ChBE News Archive

Rich Noble

Rich Noble Gives Colorado Public Radio Interview on Ionic Liquid-Based Fabrics

September 26, 2013

Colorado Public Radio's Ryan Warner recently interviewed Rich Noble on the ionic liquid-based fabrics being developed by his and Doug Gin's groups. The pair have been contracted by the Pentagon to develop lightweight hazmat suits to protect against chemical weapons. Another application of their research is a coating to spray onto contaminated surfaces which can subsequently be peeled off.

Justine Roberts and elementary students at the Punk Science demonstration

ChBE Members Volunteer at the Pinhead Institute’s Punk Science Series

September 20, 2013

This summer ChBE department members Janet DeGrazia, Hans Funke, Justine Roberts (pictured), and Kyle Kyburz volunteered with the Pinhead Institute (a Smithsonian Affiliate), based in Telluride, Colorado. The Pinhead Institute "Punk Science" demonstrations promote science education locally in rural Colorado.

Al Weimer

Weimer Awarded $3.6 Million for New Way to Produce Magnesium for Auto Parts

September 19, 2013

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Al Weimer has been awarded a three-year, $3.6 million grant from the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop a new process to produce magnesium that can be used to make lightweight vehicle parts.

Fall 2013 Newsletter is Here!

September 11, 2013

Catch up on the department in our Fall 2013 Newsletter.

Scanning electron micrograph of generic composite structure showing 70% filler.

Bowman and Stansbury Receive NIH Grants for Dental Composite Research

September 10, 2013

ChBE Professors Chris Bowman and Jeff Stansbury were recently selected to receive two of six National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants funded to build next generation dental composites.

Kris Thunhorst

Kris Thunhorst, ChE PhD'98

August 27, 2013

Kris Thunhorst received her PhD in 1998 under the direction of Professors Chris Bowman and Rich Noble. Now a Senior Research Specialist in 3M’s Industrial Adhesives and Tape (IATD) Division, she serves as the Technical Program Manager for the Compressed Natural Gas Pressure Vessel Product portfolio.

Tom Belval

Welcome Senior Instructor Tom Belval

August 27, 2013

We are happy to welcome new Senior Instructor Tom Belval, who brings to the department years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Belval has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a PhD in chemical engineering from Rice University. He has taught the course Biochemical Separations at CU-Boulder for the last four years.

ROMEOS members Ron West and Bill Krantz

Former Faculty Stay Connected through ROMEOS

August 27, 2013

During their monthly lunches at Murphy’s, ROMEOS members have solved major problems such as how to balance the federal budget, achieve peace in the Middle East, and get the two political parties to work together. As member Bill Krantz attests, “These were relatively easy for our experienced group.”

MSE Director Chris Bowman

Bowman Heads Newly Launched Materials Science and Engineering Program

August 27, 2013

CU’s newly established PhD degree program in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) welcomed its first graduate students as well as the first new faculty hire into the program this fall thanks in large part to the efforts of MSE Director and ChBE Distinguished Professor Chris Bowman

Melissa Rabin with REU participants in Botswana

Undergrad Melissa Rabin Conducts Research in Botswana

August 27, 2013

After seeing a flier for a research experience for undergraduates (REU) involving sustainable energy for Sub-Saharan Africa, undergraduate student Melissa Rabin applied and was soon off to the University of Botswana (UB). She shared some of her experiences below.


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