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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Graduate student wins research award from Neutron Scattering Society

Congratulations to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student Johnny Ching-Wei Lee, who has been selected to receive the 2020 Prize for Outstanding Student Research from the Neutron Scattering Society of America. Lee is a member of professor Simon Rogers’ lab. His research has focused on how molecules rearrange and affect the flow and deformation characteristics […]

Grainger College of Engineering honors Shukla for his research

Diwakar Shukla, Blue Waters Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been chosen to receive a 2020 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research from the Grainger College of Engineering. The awards were established to honor faculty for outstanding research. Four assistant professors are chosen by their peers based on who has […]

College of LAS recognizes Prof. Diao for her research and teaching

Ying Diao, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been chosen as a Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors (LEAP) Scholar for her outstanding contributions and potential in research and teaching. Diao is one of six early career professors selected for the honor. Fellow awardees include Marsha Barrett in the Department […]

Hyunjoon Kong & collaborators awarded grants for new research in neurotechnology

Two new grants will fund interdisciplinary neurotechnology research at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. They include a project on how neurons and muscle cells communicate with each other, funded by the National Science Foundation, and the development of a drug delivery system for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, funded by the Alzheimer’s Foundation. […]

Advanced polymers help streamline water purification, environmental mediation

It takes a lot of energy to collect, clean and dispose of contaminated water. Some contaminants, like arsenic, occur in low concentrations, calling for even more energy-intensive selective removal processes. In a new paper, researchers address this water-energy relationship by introducing a device that can purify and remediate arsenic-contaminated water in a single step. Using […]

For CRISPR, tweaking DNA fragments before inserting yields highest efficiency rates yet

University of Illinois researchers achieved the highest reported rates of inserting genes into human cells with the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system, a necessary step for harnessing CRISPR for clinical gene-therapy applications. By chemically tweaking the ends of the DNA to be inserted, the new technique is up to five times more efficient than current approaches. The […]

Department celebrates December graduates in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Congratulations to December graduates in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering! The department held a winter convocation on Dec. 21, 2019, in the Lincoln Hall theater. The ceremony was followed by a reception in Latzer Hall in the University YMCA. Guest speaker this year was Dan Hanus, who graduated from the University of Illinois in 1986 with […]

Scientists develop gentle, microscopic hands to study tiny, soft materials

Handling very soft, delicate items without damaging them is hard enough with human hands, let alone doing it at the microscopic scale with laboratory instruments. Three new studies show how scientists have honed a technique for handling tiny, soft particles using precisely controlled fluid flows that act as gentle microscopic hands. The technique allows researchers […]

Professor Xiao Su wins NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Xiao Su, assistant professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award for his work on developing new molecular separation processes for isomer separation. The NSF’s Early Career Development Program’s CAREER Awards are prestigious and competitive awards given to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar […]

Mechanical engineering society selects Hammack for Roe Medal

Congratulations to University of Illinois Professor Bill Hammack, who was recently chosen to receive the Ralph Coats Roe Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The society selected Hammack for his “pioneering use of new media to present engineering as a creative profession essential to our modern world, particularly for internet-delivered videos that highlight […]

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