Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

Research groups compete to support local food pantry

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is hosting a food drive to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, the primary food source for food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other programs working to feed the hungry in our area. In keeping with tradition, graduate students are hosting a “Food Wars” competition between research groups for […]

Electrostatic force takes charge in bioinspired polymers

Researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst have taken the first steps toward gaining control over the self-assembly of synthetic materials in the same way that biology forms natural polymers. This advance could prove useful in designing new bioinspired, smart materials for applications ranging from drug delivery to sensing to […]

Congratulations to winners of the Graduate Research Symposium

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Graduate Research Symposium! The annual research symposium for graduate students was held on Friday, October 27, 2017. The symposium allows graduate students to present their work in the form of either a poster or an oral presentation. James W. Westwater Professor Edmund Seebauer presented the awards. In the […]

Battling the red mud menace: Boger wins Alumni Achievement Award

When a mine tailings dam burst in Brazil in November of 2015, it unleashed a wave of toxic red mud that traveled 55 miles to the sea, wiping out villages along the way and killing 17 people. A tailings dam stores wastes from mining operations, and there are at least two major failures of these […]

ACS honors Huimin Zhao with Marvin Johnson Award

Congratulations to Huimin Zhao, who has been chosen to receive the 2018 Marvin Johnson Award from the Biochemical Technology Division of the American Chemical Society! The Marvin J. Johnson Award in Microbial and Biochemical Technology recognizes outstanding research contributions toward the advancement of microbial and biochemical technology. Zhao is the Steven L. Miller Chair of […]

2017 ChBE Alumni Homecoming Tailgate: Oct. 28

Please join us for the annual Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Alumni Tailgate on Homecoming weekend, Saturday, October 28.   TAILGATE: 9 a.m. Complimentary food and beverages in Grange Grove. (Please see map of exact location of ChBE tent below.) KICKOFF: 11 a.m. Fighting Illini vs. Wisconsin Badgers A limited number of football game tickets are […]

ChBE faculty join Computational Molecular Science Group at Beckman Institute

Understanding various chemical reactions and transport phenomena from the molecular and electronic level; designing new synthetic pathways for radical forms of materials and medicines; characterizing and rationalizing the behavior of matter far away from equilibrium—these are just a few of the grand scientific and engineering challenges that the newest research group in the Beckman Institute […]

High school girls discover ChBE during GAMES Camp

From extracting DNA from strawberries, to making silly putty, to operating lab equipment, the 24 high school girls who participated in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering GAMES (Girls’ Adventures in Math, Engineering, and Science) camp this summer got to experience a bit of what chemical engineering is like. After hearing mini-lectures about a variety of […]

Brendan Harley awarded NSF grant for 3D bioprinter

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering faculty member Brendan Harley and a team of researchers from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology’s Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering theme were awarded a National Science Foundation grant that will provide funding for a new 3D-bioprinting instrument. The Major Research Instrumentation grant will fund the purchase of an […]

Fikile Brushett, PHD ’10, named to C&EN’s “Talented Twelve”

Congratulations to alumnus Fikile Brushett, PhD ’10, who was featured among C&EN’s “Talented Twelve,” an annual compilation of rising stars who are tackling some of the toughest scientific challenges facing the world today. Brushett earned his PhD in 2010; his advisor was Paul Kenis, William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor and Department Head. Brushett […]

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