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News Archive 2008

Shaoyi Jiang

November 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

Shaoyi Jiang's work on antimicrobial, nonfouling coatings highlighted in Science

Shaoyi Jiang, UW professor of chemical engineering and adjunct professor of bioengineering, co-authored an article entitled “Catch, Kill and Release” in the Oct. 31 issue of Science. Jiang and other researchers recently engineered a coating that combines antimicrobial and nonfouling properties. This coating may have a range of applications in implantable medical devices.

Francois Baneyx

October 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

François Baneyx wins $100,000 grant from Gates Foundation to explore using nanoparticles in vaccines

François Baneyx, UW professor of chemical engineering and adjunct professor of bioengineering, hopes a new type of nanoparticle his research team will engineer as part of a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation may one day expand the list of diseases eradicated by vaccines. Baneyx is one of five UW researchers to win a $100,000 grant from Gates Foundation in the first round of the Grand Challenges Explorations program, which helps scientists around the world explore bold, new solutions for health challenges in developing countries

Less Babb and Buddy Ratner

October 2008 | American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Buddy Ratner, Less Babb on AIChE's list of 'One Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era'

Buddy Ratner, UW professor of chemical engineering and bioengineering, was named one of the “One Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) as part of its centennial celebration. The 100 chemical engineers of the modern era became leaders in the field after World War II and “guided the profession into the new century,” according to the AIChE. Les Babb, the UW's founding chair of nuclear engineering, also was listed.

Dave Castner

October 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

Dave Castner elected president of AVS

Dave Castner, UW professor of chemical engineering and bioengineering, was recently elected president of the American Vacuum Society (AVS). Castner will serve a three-year term. He will serve as president-elect in 2009, president in 2010 and immediate past-president in 2011. AVS is a non-profit professional society that promotes communication between academia, government laboratories and industry for the purpose of sharing research discoveries over a broad range of technologically relevant topics. Castner is the director of the National ESCA and Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems (NESAC/BIO).

Fall 2008 Catalyst

September 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

Fall 2008 Catalyst is out

The fall 2008 issue of Catalyst is out. A team of researchers led by Samson A. Jenekhe, UW professor of chemical engineering and chemistry, boosted the efficiency of organic solar cells by using self-assembled polymer nanowires that help to convert sunlight into electrical energy. Undergraduates from UW and other universities nationwide had opportunities in June to use scanning probe microscopes as part of NUE UNIQUE's "Nanoscience on the Tip.

Jeet Bindra and Gary Leal

August 2010 | University Week

Alumni Jeet Bindra, Gary Leal profiled on AIChE's Web site as part of centennial celebration

Alumni Jeet Bindra (MS ‘70) and Gary Leal (BS ’65) were selected to represent the UW as part of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) centennial celebration. AIChE is preparing a Web site celebrating their 100-year anniversary. The site includes biographies of notable alumni from universities nationwide. Bindra is president of global manufacturing for Chevron. Leal is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Sam Jenekhe

August 2008 | UW College of Engineering

Researchers boost efficiency of polymer solar cells using self-assembled nanowires

A team of researchers led by Samson A. Jenekhe, UW professor of chemical engineering and chemistry, boosted the efficiency of organic solar cells by using self-assembled polymer nanowires that help to convert sunlight into electrical energy. Jenekhe’s team is expanding the scope of promising materials being explored for use in solar cells made from semiconducting polymers. More...

Hong Shen

July 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

Hong Shen and EKOS Corporation receive $30,000 from Washington Technology Center

Washington Technology Center (WTC) awarded $30,000 in July to Hong Shen, UW assistant professor of chemical engineering, and EKOS Corporation, a Bothell-based medical device company, for a project that aims to improve the company's proprietary catheter-based drug-delivery system. The project was one of seven in Washington to receive funding as part of WTC’s Research and Technology Development program. More...

NUE UNIQUE

June 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

NUE UNIQUE puts scanning probe microscopes in hands of undergrads

Since the introduction of scanning probe microscopy in 1981, the technique has dazzled scientists around the world by providing new ways to view and manipulate objects at the nanoscale level. A group of 16 undergraduates from UW and other universities nationwide had opportunities in June to use a variety of scanning probe microscopes as part of NUE UNIQUE's "Nanoscience on the Tip,” a five-day series of workshops that introduced participants to one of science’s most exciting new tools. More...

