Master Students


Tanmay Bhatt

Tanmay Bhatt is pursuing MS in Civil Engineering (specialization in Environmental Engineering) and he joined the Dai research group in May 2016. He graduated from GBPUA&T, India in 2015 with a B. Tech. in Civil Engineering. Tanmay believes that skilled environmental engineers are IMG_5991_b the need of the hour for a better world, and this belief led him to pursue graduate studies in environmental engineering at SUNY Buffalo. Acknowledging that water is the elixir of life, his interests lie in drinking water treatment, and wastewater treatment and recycling. Tanmay is currently investigating the applications of Peracetic Acid as a disinfectant in wastewater treatment.


Vignesh Peranamallur Rajan

Vignesh Peranamallur Rajan graduated from Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Chennai with a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering in May 2015 where he started his research on degradation of Polyethylene terephthalate; characterization of terephthalic acid; and fluorideIMG_6019_b removal from drinking water. Vignesh joined the master’s program in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at University at Buffalo in the fall 2015 where he joined Prof. Dai’s research group in the summer of 2016. His current scientific research focuses on the investigation of the toxic byproduct nitrosamines from amino acids in CO2 capture systems.


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Jeffrey Digati joined UB in 2015 after graduating from Buffalo State College. His current research interest focuses on the removal of 1,4-dioxane using advanced oxidation processes (AOPs). He believes understanding the chemical pathway of these processes is critical for designing a systematic approach for the degradation of emerging contaminants. Moving forward, Jeffrey is committed to developing innovative solutions to achieve a clean, sustainable water-energy nexus.