Chemical Engineering Seminars

Fall 2019

All seminars will be held in 001 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building from 10:50-11:50 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, September 5
Janet Schwabenbauer, Senior Staff Therapist
Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPs)
Seminar Title: "Anxiety, Stress, & Mindfulness"

Thursday, September 12
Julie Kornfield, 
Professor of Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology 
Seminar Title: "Megasupramolecules"

Tuesday, September 17 
Ayusman Sen, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry 
Penn State 
Seminar Title: "Fantastic Voyage: Designing Self-Powered Nanobots"

Thursday, September 19
Millicent Sullivan, Centennial Professor and Associate Chair in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
University of Delaware
Seminar Title: "Unlocking Intracellular Therapeutic Targets Using Bioinspired Materials"

Thursday, September 26
Ayman Karim, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute 
Seminar Title: 
“Precious Metal Supported Catalysts: New Properties and Reaction Pathways in the Subnanometer Regime”

Thursday, October 10
Julie Renner, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Seminar Title: “Biodirected Assembly of Ionomer Thin Films”

Thursday, October 14
PLEASE NOTE: This seminar will be held in 107 Chemical & Biomedical Engineering Building from 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Christopher Synatschke, Postdoctoral Fellow
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany
Seminar Title:“Supramolecular-Covalent Polymer Hydrogels – Combining the Best of Small and Large Molecules”

Thursday, October 17
Kristin Schmidt, Research Staff Member
IBM Research  
Seminar Title: 
“CIRCA-Your Cheminformatics Assistant”

Tuesday, October 22
Venkat Venkatasubramanian, Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Engineering, Professor of Chemical Engineering
Columbia University 
Seminar Title: TBD

Thursday, October 31
Christopher Bowman, Co-Director of the NSF I/UCRC for Fundamentals and Applications and Photopolymerizations
Colorado State University Boulder
Seminar Title: “Smart, Responsive Polymes Based on Covalent Adaptable Networks: Photoswitchable States of Matter”

Thursday, December 5
Corey Stephenson, Professor of Chemistry
University of Michigan
Seminar Title: TBD

Tuesday, December 10
Raymond Schaak, DuPont Professor of Materials Chemistry
Penn State
Seminar Title: TBD

Thursday, December 12
Shaoyi Jiang, Boeing-Roundhill Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of Washington
Seminar Title: 




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