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Congrats to winners in the 2015 ChBE Grad Research Symposium

Graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and members of the Graduate Student Advisory Council held another successful research symposium this fall. The 14th annual event took place on Oct. 23, 2015, as part of Homecoming weekend.

The symposium allows graduate students to present their work in the form of either a poster or an oral presentation. Research areas include a range of topics, such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, computational science, and energy applications.

Poster presentations at the 2015 Graduate Research Symposium.
Poster presentations at the 2015 Graduate Research Symposium.

Invited judges are typically Illinois alumni from industry and academia. The symposium also provides students with one-on-one opportunities to network with the judges.

This year’s presentations were judged by Dr. Josh Gray (PHD ’04), Program Manager with Boeing’s Surface and Analytics Lab; Dr. Ibrahim Sendijarevic (PHD ’02), Business Development Manager with Troy Polymers; Dr. Anastasia Vaia (PHD ’03), PTA Process Optimization Manager with BP; and Dr. Yongbo Yuan (former Illinois ChBE postdoc), Scientist III with ADM.

The judges for 2015 included Drs. Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Anastasia Vaia, Josh Gray, and Yongbo Yuan.
The judges for 2015 included Drs. Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Anastasia Vaia, Josh Gray, and Yongbo Yuan.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Poster Presentations
First Place: Katelyn Dahlke, part of Assistant Professor Charles Sing’s research group, with “Kinetics of DNA-binding Dimeric Proteins.”


Second Place: Andy Chang from Assistant Professor David Flaherty’s group with his poster, “Deconvoluting the Effects of Solvation and Acid Strength on Zeolite Catalysis: Model Systems for Complex Materials.”


Third Place (tie): Sumit Verma from Professor Paul Kenis’ research group with “Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 to Value Added C1-C2 Chemicals and Fuels” and Kai-Chieh Tsao from Professor Hong Yang’s Research Group and his poster, “Continuous Production of Uniform Carbon-Supported Catalysts of Metal Nanocubes and Nanooctahedra Using Carbon Monoxide-Mediated Processes.”


Oral Presentations
First Place: Danielle Mai of Associate Professor Charles Schroeder’s group with, “Single Molecule Dynamics of Branched DNA Polymers.”


Second Place: Ran Chao of Professor Huimin Zhao’s group with “Building “iBioFAB” for automated synthetic biology.”


Third Place: Neil Wilson of Assistant Professor David Flaherty’s group for “Mechanism and Factors that Determine Selectivity for H202 Formation on Pd and AuPd clusters via Direct Synthesis.”


Other graduate students participating in the 14th Annual Graduate Research Symposium included the following: Zehua Bao, Nicholas Clay, Arkaprava Dan, Todd Freestone, Kandis Gillard, Kai-Wen Hsiao, Jiazhang Lian, Sam Hamedi Rad, Ankur Taneja, and Megan Witzke.

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