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Seminars & Lectures

We invite leading scholars and industry leaders to Seattle throughout the year to share their knowledge and expertise. UW ChemE's seminars, lectures, and symposia represent an essential component of our vibrant academic culture, and they provide students with outstanding opportunities to interact with professionals in many fields.

Department Seminar Series

The Department Seminar Series brings in a variety of academic and industrial professionals to give presentations on their areas of research and expertise. These lectures are held on Mondays during the autumn, winter, and spring quarters. During the 2021-2022 academic year, they will take place from 4–5 p.m. Pacific time.

October 4

Jason  Hein


Jason Hein

University of British Columbia

New Tools and Technology to Accelerate Process Chemical Research and Discovery.

October 18

Ambarish Kulkarni


Ambarish Kulkarni

UC Davis

Data-Driven Molecular Modeling and the Design Novel Functional Materials

October 25

Christine Duvall


Christine Duvall

Case Western Reserve University

Moving Beyond Resins in Radiochemistry: Membranes Can Lead the Way

November 1

Linda J. Broadbelt


Linda J. Broadbelt

Northwestern University

Developing Strategies for Polymer Redesign and Recycling Using Reaction Pathway Analysis

November 29

Jessica Ray


Jessica Ray

University of Washington

Vanadium Carbide (V2C) Nanomaterials for Rapid, Reductive Defluorination of Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) Catalyzed by Hydrogen Peroxide

December 6

Neha Kamat


Neha Kamat

Northwestern University

Harnessing membrane biophysical properties to investigate biological processes and design new therapeutic tools.

March 28


Susan Kauzlarich

University of California, Davis


April 4


Sharon Gerecht

Johns Hopkins University


April 11


Shaama Mallikarjun Sharada



April 18


Damilola Daramola

Ohio University


April 25

Will Tarpeh


Will Tarpeh

Stanford University


May 2

Anant Madabhushi


Anant Madabhushi

Case Western Reserve University

Artificial Intelligence and Precision Medicine

May 9


Anne Robinson



April 26

Eray Aydil


Eray Aydil

New York University

ReReviving “Fool’s Gold” as a Photovoltaic Material

April 19

Shayn Peirce-Cottler


Shayn Peirce-Cottler

University of Virginia

Agent-based Computational Modeling of Multi-Cellular Systems

April 12

Alexei  Lapkin


Alexei Lapkin

University of Cambridge

A different look at chemical data

April 5

Rebecca K. Lindsey


Rebecca K. Lindsey

Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Achieving an Improved Understanding of Material Evolution Under Extreme Conditions with Artificial Intelligence

March 29

Xiaodan Gu


Xiaodan Gu

The University of Southern Mississippi

Rational design of deformable electronic materials through structure and dynamics study of conjugated polymers

December 7

David Howey


David Howey

Oxford University

Data-driven battery health diagnosis in real-world applications

November 30

Marta Hatzell


Marta Hatzell

Georgia Tech

Managing the Nitrogen Cycle with Electrochemistry

November 23


ChemE Graduate Awards Day


November 9

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Debra Auguste

Northeastern University

Engineering Targeted Therapeutics for Triple Negative Breast Cancer

November 2

Photo of Sharon Glotzer

Sharon Glotzer

University of Michigan

Chair's Distinguished Lecture

October 26

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Elisa Franco


Programming dynamic behaviors in molecular systems and materials

October 19


Shuyi Ma

University of Washington

Network-centric Dissection of Infection and Treatment

October 12

Eric Appel

Eric Appel

Stanford University

Supramolecular (Bio)materials: From Fundamentals to Advanced Healthcare Solutions


September 28

Elizabeth Nance

Elizabeth Nance

University of Washington

Nano and neuro technology development for kids


January 13

Dr. Molly Shoichet

Molly Shoichet

University of Toronto

Making Change: Engineering the Future of Medicine

January 6

Dr. Mark Davis

Mark Davis

California Institute of Technology

Nanoparticle Therapeutics: From Concept to Clinic

November 25

Jason Baxter

Drexel University

Designing and Probing Photovoltaic Materials

November 18

Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert

UT Austin

Biomaterials for Drug Delivery and Cell Transplantation to Treat Nerve Injury

November 4

Tonio Buonassisi

Massachusettes Institute of Technology

Machine Learning Accelerates the Diagnosis, Process Optimization, and Discovery of Novel Energy Materials

October 28


Millicent Sullivan

University of Delaware

Unlocking Intracellular Therapeutic Targets Using Bioinspired Materials

October 21

Corey Wilson

Georgia Tech

Programming transcription using engineered systems of gene
regulators and genetic architectures

October 14

Bhuvnesh Bharti

Louisiana State University

Colloids under external electric and magnetic fields

October 7

Zachary Ulissi

Carnegie Mellon University

Challenges in Data Science Methods for Catalyst Design and Discovery

September 30

Steve Roffler

Academic Sinica, Taipei

Anti-PEG antibodies: Detection, targeting and impact on PEGylated proteins and stealth nanomedicine

