Nicholas Stavinski, 5th year PhD student in Dr. Velarde's lab.
Broadly, our research examines the surfaces and interfaces of waste plastic chemistry using visible, mid-, and near-infrared spectroscopy. We seek to gain a more fundamental understanding of these “messy” materials to advance autonomous recycling technologies and enhance the polymer circular economy.
I enjoy having the opportunity to not only collaborate with other UB chemistry students but also those from other departments, such as Biological & Chemical Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering. These collaborations have provided me with a well-rounded science experience that will help me in my future career.
Outside of the Velarde Research Laboratory, I enjoy fishing for bass, perch, and walleye. I am also an avid football fan who enjoys attending Buffalo Bills games and rooting for my favorite team, the Green Bay Packers.