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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,” […]

Alumnus Jack Welch, former Chairman & CEO of GE, dies at 84

John Francis “Jack” Welch Jr., 84, the former CEO and chairman of General Electric Co., has died. He earned a Ph.D. in 1960 in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Welch went to work as a chemical engineer at GE immediately after completing his doctorate. He started in its plastics division and […]

Graduate student wins research award from Neutron Scattering Society

Congratulations to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student Johnny Ching-Wei Lee, who has been selected to receive the 2020 Prize for Outstanding Student Research from the Neutron Scattering Society of America. Lee is a member of professor Simon Rogers’ lab. His research has focused on how molecules rearrange and affect the flow and deformation characteristics […]

Grainger College of Engineering honors Shukla for his research

Diwakar Shukla, Blue Waters Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been chosen to receive a 2020 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research from the Grainger College of Engineering. The awards were established to honor faculty for outstanding research. Four assistant professors are chosen by their peers based on who has […]

College of LAS recognizes Prof. Diao for her research and teaching

Ying Diao, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been chosen as a Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors (LEAP) Scholar for her outstanding contributions and potential in research and teaching. Diao is one of six early career professors selected for the honor. Fellow awardees include Marsha Barrett in the Department […]

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 […]

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