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Three students place at virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Department for Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering held the 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 9, 2021, via Zoom. This year, nine undergraduates presented research from eight labs.

“Each year, I am impressed by the challenges that our students are tackling,” said ChBE Department Head Paul Kenis, the Elio Eliakim Tarika Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering. “These posters represent far more than an extra set of hands in the lab. They are pursuing their own projects, employing cutting-edge techniques to address research questions head-on — from water remediation to bone repair and beyond.”

ChBE Department Head Paul Kenis tells attendees that undergraduate researchers had to overcome additional challenges to continue their work in the wake of the pandemic.

The poster presentations were judged by Corey Correnti (BS ’85), former Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Supply at BP, who is currently a senior advisor for Marakon; Jim Morris (BS’ 81), former chief facilities engineer for ExxonMobil, who is currently assisting with the development of ChBE’s Professional Master’s program; and Tom Tulig (BS’ 78), the former vice president of novel processes and new energies technology and the general manager of process development at Shell.

  • Rachel Park won first prize with her poster, “Metal Oxide Supports for Molybdenum Carbide Nanocatalysts in the Reverse Water Gas Shift Reaction.” Park is advised by Dr. Hong Yang.
  • Maxwell Polanek placed second with his poster, “Incorporating Placental-Derived Membrane Matrix and Soluble Factors in Mineralized Collagen Scaffolds for Improved Bone Repair.” Polanek is advised by Dr. Brendan Harley. 
  • Devin Schinski took third place with his poster, “Polyethylene Encapsulation of metal-Bound Nanoparticles.” Schinski is advised by Dr. Damien Guironnet.  

The winning poster presenters were recognized later on April 9 at the Undergraduate Scholarship and Awards Ceremony, which was also held on Zoom.

Thank you to all who joined us for these virtual events. The Zoom recordings are available by request at chbe-comms@illinois.edu. We look forward to hosting this annual event on campus in 2022.

2021 Symposium Participants:

PresenterPoster TitleAdvisor
Maxwell Polanek“Incorporating Placental-Derived Membrane Matrix and Soluble Factors in Mineralized Collagen Scaffolds for Improved Bone Repair”Dr. Brendan Harley
Daniel Azmoodeh“Process Intensification Approaches for Improved CO2 Electroreduction”Dr. Paul Kenis
Rachel Liu“Fabricating dichroic single crystals through principles of crystal engineering”Dr. Ying Diao
Briana Sobecks“Computational Insight into Plant Signaling Hormones Principal”Dr. Diwakar Shukla
Angelique Klimek“Investigation of electrochemical systems for sustainable water purification”Dr. Xiao Su
Devin Schinski“Polyethylene Encapsulation of metal-Bound Nanoparticles”Dr. Damien Guironnet
Milena Nutrobkina“Swelling Thin Layers of Plant Tissue Analogs”Dr. Shelby Hutchens
Rachel Park“Metal Oxide Supports for Molybdenum Carbide Nanocatalysts in the Reverse Water Gas Shift Reaction”Dr. Hong Yang
Yazeed A. Alfawaz“Mechanism of Substrate Translocation in Bicarbonate Transporter BicA”Dr. Diwakar Shukla

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