News Archive

News Archive

September 2015 | Chemical Engineering ACES

ChemE Graduate Symposium on 9/24 Th. at 3pm in Kane Hall 225

RSVP today to support your fellow ChemE's who will be presenting talks and posters, enjoy a keynote address by Dr. Mark Verbrugge, Director of the Chemical and Material Systems Laboratory at GM, and network with local industry members while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and drinks at the poster session. 


September 2015 | National Association of Professional Women

ChemE Alumna Brigette Rosendall Inducted into the NAPW VIP Woman of the Year Circle

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) announced the induction of ChemE alumna Brigette Rosendall (Ph.D. '96) into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. Dr. Rosendall is Principal Engineer (P.E.) and Bechtel Distinguished Scientist for Bechtel National, Inc. and played significant roles in its major engineering projects, including the cleanup and containment at Hanford Waste Treatment Plant in Washington State and the construction of the second span of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. 


September 2015 | UW Today 

Clean Energy Institute Hosts the Pacific Northwest Energy Storage Symposiium on Sept. 11

The UW Clean Energy Institute, directed by ChemE Prof. Dan Schwartz, will bring together Pacific Northwest energy storage stakeholders for the Transforming the Future: A Symposium on the Science and Technology of Energy Storage in the Pacific Northwest. "No matter where you fit in the landscape of translating energy from molecules to markets, you'll be able to get that 360-degree perspective," said Schwartz. Read the full article on UW Today


September 2015 | Chemical Engineering 

Sam Landsman Transports ChemE Concepts to the Jazz World

Sam Landsman, who graduated from UW ChemE with his bachelor's degree this year, released a jazz album, Transport, with eleven of his compositions, and Sam at the tenor saxophone. We can now listen to the heat transfer process and tap our feet to its rhythm.  


August 2015 | The Seattle Times

ChemE Alum John Whitaker's Modumetal pulls in $33M to create long-lasting metal using 'nano-layering'

Modumetal, co-founded by ChemE Alum John Whitaker (Ph.D. '03, Advisor: Dan Schwartz), raised $33M in financing to manufacture a metal that can last longer than steel and aluminum. Read the full story on The Seattle Times. 


August 2015 | CoMSEF

Kayla Sprenger Wins 2015 CoMSEF Conference Presentation Award

ChemE graduate student Kayla Sprenger (Advisor: Jim Pfaendtner) won the 2015 CoMSEF Conference Presentation Award, which recognizes significant contributions of young researchers to research in computational molecular science and engineering.  Kayla was simultaneously selected at the conference as the PCCP Journal Poster Prize winner.    


August 2015 | Nano Letters

Prof. and Chair François Baneyx's Research on August Cover of Nano Letters

Prof. and Chair François Baneyx's research makes the August cover of Nano Letters with an article on computational design of two-dimensional protein crystals by Matthaei et al.  


August 2015 | Chemical Engineering

The 2nd International Conference on Bioinspired and Zwitterionic Materials

The 2nd International Conference of Bioinspired and Zwitterionic Materials organized by Prof. Shaoyi Jiang was held on UW campus on August 13-14, 2015. It was a great success with 120 participants, 32 talks, 20 short talks and 46 posters. 9 student travel awards and 4 student poster awards were given.   


August 2015 | Green Car Congress

Prof. Venkat Subramanian's Team Develops New Robust Approach to Solving Battery Models

The Modeling, Analysis and Process-control Laboratory for Electrochemical Systems (M.A.P.L.E.) Lab led by Prof. Venkat Subramanian developed new robust approach to solving battery models. The paper is newly published in the journal Computers & Chemical Engineering


August 2015 | UW Today

What can data science do for you? Prof. David Beck hosts NSF-sponsored 2015 Data Science Workshop

What can data science do for you? Prof. David Beck hosts 100 graduate students from around the country at his NSF-sponsored 2015 Data Science Workshop on Aug 5 -7 to come up with answers. 


