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ChBE Highlights - April 2014

March 20, 2014

Since our February newsletter, CU-Boulder’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE) has received exciting news and honors. Read about our new ranking, distinguished research, and grants and awards below, and keep up with the department by joining us on LinkedIn!

Picture from Anseth's Nature article

Anseth Paper on Mechanical Memory of Stem Cells Published in Nature

March 19, 2014

The question of whether or not stem cells remember past physical signals was addressed in a recent Nature Materials paper by Distinguished Professor Kristi Anseth and collaborators Chun Yang, Mark Tibbitt, and Lena Basta.

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ChBE Moves to 14th in USNWR Ranking

March 19, 2014

CU-Boulder's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE) has moved to 14th out of 126 chemical engineering programs in the recent 2015 US News & World Report (USNWR) graduate program rankings. This is a considerable improvement from last year's overall ranking of 18th.

Anseth/Cha front cover of Advanced Materials

Anseth/Cha Article Selected as Front Cover of Advanced Materials

February 26, 2014

A recent paper from collaborators in the Anseth and Cha research groups was awarded the front cover of Advanced Materials Volume 26 Issue 6.

The paper from authors Daniel McKinnon, Dylan Domaille, Jennifer Cha and Kristi Anseth is titled “Biophysically Defined and Cytocompatible Covalently Adaptable Networks as Viscoelastic 3D Cell Culture Systems."

Prashant Nagpal

Nature Materials Highlights Nagpal Group Paper on Upconversion Photoluminescence

February 26, 2014

A recent Nagpal Group paper on enhancing upconversion of infrared photons (“heat”) to ultraviolet-visible photons has been highlighted by Nature Materials. Such technology could improve solar cell performance and biological imaging of deep tissue. 

Focus on Fluids Figure

Hrenya Group Article on Formation of Clusters in Granular Flows Featured in JFM Focus on Fluids

February 25, 2014

recent Hrenya group publication titled “Kinetic-theory predictions of clustering instabilities in granular flows: beyond the small-Knudsen-number regime” (Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 738, R2, 2014) was selected as the 

ChBE Spring 2014 Newsletter is Here!

February 12, 2014

See what's new with the department in our Spring 2014 Newsletter!

Intermittent Molecular Hopping

Schwartz Group Paper on Intermittent Molecular Hopping Featured in Soft Matter World

February 4, 2014

A recent publication by the Schwartz Group titled, "Intermittent Molecular Hopping at the Solid-Liquid Interface" was featured in the February Soft Matter World newsletter.

Artificial photosynthesis

Nagpal Group Publishes Design of a New Selective Nanoparticle Catalyst for Artificial Photosynthesis

January 24, 2014

Simultaneous reduction of carbon-dioxide (CO2) and water using sunlight has been an important step in life cycle on earth. This single reaction performed by plants in an energetically frugal, albeit inefficient, process allows simultaneous balance of CO2 gas and energy harvesting from the primary source of energy on earth, the sun.

Schwartz group research picture

Spring ChBE Research Symposium & Networking Event

January 17, 2014

***Update: Many thanks to all of you who attended this event! We were happy to see so many alumni, professional colleagues, and both graduate and undergraduate students. A video of the event is available for those who missed it (the talks start at 3:56).