Chemical Engineering Seminars

Spring 2019

All seminars will be held in 254 Health & Human Development Building from 10:50-11:50 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, January 10
Dr. Yifei Zhang, Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Columbia University
Seminar Title: “Engineering Multienzyme Systems for Advanced Biomanufacturing”

Tuesday, January 15
Joaquin Resasco, 
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of California, Santa Barbara 
Seminar Title: "Understanding and controlling the complexity of catalytic active sites"

Thursday, January 17 
Jovan Kamcev, Postdoctoral Scholar 
University of California, Berkeley 
Seminar Title: "Advanced Polymeric Materials for Water and Energy Applications: Relating Molecular Structure to Macroscopic Properties"

Tuesday, January 22 
Kate Galloway, Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Southern California
Seminar Title: "Slick Software, Slow Hardware: Balancing Biophysical Tradeoffs Drives Cellular Reprogramming"

Thursday, January 24 
Hee Jeung Oh, Postdoctoral Researcher
University of California, Berkeley 
Seminar Title:
"Molecular Scale Engineering of Membranes for Environment, Energy, and Health"

Tuesday, January 29
Laurel Hind, Postdoctoral Scholar 
University of Wisconsin - Madison 
Seminar Title:
"Eucidating The Role of the Microenvironment in Directing Innate Immune Cell Motility"

Tuesday, February 5 
Amir Sheikhi, Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California at Los Angeles 
Seminar Title:
"Micro- and Nanoengineering Cellulose, Layered Minerals, and Proteins for Environmental & Biomedical Applications"

Thursday, February 28
Bryan D.  Vogt, Professor of Polymer Engineering
University of Akron 
Seminar Title: “Engineering Material Solutions for Additive Manufacture of Tough Plastic Parts”

Thursday, March 21
Yaroslava Yingling, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
North Carolina State 
Seminar Title: TBD

Thursday, March 28
Huimin Zhao, Steven L. Miller Chair Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Bioengineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Seminar Title: “Synthetic Biology: Putting Synthesis into Biology”

Thursday, April 11
Astha Garg, Data Scientist
Citrine Informatics San Francisco Bay Area
Seminar Title: “Science-based Machine Learning for Materials Development”

Thursday, April 18
PLEASE NOTE: To be held 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 1 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building 

T. Alan Hatton, Ralph Landau Professor and the Director of the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Seminar Title: 
“Redox-Mediated Electro-sorption for Chemical and Environmental Separation”

Thursday, April 25
Jan Genzer, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
North Carolina State University
Seminar Title:
"Degrafting of Polymer Assemblies from Silica Surfaces: Nuisance or Opportunity?"

Thursday, May 2
Mattheos Koffas, Dorothy and Fred Chau ʼ71 Career Development Constellation Professor in Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering Chemical and Biological Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Seminar Title:
"Development of Metabolic Engineering Strategies for the in Vivo and in Vitro Natural Product Byisynthesis"

Friday, May 10
PLEASE NOTE: To be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. in 102 Chemistry Building

Wang Rong, Chair, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Seminar Title: "
Development of Novel Membranes for Effective Water Reuse, Desalination and Energy Harvesting"



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