June 2015 | ISCRM

Prof. Cole DeForest Receives The Jaconette L. Tietze Young Scientist Award

The Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) announced Prof. Cole DeForest as the recipient of the 2015 Jaconette L. Tietze Young Scientist Award, which advances the work of junior faculty in stem cell research.  


June 2015 | Chemical Engineering

ChemE Men's Team Wins the Intramural Soccer League

The men's team of ChemE graduate students, Dreaming Dolphins, won the Intramural Soccer League for spring 2015! This is the second time in three years that the ChemE team has won the title - Both the co-ed and men's teams won in spring 2013. They rose to the top out of 8 teams - Congratulations!


May 2015 | Huskies Mens Crew

UW Crew Team with ChemE Students Wins the Fifth Straight National Rowing Championship

Two ChemE students helped the Huskies win their fifth straight national rowing championships. John Gangi (sophomore) and Graham Henry (junior) bookended the varsity men's 4+, John in stroke and Graham in the bow. UW won all five heavyweight camp races and dominated the regatta, winning every single race leading up to the finals, 14 in all. 


Beau Richardson

May 2015 | UW CoMotion & College of Engineering

Beau Richardson: CoMotion Graduate Innovator 2015 Award Winner

The CoMotion Graduate Innovator Award goes to the graduate student or postdoctoral researcher in the College of Engineering who best demonstrates creative problem-solving on the road to moving innovative ideas to real-world impact. One of two winners this year is Beau Richardson, PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering.    


May 2015 | GeekWire

Vie Diagnostics Wins the Grand Prize at the Foster School Business Competition

ChemE students Mark Borysiak and Charlie Corredor along with ME colleague Babak Moghadam won the Grand Prize and a $25,000 check at the Foster School Business Competition. Their company, Vie Diagnostics, is developing a low-cost DNA test for sexually transmitted diseases.  


May 2015 | Clean Energy Institute

Clean Energy Institute "Energized for the Future"

Energized for the Future, a series of columns commissioned by the Clean Energy Institute to showcase the opinion of thought leaders in the energy economy was recently published in Xconomy and is now available on the CEI website. The series features two columns by distinguished ChemE alumni Ron Litzinger and Jud Virden.



April 2015 | Chemical Engineering

Prof. Samson A. Jenekhe elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)

Prof. Sam Jenekhe has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom's professional body for chemical scientists with a heritage that spans 170 years.


ChemE Innovation Program Students at Environmental Innovation Challenge

4 graduates and 15 undergrads in the ChemE Innovation Program took part in the Environmental Innovation Challenge. Congratulations to Team Ion Informatics for taking home the CoMotion Honorable Mention and a $2500 check! Read more on Foster School of Business blog and GeekWire.



April 2015 | Chemical Engineering

Prof. Dan Schwartz wins the 2015 Landolt Distinguished Mentor Award

Prof. Dan Schwartz is the recipient of the 2015 Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, which recognizes a UW faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the education and guidance of graduate students.



April 2015 | Chemical Engineering

Prof. Buddy Ratner selected as Langmuir Lecturer

Prof. Buddy Ratner has been selected as one of the 2015 American Chemical Society Langmuir Lecturers. He will deliver the prestigious lecture at the ACS Fall National Meeting in Boston. 


ChemE Volunteers

March 2015 | Chemical Engineering

ChemE Students Serve as Mentors at Bryant Elementary School Science Fair

11 ChemE students volunteered at the Bryant Elementary School Science Fair, working with 4th/5th graders on science projects and helping them present in front of hundreds of family and friends in attendance. ChemE was the largest group of UW volunteers this year. Way to go!



March 2015 | Nature Materials

Prof. Cole DeForest describes new approach for guiding stem cell fate in Nature Materials

DeForest Research Group has developed an innovative strategy to reversibly photopattern 3D hydrogel biomaterials for the first time with full-length proteins.  These programmable modifications were exploited to direct stem cell fate with complete spatiotemporal control.



