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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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 […]

Diwakar Shukla named Center for Advanced Study Fellow

Blue Waters Assistant Professor Diwakar Shukla has been named a Fellow with the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study for 2020-2021. Each year the Center for Advanced Study appoints fellows to the center, which provides one semester of release time for creative work. Fellows are selected from among untenured faculty of all departments and […]

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 […]

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