Research Team

Research Team

CEBFM Research Team

Dr. Gerard Caneba

Gerard Caneba

Professor/Director of CEBFM

G. Caneba is teaching the polymer lecture and laboratory courses at Michigan Technological University, where he uses his polymer expertise to educate undergraduate students across various disciplines. He has been also teaching undergraduate and graduate level chemical thermodynamics and transport phenomena, as well as graduate reaction systems and undergraduate unit operations laboratory. Dr. Caneba is the pioneer researcher in the free-radical retrograde-precipitation polymerization (FRRPP) process from which he has published two monographs; in these materials, the FRRPP process has been shown to be capable of production of various environmentally responsible materials and systems. They include emulsion polymers, polymer foams, polymer composites, coatings, thermoplastic elastomers, coupling agents, fuel cell membranes, carbon dioxide separation membranes, injectable biocompatible bioerodable reactive polymer-generating formulations for tumor growth control, and other block copolymers. With various vinyl acetate-acrylate-based block copolymers from the FRRPP process, he has been working on modes at which these polymer surfactants can be used to address problems associated with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He is also involved in efforts to find solutions to the problem involving bauxite tailings reservoirs and their accidental releases in Hungary and other parts of the world. Finally, he is serving on a volunteer basis as a Dean of Science and Technology at the STAWA University in Kampala, Uganda.

Shubham Borole

Shubham Borole

Graduate Research Assistant

I am from Gujarat, India. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Government Engineering College in Valsad, India. I am currently pursuing a MS in Chemical Engineering at MTU under the advising of Dr. Gerard Caneba, and my research involves surfactant properties and applications to oil spill cleanup. After obtaining my MS, I look forward to traveling back home to spend time with my family before applying the skills I've learned from MTU to a career in the chemical engineering industry. When I am not conducting research or working on my graduate courses, I like to spend time with friends and play sports, my favorites being cricket, badminton, and racquetball.

Paige Kleinow

Paige Kleinow

Undergraduate Research Assistant/P3 Project Team Leader

My name is Paige Kleinow and I am the team leader on the P3 project. I am a senior Chemical Engineering student with a minor in Polymer Science and Engineering at Michigan Technological University. In 2011, I received the Gary and Judy Anderson grant to start the Bauxite tailings (red mud) project and over the past two years, funding has been received from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the P3 program (People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability). In my spare time I enjoy playing volleyball, walking my dog and traveling.

Zach Tanghetti

Zach Tanghetti-Abrams

Undergraduate Research Assistant/Webmaster

I'm a chemical engineering major (2013), and after graduating I will be working as a Production Engineer for Honeywell. I have assisted Dr. Caneba with a variety of research projects as well as with the construction of this website while attending class at Tech. My hobbies include cooking, camping, and playing with my dogs. In the future I would like to own a remote farm and start traveling more.