie will be presenting a talk at the MS&T Fall 2012 Conference entitled, “Non covalent crosslinkers for electrospun chitosan fibers”. The conference will be held in Pittsburgh, PA on October 7-11, 2012.

(Austero, M.S.and Schauer, C.L. (2012)  Non covalent crosslinkers for electrospun chitosan fibers, Next Generation Biomaterials symposium, MS&T 2012 Conference and Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA, October 11, 2012. Accepted.)

Marjorie also presented at last year’s Fall conference in Columbus, OH:

Austero, M.S., Donius, A.E., Wegst, U.G.K. and Schauer, C.L. (2011)  Post-processing electrospun crosslinked chitosan fibers, Next Generation Biomaterials symposium, MS&T 2011 Conference and Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio, October 18, 2011

Ph.D. Alumna Jessica Schiffman’s SEM Image Featured on Leading Comedy Website,

Jessica Squid Suckers

NPP alumna Jessica Schiffman’s SEM image entitled “Squidsuckers: The Little Monsters That Feed the Beast” has been featured on as #1 in the article “11 Everyday Things That Look Terrifying Under a Microscope“. Jessica’s award-winning image was taken while researching chitin properties in the NPP Lab and portrays the fang-like structures that are approximately 400 micrometers in diameter and allow a squid to latch onto its prey. Congratulations, Jessica!


Dr. Schauer Receives the Drexel Graduate Student Association Mentor of the Year Award

Dr. Schauer GSA Award 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Schauer for receiving the Drexel GSA Mentor of the Year Award on May 30th!


NPP Lab GSA Award 2012



NPP Lab members show support for Dr. Schauer’s Mentor of the Year Award!




Kris Jones Presents Senior Design Project in College of Engineering Finals

Kris Jones Senior Design

Congratulations to Senior Design member, Kris Jones, for presenting his project at the College of Engineering Finals Competition! Kris received runner-up in the college-wide design competition.


Banner Year for Graduations in the NPP Lab

We have six people graduating from the NPP lab this year! Jennie is defending her PhD on May 18th, Laura is defending her MS on May 24th, Sean is defending his MS on May 30th, and our three senior design students, Ebony, Kris, and Dan, will be graduating in June. Congrats and good luck to all!

Mandy and Emily Present Posters at the Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference

Mandy presented her posted entitled “Post-processing Electrospun Fibers” and Emily presented her poster entitled “Met-Pro: Thin Films for Detection of Cu(II) Ions in Frac Water” at the CAA Undergraduate Research Conference held at Old Dominion University from April 13-15, 2012.



Marjorie Receives the Philadelphia IFT Scholarship


Marjorie received the Philadelphia IFT Scholarship and was honored on May 1st at their student recognition dinner. Congrats Marjorie!


NPP Designs Electrospinning Setup & Lab for High School Students

Jennifer Atchison and summer REU student Will Stoy work with RET teachers Myra Doughty, Paul Holt and Joy Kots to design an electrospinning set up and  laboratory for high school students!

 Group Potluck at Dr. Schauer’s House!

The group gathered at Dr. Schauer’s house for a potluck on August 14th. Food, Wii games, karaoke, and new lab t-shirts made for a great time!

NPP Potluck-Aug14-2011-2

NPP Potluck-Aug14-2011-1