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TDFL Seminar – Stratos Pistikopoulos, Texas A&M

Host: Michael Baldea


Model based multi-parametric programming provides a complete map of solutions of an optimization problem as a function of, unknown but bounded, parameters in the model, in a computationally efficient manner, without exhaustively enumerating the entire parameter space. In a Model-based Predictive Control (MPC) framework, multi-parametric programming can be used to obtain … Read the rest »

12/06/2016 @ 3:30 pm12/06/2016 @ 4:30 pm
Start: 12/06/2016 @ 3:30 pm

UGS Writing Contest

Wednesday  – The School of Undergraduate Studies is hosting a writing competition.  Any student who has taken a Writing Flag class in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2016 is welcome to submit.  Up to three prizes will be awarded in each of the three categories: Research, Persuasive/Critical, and Creative/Reflective.

Deadline for Entries: December 14th, 2016

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Start: 12/14/2016

Seminar – “Perovskite and Germanium Semiconductors: New Optical Materials for Energy Conversion Devices” by Javier Vela, Iowa State University

Host: Delia Milliron


Organometallic halide perovskites have quickly become one of the most interesting semiconductors for photovoltaics, with solar cells made of these materials reaching power conversion efficiencies of over 22%. We were among the first to synthesize colloidal CH3NH3PbX3 (X = I, Br) nanocrystals with different morphologies (dots, rods, wires, sheets), and showed … Read the rest »

January 17 @ 3:30 pmJanuary 17 @ 4:30 pmCPE 2.218
Start: January 17 @ 3:30 pm
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ChE Seminar – “First principles studies of heterogeneous (electro)catalysis: incorporating structural complexity into catalyst reactivity and screening studies” by Jeff Greeley (Purdue University)

Host: Gyeong Hwang


Advances in the theoretical understanding of interfacial catalysis have, over the past decade, enabled use periodic Density Functional Theory studies for screening of a surprisingly large ensemble of heterogeneous catalytic reactions at both gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces.  A significant challenge that has recently emerged in the field, however, is to extend … Read the rest »

January 24 @ 3:30 pmJanuary 24 @ 4:30 pmCPE 2.218
Start: January 24 @ 3:30 pm
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ChE Seminar – “Repurposing the translation apparatus for synthetic biology” by Michael Jewett

Host: Lydia Contreras


Imagine a world in which we could adapt biology to manufacture any therapeutic, material, or chemical from renewable resources, both quickly and on demand. Industrial biotechnology is one of the most attractive approaches for addressing this need, particularly when large-scale chemical synthesis is untenable. Unfortunately, current approaches to engineering organisms remain … Read the rest »

January 31 @ 3:30 pmJanuary 31 @ 4:30 pmCPE 2.218
Start: January 31 @ 3:30 pm
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ChE Seminar – “The Future of Solar Energy” by Robert Armstrong (Director, MIT Energy Initiative)

Host: Tom Edgar


Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions – but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing lower-cost technologies and more effective deployment policy. This talk presents results of a comprehensive study on The Future of Solar EnergyRead the rest »

February 7 @ 3:30 pmFebruary 7 @ 4:30 pmCPE 2.218
Start: February 7 @ 3:30 pm
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Pirkey Lectureship Seminar – “Mesoporous silica nanoparticle supported lipid bilayers (protocells) for individual cell targeting and CRISPR delivery” by Jeff Brinker

Host: Dr. John Ekerdt


Mesoporous silica nanoparticle-supported lipid bilayers (protocells) are an emerging class of nanocarriers that synergistically combine the advantages of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs), including tunable size, shape, and pore characteristics that facilitate high loading capacities, with the advantages of liposomes such as enhanced circulation, ease of synthesis, biocompatibility, flexible formulations, and … Read the rest »

February 21 @ 3:30 pmFebruary 21 @ 4:30 pmCPE 2.218
Start: February 21 @ 3:30 pm
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ChE Seminar – “Eliminating Needless Chlorine in Industry – The Direct Synthesis of H2O2 and ‘Green'” by David Flaherty

Host: C. Buddie Mullins


2O2 is an environmentally-benign and selective oxidant useful for epoxidations and bleaching, yet, its use is limited because the anthraquinone oxidation process is viable only at very large scales. Currently, many oxidation processes use chlorine-based oxidants (Cl2, HOCl) at a global rate of 63·109Read the rest »

March 7 @ 3:30 pmMarch 7 @ 4:30 pmCPE 2.218
Start: March 7 @ 3:30 pm
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Special Lecture—“The Holocaust: A Survivor’s Story on Accountability, Responsibility and Authority”, by Texas ChE Prof. Adam Heller

After surviving the Holocaust as a young Hungarian Jew, Adam Heller was driven to pursue a life and career that would enable him to help make the world a better place—he became a scientist and an engineer.

Now a world-renowned researcher and inventor, Heller and his colleagues have developed ground-breaking medical devices, including a painless … Read the rest »

March 22 @ 3:00 pmMarch 22 @ 4:00 pmCPE 2.204 Free
Start: March 22 @ 3:00 pm
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Austin, TX 78705 United States
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FRIDAY, MAR 24 10AM-2PM & SATURDAY, MAR 25 8AM-4PM / LOT 38 on UT Campus
Did you know that the United States is the world leader in producing electronic waste, tossing away about 3 million tons each year. The goal of the electronic waste drive is to encourage proper disposable of electronic waste by Read the rest »
March 24 @ 10:00 amMarch 24 @ 2:00 pmTBD
Start: March 24 @ 10:00 am
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