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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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 […]

Catching up with … Charles “Chip” Zukoski

  Charles “Chip” F. Zukoski joined the chemical engineering faculty at the University of Illinois in 1985 as an assistant professor in colloid and interfacial science. He went on to serve as department head from 1994 to 2002 before advancing to vice chancellor for research on the Urbana-Champaign campus. In that role, from 2002 to […]

Illinois team receives $1.5 million to lower cost, improve viability of DNA data storage

As the global datasphere expands, so does the need for more data storage. Enter DNA, the carrier of life’s genetic information, which offers a potential storage media of unprecedented density, durability, and efficiency. However, using DNA as storage is currently costly and there is a lack of processing systems suited for this technology. The University […]

Department hosts ChBE summer camp for high school girls

This summer the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering brought 24 high school students to campus for the GAMES (Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science) camp. They participated in a variety of activities, including demonstrations, presentations, hands-on activities, and tours which exposed them to the breadth of chemical engineering. Led by Blue Waters Assistant […]

Study reveals how polymers relax after stressful processing

The polymers that make up synthetic materials need time to de-stress after processing, researchers said. A new study has found that entangled, long-chain polymers in solutions relax at two different rates, marking an advancement in fundamental polymer physics. The findings will provide a better understanding of the physical properties of polymeric materials and critical new […]

Prof. Charles Sing chosen for NAE’s Frontiers of Engineering symposium

Charles Sing, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium. Every year the NAE invites engineers who are 30 to 45 years old and performing exceptional engineering research and technical work to come together for the event. […]

Faculty, grad students honored for teaching excellence

Congratulations to faculty and graduate students recognized by the University of Illinois School of Chemical Sciences for their teaching excellence in the 2017-2018 academic year. Those in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering who received awards include Assistant Professor Charles Sing and graduate students Daniel Bregante and Mai Ngo. “The award recognizes the entire scope of our […]

Georgia Tech’s David Sholl to deliver Parr Lecture

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to announce Professor David Sholl will deliver the Parr Lecture this September. Sholl is the John F. Brock III School Chair of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. His research uses computational materials modeling to accelerate development of new materials for energy-related applications, including generation […]

AIChE selects Shukla for 2018 CoMSEF Young Investigator Award

Congratulations to Blue Waters Assistant Professor Diwakar Shukla, who has been chosen to receive the 2018 ComMSEF Young Investigator Award for Modeling & Simulation. This award, from the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, recognizes outstanding research in computational molecular science and engineering, encompassing both methods and applications. […]

City Scholars Pilot Program Exposes Students to Chicago Tech Scene

According to the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, during the past five years Illinois universities have launched 942 startups, which in turn have raised a collective $878 million. The challenge is keeping those fledgling startups from fleeing to the coasts to grow their businesses, in part because of the coasts’ large tech workforce. The State […]

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