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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Undergrads take third place in PepsiCo/SWE challenge

Congratulations to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering students who competed in the PepsiCo Student Engineering Challenge at the annual Society of Women Engineers conference this fall. The University of Illinois team, comprised of ChBE students Sahana Belagur, Sasu Tuladhar, and Joy Hensold, plus Adithi Murthy from Industrial and Enterprise System Engineering, came in third place overall. […]

ChBE research images on display at National Institutes of Health

Several research images from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering faculty are currently on display at the National Institutes of Health. The exhibit was organized by the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and includes images from the labs of Professors Hyunjoon Kong, Brendan Harley, and Huimin Zhao. All three are researchers affiliated with IGB. The […]

ChBE Department Head Paul Kenis chosen for ECS Research Award

Congratulations to Paul Kenis for being selected for the Electrochemical Society’s 2020 Energy Technology Division Research Award. The award recognizes outstanding and original contributions to the science and technology of energy related research areas that include scientific and technological aspects of fossil fuels and alternative energy sources, energy management and environmental consequences of energy utilization. […]

Artificial intelligence to run the chemical factories of the future

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A new proof-of-concept study details how an automated system driven by artificial intelligence can design, build, test and learn complex biochemical pathways to efficiently produce lycopene, a red pigment found in tomatoes and commonly used as a food coloring, opening the door to a wide range of biosynthetic applications, researchers report. The […]

AIChE selects Baron Peters for 2019 CoMSEF Impact Award

Congratulations to Professor Baron Peters, winner of the 2019 Impact Award from the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers! The CoMSEF Impact Award recognizes outstanding research in computational molecular science and engineering, encompassing both methods and applications. He will receive the award at the AIChE annual meeting this […]

Congratulations to winners of the 2019 ChBE Graduate Research Symposium

On Friday, Oct. 19, 2019, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC) held its annual Graduate Research Symposium. Congratulations to this year’s winners! Poster presentations:  1st Place: Liliana Bello, “The Structure and Dynamics of Redox Active Polymers for Flow Battery Applications” (Sing Group) 2nd Place: Prapti Kafle, “Dynamic-template-directed crystallization […]

Congratulations to ChBE alumni award winners!

On Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering held its inaugural fall awards program. The department celebrated alumni awards winners and graduate students who received fellowships for 2019-2020. The new alumni awards program recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding professional achievements, their dedication and advocacy for the department, […]

Researchers repurpose failed cancer drug into printable semiconductor

Many potential pharmaceuticals end up failing during clinical trials, but thanks to new research from the University of Illinois, biological molecules once considered for cancer treatment are now being repurposed as organic semiconductors for use in chemical sensors and transistors. The researchers report their findings in the journal Nature Communications. Organic semiconductors are responsible for […]

PhD student Daniel Bregante wins award from ARCS Foundation

Congratulations to graduate student Daniel Bregante, who was among a select group of Illinois students chosen for a Scholar Award from the ARCS Foundation. Founded in 1958, the ARCS Foundation was established by and is run entirely by women. Its mission is to boost American leadership and aid advancement in science and technology. To address […]

Electrochemical Society names Department Head Paul Kenis to its 2019 Class of Fellows

Congratulations to Paul Kenis, who has been named Fellow of the Electrochemical Society! Kenis, the Elio E. Tarika Endowed Chair and head of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was cited for his exceptional contributions to the invention, characterization and development of innovative processes based on microfluidic systems for diverse applications in electrochemical energy […]

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