Chemical Engineering Seminars

Spring 2020

All seminars will be held in 350 Health & Human Development Building from 10:50-11:50 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, January 14
Dr. Rui Shi, Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Seminar Title: "Life Cycle Sustainability Assessments of Liquid Transportation Biofuels"

Thursday, January 16
Dr. Vikas Khanna, Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Seminar Title: "Environmentally Sustainable Development of Emerging Technologies: Insights from Systems-level Modeling and Analysis"

Tuesday, January 21
Dr. Michael Howard, Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Texas at Austin
Seminar Title: "Assembling Colloidal Mixtures into Functional Soft Materials"

Thursday, January 23
Dr. Lauren Greenlee, Associate Professor, Ralph E. Martin Leadership Chair
University of Arkansas
Seminar Title: "FexNi100-xOy Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction: Role of Electrochemical History and As-Synthesized Properties on Atomic Structure"

Thursday, January 30
Dr. Chris Li, Postdoctoral Scholar
University of Toronto
Seminar Title: "Rationally Guided Design of Electrocatalysts and Systems for CO2-to-Fuels Using Renewable Electricity"

Thursday, February 6
Dr. Zhu (Clark) Chen, Postdoctoral Researcher
Northwestern University
Seminar Title: "Establishing Structure-Activity Correlations in Oxygen Electrocatalysis"

Tuesday, February 11
Sanat Kumar
Bykhovsky Professor at Columbia University
Seminar Title: 
”Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticle Membranes with Unusual Gas Separation Properties”

Thursday, February 13
PLEASE NOTE: Will be held at 12:30 p.m. in 107 Chemical & Biomedical Engineering Building
Siyoung Choi, Associate Professor

Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
Seminar Title: "2D and 3D Morphology Control of Self-Assembled Membranes"

Thursday, February 20
Samira M. Azarin

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
University of Minnesota
Seminar Title: Biomaterial-based approaches to study and control ovarian cancer

Tuesday, February 25
Dr. Suljo Linic
Martin Lewis Perl Professor of Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Michigan
Seminar Title: "Nanoscale Engineering of Efficient Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysts by Tailoring the Local Chemical Environment of Pt Surface Sites"

Thursday, February 27
Dr. Benjamin Wiley
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Duke University
Seminar Title: "Facet-Selective and Flow-Through Electrochemistry with Metal Nanowires"

Tuesday, March 17
Dr. Linda Broadbelt
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Northwestern University
Seminar Title: "The Confluence of Kinetic Modeling and Data Science"

Thursday, April 9
PLEASE NOTE: Will be held at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom at
Dr. Bert Chandler
Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Trinity University
Seminar Title: "Mechanistic Insights into Small Molecule Activation over Gold Catalysts"

Tuesday, April 14
PLEASE NOTE: Will be held at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom at
Dr. Konstantinos Alexopoulos
Senior Research Associate
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Delaware 



The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, established in 1948, is recognized as one of the largest and most influential chemical engineering departments in the nation.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry.

Department of Chemical Engineering

121 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2574