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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Zhao honored for his work in enzyme engineering

Congratulations to Huimin Zhao, who was recently selected to receive the 2019 Enzyme Engineering Award for his pioneering contributions in the development of directed evolution for enzyme engineering. The award, given by Engineering Conferences International, recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of enzyme engineering, through basic or applied research in academia or industry. It will […]

ACS division names Guironnet a Young Investigator

Congratulations to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Assistant Professor Damien Guironnet, who was chosen to receive a 2019 Young Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE). Young Investigators are early-career leaders who have made significant contributions in their respective fields within polymer materials science and engineering, according to […]

Researchers unveil how soft materials react to deformation at molecular level

Before designing the next generation of soft materials, researchers must first understand how they behave during rapidly changing deformation. In a new study, researchers challenged previous assumptions regarding polymer behavior with newly developed laboratory techniques that measure polymer flow at the molecular level. This approach may lead to the design of new biomedical, industrial and […]

Department launches new alumni awards program

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to announce a new Alumni Awards Program that recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding professional achievements, their dedication and advocacy for the department, or their service or contributions to society. We are currently seeking nominations for these awards. Honors include: Distinguished Alumni Achievement […]

School announces recipients of 2018-2019 teaching awards

Congratulations to Blue Waters Assistant Professor Diwakar Shukla, who has been selected for a 2019 School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award! He joins several graduate students from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering who were also recognized for their teaching excellence in the 2018-19 academic year. The ChBE graduate students chosen for the award […]

Researchers can now predict properties of disordered polymers

Thanks to a team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, scientists are able to read patterns on long chains of molecules to understand and predict behavior of disordered strands of proteins and polymers. The results could, among other things, pave the way to develop new materials […]

Graduate College selects Bregante for dissertation completion award

Congratulations to PhD student Daniel Bregante, who won a PhD Completion Award from the Graduate College at the University of Illinois. Bregante’s dissertation will be on “Unraveling Inner- and Outer-Sphere Interactions that Impact Catalysis at the Liquid-Solid Interface.” He is a member of Dr. David Flaherty’s research group. Many consumer products used today (e.g., plastics, […]

Shukla selected for NCSA Faculty Fellowship

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Diwakar Shukla! He has been chosen for a 2019-2020 Faculty Fellowship from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). The NCSA Faculty Fellowship is a competitive program for faculty and researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which provides seed funding for new collaborations that include NCSA staff as integral […]

Polymers jump through hoops on pathway to sustainable materials

Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials. Despite some promising advances, researchers said, a full understanding of how to processes ring polymers into practical materials remains elusive. In a new study, researchers identified a mechanism called “threading” that takes place when a polymer is stretched – a […]

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

On Sunday, May 12, 2019, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering celebrated students receiving bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at a ceremony that took place in the Tryon Festival Theatre in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. A reception was held after the ceremony on Centennial Plaza between Noyes Lab and the Chemistry […]

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