Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

Graduate Research Symposium

Students and judges review the poster presentations.

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois held its 15th annual Graduate Research Symposium for its graduate students on Friday, October 28, 2016.

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.

Thanks to judges Cory Berkland, Khushnuma Koita, John Gohndrone, Matthew Liberatore.

Invited judges are typically Illinois alumni from industry and academia who help us identify the best poster and oral presentations. The symposium also provides students with one-on-one opportunities to network with the judges.

Judges for the 2016 symposium included Dr. Cory Berkland (PhD ’03, Pack), Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas; Dr. John Gohndrone (PhD ’88, Masel), process engineering specialist with Dow Corning Corporation; Dr. Khushnuma Koita (PhD ’12, Rao), development specialist at Praxair; and Dr. Matthew Liberatore, (PhD ’03, McHugh) Associate Professor at the University of Toledo.

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2016 Winners

Poster Presentations

Arkaprava Dan, first-place winner in the poster presentation category.
From left: John Gohndrone, Tim Chung (third place, poster), Ge Qu (second place, poster) and Paul Kenis.








First Place: Arkaprava Dan, “Breathe In, Breath Out: Lung Endothelial Monolayers Respond to Cyclic Stretch.”

Second Place: Ge Qu, “Understanding Interfacial Alignment of Solution Coated Conjugated Polymers.”

Third Place: Tim Chung, “Molecular Cooperativity in Single-Crystal-to-Single-Crystal Polymorphic Transitions of an Organic Semiconductor.”

Oral Presentations

Paul Kenis, Daniel Bregante (first place, oral), Emily Chen (third place, oral), and John Gohndrone. Not pictured: Second-place winner Kai-Wen Hsaio.

First Place: Daniel Bregante, “Understanding Olefin Epoxidation with H202 in Transition-Metal Substituted Zeolites.”

Second Place: Kai-Wen Hsiao, “Microfluidic-based Direct Measurement of Normal Stress in Semi-Dilute Polymer Solutions.”

Third Place: Emily Chen, “Biomaterial Models of Cancer: Invasion and Cancer Stem Cells.”

Past Symposiums