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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.

Penn State leading innovation in nascent field of artificial water channels


The Department of Chemical Engineering’s cutting-edge work in the nascent field of artificial water channels was the subject of a recent Faraday Discussions conference held by the Royal Society of Chemistry and a breakthrough paper in the journal Nature Communications.

3D electron microscopy uncovers the complex guts of desalination membranes


Careful sample preparation, electron tomography and quantitative analysis of 3D models provides unique insights into the inner structure of reverse osmosis membranes widely used for salt water desalination wastewater recycling and home use, according to a team of chemical engineers.

McWhirter among Penn Staters honored with Alumni Fellow Award


The Penn State Alumni Association will recognize 14 graduates on Oct. 3 with the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Alumni Association.

Chemical Engineering faculty, staff among those honored by College


Penn State College of Engineering will recognize faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service at a ceremony on October 1 at 3 p.m. in the Hintz Family Alumni Center.

Gawel named 2018 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award recipient


Katherine Gawel has been named the 2018 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award recipient for the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering.

Gupta receives best presentation award at Electronic Materials Conference


Akanksha Gupta, graduate research assistant with the Department of Chemical Engineering, recently was presented with the Best Presentation Award for the Materials Research Society's 2017 Electronic Materials Conference.

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