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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Researchers gain control over soft-molecule synthesis

By gaining control over shape, size and composition during synthetic molecule assembly, researchers can begin to probe how these factors influence the function of soft materials. Finding these answers could help advance virology, drug delivery development and the creation of new materials. “We approached this new research concept not by trying to fix a problem, […]

Department welcomes new faculty members Baron Peters and Xiao Su

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to announce it has hired two new faculty members. Professors Xiao Su and Baron Peters both joined the department in January. Dr. Baron Peters, who joins the department as a full tenured professor, was most recently a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, […]

Unmuting large silent genes lets bacteria produce new molecules, potential drug candidates

By enticing away the repressors dampening unexpressed, silent genes in Streptomyces bacteria, researchers at the University of Illinois have unlocked several large gene clusters for new natural products, according to a study published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology. Since many antibiotics, anti-cancer agents and other drugs have been derived from genes readily expressed in […]

Department celebrates December Chemical Engineering graduates

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering held a convocation ceremony on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, for its December graduates. The ceremony featured Illinois alumnus Dr. Dale A. Kyser, who received his MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering in 1985 and 1987. Dr. Kyser is currently Vice President of Research and Nutrition Sciences at […]

Paul Kenis named Elio Eliakim Tarika Chair in Chemical Engineering

Paul Kenis has been named the Elio Eliakim Tarika Endowed Chair of Chemical Engineering in a ceremony honoring his success and leadership in the field. Kenis, head of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in his native country of the Netherlands before completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard […]

Congratulations to winners of the 2018 Science Image Challenge!

Congratulations to Jee-Wei Emily Chen, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student in Professor Brendan Harley’s lab. Her image, “A Rising Moon Above the Mountain” was named winner of the School of Chemical Sciences’ 2018 Science Image Challenge. The annual research image competition is sponsored by the School of Chemical Sciences and open to graduate and undergraduate […]

ChBE Professor Diwakar Shukla receives NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to Blue Waters Assistant Professor Diwakar Shukla, who has been awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The award will provide five years of support for Shukla’s efforts in developing new algorithms and their applications to the field of computational biology. NSF CAREER Awards are prestigious and competitive awards given […]

Hong Yang named Richard C. Alkire Chair in Chemical Engineering

Hong Yang, a chemical engineering professor at Illinois since 2012, has been named the Richard C. Alkire Chair in Chemical Engineering in a ceremony honoring his commitment and leadership within the field. Yang is recognized worldwide for his contribution to the fundamental understanding and processing of nanostructured materials such as precisely controlled metal, metal alloy, […]

ChBE Professor Ying Diao earns NSF CAREER award

Dr. Ying Diao, assistant professor and Dow Chemical Company Faculty Scholar, has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her research proposal, “Multiscale Assembly of Conjugated Polymers at Dynamic Reconfigurable Interfaces.” The National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program’s CAREER Awards are prestigious and competitive awards given to junior faculty who exemplify […]

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