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ChE Seminar – “Studying how particles evolve in the atmosphere by trapping them in an outdoor cage” by Dr. Don Collins (Texas A&M University)

Host: Drs. Lea Hildebrandt Ruiz and David Allen


I will present results from the first field use of a pair of portable chambers we developed to study processing and growth of aerosol particles as they are exposed to gas phase composition and solar intensity that mirror that just outside.  The chambers were located in … Read the rest »

November 28 @ 3:30 pmNovember 28 @ 4:30 pmCPE 2.218
Start: November 28 @ 3:30 pm
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ChE Pirkey Seminar – “Eco-efficient downstream processing of biofuels by process intensification” by Dr. Tony Kiss (University of Manchester, UK)

Host: Dr. Michael Baldea; Pirkey Endowed Lectureship


The need for greater sustainability for the production of fuels and chemicals has spurred significant research to substitute fossil fuel sources by renewable sources in industry. However, most research in biorefineries has focused on the conversion (e.g. thermo-chemical, biological, chemical) or pre-treatment parts, whereas the real cost … Read the rest »

December 5 @ 3:30 pmDecember 5 @ 4:30 pmCPE 2.218
Start: December 5 @ 3:30 pm
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ChE Seminar – Dr. David Simmons (University of Akron)

Host: Dr. Isaac Sanchez



Assistant Professor of Polymer Engineering

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2009)
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Florida (2005)

The Simmons group employs theory, molecular simulation, optimization methods, high-throughput characterization, and machine learning to advance the understanding and design of polymers and other soft … Read the rest »

01/16/2018 @ 9:30 am01/16/2018 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: 01/16/2018 @ 9:30 am

ChE Seminar – Dr. Jeffrey Hubbell (University of Chicago)

Host: Dr. Adrianne Rosales; 2017-2018 Pirkey Lectureship



Hubbell received his bacehlor’s degree from Kansas State University in 1982, and his PhD from Rice University in 1986, both in chemical engineering. He started his academic career as a member of the chemical engineering faculty at the University of Texas, then at the California … Read the rest »

01/23/2018 @ 9:30 am01/23/2018 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: 01/23/2018 @ 9:30 am

ChE Seminar – Dr. Brad Olsen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Host: Dr. Venkat Ganesan



Professor Olsen earned his S.B. in Course 10 (Chemical Engineering) from MIT in June 2003. His undergraduate research with Prof. Karen Gleason focused on understanding the polymerization kinetics of initiated chemical vapor deposition reactions to produce fluorocarbon and organosiloxane polymer coatings for biopassivation and hydrophobic surfaces. He also … Read the rest »

01/30/2018 @ 9:30 am01/30/2018 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: 01/30/2018 @ 9:30 am

ChE Seminar – Dr. Roseanna Zia (Stanford University)

Host: Dr. Roger Bonnecaze



Roseanna Zia received her Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology for research with John F. Brady in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Chemical Engineering, in 2011. She received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Missouri, and subsequently worked as a mechanical engineer … Read the rest »

02/13/2018 @ 9:30 am02/13/2018 @ 10:30 amNHB 1.720
Start: 02/13/2018 @ 9:30 am
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ChE Seminar – Dr. David Mooney (Harvard University)

Host: Dr. Adrianne Rosales; Texas Distinguished Faculty Lectureship



  • Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering
  • Core Faculty Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University

The basic question that drives Mooney’s research is: how do mammalian cells receive information from the materials in their environment.

By utilizing the tools of

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02/20/2018 @ 9:30 am02/20/2018 @ 10:30 amAVAYA Auditorium (ACES Building, POB 2.302)
Start: 02/20/2018 @ 9:30 am
201 E 24th St
Austin, TX , 78712 United States
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ChE Seminar – Dr. Chris Alabi (Cornell University)

Host: Dr. Benjamin Keith Keitz



Christopher Alabi began his research career as an undergraduate student under the direction of Professor David Schuster at New York University. Upon receiving his B.S. in Chemistry from New York University and B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, he went on to pursue a … Read the rest »

03/27/2018 @ 9:30 am03/27/2018 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: 03/27/2018 @ 9:30 am

ChE Seminar – Dr. Richard Baker (Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.)

Host: Dr. Benny Freeman; Endowed Lectureship



Dr. Baker currently serves as MTR’s Principal Scientist.  He founded the company in 1982, and served as President for 25 years. In that time, MTR became a leading membrane research, development, engineering, and production company, concentrating on the development of membranes and membrane systems for industrially … Read the rest »

04/17/2018 @ 9:30 am04/17/2018 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: 04/17/2018 @ 9:30 am

ChE Seminar – Dr. Beth Sattely (Stanford University)

Host: Dr. Benjamin Keith Keitz



Elizabeth Sattely is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford and a Stanford ChEM-H Faculty Fellow. She also serves as an Honorary Adjunct Staff Scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Science. Dr. Sattely completed her graduate training at Boston College in organic chemistry … Read the rest »

05/01/2018 @ 9:30 am05/01/2018 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: 05/01/2018 @ 9:30 am