Principal Investigator


Dr. Thomas Dziubla, Ph.D.
Tom is an associate professor of Chemical Engineering and Gill professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University and his PhD in Chemical Engineeringfrom Drexel University.  He was an NRSA postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for EnvironmentalMedicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he worked on the design of degradablepolymeric nanocarriers for the delivery of antioxidants.





Graduate Students



Kelly Weigman

Kelley Wiegman graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Northern Kentucky University in 2017. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Chemical Engineering under the direction of Dr. Dziubla and Dr. Hilt. Her current research focus is the incorporation of polyphenols into a polymer network for applications in sunscreen.







Dustin Savage 

Dustin Savage graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2016 with Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and Nanosystem Engineering.  He is currently pursuing his PhD under the guidance of Dr. Dziubla and Dr. Hilt.

His main research focus is polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) detection using proximity-activated fluorescent probes and polymer networks.




Irfan Ahmad graduated with Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from NFC-IEFR, Pakistan in 2007. He got his Masters in Fine Chemical Engineering from Hanyang University, South Korea in 2010.In 2015, he got his second Masters in Chemical Engineering from University of Kentucky. He is currently pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Dr.Dziubla and Dr.Hilt.

His main research focus is sensing and detection of PCBs using fluorescently active affinity based polymers.







Undergraduate students