Skip to content

Characterization of Oxygen Mass Transfer in Viscous Fluids


Project Summary and Motivation:

This senior design project incorporates chemical engineering core course contents of Mass Transfer, Fluid Dynamics, and Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design. Proposed by sponsor SPX Flow, the goal of this project is to design a fluid mixing setup which can be used to understand the impact of viscosity on oxygen mass transfer. This project will provide pertinent information for the scale-up of bioreactors where viscosity will increase with the proliferation of organisms, and it is imperative to maintain appropriate oxygen transfer for these organisms to survive.

For additional information contact: Prof. Lawton, CHE255 PI,

Team Members:

Paul Eisold
Paul Eisold

Paul is a senior who has prior experience as a research assistant in the Materials Science lab at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics as well as a process/quality engineer at TIMET: Titanium Metals Corporation. He currently works at the University of Rochester Medical Center as a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Steven Goldman, helping in experiments evaluating the effectiveness of cell and gene therapy treatment for Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease. Post graduation he plans to work in the biotechnology/bioengineering sector for a year or two before pursuing a graduate degree in biomedical engineering or neuroscience.

Kamal Raji
Kamal Raji

Kamal is a senior with prior research experience in nanomaterials. He is interested in nanomaterials and energy storage and currently serves as a teaching assistant. In his spare time, he loves to cook and watch soccer.

Rony Waheibi
Rony Waheibi

Rony is a senior with research experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) under Professor Foster analyzing flow patterns within Proton-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells. After graduation, Rony is pursuing a PhD at NCSU. In his free time, he enjoys chess and hiking.

Collins Yawe
Collins Yawe

Collins is a senior with various positions in the Admissions Office. He is interested in pursuing law post-grad and in his free time enjoys playing volleyball, reading, and watching basketball.

Project Sponsor:

SPX Flow company logo

SPX Flow contacts: Sarah Lanzafame and Kevin Logsdon

Project Academic Advisors:

Main academic advisors: Professor Dave Foster and Clair Cunningham

Supporting academic advisors: Professor Melodie Lawton, Professor Doug Kelley, Professor Mark Juba, and Rachel Monfredo, Lecturer

Website Layout:

Page 1Introduction
Page 2Project Background
Page 3Technical Approach
Page 4Results
Page 5Conclusions and Impact
Return to the top of the page