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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Researchers develop microbubble scrubber to destroy toxic biofilms

Stiff microbial films often coat medical devices, household items and infrastructure such as the inside of water supply pipes, and can lead to dangerous infections. Researchers have developed a system that harnesses the power of bubbles to propel tiny particles through the surfaces of these tough films and deliver an antiseptic deathblow to the microbes […]

ChBE Alumni and Friends Homecoming Tailgate: Oct. 13, 2018

Please join us for the 2018 Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Alumni Homecoming Tailgate! Saturday, Oct. 13 TAILGATE: 12:30 p.m. Complimentary food and beverages. Our tent will be in Grange Grove, west of Memorial Stadium. KICKOFF: 2:30/3 p.m. Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Purdue Boilermakers A number of game tickets are available, courtesy of the department, on […]

American Vacuum Society’s Prairie Chapter honors Flaherty with Early Career Award

Congratulations to Dr. David Flaherty, recipient of the Early Career Award from the regional chapter of the American Vacuum Society. Flaherty, an assistant professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, received the award at the AVS Prairie Chapter symposium in Chicago earlier this month. He delivered the talk, “Non-Innocent Solvents, Hydrogen Transfer, Oxygen Dissociation on Nanoparticles […]

John Anderson (PhD 71) nominated to be next National Academy of Engineering president

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE)’s 2019 nominating committee has recommended Illinois alumnus John L. Anderson to stand as the sole candidate for the NAE presidency. Academy members will vote in March 2019 to elect a new NAE president to a six-year term beginning July 1. Since receiving his BS in Chemical Engineering from the […]

Grad student’s talk in ACS Nanomaterials session wins ‘best presentation’

Congratulations to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student Ajit Vikram! Vikram’s recent talk won “best presentation” during the nanomaterials session at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting in Boston. His talk was titled, “Continuous flow synthesis of semiconductor nanoparticles using a modular millifluidic platform.” Vikram, a member of the Kenis Lab, focuses his research on […]

A unique combination of catalysts opens doors to making useful compounds

University of Illinois researchers have developed a new method that aids in the process of making valuable compounds by using a unique combination of catalysts. A study published this month in Nature reported a new method that combines enzymatic catalysts with photocatalysts. The team that created the method was led by Professor Huimin Zhao, the […]

Catching up with … Charles “Chip” Zukoski

  Charles “Chip” F. Zukoski joined the chemical engineering faculty at the University of Illinois in 1985 as an assistant professor in colloid and interfacial science. He went on to serve as department head from 1994 to 2002 before advancing to vice chancellor for research on the Urbana-Champaign campus. In that role, from 2002 to […]

Illinois team receives $1.5 million to lower cost, improve viability of DNA data storage

As the global datasphere expands, so does the need for more data storage. Enter DNA, the carrier of life’s genetic information, which offers a potential storage media of unprecedented density, durability, and efficiency. However, using DNA as storage is currently costly and there is a lack of processing systems suited for this technology. The University […]

Department hosts ChBE summer camp for high school girls

This summer the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering brought 24 high school students to campus for the GAMES (Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science) camp. They participated in a variety of activities, including demonstrations, presentations, hands-on activities, and tours which exposed them to the breadth of chemical engineering. Led by Blue Waters Assistant […]

Study reveals how polymers relax after stressful processing

The polymers that make up synthetic materials need time to de-stress after processing, researchers said. A new study has found that entangled, long-chain polymers in solutions relax at two different rates, marking an advancement in fundamental polymer physics. The findings will provide a better understanding of the physical properties of polymeric materials and critical new […]

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