AIChE regionals

April 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

Seniors compete in regional AIChE paper competition; Danny Kress takes first place with “Improvement of Fiber-Reinforced Composites”

Seniors Danny Kress, Álvaro Presenda and Marc Yamamoto competed in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Pacific Northwest Regional Student Research Paper Competition April 25-27 at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Kress took first place with his paper titled “Improvement of Fiber-Reinforced Composites." UW Chemical Engineering students have taken first place at AIChE’s annual regional competition every year since 2006. More...

Charlies Matthaei

March 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

Charles Matthaei inducted into American Society of Baking Hall of Fame

Alumnus Charles Matthaei (BS '43, Distinguished Alumnus '03), chairman of Roman Meal Company, was inducted into the American Society of Baking Hall of Fame in March 2008. Matthaei joins a long list of baking pioneers, including Otto Rohwedder, inventor of the world's first bread-slicing machine. He received a plaque in March 2008 during a ceremony at American Society of Baking facilities in Manhattan, Kansas

Hong Shen

March 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

Hong Shen wins five-year, $400,000 CAREER Award

Hong Shen, UW assistant professor of chemical engineering, won a five-year, $400,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her research on using nanomaterials to fight cancers, infections and autoimmune diseases. Her research group plans to develop polymer-coated biominerals to monitor and control activities within the endocytosis pathway, which serves as a cell’s communication hub and gateway to the outside world.

Winter 2008 Catalyst

March 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

Bruce Finlayson wins 2008 CACHE Award

Bruce Finlayson, UW professor emeritus of chemical engineering, won the 2008 CACHE Award for Excellence in Computing in Chemical Engineering Education from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). The award, sponsored by the CACHE Corporation and given by ASEE’s Chemical Engineering Division, honors significant contributions in the development of computer aids for chemical engineering education. ASEE will present the award to Finlayson in June at their annual conference in Pittsburgh. More...

Research & Development Magazine

March 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

Alumnus Susie Stenkamp and Richard Zheng win 2007 R&D Award

Alumni Susie Stenkamp (PhD '99) and Richard Zheng (PhD '00) won a 2007 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine for developing a compact device that manages heat and recovers water in fuel systems. R&D Magazine gives the awards annually in recognition of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced to the marketplace over the past year. Stenkamp and Zheng accepted the award in October 2007 in Chicago. More...

Philip Harding

February 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

Alumnus Philip Harding named Linus Pauling Chair at OSU

Alumnus Philip Harding (PhD, 1997) started in September 2007 as the Linus Pauling Chair in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU). The position is an endowed, five-year appointment (non-tenure track) intended to bring an individual with broad industrial experience into the department with the objective of improving the workforce readiness of graduating seniors. More...

Harvey Palmer

February 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

Harvey Palmer wins Engineer of the Year Award from Rochester Engineering Society

Alumnus Harvey Palmer (PhD, ’71), dean of engineering at the Rochester Instititute of Technology (RIT), was named the 2008 Leo H. East Engineer of the Year by the Rochester Engineering Society. The award goes annually to the one who has advanced the profession of engineering and enhanced the understanding of engineering principles in society. Under Palmer’s tenure, RIT developed the world’s first doctoral program in microsystems engineering. They also launched a BS program in chemical engineering in fall of 2008.

Winter 2008 Catalyst

February 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

Winter 2008 Catalyst is out

The Winter 2008 issue of Catalyst is out. Shaoyi Jiang, UW professor of chemical engineering and adjunct professor of bioengineering, is researching anti-fouling coatings that may one day keep barnacles from clustering on ship hulls and bacteria from damaging heart valves. Stuart Adler, assistant professor of chemical engineering, and his team have developed a new way to test electrochemical devices. More...

Buddy Ratner

January 2008 | UW Department of Chemical Engineering

Buddy Ratner awarded Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship

Buddy Ratner, UW professor of chemical engineering and bioengineering, has been awarded the Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship by the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). The lectureship is awarded each year to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering. More...