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Congratulations December graduates!

Congratulations to December 2017 graduates in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering! The department’s winter convocation was held on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in Room 116 of Roger Adams Laboratory, 600 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana. The speaker was Dr. Christopher Burcham, BS ’92. Dr. Burcham is a Senior Engineering Advisor at Eli Lilly and Company, in the […]

Congratulations to Prapti Kafle and Diao Group, Science Image Challenge winner

Congratulations to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student Prapti Kafle and the Diao Group for winning the Science Image Challenge award! The annual research image competition is organized by the School of Chemical Sciences’ Viz Lab. Winners were honored at the SCS VizLab Open House on Dec. 14. Kafle’s image is called, “Colors of Nature.” […]

Prof. Shukla receives New Innovator Award for food and agriculture research

Congratulations to Blue Waters Assistant Professor Diwakar Shukla, recipient of the New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research award! Shukla, a faculty member of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois, focuses his research on understanding complex biological processes using novel physics-based models and techniques. The New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research program supports promising […]

Researchers harness the power of a supercomputer to better understand plant enzymes

By exploiting the power of a supercomputer, University of Illinois researchers have been able to simulate the process behind plant enzymes that are critical for growth and development. A team of investigators from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Department of Plant Biology and the Center for Biophysics and Quantitative Biology are interested in […]

A new way to do metabolic engineering

A novel method developed by University of Illinois researchers could change the way metabolic engineering is done. Researchers from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology’s Biosystems Design theme, including Huimin Zhao, the Steven L. Miller Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, recently published a paper in Nature Communications outlining their new method, which […]

UT Austin Professor and Illinois alumnus Keith Johnston, PhD ’81, to deliver Parr Lecture

The University of Illinois Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to announce that University of Texas at Austin professor Keith Johnston, PhD ’81, will deliver this year’s Parr Lecture. Johnston’s lecture, entitled, “Helping Nanoparticles Reach Their Colloidal Potential,” will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Room 116 of Roger Adams […]

ChBE welcomes Jack McWhirter for Distinguished Alumni Lecture

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering was pleased to welcome back to campus Dr. John “Jack” McWhirter, BS ’59, for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 9. In 2011, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers recognized McWhirter as one of the 100 preeminent chemical engineers of the modern era for his invention, […]

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 […]

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