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Penn State named latest site for membrane research center


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center has named Penn State as a new site within the Membrane Science, Engineering and Technology (MAST) Center.

Eric Schnur receives Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award


Eric Schnur, a Penn State chemical engineering alumnus, was recently named one of 12 recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Novel technology aims to improve lithium metal battery life, safety


Rechargeable lithium metal batteries with increased energy density, performance, and safety may be possible with a newly-developed solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI), according to Penn State researchers.

Researchers find potential key to a future of flexible electronics


Conjugated polymers, plastics that conduct electricity like copper or silicon, hold promise for the creation of flexible electronics such as bendable displays and implantable biomedical sensors. Understanding charge transfer in these materials is key to creating such next-generation electronics and is the focus of a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

PoreDesigner process improves water treatment, bioseparations


A team of researchers from Penn State and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have created PoreDesigner, a fully automated computational workflow process for altering the pore size of a bacterial channel protein. This enables the proteins to be assembled into artificial membranes for precise sub-nanometer scale separation of solutes of marginal size difference, which holds promise for improved water purification and laboratory bioseparations.

Creatively engineering a video


Students in CHE 497: Chemical Engineering and the Environment produce engaging and creative videos that teach about various environmental issues and how chemical engineering can solve them.

Alumni Spotlight: Susan Fullerton


Our latest Alumni Spotlight features Susan Fullerton, assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering. Fullerton earned her bachelor of science and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering at Penn State (2002 and 2009, respectively)...

Department names 2019 McWhirter Fellows


The John R. and Jeannette McWhirter Graduate Fellowship in Chemical Engineering provides one year of full support for an outstanding graduate student in the Chemical Engineering doctoral program. The 2019 McWhirter Fellows are Anish Dasgupta, Sharad Maheshwari, Mohammadamin Makarem, and Lin Wang.

REU program offers undergraduates valuable research experience


Applications are currently being accepted for the Department of Chemical Engineering’s summer 2019 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, “Integration of Biology and Materials.”

Students see chemical engineering in action during plant visit


Enabling students to witness class concepts applied in the real world was the focus of a trip by Penn State chemical engineering graduate students to the BASF chemical plant in Monaca, Pennsylvania, during the fall 2018 semester.

Next gen batteries possible with engineering breakthrough


Dramatically longer lasting, faster charging, and safer lithium metal batteries may be possible from Penn State research published today (Nov. 12) in Nature Energy.

Alumna one of five recipients of $50,000 AAAS Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences


In recognition of her research to develop the next generation of electronic devices, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) named Susan Fullerton, assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering and Penn State chemical engineering alumna, a recipient of the 2019 Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences.

Andrew Zydney named recipient of Alan S. Michaels Award


The Division of Biochemical Technology (BIOT) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Andrew Zydney, Bayard D. Kunkle Chair and professor of chemical engineering, as their 2019 recipient of the Alan S. Michaels Award in the Recovery of Biological Products.

Alumni Spotlight: Raj Shah


Our latest Alumni Spotlight features Raj Shah, director of Koehler Instrument Company. Shah earned his doctorate degree from Penn State in 1995, and has more than 20 years of experience working in the oil and gas industry.

Alumni workshop gathers people, ideas for chemical engineering’s future


A group of approximately 60 Penn State chemical engineering alumni, current and emeritus faculty, along with both graduate and undergraduate students, gathered at the HUB Robeson Center September 23 and 24 for the Penn State Chemical Engineering Alumni Workshop.

Research symposium showcases graduate student achievements


The 2018 Penn State Chemical Engineering McWhirter Graduate Research Symposium was held Friday, September 14, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Chemical engineering now accepting graduate degree applications


The Department of Chemical Engineering is now accepting applications for graduate degree programs. Penn state is ranked in the top 10 in the nation for chemical engineering research (as per NTU Ranking), based on the quality and quantity of scientific research articles.

Learn about our new building, to open in 2019


It’s been about two years since we announced the groundbreaking of the new facility that we will be sharing with the Department of Chemical Engineering, and we are excited to move in during spring 2019.

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