Michael Nalbandian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Office Phone: (951) 552-8841
E-mail: mnalbandian@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: The Point, 125
Office Hours:

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Chemical and Environmental Engineering University of California, Riverside 2014
B.S. Environmental Engineering University of California, Riverside 2010
  • Additional Education

    Engineer-in-Training (EIT), December 2011
    Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists

  • Courses Taught

    EGR 101 - Christian Engineering Worldview
    EGR 102 - Introduction to Engineering Design
    EGR 103 - Engineering Service
    EGR 122 - Visualization Language I
    EGR 181 - Elementary Mathematics for Engineering Applications, Laboratory
    EGR 182 - Introductory Mathematics for Engineering Applications, Laboratory
    EGR 256 - Principles of Envrionmental Science and Engineering
    EGR 342 - Fluid Mechanics, Laboratory
    EGR 400 - Air Pollution Engineering
    CHE 102 - Fundamentals of Chemistry
    CHE 351 - Organic Chemistry I, Laboratory
    CHE 352 - Organic Chemistry II, Laboratory

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Water/waste water quality and treatment
    Environmental chemistry
    Aquatic chemistry
    Advanced oxidation processes
    Fate and transport of organic micropollutants
    Environmental nanotechnology
    Nanofabrication
    Semiconductors
    Photocatalysis

  • Teaching Experience

    Teaching Assistant
    CHE 161 - Nanotechnology Process Laboratory
    CHE 175A - Chemical Process Design Section I
    ENVE 175A - Senior Design Project Section I
    CHE 175B - Chemical Process Design Section II
    ENVE 175B - Senior Design Project Section II
    University of California, Riverside Jan. 2011 – June 2014

    Guest Lecturer
    ENVE 121 - Biological Unit Processes
    University of California, Riverside May 2012

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Journal Publications
    Nalbandian, M. J.; Greenstein, K. E.; Shuai, D.; Zhang, M.; Choa, Y. H.; Parkin, G. F.; Myung, N. V.; Cwiertny, D. M “Tailored Synthesis of Photoactive TiO2 Nanofibers and Au/TiO2 Nanofiber Composites: Structure and Reactivity Optimization for Water Treatment Applications.” Environmental Science and Technology 2015, 49, 1654-1663. (*In ACS Chemistry & Engineering News Top Ten Sustainable Chemistry Papers for 2016)

    Oulton, R. L.; Haase, J.; Kaalberg, S.; Nalbandian, M. J.; Cwiertny, D. M. “Hydroxyl Radical Formation during Ozonation of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Performance Optimization and Demonstration of a Reactive CNT Filter.” Environmental Science and Technology 2015, 49, 3687-3697.

    Nalbandian, M. J.; Zhang, M.; Sanchez, J.; Choa, Y. H.; Cwiertny, D. M.; Myung, N. V. “Synthesis and Optimization of BiVO4 and Co-catalyzed BiVO4 Nanofibers for Visible light-activated Photocatalytic Degradation of Aquatic Micropollutants.” Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 2015, 404, 18-26.

    Nalbandian, M. J.; Zhang, M.; Sanchez, J.; Kim, S.I.; Choa, Y. H.; Cwiertny, D. M.; Myung, N. V. “Synthesis and Optimization of Ag-TiO2 Composite Nanofibers for Photocatalytic Treatment of Impaired Water Sources.” Journal of Hazardous Materials 2015, 299, 141-148.

    Nalbandian, M. J.; Zhang, M.; Sanchez, J.; Choa, Y. H.; Cwiertny, D. M.; Myung, N. V. “Synthesis and Optimization of Fe2O3 Nanofibers for Chromate Adsorption from Contaminated Water Sources.” Chemosphere 2016, 144, 945-981.

    Nalbandian, M. J.; Zhang, M.; Sanchez, J.; Nam, J.; Cwiertny, D. M.; Myung, N. V. “θ-Alumina/Hematite (θ-Al2O3/Fe2O3) Composite Nanofibers for Heavy Metal Removal.” Science of Advanced Materials, Accepted.

