Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

Undergraduates win 2017 Beckman Institute awards

Two Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering undergraduates were recently named recipients of 2017 Beckman Institute student awards. Founded in the 1980s, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is intended to pursue new methods of multidisciplinary research at the university. It’s devoted to leading-edge research in the physical sciences, computation, engineering, biology, behavior, cognition, and […]

Metal-ion catalysts and hydrogen peroxide could green up plastics production

Researchers at the University of Illinois are contributing to the development of more environmentally friendly catalysts for the production of plastic and resin precursors that are often derived from fossil fuels. The key to their technique comes from recognizing the unique physical and chemical properties of certain metals and how they react with hydrogen peroxide. […]

Sensors detect disease markers in breath

A small, thin square of an organic plastic that can detect disease markers in breath or toxins in a building’s air could soon be the basis of portable, disposable sensor devices. By riddling the thin plastic films with pores, University of Illinois researchers made the devices sensitive enough to detect at levels that are far […]

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

    On May 14, 2017, 139 seniors graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, four students received their master’s and five received their doctoral degrees. This year’s convocation was especially notable because the department invited graduate students to the ceremony. Following tradition, faculty advisors placed doctoral hoods over the heads of graduate students, […]

Undergrads honor ChBE grad student with teaching award

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering’s Undergraduate Advisory Board has begun an effort to recognize the department’s outstanding teaching assistants. The first recipient is ChBE graduate student Maggie Bridgewater. Congratulations Maggie! This is the first semester the undergraduate group has presented awards to TAs. Members hope to continue the practice every semester, said Palak Patel, a member […]

Senior wins Image of Research contest

Congratulations to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering undergraduate Rebecca Boehning, winner of the campuswide Image of Research contest! She won for her image called, “A Semiconductor Rose by Any Other Name.” Here is Rebecca’s description of the image: “To quote Shakespeare, ‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet’–however, the ‘roses’ in my photo […]

New capabilities for genome-wide engineering of yeast

New approach combines synthetic biology, genome editing tools, and automation to quickly and effectively produce novel yeast strains One of humankind’s oldest industrial partners is yeast, a familiar microbe that enabled early societies to brew beer and leaven bread and empowers modern ones to synthesize biofuels and conduct key biomedical research. Yeast remains a vital […]

Graduate students selected for Mavis Future Faculty Fellows program

Congratulations to graduate students Katelyn Dahlke and Daniel Bregante! Both have been chosen to be Mavis Future Faculty Fellows (MF3) for the 2017-2018 academic year. The College of Engineering program is designed to facilitate training for the next generation of great engineering professors. There are three main components: teaching, research, and service. All fellows will become proficient in these […]

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering announces May convocation speaker

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to announce Dr. Elmer L. Dougherty, Jr. will be the convocation speaker for the May ceremony. Convocation will be at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 14, 2017, in the Tryon Festival Theatre in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana. This year […]

CRISPR mines bacterial genome for hidden pharmaceutical treasure

By Liz Ahlberg Touchstone, University of Illinois News Bureau In the fight against disease, many weapons in the medicinal arsenal have been plundered from bacteria themselves. Using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, researchers have now uncovered even more potential treasure hidden in silent genes. A new study from researchers at the University of Illinois and colleagues at […]

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