Will Medlin on balcony overlooking Boulder

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.

Shields and Day examine sample in lab

Thankful for our community: Giving Tuesday a success for ChBE

Dec. 10, 2021

Alumni and friends of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering generously made contributions to the department excellence fund in honor of Giving Tuesday. Nineteen donors provided $3,018 during the giving period, which ran throughout the latter half of November.

Haichao Wu and Dan Schwartz at Wu's dissertation defense

Wu receives CEAS Outstanding Dissertation Award

Dec. 8, 2021

Haichao Wu of the Dan Schwartz Group is the winner of the College of Engineering and Applied Science’s 2021 Outstanding Dissertation Award for “Nanoparticle Tracking to Probe Transport in Porous Media.” This award is a recognition of the quality and excellence of Wu’s research as well as his presentation of the dissertation.

CU Boulder campus from the air with inset photos of Noble and Randolph

National Academy of Inventors honors Noble, Randolph

Dec. 7, 2021

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) today announced that CU Boulder researchers Richard D. Noble and Theodore Randolph have been named 2021 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

Students gathered for a photo at NCSU for the symposium

ChBE students make an impact at NCSU Future Leaders in Chemical Engineering symposium

Dec. 7, 2021

Students from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering presented their research as part of the competitive NC State University Future Leaders in Chemical Engineering symposium this past October. Three students from the department were recognized as awardees.

Tunkie Saunders

Saunders named in Forbes Under 30 list for leading the green energy transition

Dec. 6, 2021

Tunkie Saunders leads metallurgy development at Redwood Materials, a Nevada-based company, founded by JB Straubel, that is building a lithium-ion battery recycling process, devised by Tunkie, to extract lithium selectively from old batteries, in a pure form.

Abstract blueprint

McGehee and Toney recognized as highly cited researchers

Nov. 22, 2021

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

Mike McGehee

McGehee named highly cited researcher at NREL

Nov. 18, 2021

Eight researchers affiliated with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are on this year’s list of Highly Cited Researchers, with many familiar names from the 2020 list.

liquid crystal elastomer undergoing actuation

White Group applies controlled electric fields to liquid crystal elastomers for actuation and 3-D deformation

Nov. 18, 2021

Hayden Fowler, a graduate student in Gallogly Professor Timothy White’s Responsive and Programmable Materials Group, is the first author on a research paper published in Advanced Materials concerning the temperature-independent electrical actuation of liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs), which are soft, stimuli-responsive materials with potential applications in soft robotics, artificial muscles and more.

Christine Hrenya

Hrenya recognized as Fellow of the American Physical Society

Nov. 17, 2021

Professor Christine Hrenya was selected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) this year “for key advancements in the fundamental understanding of granular matter and multiphase systems via a combination of theory, experiments and simulations,” according to the official citation. Fellow selections are an exclusive honor, limited to no more than one half of one percent of APS membership.