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McGehee and Toney recognized as highly cited researchers

Nov. 22, 2021

Two faculty from ChBE were recognized at highly cited researchers for 2021.

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Faculty collaboration earns $2M NSF award for post-consumer plastic waste research

Oct. 25, 2021

The proliferation of plastic products has created an environmental challenge: what should be done with unusable, discarded plastic waste that can harm the environment? Faculty from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering are working on a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project, Hydrogenolysis for Upcycling of Polyesters and Mixed Plastics, to address this serious environmental issue.

Joel Kaar

Kaar joins team using NSF grant to develop "on-demand, on-site" mRNA creation

Sept. 21, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines are just the beginning for mRNA-based therapies; enabling a patient’s body to make almost any given protein could revolutionize care for other viruses, like HIV, as well as various cancers and genetic disorders. However, because mRNA molecules are very fragile, they require extremely low temperatures for storage and transportation. The logistical challenges and expense of maintaining these temperatures must be overcome before mRNA therapies can become truly widespread.

Jason Burdick

Alumnus Burdick to join faculty as Bowman Endowed Professor

Sept. 20, 2021

Alumnus Jason Burdick (PhDChemEngr’02) will return as faculty early next year, becoming the first Bowman Endowed Professor.

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In memoriam: Professor Emeritus Robert “Bob” Sani

July 1, 2021

It is with great sadness that the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering community learned of the recent passing of Professor Emeritus Robert “Bob” Sani.