    Zhang, M.; Park, S.-D.; Kim, J.; Nalbandian, M. J.; Kim, S.; Kim, B.-S.; Choa, Y. H.; Myung, N. V. “Synthesis of Lead Telluride Hollow Nanofibers by Galvanic Displacement Reaction of Electrospun Solid Cobalt Nanofibers.” Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Under review.

    Nalbandian, M. J.; Shuai, D.; Peter, K. T.; Cwiertny, D. M.; Myung, N. V. “Recent Advances and Future Opportunities in the Application of Chemically Active Nanofibers for Water and Wastewater Treatment.” Journal of Materials Chemistry A (Invited Review), In preparation.


    Presentations
    Nalbandian, M. J.; Ico, G.; Nam, J.; Myung, N. V. “Electrospun Ceramic Nanofibers as High Performance Photoactive and Piezoelectric Materials.” 40th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, Jan. 2016, Daytona Beach, FL.

    Nalbandian, M. J.; Cwiertny, D. M.; Myung, N. V. “Tailored Synthesis of Semiconductor Nanofibers for Photocatalytic Treatment of Emerging Organic Contaminants.” 2014 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting and Exhibit, Apr. 2014, San Francisco, CA.

    Shuai, D.; Nalbandian, M. J.; Choa, Y. H.; Myung, N. V.; Cwiertny, D. M., “Optimizing photocatalytic performance of electrospun TiO2 nanofibers for removal of emerging organic contaminants.” 245th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Apr. 2013, New Orleans, LA.

    Nalbandian, M. J.; Cwiertny, D. M.; Myung, N. V. “Synthesis and Optimization of Photocatalytic TiO2 Nanofibers for Treatment of Impaired Water Supplies.” 244th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Aug. 2012, Philadelphia, PA.

    Nalbandian, M. J.; Cwiertny, D. M.; Myung, N. V. “Synthesis and Optimization of Photoactive Electrospun TiO2 Nanofibers for use in Water and Wastewater Treatment.” UCR Water Research Symposium, Apr. 2012, Riverside, CA.

    Oulton, R. L.; Nalbandian, M. J.; Fairbrother, H.; Cwiertny, D. M. “Production of hydroxyl radical during ozonation of carbonaceous nanomaterials.” Gordon Research Conference Environmental Sciences: Water, Jul. 2012, Holderness, NH.

    Oulton, R. L.; Nalbandian, M. J.; Fairbrother, H.; Wepasnick, K.; Cwiertny, D. M. “Advanced oxidation processes with carbon nanotubes: surface-promoted formation of hydroxyl radical during ozonation.” 2011 AiChE Annual Meeting, Oct. 2011, Minneapolis, MN.

    Oulton, R. L.; Nalbandian, M. J.; Wepasnick, K.; Fairbrother, H.; Cwiertny, D. M. “Influence of multi-wall carbon nanotube surface oxidation on hydroxyl radical formation during ozonation.” 241st ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Mar. 2011, Anaheim, CA.

    Oulton, R. L.; Nalbandian, M. J.; Cwiertny, D. M. “Carbon nanotubes promote hydroxyl radical formation during ozonation.” 240th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Aug. 2010, Boston, MA.


    Dissertation
    "Development and Optimization of Chemically-Active Electrospun Nanofibers for Treatment of Impaired Water Sources" Dec. 2014

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Church Membership
    The Rock Church and World Outreach Center, San Bernardino

    Ministries
    Shift Young Adults, worship singer and leader of ushers/secutiry ministry
    The Rock Music Ministry, worship singer
    The Love Rock Bookstore, cashier

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Tau Beta Pi mathematics tutor
    University of California, Riverside 2011

    Supplementary instruction leader
    University of California, Riverside 2009

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Spending time with my wife, singing and playing music, interactive electronic software

  • Personal Philosophy

    "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." James 1:5