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Faculty Candidate Seminar: Elizabeth Lee

Feb. 7, 2022

Computational Engineering of Materials at the Nanoscale—where “Classical” meets “Quantum” Speaker: Elizabeth Lee, Postdoctoral Researcher University of Chicago Host: Kayla Sprenger Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 2:45 p.m., JSCBB A108 Seminar Abstract Recent trends in materials have increasingly gone “nano”, transforming bulk material down to only a few hundred atoms...

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Faculty Candidate Seminar: Kara Fong

Feb. 4, 2022

Improved understanding of transport in concentrated electrolyte solutions has important implications for energy storage, water purification, biological applications, and more. This understanding should ideally persist across length scales: we desire both continuum-level insight into macroscopic concentration and electric potential profiles as well as a molecular-level understanding of the mechanisms governing ion motion. However, the most ubiquitous theory to describe continuum-level electrolyte transport, the Stefan-Maxwell equations, yields transport coefficients which lack clear molecular-level interpretation and cannot be easily computed from molecular simulations.

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Weimer Group identifies material and scheme that may enable efficient solar-driven production of H2 and CO

Jan. 25, 2022

Hydrogen has long been seen as a possible renewable fuel source, held out of reach for full-scale adoption by production costs and inefficiencies. Researchers in the Weimer Group are working to address this by using solar thermal processing to drive high-temperature chemical reactions that produce hydrogen and carbon monoxide, which can be used to synthesize liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

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Holewinski wins Scialog Award for negative emissions project

Jan. 24, 2022

Eight cross-disciplinary teams working to advance fundamental science in the removal of greenhouse gases from Earth’s atmosphere and oceans will receive awards totaling $1,210,000 in the second year of the Scialog: Negative Emissions Science initiative, sponsored by Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with additional support from the Climate Pathfinders Foundation. The 22 individual awards of $55,000 will go to 20 researchers from a variety of institutions in the United States and Canada. Among the awardees is Adam Holewinski, Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder.

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Patten Seminar Series Announcement: Dionisios Vlachos

Jan. 14, 2022

Climate change demands a paradigm change in the chemical industry and waste stream valorization.

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Patten Seminar Series Announcement: Enrique Gomez

Jan. 14, 2022

Reverse osmosis modules comprised of composite polymer membranes represent a leading technology in desalination and purification of brackish water.

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Patten Seminar Series Announcement: Christian Pester

Jan. 14, 2022

The covalent attachment of polymers has emerged as a powerful strategy for the preparation of multi-functional surfaces.

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Patten Seminar Series Announcement: Gregory Odegard

Jan. 14, 2022

Current state-of-the-art composite materials are not light/strong enough for crewed missions to Mars and beyond.

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Patten Seminar Series Announcement: Martin Z. Bazant

Jan. 5, 2022

Traditional methods of scientific inquiry and engineering design begin with human intelligence: Mathematical models encoding physical hypotheses are proposed, tested against experimental data and refined by fitting adjustable parameters.

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Letter from the Chair: Fall 2021

Dec. 15, 2021

We had a good fall semester. That seems like a simple statement, but it means a lot, considering the events of the past year and a half. It is worth remarking upon as CU Boulder returned to full-time, on-campus operations.