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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Graduate Research Symposium

Every fall, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Graduate Student Advisory Council host a Graduate Research Symposium.

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.

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.

2020 Symposium

The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering graduate students and members of the ChBE Graduate Student Advisory Council organized the 19th annual and 1st virtual Graduate Research Symposium, which was held on Oct. 16, 2020 via Zoom.

During the symposium, students gave 9 posters presentation and 9 oral presentations about their research. Research areas included a range of topics, such as catalysis, energy, materials, biomolecular engineering, polymers and nanoparticles.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Judges for 2020 were:

Poster Presentation

  1. Lisa Hall, (Ph.D. ’09 Advisor: Dr. Schweizer), Ohio State University
  2. Supreet Saini, (Ph.D. ’10 Advisor: Dr. Rao), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  3. Christian Junaedi, (Ph.D. ’06 Advisor: Dr. Kenis), Precision Combustion
  4. Jing Du, (Ph.D. ’12 Advisor: Dr. Zhao), AbbVie

Oral Presentation

  1. Jaeyun Sung, (Ph.D. ’12 Advisor: Dr. Price), Mayo Clinic
  2. Kit Gordon, (MS & MBA, ’83), Tech Innovator and Watershed Protector
  3. Laird Forrest, (Ph.D. ’03 Advisor: Dr. Pack), University of Kansas
  4. Allice Hollister, (Ph.D. ’10 Advisor: Dr. Seebauer), Lam Research
  5. Efie Kokkoli, (Ph.D. ’98 Advisor: Dr. Zukoski), Johns Hopkins University

More information

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Past Symposiums

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