February 2015 | Chemical Engineering

Prof. and Chair François Baneyx Elected as American Academy of Microbiology Fellow

Prof. and ChemE Chair François Baneyx was elected to Fellowship in American Academy of Microbiology. Baneyx will be recognized at the 115th American Society for Microbiology General Meeting in New Orleans in June.




February 2015 | Chemical Engineering

Prof. Shaoyi Jiang's Students Continue to Excel Beyond UW

Prof. Shaoyi Jiang's former Ph.D. students continue to make an impact. Gang Cheng (UW Ph.D. 2009), now an Assistant Professor at the University of Akron, has been awarded a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Andrew White (UW Ph.D. 2013) is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester. 



February 2015 | GeekWire

Prof. Dan Schwartz on GeekWire

Prof. Dan Schwartz weighs in on the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai in an interview with GeekWire.



January 2015 | Chemical Engineering

Congratulations to Associate Professor, Jim Pfaendtner

Assistant Prof. Jim Pfaendtner will be promoted to Associate Prof. with tenure effective September 16, 2015. Congratulations Prof. Pfaendtner on this richly deserved achievement. 


François Baneyx

January 2015 | Chemical Engineering

Prof. and Chair François Baneyx Elected to AIMBE College of Fellows

Professor and ChemE Chair François Baneyx was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)'s College of Fellows. Baneyx will be inducted at AIMBE's 2015 Annual Event in March in Washington D.C. and will join the top 2% select group of most accomplished medical and biological engineers.



January 2015 | Clean Energy Institute

CEI Funds Three New ChemE Grad Fellows

Clean Energy Institute (CEI) announced the recipients of its 2015 Graduate Fellowships in Clean Energy Research. Among the group are three new ChemE Fellows, adding to the two inaugural recipients in 2014.


January 2015 | NESAC/BIO

NIH Funding of NESAC/BIO Extended to 2019

The National ESCA and Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems (NESAC/BIO) led by Prof. David Castner has received an additional five years of funding from the NIH.


January 2015 | Chemical Engineering

ChemE Welcomes Assistant Prof. Vincent Holmberg

2015 is off to a great start with the addition of Assistant Prof. Vincent Holmberg, whose research focuses on the synthesis, application and integration of nanomaterials.


January 2015 | Chemical Engineering

Holiday Message from UW ChemE

Click on the link for the holiday message from Chair François Baneyx.


November 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Prof. Lilo Pozzo Wins $2.8M from NIH to Develop Clot Busting Technology

The National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood has awarded $2.8M to a team led by Prof. Pozzo to develop a technology that breaks blood clots non-invasively using light. 


November 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Prof. David G. Castner Awarded the 2014 Riviere Prize from the UK Surface Analysis Forum

“The award for 2014 is made to Professor David G. Castner of the University of Washington for his contribution to the study, analysis and understanding of biological and biomaterial interfaces.  David has provided stimulus, guidance and encouragement to researchers working in this growing field and has been quick to recognize and investigate the potential of methods new to the area, such as SIMS, NEXAFS and non-linear optical techniques.  His research, regular presentations and tireless work in numerous international committees and advisory boards has ensured that the surface analysis of biomaterials is recognized as a significant and important activity.”



November 2014 | Office of Research

Prof. Hugh Hillhouse featured by Office of Research as one of five "Researchers Making an Impact for a World of Good"
The Harry A. & Metta R. Rehnberg Chair Professor talks solar in Seattle.



November 2014 | C&EN

Prof. Shaoyi Jiang featured in the current Chemical & Engineering News

"Simple Molecules Block Bacterial Biofilms" - Check out the current issue of C&EN for the exciting work of Prof. Shaoyi Jiang and his research group. 



November 2014 | Chemical Engineering

ChemE Senior Design II Team takes Honorable Mention at 2014 AIChE Student Design Competition

2014 Senior Design II team (Tami McTaggart, Arin Greenwood and Kim Huynh) took Honorable Mention at the AIChE Student Design Competition for their project on industrial-scale production of alternative flu vaccines produced from modified sf9 insect cells. Way to go!




