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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

ChBE alumna elected into National Academy of Engineering

Congratulations to Hariklia “Lili” Deligianni, PhD ’88 (Alkire), who was elected to the National Academy of Engineering! A retired research scientist at IBM, Deligianni played a leading role in solving a number of technical challenges in the electronics industry. She and her colleagues introduced electrochemical processes in solder bump technology, now a standard practice for […]

Self-nomination scholarship applications now available; deadline is Feb. 18

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is now accepting nominations for departmental scholarships through February 18, 2019. The department takes pride in its outstanding students and is pleased to reward undergraduates with scholarships made possible by our valued donors. To identify top scholarship candidates, the Awards and Scholarships Committee asks Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering […]

Feeling groovy: Neurons integrate better with muscle grown on grooved platforms

Growing muscle tissue on grooved platforms helps neurons more effectively integrate with the muscle, a requirement for engineering muscle in the lab that responds and functions like muscle in the body, University of Illinois researchers found in a new study. Such engineered muscle with integrated nerves has applications in reconstructive and rehabilitative medicine, as well […]

School to celebrate St. Elmo Brady, first African American to receive PhD in Chemistry

The School of Chemical Sciences at Illinois is hosting a celebration of diversity in the fields of chemical sciences and chemical engineering with two public events on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. The American Chemical Society will designate a national historic chemical landmark for St. Elmo Brady, the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry […]

Researchers gain control over soft-molecule synthesis

By gaining control over shape, size and composition during synthetic molecule assembly, researchers can begin to probe how these factors influence the function of soft materials. Finding these answers could help advance virology, drug delivery development and the creation of new materials. “We approached this new research concept not by trying to fix a problem, […]

Department welcomes new faculty members Baron Peters and Xiao Su

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to announce it has hired two new faculty members. Professors Xiao Su and Baron Peters both joined the department in January. Dr. Baron Peters, who joins the department as a full tenured professor, was most recently a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, […]

Unmuting large silent genes lets bacteria produce new molecules, potential drug candidates

By enticing away the repressors dampening unexpressed, silent genes in Streptomyces bacteria, researchers at the University of Illinois have unlocked several large gene clusters for new natural products, according to a study published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology. Since many antibiotics, anti-cancer agents and other drugs have been derived from genes readily expressed in […]

Department celebrates December Chemical Engineering graduates

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering held a convocation ceremony on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, for its December graduates. The ceremony featured Illinois alumnus Dr. Dale A. Kyser, who received his MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering in 1985 and 1987. Dr. Kyser is currently Vice President of Research and Nutrition Sciences at […]

Paul Kenis named Elio Eliakim Tarika Chair in Chemical Engineering

Paul Kenis has been named the Elio Eliakim Tarika Endowed Chair of Chemical Engineering in a ceremony honoring his success and leadership in the field. Kenis, head of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in his native country of the Netherlands before completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard […]

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