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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, the department celebrated the achievements of another outstanding group of students. Approximately 125 graduating seniors and seven PhD students participated in this spring’s ceremony in the Tryon Festival Theatre at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Overall, for the 2017-2018 school year, the department awarded 15 PhDs and a […]

New CRISPR technology ‘knocks out’ yeast genes with single-point precision

The CRISPR-Cas9 system has given researchers the power to precisely edit selected genes. Now, researchers have used it to develop a technology that can target any gene in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and turn it off by deleting single letters from its DNA sequence. Such genome-scale engineering – in contrast to traditional strategies that only […]

ACS COMP selects Prof. Shukla for faculty award

Blue Waters Assistant Professor Diwakar Shukla has been selected by a panel of distinguished reviewers to receive the American Chemical Society’s OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for Fall 2018. The competition, organized by the ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry, selects four outstanding tenure-track junior faculty annually for the award. Winners will present their work […]

Grad student William Ballance wins TechnipFMC Fellowship

Congratulations to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student William Ballance, who has been selected to receive a TechnipFMC Fellowship for 2018-2019. Ballance is a third-year PhD student and member of Dr. Hyunjoon Kong’s research group. In the Kong Lab, Ballance’s projects have centered on antibacterial soft materials, namely, using hydrogels as base materials. One project […]

Grad student Prapti Kafle wins AAUW Fellowship

Congratulations to Prapti Kafle, PhD student in Professor Ying Diao’s research group, for winning an International Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Kafle’s work in the Diao Lab focuses on understanding crystal polymorphism and inventing new printing methods for pharmaceuticals for improved physicochemical properties. She joined the graduate program in chemical engineering […]

Undergrad in Flaherty Lab awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Congratulations to Alayna Johnson, who has been named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2018-19 academic year! Alayna is a sophomore majoring in chemistry. As a freshman, she joined the lab of Dr. David Flaherty, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, where her research with team members Daniel Bregante, Ami Patel, and […]

Harley wins Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Dr. Brendan A. Harley has been honored with the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Harley, Robert W. Schaefer Faculty Scholar and associate professor, was chosen for his development of an innovative course on tissue engineering that introduces undergraduates to cutting-edge research in the biosciences. He supplements traditional lectures by selecting current journal articles […]

Erfan Mohammadi, PhD student, wins award from Materials Research Society

Congratulations to Erfan Mohammadi, graduate student in Professor Ying Diao’s research group! The Materials Research Society awarded Mohammadi a Silver Award at the MRS meeting this spring. The society’s MRS Graduate Student Awards honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. Mohammadi is […]

Department celebrates scholarship recipients, winners of undergraduate research symposium

On Friday, April 13, 2018, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering honored its outstanding students at the Undergraduate Awards Ceremony. At the annual event, faculty presented the 2017-2018 scholarships and Omega Chi Epsilon, the national honor society for chemical engineering, announced winners of the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. This year marked the 10th year […]

Professors Paul Kenis, Hong Yang promoted to endowed chairs

Dr. Jonathan Sweedler, director of the School of Chemical Sciences, has announced two new chairs in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. Paul J. A. Kenis, currently the William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor will be the Elio Eliakim Tarika Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Hong Yang, the Richard C. Alkire […]

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