October 2014 | Clean Energy Institute

Prof. Hugh Hillhouse Receives Department of Education Sunshot Award
The Next Generation Photovoltaics 3 Program, which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, supports the Hillhouse Group to explore the chemistry of high bandgap hybrid perovskites and develop novel tandem solar cells that utilize a hybrid perovskite as the top cell.




October 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Benson 123 Named "The John C. Berg Interfacial & Colloid Science Lab"

President Michael K. Young has named Benson 123 "The John C. Berg Interfacial & Colloid Science Lab", in honor of longtime and beloved faculty member, Prof. John C. Berg, celebrating his tremendous contributions to the UW and the ChemE over the past 50 years. 



September 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Prof. Jim Pfaendtner featured in Provost's "Leading Change in Public Higher Education" Report

Helping UW Students prepare for life after graduation: It takes all of us. See how our own Prof. Jim Pfaendtner is helping students prepare for career success.



September 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Dr. Andy Kim to Join as a Lecturer

ChemE is thrilled to welcome Dr. Andy Kim as a Full-Time Lecturer.  Dr. Kim will teach both laboratory and lecture courses, maintain the modules in Surface and Colloid Science Laboratory course, and develop lab modules for a new course in Polymer Science.  He will also be responsible for maintaining the departmental shared research instrumentation facility.



September 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Prof. Rene Overney selected to attend the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Prof. Rene Overney is among a group of faculty who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines and is selected to participate in this NAE symposium to share best practices in education.   



September 2014 | American Society for Engineering Education

Prof. Jim Pfaendtner featured in ASEE "20 under 40"

Prof. Jim Pfaendtner was featured in American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 20 under 40 for his passion and commitment in coaching and helping students achieve their career goals (page 31).



September 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Welcome Associate Professor Venkat Subramanian

ChemE kicks off the Fall term 2014 with a warm welcome to Associate Professor Venkat Subramanian, whose research is on electrochemical and energy systems engineering, batteries and battery management system, model reformulation and model predictive control.




July 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Prof. John Berg's 50-Year Anniversary Celebration

ChemE professor John C. Berg has had a profound effect on his colleagues, students, and the fields of chemical engineering and molecular engineering & sciences. Learn more from several of those who have benefited from John's example and mentorship on the occasion of his 50th anniversary with UW.



June 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Winners of the 2014 Bowen Design Award Announced

Team Coastin', Team Kegel, and Team Aurora Plasmonics were selected as the three inaugural winners of the Bowen Design Award.  The J. Ray and Priscilla J. Bowen Endowment was established by former UW Dean of Engineering and Chemical Engineering Faculty member, J. Ray Bowen, to recognize outstanding student performance in senior design projects.


June 2014 | College of Engineering

ChemE Celebrates Eric B. Denton, P.E., 2014 Diamond Award Honoree

ChemE celebrates the achievements of our alumnus, Eric B. Denton, P.E., the 2014 Diamond Award Honoree of Distinguished Achievement in Industry. 



Professor Sam Jenekhe

May 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Dr. Samson A. Jenekhe receives AIChE Stine Award

Professor Samson Jenekhe is awarded the prestigious Charles M.A. Stine Award. He will present a keynote talk in the MESD Plenary Session at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Atlanta.


May 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Dr. James Carothers receives the UW Presidential Innovation Award

Professor James Carothers receives the Innovation Award to fund his transformational research work on fundamental questions of cellular design. 


Rainie D. Nelson

May 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Nelson Named 2014 Dean's Medalist

Senior Rainie Nelson was awarded the 2014 Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence. Dean's medalists are recognized for their academic excellence, research experience, extracurricular activities, and leadership. Rainie is the third ChemE student to receive the award.


May 2014 | Chemical Engineering

UW College of Engineering Announces 2014 Community of Innovator Awardees

Assistant Professor Jim Pfaendtner receives award for Junior Faculty Innovator. 

May 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Clean Energy Institute featured on the Crosscut Magazine

ChemE partner, CEI, is leading the way for solar energy future.

April 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Student Winners at Regional AIChE Conference

ChemE students take First Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention at the Pacific Northwest Regional AIChE Student Chapter Conference.

