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ChBE GSAC launches food drive to benefit Eastern Illinois Foodbank

Each year the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department hosts a food drive to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, the primary food source for food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other programs working to feed the hungry in East Central Illinois. Your support matters! Join us to fight hunger in Eastern Illinois! In keeping with […]

In new video, Engineer Guy Bill Hammack explores shape memory effect and superelasticity

Bill Hammack, a.k.a., Engineer Guy, has released a new video in which he demonstrates the temperature-dependent shape memory of nitinol metal. He explains how “twinning” in the crystal structure of nitinol produces the memory effect and he shows a nitinol-based engine that is powered by temperature differences. He closes the video with a description of […]

Congratulations to winners of the ChBE Graduate Research Symposium!

Congratulations to winners of the 2018 Graduate Research Symposium! Organized by the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Committee, the annual symposium invites graduate students to present their work in the form of a poster or an oral presentation. Research areas include a range of topics, such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, computational science, and energy […]

New, highly stable catalyst may help turn water into fuel

Breaking the bonds between oxygen and hydrogen in water could be a key to the creation of hydrogen in a sustainable manner, but finding an economically viable technique for this has proved difficult. Researchers report a new hydrogen-generating catalyst that clears many of the obstacles – abundance, stability in acid conditions and efficiency. In the […]

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. Map of Grange Grove with ChBE tailgate_location KICKOFF: 2:30/3 p.m. Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Purdue Boilermakers A number of game tickets […]

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 […]

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