Liu receives Best Graduate Student Poster presentation award
June 18, 2018

Hongshen Liu, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering, was awarded Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation at the 2018 Glass and Optical Materials Division (GOMD) Meeting of The American Ceramic Society.

Rapid charging of electric vehicles aided by $1 million from DoE
June 5, 2018

Revolutionizing the way electric vehicle batteries charge and spurring the technology as an environmental and economic growth driver will be possible thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to Penn State engineers.

Emelia Conte and Natalie Morrissey receive AIChE Outstanding Senior Award

Penn State chemical engineering seniors Emelia Conte and Natalie Morrissey, both Schreyer Scholars, have recently received the 2018 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Outstanding Senior Award.

Gomez to use NSF CAREER award to study how cell differentiation is affected by tissue stiffness

Esther Gomez, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, Penn State, has received the National Science Foundation's (NSF) prestigious Early Career (CAREER) award to better understand the mechanobiology of mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET).

A simple method etches patterns at the atomic scale

A precise chemical-free method for etching nanoscale features on silicon wafers has been developed by a team from Penn State and Southwest Jiaotong University and Tsinghua University in China.

Dormier named chemical engineering student marshal for 2018 spring commencement

Adam M. Dormier will be the student marshal for the chemical engineering baccalaureate degree program at the College of Engineering's spring commencement ceremony on May 4. Dormier will receive a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.

Janik receives 2018 Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching

Michael Janik, professor of chemical engineering, is one of six Penn State faculty members who have received the 2018 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Ken Graziani receives Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award

Ken Graziani, a Penn State chemical engineering alumnus, was recently named one of 12 recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Chemical engineering alumnus honored by ExxonMobil for analytics work

Penn State College of Engineering and Schreyer Scholar alumnus George Khoury was named "Analytics Influencer of the Year" by ExxonMobil at the company's Annual Analytics Day on Feb. 15.

Penn State AIChE wins awards at Annual AIChE Student Conference

The Penn State American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) student chapter and its members had a successful year at the Annual AIChE Student Conference, bringing home multiple chapter and student awards.

Unoia Beauty offers entrepreneurial experience for chemical engineering students

Janna Maranas will tell you that she is not your stereotypical scientist.

Andrew Zydney appointed to the Bayard D. Kunkle Chair of Engineering

Andrew Zydney, distinguished professor of chemical engineering and director of the new Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology (CoEIB), was appointed the Bayard D. Kunkle Chair in Engineering.

Xueyi Zhang awarded Brennan Clean Energy Early Career Professorship

Xueyi Zhang, assistant professor of chemical engineering, was awarded the Brennan Clean Energy Early Career Professorship this fall.

Penn State team wins $7M award to enlist insects as allies for food security

A Penn State-led research team is hoping to enlist insects as allies in an effort to make crops more tolerant of environmental stressors, after the crops are already growing in the greenhouse or field.

Zydney to direct the new Penn State Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences are delighted to announce that Andrew Zydney, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, will be Director of the new Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology (CoEIB). Professor Zydney’s qualifications and vision for the CoEIB are truly exceptional and we are fortunate to have someone with his level of accomplishment, experience, and capability serving in this position.

Alumna to begin Peace Corps service in Paraguay

Penn State alumna Sarah Torhan has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay on Sept. 11 to begin training as an environment volunteer. Torhan will live and work in a community to promote environmental awareness and action at the local level.

Supplement: Integrated Continuous Manufacturing of Biologics

Although estimates vary slightly, many industry experts predict continuous manufacturing will, at the least, cut the cost of manufacturing biologics in half. Thus, it will be an attractive option for drug makers looking to trim manufacturing budgets. But not all biologics would be feasible candidates for a truly integrated processing stream, and a truly continuous line may require a larger initial capital investment.

Emeritus Ron Danner celebrates 50 years of service in chemical engineering career

July 1, 2017 marked Ron Danner’s 50 years of service in the chemical engineering department at Penn State. Danner has served in multiple roles as a teacher, mentor, and prominent researcher.

Assistant Professor Christian Pester joins the ranks in the chemical engineering department

The Department of Chemical Engineering will welcome Christian Pester during the fall 2017 semester.

Penn State team addresses transfer credit challenge using IBM Watson

A Penn State team is working with artificial intelligence technology to find a solution to the cumbersome task of approving transfer credits for students wishing to enroll at the university from another institution.

Winning theory may help developing nations

Who would have thought that getting clean water from a miracle tree would be possible. Student engineering researchers are making this a reality. Emma Clement and Bethany Piechowicz conducted year-long research and arrived at the hypothesis that the Moringa Oleifera tree otherwise known as the “miracle tree,” could provide clean water for many developing nations.

Xin Qi to present her nanocrystal theory at Gordon Research Conference

Xin Qi will present her poster abstract and research “The Thermos-Dynamic Influence of Structure of Directing Agents in Solution Phase Nanocrystal Synthesis” at the June Gordon Research Conference on Crystal Growth and Assembly, University of New England.

Happy Valley LaunchBox graduates six startups from accelerator program

Happy Valley LaunchBox graduated six startups from its business startup accelerator program on April 26 at its space in downtown State College. The graduates join 25 other companies that have gone through the accelerator since Happy Valley LaunchBox opened in February 2016.

Wayne Curtis joins the Wiley Research Fellow ranks

Wayne Curtis, professor of chemical engineering and affiliate professor of bioengineering and plant science, was selected by the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) as the newest Wiley Research Fellow, named for William R. Wiley, who first envisioned the EMSL user facility.

