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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

ChE Seminar – “Coupling Molecular Design to Structure and Activity of Sequence-Defined Macromolecules” by Dr. Chris Alabi (Cornell University)

Host: Dr. Benjamin Keith Keitz


Control over primary sequence and structure is critical to the development of new functional materials such as catalysts, synthetic affinity ligands and therapeutics, sequence responsive scaffolds, programmable biomaterials and much more. Motivated by these opportunities and the need for sequence-control and structural diversity in polymer research, we present a … Read the rest »

March 27 @ 9:30 amMarch 27 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: March 27 @ 9:30 am

ChE Seminar – “The Development of the Membrane Separation Industry” by Dr. Richard Baker (Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.)

Host: Dr. Benny Freeman; Endowed Lectureship


It is now fifty years since the first commercial reverse osmosis plants were installed.  Prior to that membranes had only been used in a few laboratory applications. The total membrane market was then about 20 million dollars per year in today’s dollars. The current membrane industry is in … Read the rest »

April 17 @ 9:30 amApril 17 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: April 17 @ 9:30 am

ChE Seminar – “Discovery and Engineering Plant Chemistry for Plant and Human Health” by Dr. Elizabeth Sattely (Stanford University)

Host: Dr. Benjamin Keith Keitz


Plants produce an impressive array of molecules important for both plant and human health. The discovery of biosynthetic pathways for plant natural products has classically been a slow process; as a consequence, few complete pathways are known and even fewer have been engineered. New plant genome sequences and synthetic … Read the rest »

May 1 @ 9:30 amMay 1 @ 10:30 amEER Mulva Auditorium
Start: May 1 @ 9:30 am