UW Biodiesel Cooperative

March 2014 | Chemical Engineering

UW Biodiesel Cooperative receives 89K grant from the Campus Sustainability Fund

ChemE seniors Tami McTaggart and Lauren Alexander discuss ambitious plans to revamp the student-run Biodiesel Cooperative, and explain how the CSF grant helps them and their fellow officers resume production of biofuel.

Jeff Richards

March 2014 | UW Foundation

ChemE grad Jeff Richards talks solar energy

In an interview with the UW Foundation, Conner Fellowship recipient Jeff Richards discusses the future of solar energy.  With the Pozzo Research Group, he tests the viability of using plastic materials to produce low cost, high performance solar cells.


ACS Award

March 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Alumnus Felix S. Kim Awarded for Outstanding Research

Felix S. Kim (PhD 2012) has been announced the 2014 winner of the Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Chemistry sponsored by the ACS Divisions POLY and PMSE and administered by PolyEd. A half-day symposium in his honor will be held at the 2014 ACS national meeting.

Razieh Khalifehzadeh

March 2014 | Chemical Engineering

ChemE Student Contributes to Science Magazine's NextGen Forum

Grad student Razieh Khalifehzadeh answers the question "What recent discovery will still be remembered 200 years from now?"


February 2014 | Chemical Engineering

Two awards for ChemE students at the Sci Tech Showcase

On the evening of February 5, a dozen student teams from across campus jumped into a shark tank. Their goal was to convince a tough set of savvy judges that a technology idea they are working on has real technical and market potential. More . . .

January 2014 | UW Chemical Engineering

High Impact Paper on Vaccines

ChemE Professor François Baneyx and UW co-authors publish paper in Nanomedicine.


Dr. Cole DeForestJanuary 2014 | UW Chemical Engineering

ChemE Welcomes Dr. Cole DeForest

ChemE welcomes Assistant Professor Cole DeForest.  Professor DeForest brings expertise in the areas of biomaterials, stem cell biology, and protein engineering.


December 2013 | UW Chemical Engineering

Clean Energy Institute Launched

ChemE Prof. Daniel Shwartz, Founding Director, anticipates innovative energy research and development at the new Clean Energy Institute. 

Cori Bucherl

December 2013 | UW Chemical Engineering

Cori Bucherl selected for the Bonderman Travel Fellowship

ChemE graduate student Cori Bucherl, chosen for the prestigious Bonderman Fellowship, prepares to embark on 8 months of travel through South America and Asia.

December 2013 | UW Chemical Engineering

Conference on Zwitterionic Materials

Prof. Shaoyi Jiang is the co-organizer of the International Conference on Bioinspired and Zwitterionic Materials (ICIZM) 2013 in China, sponsored by the U.S. NSF and the NSF of China. 


December 2013 | Chemical Engineering

Mary Lidstrom and David Beck publish paper in Nature Communications

These two ChemE faculty, along with coauthors that include an undergraduate and post-doc in ChemE, describe a novel metabolic pathway in methane-utilizing bacteria that creates a new approach to using such bacteria for converting natural gas and biogas to value-added chemicals.

Kayla Vanous

November 2013 | Chemical Engineering

AICHE Posters Take First Place

Two Chem E grad students, Kayla Vanous and Greg Newbloom, win poster awards in San Francisco.

Laurel James

July 2013 | Chemical Engineering

Laurel James Receives Award for Diversity in Action

Laurel James, a ChemE staff member with background in Forest Resources, has received the E3 (Education-Environment-Economy) Award for Diversity in Action which recognizes her role helping to explore and develop new modes for university-based research interactions with Northwest Tribes on renewable energy issues.


May 2013 | Foster School of Business

PolyDrop Awarded $5,000 Finalist Prize in the 2013 BPC

The undergraduate developers of PolyDrop, an innovative conductive polymer additive for paints, received $5,000 in seed funding from the Buerk Center at the May 23 Business Plan Competition. The team also won first place at 2013 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge earlier this spring. Congratulations once again to seniors Odin Jacobovitch, Scott Landro, Heather Milligan, Naomi Miyake, and Volha Hrechka!


