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ChBE alumni on the frontlines of COVID-19 pandemic

Around the globe, alumni from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering have risen to the many challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are working on the frontlines in hospitals and medical clinics, research labs, manufacturing, and beyond. Below you will find some stories from your fellow alumni. We also invite you to share […]

Illinois students selected for Goldwater Scholarships

Congratulations to University of Illinois juniors William Lyon and Sriyankari Chitti, who were awarded Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for their potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Goldwater, who […]

Congratulations to NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering PhD students who have been selected to receive fellowships from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. They include Paola Baldaguez Medina, Vasiliki “Aliki” Kolliopoulos, and Chris Torres. The NSF program recognizes and supports individuals early in their graduate training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. The […]

ChBE alumnus and MRI pioneer Walt Robb dies

Illinois alumnus Walt Robb, PhD ’51, a retired executive with GE who led the company’s medical technology business, passed away of COVID-19 on March 23, 2020, in Schenectady, NY. He was 92 years old. At the U of I, Robb studied under Professor Harry Drickamer and earned his Ph.D. in three years, in 1951. He […]

ChBE PhD student selected for TechnipFMC Fellowship

Congratulations to Yu-Heng Deng, PhD student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who was selected for a TechnipFMC Fellowship for 2020-2021. Deng is a member of Robert W. Schaefer Professor Hyunjoon Kong’s research group and focuses on designing self-propelling particles for biofilm removal applications. These self-propelling particles can penetrate biofilm matrix and enhance […]

Information about COVID-19

The University of Illinois has been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information, please consult the campus website, The site provides the latest communications, such as information about classes and exams, and a list of resources. In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the University of Illinois has enacted […]

ChBE celebrates investitures of Professors Baron Peters and Bill Hammack

Congratulations to Professors Bill Hammack and Baron Peters, both recently invested as William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professors in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Baron Peters joined the Illinois faculty in January 2019. His research includes developing fundamental new methods in rare events modeling to understand catalytic and chemical reaction pathways. He […]

Understanding how monomer sequence affects conductance in ‘molecular wires’

Researchers in the Schroeder and Moore groups at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have published a new study that illustrates how changes in the polymer sequence affect charge transport properties. This work required the ability to build and study chain molecules with high levels of precision. The paper, “Charge Transport in Sequence-Defined Conjugated Oligomers,” […]

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