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Researchers can now predict properties of disordered polymers

Thanks to a team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, scientists are able to read patterns on long chains of molecules to understand and predict behavior of disordered strands of proteins and polymers. The results could, among other things, pave the way to develop new materials […]

Graduate College selects Bregante for dissertation completion award

Congratulations to PhD student Daniel Bregante, who won a PhD Completion Award from the Graduate College at the University of Illinois. Bregante’s dissertation will be on “Unraveling Inner- and Outer-Sphere Interactions that Impact Catalysis at the Liquid-Solid Interface.” He is a member of Dr. David Flaherty’s research group. Many consumer products used today (e.g., plastics, […]

Shukla selected for NCSA Faculty Fellowship

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Diwakar Shukla! He has been chosen for a 2019-2020 Faculty Fellowship from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). The NCSA Faculty Fellowship is a competitive program for faculty and researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which provides seed funding for new collaborations that include NCSA staff as integral […]

Polymers jump through hoops on pathway to sustainable materials

Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials. Despite some promising advances, researchers said, a full understanding of how to processes ring polymers into practical materials remains elusive. In a new study, researchers identified a mechanism called “threading” that takes place when a polymer is stretched – a […]

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

On Sunday, May 12, 2019, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering celebrated students receiving bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at a ceremony that took place in the Tryon Festival Theatre in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. A reception was held after the ceremony on Centennial Plaza between Noyes Lab and the Chemistry […]

Journal of Rheology recognizes Professor Charles Schroeder

Congratulations to Professor Charles Schroeder, who has been selected to receive the 2019 Journal of Rheology Publication Award from the Society of Rheology. He was chosen for his paper, “Single Polymer Dynamics for Molecular Rheology,” Journal of Rheology, 62, 371-403 (2018). The award recognizes the best paper published in the Journal of Rheology during the […]

Professor Bill Hammack receives Carl Sagan Award for the Public Appreciation of Science

Congratulations to University of Illinois Professor Bill Hammack, known around the world as “The Engineer Guy,” who was presented with the Carl Sagan Award for the Public Appreciation of Science. The award, given annually by the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, recognizes outstanding achievement in improving the public understanding and appreciation of science. Previous recipients […]

American Vacuum Society’s Prairie Chapter selects Diao for Early Career Award

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Ying Diao, who was recently selected to receive the 2019 American Vacuum Society’s Prairie Chapter Early Career Award. Dr. Diao will receive the award at the chapter symposium this September at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. She will deliver an award lecture at the […]

Dr. Ray Mentzer to deliver ChBE’s Spring 2019 convocation address

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Ray Mentzer will be the convocation speaker for its May 2019 ceremony. The department convocation will be at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 12, 2019, in the Tryon Festival Theatre in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana. […]

Study: Reducing energy required to convert CO2 waste into valuable resources

Surplus industrial carbon dioxide creates an opportunity to convert waste into a valuable commodity. Excess CO2 can be a feedstock for chemicals typically derived from fossil fuels, but the process is energy-intensive and expensive. University of Illinois chemical engineers have assessed the technical and economic feasibility of a new electrolysis technology that uses a cheap […]

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