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Researchers develop novel process to fabricate battery materials


By discovering a way to combine lithium salts with ceramics, researchers in the Penn State College of Engineering and the Penn State Materials Research Institute may have created a new class of materials for longer-lasting batteries. According to researchers, the composite nature of the batteries could make recycling easier, reducing landfill waste.

Penn State professor co-chairs roadmap to guide synthetic biology investments


Some of the potential applications of engineering biology, or synthetic biology, sound like science fiction: genetically engineered organisms that produce plastics from carbon dioxide and synthetic gut microbes that detect and wipe out invading organisms before you get sick.

Two chemical engineering faculty members receive promotions


Two faculty members in the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering have received promotions in academic rank, effective July 1.

Penn State alumnus leads effort to restore the Chesapeake


Dana Aunkst, armed with his Penn State chemical engineering degree, has taken on the biggest challenge of his career so far: restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

Graduate student receives poster award at biotechnology symposium


Parinaz Emami, a doctoral degree candidate in chemical engineering, received the Best Poster Award at the Law, Policy and Engineering Biotechnology Symposium, held April 11, at the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building.

Bailyn Bench receives AIChE Outstanding Senior Award


Penn State chemical engineering senior Bailyn Bench recently received the 2019 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Outstanding Senior Award.

Lubrizol pledges $100,000 in support of the Engineering Equity Initiative


The Lubrizol Corporation, which owns and operates chemical engineering facilities in 17 countries, has pledged $100,000 over the next five years in support of the College of Engineering's Engineering Equity Initiative.

Monty Alger named AIChE 2019 President-elect, 2020 President


The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) recently announced that Monty Alger, professor of chemical engineering, was elected as 2019 AIChE President-elect and 2020 AIChE President.

Alumni Spotlight: Jian Qin


Jian Qin is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. Qin was a post-doctoral student at Penn State, doing research in the lab of Scott Milner, the William H. Joyce Chair Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Bacteria uses viral weapon against other bacteria


Bacterial cells use both what is traditionally thought to be an enemy, a virus, and a prehistoric viral protein to kill other bacteria that competes with it for food, according to an international team of researchers who believe this has potential implications for future infectious disease treatment.

Carson named chemical engineering student marshal for 2019 spring commencement


Drew V. Carson will be the chemical engineering student marshal for the College of Engineering’s 2019 spring commencement ceremony on May 3.

Curtis talks microbial genetics and engineering on ASM podcast


Wayne Curtis, Penn State professor of chemical engineering, appears on an episode of the American Society for Microbiology’s (ASM) podcast Meet the Microbiologist. Curtis appeared on an episode of the podcast titled “Microbial Engineering for Biofuels and Beyond with Wayne Curtis.”

Penn State hosts AIChE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference


More than 350 chemical engineering faculty and students from various universities gathered at University Park on April 5-6 for the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.

New center founded to develop more efficient flexible solar cells


New organic materials for creating advanced flexible, light-weight solar cells and electronics for military and civilian use in remote areas away from power grids will be the focus of a new research center directed by Enrique Gomez, professor of chemical engineering and materials science and engineering at Penn State.

Ribbon cutting dedicates new Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building


A ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 4 marked the official opening of the new Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (CBE) Building on the Penn State University Park campus.

The future of energy: algae?


Growing and cultivating microalgae as a source of cleaner-burning biofuel for compression ignition engines is the focus of a team of researchers from Penn State, the University of Delaware and the University of Michigan. The project is funded by a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, and $500,000 of cost-share funding.

Interdisciplinary researchers join forces to understand cancer progression


A 2019 Penn State Multidisciplinary Seed Grant is enabling collaborative research that will advance our understanding of the development and progression of cancer and other diseases.

Zydney named ACS Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division Fellow


Andrew Zydney, Bayard D. Kunkle Chair in Engineering, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Penn State Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology, was named a Fellow of the Industrial & Engineering Chemistry (I&EC) Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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).

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