June 3

Iryna Zenyuk

University of California, Irvine

Understanding Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells with X-ray Computed Tomography

May 20

Robert Rallo


Data-driven analysis and modeling in Chemical and Environmental Engineering

May 6

Gregory Stephanopoulos


Chair's Distinguished Lecture >>

April 29

Cole DeForest

University of Washington

User-Programmable Hydrogel Biomaterials to Probe and Direct 4D Stem Cell Fate

April 8

Lydia Contreras

University of Texas

Understanding and engineering RNAs for programmable gene control

April 1

John Staser

Ohio University

Electrochemical Conversion of Biorefinery Waste to Industrial Chemicals

 March 11





Lynn Walker

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon University

Transport of Macromolecular Species to Fluid-Fluid Interfaces and the Impact on Materials Processing and Engineering

January 28

Anatoly Frenkel

Professor of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering
Stony Brook University

A Neural Network Approach for Operando Characterization of Catalysts: from Ultra-Small Clusters to Nanoparticles

January 14

Markita Landry

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of California, Berkeley

Imaging Striatal Dopamine Release With a Non-Genetically Encoded Near-Infrared Flourescent Nanosensor

December 3

Amish Patel

Reliance Industries Term Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Pennsylvania

Characterizing Protein Hydration to Inform its Interactions

November 19

Jim Pfaendtner

Jagjeet and Janice Bindra Endowed Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of Washington

Rise of the machines: What is molecular data science and why should you care?

November 5

Jillian Buriak

Professor, University of Alberta
Canada Research Chair of Nanomaterials for Energy
Alberta Innovates Industry Chair for Solar Energy
Editor-In-Chief, AIChE Chemistry of Materials

Polymers and Patterns: Directed Self-Assembly for Nanolithography

October 22

Peter Kofinas

Professor and Chair
University of Maryland

Responsive and Intelligent Polymers for Recognitive Systems, Energy Storage and Biomedical Devices

October 15

Lynden Archer

James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Cornell University

Electrokinetics, transport and geometric stability of reactive metal electrodes in high-energy batteries

October 8

Prof Lilo Pozzo UW Chemical Engineering

Lilo D. Pozzo

Weyerhaeuser Endowed Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of Washington

Nano-Emulsion design, synthesis and applications in medicine

October 1
Chunlong Chen

Senior Research Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Designing sequence-definted peptoids for bio-inspired synthesis of functional nanomaterials

June 4

Christina Smolke

Professor of Bioengineering and, by courtesy, of Chemical Engineering

High-throughput strategies for the generation of RNA-based sensors and controllers

Stanford University

May 14

James Carothers

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering / Adjunct BioEngineering

RNA Architectures for engineering and analyzing metabolism on a large scale

University of Washington

April 30

Scott Moura

Assistant Professor Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate, Systems


Identification and Control of PDE Battery Electrochemistry Models

Apirl 23

Mikhail Shapiro

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Heritage Principal Investigator

California Institute of Technology

Biomolecular Engineering for Non-Invasive Imaging and Control of Cellular Function
April 16

Liney Arnadottir

Assistant Professor

Oregon State University

Hindered translator/rotor model to determine adsorbate entropy with DFT

April 9

John Kitchin


Carnegie Mellon University

Machine-learning frameworks in computational catalysis and its potential impact on science and engineering
April 2

Daniel Fletcher

Department Chair
Purnendu Chatterjee Chair in Bioengineering & Biophysics

UC Berkeley

When push comes to shove: Physical segregation of molecules at cell-cell contacts


March 26

Abhaya Datye

Distinguished Regents' Professor and Chair

University of New Mexico

Designing Catalysts for Meeting the DOE 150 °C Challenge for Exhaust Emissions
March 5

Qiuming Yu

Research Professor

University of Washington

Plasmonic Nanostructures for SERS Biosensing and
Photovoltaic and Photodetector Devices

February 26

Matthew D. Murbach

PhD Candidate

University of Washington

Data science tools for the physics-based analysis of lithium-ion battery impedance spectra 

February 12

James Rondinelli

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Northwestern University

Learning from Data to Design Functional Oxides without Inversion

February 5

Stacey Finley

Gordon S. Marshall Early Career Chair and
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

University of Southern California

Chemical Kinetic Modeling of Biological Networks in Cancer

January 29

Stacey Bent

Jagdeep and Roshni Sign Professor of Chemical Engineering
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs

Stanford University

Energy Conversion Materials by Atomic and Molecular Layer Deposition

December 4

Elizabeth Biddinger

The City College of New York

Utilization of Ionic Liquids as Novel Electrolytes

November 20

David Beck

Research Associate Professor

University of Washington

Data science: Accelerating innovation and discovery in chemical engineering & beyond

November 13

Xiang Chen

Assistant Professor

University of Minnesota

From Flocking Birds to Swarming Bacteria: A Study of the Dynamics of Active Fluids

