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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).

ChBE External Advisory Board

External Advisory Board To Strengthen ChBE Community

January 14, 2014

CU-Boulder’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE) has experienced a growth of student enrollment of approximately 75 percent since 2007, making it one of the top 10 largest Chemical Engineering departments in the nation on the basis of student enrollment. This growth brings exciting opportunities, but also significant challenges.

Undergraduate students Bill Heymann and Phil Jensen

ChBE Undergrads Win at International Synthetic Biology Competition

January 14, 2014

The CU-Boulder iGEM team had a goal of making synthetic biology more accessible and affordable. Surpassing their hopes, their project on new low-cost methods of enzyme purification won multiple honors at the iGEM North American Regional Competition in Toronto and qualified them for the top synthetic biology competition in the world.

Professor Charles Musgrave

Computationally Designing Renewable Energy Solutions

January 14, 2014

Biking down a steep mountain road on his way to work last August, ChBE Professor and Associate Chair Charles Musgrave collided with a truck on a sharp bend, breaking his neck, collarbone, and four ribs. The fact that he showed up to teach on the first day of classes three days after surgery surprised neither his colleagues nor his students.

“I was excited to get back to teaching and research,” he admits.

Anna and John Blakney

Where Are They Now? The Blakney Family

January 14, 2014

When the late John Blakney Jr. enrolled in CU-Boulder’s Chemical and Biological Engineering Department (ChBE) in 1950, he started a family tradition.

Four Blakney family members spanning three generations have obtained degrees from the department, including patriarch John Blakney Jr.(BS ChE’54 and BU’54); his son John Blakney III (BS ChE’81) and daughter Susan Blakney (BS ChE’85); and most recently John III’s daughter Anna Blakney (BS ChBE’12).

Conversion of IR into visible light

Nagpal Group Demonstrates Devices that Convert Invisible Infrared Radiation, or “Heat”, Efficiently into Visible Light

December 10, 2013

More than 30% of the incident radiation from the sun is invisible infrared light, or “heat”, which cannot be absorbed by solar cells designed to convert light into electricity. Converting this infrared radiation efficiently into visible light can significantly increase the efficiency of photovoltaic conversion of sunlight into electricity, and open up avenues for using other waste-heat sources to generate electricity.

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