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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 »

11/28/2017 @ 3:30 pm11/28/2017 @ 4:30 pmCPE 2.218
Start: 11/28/2017 @ 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 »

12/05/2017 @ 3:30 pm12/05/2017 @ 4:30 pmCPE 2.218
Start: 12/05/2017 @ 3:30 pm
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ChE Seminar – “Evolutionary molecular design for scientific discovery in sequence-specific polymers and glass-forming materials” by Dr. David Simmons (University of Akron)

Host: Dr. Isaac Sanchez


The last decade has seen the emergence of a new frontier in polymers: the facile synthesis of copolymers with specific monomeric sequences. This may be the key to realizing synthetic polymers exceeding the performance of biopolymers such as proteins and DNA. Achieving this goal will require solutions to two challenges. … Read the rest »

January 16 @ 9:30 amJanuary 16 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: January 16 @ 9:30 am

ChE Pirkey Centennial Lecture – “Glycomaterials for Engineering Immunity and Tolerance” by Dr. Jeffrey Hubbell (University of Chicago)

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


Adaptive immune responses are triggered particularly powerfully in the lymph nodes and in the lymphoid tissues associated with mucosae. We are developing nanomaterials and soluble polymers to exploit interstitial flow from the site of administration to the lymph nodes, using the material vectors to carry both antigen … Read the rest »

January 23 @ 9:30 amJanuary 23 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: January 23 @ 9:30 am

Seminar – “Hybrid Dynamics, Cyber-Physical Systems, and Formal Methods in Chemical Engineering: Building Blocks of Automation and Smart Manufacturing” by Blake Rawlings (The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)


In this talk, I will describe my recent work dealing with the analysis and control of classes of discrete and hybrid systems that apply to the chemical processing industry. Such systems naturally arise when process control and automation is applied in a chemical plant: the chemical process is a continuous system (modeled by differential … Read the rest »

January 25 @ 9:30 amJanuary 25 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: January 25 @ 9:30 am

ChE Seminar – “Revisiting Classical Challenges in Polymer Networks” by Dr. Brad Olsen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Host: Dr. Venkat Ganesan


The design of polymer networks is one of the oldest and most important challenges in chemistry, impacting many of the highest volume chemical industries from rubber to adhesives to biomedical materials.  However, more than any other branch of materials, networks have resisted precise characterization.  This leaves many open challenges in … Read the rest »

January 30 @ 9:30 amJanuary 30 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: January 30 @ 9:30 am

Seminar – “Understanding and Designing Transition Metal Catalysts” by Matthew Montemore (Harvard University)


Transition metal catalysts play a critical role in the current energy landscape, enabling large scale chemical production and emissions control. Improved catalysts could increase the efficiency of these processes, and could improve the viability of clean energy technologies such as biofuels and fuel cells. However, engineering improved catalysts is impeded by the difficulty of … Read the rest »

February 1 @ 9:30 amFebruary 1 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: February 1 @ 9:30 am

ChE Seminar – “A systems and informatics view towards elucidating and designing complex catalytic chemistries” by Dr. Srinivas Rangarajan (Lehigh University)

Host: Dr. Michael Baldea


Heterogeneous catalysis is a prominent means to upgrade carbon sources to chemicals and energy carriers. Designing an “optimal” catalyst is an open multi-faceted problem requiring analysis and decision making at multiple levels – from understanding molecular events to elucidating complex reaction mechanisms, identifying suitable catalysts, and optimizing reactor performance. My

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February 6 @ 9:30 amFebruary 6 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: February 6 @ 9:30 am

ChE Seminar – ““Phase Mechanics” of arrested colloidal gels: A new paradigm for non-equilibrium phase transitions in soft matter” by Dr. Roseanna Zia (Stanford University)

Host: Dr. Roger Bonnecaze


Understanding kinetically arrested phase transition in complex media, and its influence on structure-property relationships, has been identified as one of the Grand Challenges for the future of soft matter science. Colloidal gels and glasses are an important class of such materials and are the subject of an emergent field of … Read the rest »

February 13 @ 9:30 amFebruary 13 @ 10:30 amNHB 1.720
Start: February 13 @ 9:30 am
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ChE Texas Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Seminar – “Stem Cells and Viscoelasticity” by Dr. David Mooney (Harvard University)

Host: Dr. Adrianne Rosales; Texas Distinguished Faculty Lectureship


There is tremendous interest in the role of substrate stiffness on adherent cell behavior, but most current work ignores that tissues are typically viscoelastic.  We now demonstrate that the rate of stress relaxation has dramatic effects on cell spreading, proliferation and stem cell fate.  To exploit … Read the rest »

February 20 @ 9:30 amFebruary 20 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: February 20 @ 9:30 am