Daniel Johnson

B.S. student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017

Daniel is a third year undergraduate chemical engineering student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is working in Professor Siamak Nejati’s research group, developing more efficient methods of dew harvesting.

Daniel is working fellow undergraduate student Paul Barnes, and graduate student Mahdi Ghaleni to develop improved methods of harvesting dew from humid air. He is investigating the use of various hydrophobic surfaces created using initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD). The end goal of the experiment is to combine the dew harvesting results with Mahdi Ghaleni’s membrane distillation results, to increase the feasibility of the combined system as a water desalination unit.

Daniel has special interests in environmental sustainability and process safety. Although he has yet to narrow his professional interests, he is passionate about all things chemical engineering. Upon graduation he hopes to enter industry.

Outside of school, Daniel enjoys working with yeast to make bread and wine. He revels in the challenge of varying different parameters of the baking/brewing process to influence the final taste. He also enjoys running, reading, and watching movies.

In addition to research, Daniel is the vice president of UNL’s student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Public Relations Chair for the Engineering Student Advisory Board, and an energy analyst intern for the Industrial Assessment Center. He also enjoys working with freshmen, and serves as a mentor for a group of freshmen called the EcoLeaders Learning Community.

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