ChBE PhD student selected for TechnipFMC Fellowship


Congratulations to Yu-Heng Deng, PhD student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who was selected for a TechnipFMC Fellowship for 2020-2021.

PhD students Yu-Heng Deng
Yu-Heng Deng

Deng is a member of Robert W. Schaefer Professor Hyunjoon Kong’s research group and focuses on designing self-propelling particles for biofilm removal applications. These self-propelling particles can penetrate biofilm matrix and enhance diffusion of antibiotic molecules to kill bacteria. The lab plans to use such particles to eliminate biofilms which accumulate in oil pipelines.

Deng joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as a PhD student in Fall 2017 after earning bachelor and master degrees from National Taiwan University. 

The TechnipFMC fund was originally created by Bert A. Gayman, a University of Illinois mechanical engineering graduate, who gifted shares of Chicago-based Link-Belt Company, later acquired by FMC Corporation. FMC merged with Technip to create TechnipFMC, a global leader in subsea, onshore/offshore and surface projects. The fund supports scholarships, fellowships and research.