Megan Farell awarded NSF fellowship for research on treatment and prevention of diseases

Megan Farell, a chemical engineering doctoral candidate, was selected this spring for a National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship. The title of the project is “Nanoscale Enzymatic Devices for Organelle Targeting.” Farell’s research focuses on using two-dimensional materials for nanoscale enzymatic devices that can be integrated with specific organelles for treatment and prevention of diseases. 

Microbial fuel cell converts methane to electricity

Transporting methane from gas wellheads to market provides multiple opportunities for this greenhouse gas to leak into the atmosphere. Now, an international team of researchers has taken the first step in converting methane directly to electricity using bacteria, in a way that could be done near the drilling sites.

College of Engineering announces faculty promotions

The College of Engineering recently announced that 13 faculty members have been selected for promotions.

Student team advances to NAE Global Grand Challenges Summit competition

A team of Penn State engineering and business students will serve as one of five teams representing the United States at the 2017 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Global Grand Challenges Summit Student Day Competition on Tuesday, July 18, in Washington, D.C.

Engineering science undergraduate student receives Berkeley Fellowship

Muhammad Risyad Hasyim, an engineering science and chemical engineering undergraduate student who will receive his dual bachelor of science degrees and a minor in mathematics in May, has been selected for a Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study at the University of California, Berkeley.

Penn State junior found what she was looking for at Fall Career Days

Before she attended Fall Career Days' internship/co-op recruiting day, Penn State student Audrey Mack had never had a job interview in her life.

Elsa Koninckx named student marshal for spring 2017 commencement

Elsa J. Koninckx was selected as the student marshal for the chemical engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 5. Koninckx will receive a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.

Adam Uliana receives Oswald leadership award

The three pillars that include water treatment, education and environmental issues are what fuel chemical engineering senior Adam Uliana, as he was recently recognized by the University for his leadership efforts in those areas. The Schreyer Scholar received Penn State’s John W. Oswald Award for all of his significant and sustainable leadership projects.

Mike Malone named Outstanding Engineering Alumnus

Mike Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named an Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the College of Engineering.

Students Regula and Tran Gain Great Leadership Skills

Penn State chemical engineering doctoral candidate Mike Regula and senior Quoc Tran were both fortunate to know great leaders at a very young age. These life experiences have catapulted both young men into leadership roles in the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association (ChE GSA) and Penn State’s student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE).

Chemical Engineering Student to Present at Summer Membrane Conference

Parinaz Emami, chemical engineering doctoral candidate, will present her research at the International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes (ICOM) conference, the largest international meeting in membrane science.

Chemical engineering's Ying Li earns national award for bioseparations research

Ying Li, a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering at Penn State, was recently named the recipient of MilliporeSigma's Life Science Award in Bioseparations.

Predictive kinetic model paves the way for designing microbial factories

The microbe E. coli gets a bad rap in the food industry, but in the chemical engineering field, it is one of the most important microorganisms for producing amino acids, bioethanol, vitamins and more. Researchers in Penn State's Chemical and Biological Systems Optimization Lab have developed a near genome-scale kinetic model of Escherichia coli's metabolic processes, which will allow scientists to quickly and efficiently use computer modeling to predict the effects that multiple gene interventions have on the microbial factories.

Chemical engineering students win awards at AIChE conference

Several members of the Penn State student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) were recognized for their achievements during the institute's 2016 Student Conference, held Nov. 11-14 in San Francisco.

Controlling chain conformations to enhance electronic devices

Controlling the way fluorinated polymer chains twist and turn may enable fast and flexible electrical circuits, according to collaborative research conducted at Penn State. The findings may offer substantial impact on the development of new polymer-type materials used in flexible electronic applications.

Alumni volunteers needed for Concepts in Chemical Engineering video series

The Penn State Chemical Engineering Alumni Group is currently seeking alumni volunteers to draft and produce short video presentations on a number of chemical engineering topics.

DOE awards $1M to develop composites for solid lithium conductors

A team of Penn State researchers have been awarded a $1M U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E award to develop solid ion conductors using the novel process, "cold sintering."

Oxygen can wake up dormant bacteria for antibiotic attacks

Bacterial resistance does not come just through adaptation to antibiotics, sometimes the bacteria simply go to sleep. An international team of researchers is looking at compounds that attack bacteria's ability to go dormant and have found the first oxygen-sensitive toxin antitoxin system.

Growing ties and feeding nations

Wayne Curtis, professor of chemical engineering, has found a way to combine his love of plants and expertise in engineering to improve agricultural practices around the world.

Traveling oceans to discover water purification techniques

Chemical engineering senior, Adam Uliana, spent his spring and summer months traveling Europe and Africa in an effort to further water purifications techniques.

Department of Chemical Engineering hosts second annual Distinguished Lecture

The Department of Chemical Engineering hosted its second annual Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, October 26 featuring Jacob Israelachvili, professor of chemical engineering, materials and biomolecular science and engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

DOE grant focuses on next-generation anion exchange membranes

Low cost, durable, commercially viable polymer-based anion-exchange membranes, a critical component in fuel cells and other energy-conversion devices, are the focus of a $2,300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to an industry, government, university collaboration including Penn State

Plans for Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building approved by Trustees

Final plans for a new chemical and biomedical engineering building at University Park at an estimated cost of $144 million were approved by the Penn State Board of Trustees during its September 15 meeting.



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