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Mixer at Fate - Andrew Adrienne Rich Ryon and Joe

Mentor Program Happy Hour Mixer

March 6, 2015

ChBE students and alumni mentors met in February at Fate Brewery in Boulder. From left, Andrew Darress (CBEN senior), Adrienne Blum (ChemEngr ‘11), Richard Noack (CHEN junior), Ryon Tracy (ChemEngr ‘12), and Joe Poshusta (ChemEngr PhD‘99).

The ChBE Mentor Program started last February has brought together 108 alumni-student pairs; get involved either as a student or alumni mentor!

Vern Norviel

Patent Lawyer Vern Norviel Helps CU Start-Ups

March 6, 2015

When the founders of OPX Biotechnologies were formulating the company, they turned to Vern Norviel for help. A patent lawyer who specializes in life science companies and the development of their IP programs, Norviel has been integral in helping launch CU-based startups such as OPX Bio, Click, Suvica, AmideBio and BiOptix. He has also endowed a department professorship and is a mentor in the ChBE Mentor Program.

Earth Explorers zeolite video with Hans Funke and Brennan Coffey

Teaching Middle School Students About Membranes

March 6, 2015

Associate Professor Adjunct Hans Funke and CHEN senior Brennan Coffey volunteered to teach middle school students about zeolite membranes and their use in separating gases. The media? Video. The organization? Earth Explorers, which aims to cultivate big dreams and help students turn these dreams into reality by demystifying science and technology.

Prashant Nagpal

Prashant Nagpal: Advancing Personalized Medicine

March 6, 2015

As a specialist in nanomaterials and spectroscopy, ChBE Assistant Professor Prashant Nagpal may have found a way to make personalized medicine a reality.

Cynthia Murphy and Mike Wirth of Chevron use liquid nitrogen to freeze tubing

Undergraduate Lab Opens with Tube-Shattering Ceremony

March 5, 2015

The department completed its multi-stage move into the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building late last fall with the transition of the undergraduate laboratories from the Engineering Center to JSCBB.

To inaugurate the new Chevron Teaching Lab, Chevron and ChBE members froze tubing using liquid nitrogen and shattered it in a proverbial ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Joel Kaar Wins NSF CAREER Award

March 2, 2015

Assistant Joel Kaar received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for his proposal, Rational Engineering of an Ionic Liquid Compatible Cellulase Cocktail.

Professor Al Weimer

Weimer Awarded Grant for 3D Printer Project

February 5, 2015

The research group of Professor Al Weimer was among the recipients of nearly $1.8M from the latest round of Colorado’s Advanced Industry Accelerator Grant Program.

Weimer received a $90,000 Proof of Concept grant for direct ink writing using particle ALD core/shell precursors for net-shape fabrication of 3D advanced ceramic structures.

Quantum Molecular Sequencing

Nagpal and Chatterjee Receive $1M Keck Foundation Research Award for Quantum Molecular Sequencing Project

January 5, 2015

For their groundbreaking quantum molecular sequencing work, Assistant Professors Prashant Nagpal and Anushree Chatterjee recently received a prestigious $1M W. M. Keck Foundation research award.

2014 CU-Boulder Chemical and Biological Engineering Highlights

December 10, 2014

CU-Boulder's Chemical and Biological Engineering community enjoyed great success in 2014, from commercialization of research to prestigious awards, grants and papers.

Balaji Sridhar

ChBE Startup Nanoly Bioscience Wins Silicon Valley Tech Award for Vaccine Innovation

November 19, 2014

Balaji Sridhar is a CU Boulder Chemical Engineering PhD candidate halfway through two years of the Medical Scientist Training Program, a joint effort between CU campuses in Denver and Boulder. After receiving his PhD degree, he will head back to medical school. He is also leading a company that aims to save millions around the world who die from vaccine-preventable diseases.

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