November 6

Steve Little

Chairman of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and is the William Kepler Whiteford Endowed Professor in the Departments of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Bioengineering, Immunology, and Ophthalmology
University of Pittsburgh

Controlling Controlled Release to Make Medicine That Imitates Life

October 23

Marcus Foston

Assistant Professor of Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis

Reductive Conversion of Lignin with Copper-doped Catalysts 

October 16

Anne Robinson

Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Catherine and Henry Boh Professor of Engineering
Tulane Brain Institute Faculty Member

Tulane University

Adenosine receptor expression and biophysical characterization: Role of the protein-lipid interactions

May 15

Chris Alabi

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
Cornell University

Bio-inspired sequence-defined oligoTEAs: assembly, characterization and applications

May 8

Jin Wang

Walt & Virginia Woltosz Professor, Chemical Engineering

Systems Engineering Approaches to the Study of Complex Biological Systems and Industrial Processes

May 1

Bilge Yildiz

Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Oxygen Reduction Kinetics on Perovskite Oxides: Effects of Strain and Surfaces

April 24

Katie Whitehead

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

April 10

Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski

US Air Force Material Command
WChE/ACES Lecture

This special lecture will be held in ARCH 147. 

Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski is hosted by WChE/ACES.

April 4


Mike McShane

Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Texas A&M University

From Wearables to Implantables: Enabling Next-Generation Health Monitoring

March 27

Robert Thorne

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Bypassing the blood-breain barrier: psysiologic determinants & transport considerations for CNS delivery and distribution of macromolecules

March 6

Michael Gordon

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of California - Santa Barbara

Engineering Nanostructures for Photonics, Energy and Materials Characterization Applications

February 27


Vidhya Chakrapani

Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Role of Defects in Enhancing the Electrochemical Properties of Transition Metal Oxide

January 31

César Torres

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Arizona State University

Proton and electron transport in anode-respiring biofilms and its importance in microbial fuel cell design

January 23

Michael Shirts

Associate Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering
University of Colorado at Boulder

Why can't we engineer drugs on a computer? And what can be done about it?

January 9

April Kloxin

Assistant Professor of of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering (affiliate)
University of Delaware

Designing responsive biomaterials for controlling the cell environment

December 5

Chris Mundy

Chemical Physics & Analysis Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The role of an accurate description of local structure to inform our understanding of nucleation and assembly

November 21

Delia Milliron

Associate Professor and Fellow of the Henry Beckman Professorship
University of Texas at Austin

Nanocrystal electrochromic smart windows


Andrew Goodwin

Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering
University of Colorado - Boulder

Rational Engineering of Colloids, Interfaces, and Assemblies for Stimulus-Responsive Biosensors

October 31


Peter Pauzauskie

Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
University of Washington

October 24

Andrej Luptak

Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry 
University of California - Irvine

Genomic aptamers and ribozymes: From discovery to biological functions

October 17

Lars Grabow

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Houston

Using Water as a Co-catalyst in Heterogeneous Catalysis to Improve Activity and Selectivity

October 10

Bruce Gates

Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of California-Davis

Molecular Metal Catalysts on Supports: Organometallic Chemistry Meets Surface Science

October 3

Roseanne Ford

Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of Virginia

Transport Phenomena of Chemotactic Bacteria



Chair's Distinguished Lecture

This annual event brings the world's most influential and accomplished chemical engineers to the University of Washington.

Zhenan Bao of Stanford University will present the 2021-22 Chair’s Distinguished Lecture on Monday, February 28, 2022.

Past lecturers:

  • Sharon C. Glotzer, Anthony C. Lembke Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan
  • Gregory Stephanopoulos, W. H. Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at MIT
  • Sang Yup Lee, Distinguished Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Dean of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Institutes


Distinguished Young Scholars Seminar Series >>

Graduate students and postdocs from around the nation come to Seattle in the summer to present their research at this weekly lecture series on the UW campus.


Leadership Seminar Series

Since 2011, the UW ChemE Leadership Seminars in the fall have provided a forum for industrial, academic and government leaders to share their background and insights with undergraduate and graduate students. They give speakers and students a unique opportunity to discuss topics related to leadership in chemical engineering professions, including career planning, management skills, interpersonal skills, entrepreneurship, ethics and strategic decision-making.

2021 Leadership Seminar Series >>

Past series
2020 • 201920182017201620152014201320122011


Graduate Student Symposium >>

The Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Symposium bridges the gap between industry and academia. Held in the autumn quarter, it provides graduate students the opportunity to present their work to representatives from industry and gives industry representatives a chance to meet future research leaders and learn about the exciting work being done at UW.


Bruce A. Finlayson Lectures >>

The lectures, named in honor of Rehnberg Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering Bruce A. Finlayson, are held each spring and feature chemical engineers who demonstrate exceptional scholarship, teaching, and service in their field. The inaugural Bruce A. Finlayson Lectures were held in 2013.