Keturah Bethel (email): Keturah Bethel is a third year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University. She received a B.S in applied mathematics from the University of the Virgin Islands and a B.S in chemical engineering from Columbia University in 2017. As a graduate student, she received the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowship. Under the advisement of Dr. Eric M. Davis, she works primarily with polymer membranes. Her research focuses on developing fundamental structure-property relationships by evaluating polymer structure, transport phenomena, and polymer physics to produce advanced materials. Currently, her research efforts are led by valorizing lignin and synthesizing safer, more sustainable materials. She is fabricating and characterizing lignin composite hydrogels for use in delivery applications and membrane separations. In her spare time, Keturah is an active participant in community outreach. She is currently a Clemson CLAWS tutor and is also a graduate mentor. Lastly, she is an advocate for diversity and inclusion and currently holds an executive member position for both the National Organization for Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) Clemson Chapter and the Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE) Clemson Chapter.

Talk details: Investigating the network structure and transport properties of lignin-based composites