May 2013 | Foster School of Business

'Sweet Sixteen' Advance in the 2013 BPC

PolyDrop emerged succesful from the Investment Round of the Buerk Center's Business Plan Competition, earning 1 of 16 spots in the next round.  On May 23, each team will make a 15-minute investor pitch to a panel of 7 judges. The 4 teams with the best investor pitches will be selected to advance to the Final Round, where they will compete to win a grand prize of $25,000.


May 2013 | Seattle Times

2013 Business Plan Competition Investment Round

Chemical Engineering teams GoldyLochs and PolyDrop were 2 of 36 teams selected to participate in the Buerk Center's April 24 Business Plan Competition Investment Round. This annual event gives business and science students the opportunity to pitch business plans to Seattle area venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and investors. GoldyLochs team member and Chemical Engineering undergrad Alysa Joaquin was featured in a Seattle Times article as well as UWTV segment about the event.


May 2013 | UW Today

Mary Lidstrom Joins the Distinguished Ranks of the National Academy of Sciences

Congratulations to Jungers Professor of Chemical Engineering Mary Lidstrom, who was elected to the National Academy of Sciences this April in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.


April 2013 | Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Seniors Take on the 2013 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

Seniors Odin Jacobovitch, Scott Landro, Heather Milligan, Naomi Miyake, and Volha Hrechka took first place at the April 4 Environmental Innovation Challenge for their innovative polymer paint additive PolyDrop.


February 2013 | Chemical Engineering

Greg Newbloom Wins the Society of Rheology Poster Competition

Graduate student Greg Newbloom of the Pozzo Research Group won first prize for his poster entitled "Enhanced charge transport through engineering the network structure of conjugated polymers for photovoltaic applications."


February 2013 | UW Today

James Carothers Named Sloan Research Fellow

Assistant Professor James Carothers is a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship in Computational and Evolutionary Molecular Biology.


November 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Lidstrom, Beck Team awarded ARPA-E Award

The Department of Energy's ARPA-E program announced November 28 that a team led by Chemical Engineering's Jungers Professor Mary Lidstrom, and including Research Assistant Professor David Beck, will develop microbes that convert methane found in natural gas into liquid diesel fuel.


September 2012 | Chemical Engineering

ChemE Welcomes Prof. Carothers

Assistant Professor James Carothers joins the Chemical Engineering faculty this September. Carothers will continue his research in synthetic biology at the MolES Institute.


September 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Hillhouse team scores NSF SEP grant

Rehnberg Chair Professor Hugh Hillhouse has been awarded a $1.9 M National Science Foundation Sustainable Energy Pathways grant. As the grant Principal Investigator, Hillhouse will work with a team of UW faculty members to improve the efficiency of solar cells made from earth abundant elements (CZTS).



September 2012 | Chemical Engineering

MolES Institute Opens

The new Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute opened this September, and features open lab spaces where scientists will collaborate on Clean Tech and biotech research. Prof. François Baneyx is quoted in a recent Seattle Times article on the Institute.



August 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Shaoyi Jiang joins UW Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows

Boeing-Roundhill Professor of Chemical Engineering Shaoyi Jiang has been named a 2012 UW Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow. Fellows are recognized for their success in translating research into products and therapies, initiating groundbreaking programs for translation, or collaboration with industry. Jiang joins 17 other fellows, including ChemE Prof. Buddy Ratner.



August 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Richards wins at Neutron Scattering Conference

Jeffrey Richards, a graduate student in Prof. Lilo Pozzo's group, won an "ACNS Outstanding Student Poster Presentation Prize" at the American Conference on Neutron Scattering. Richards' poster won in the soft condensed matter and biology research area.



August 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Ratner to Speak at ACS Meeting

Prof. Buddy Ratner, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, will give a plenary lecture at the American Chemical Society National Meeting this August. Ratner's talk is titled "A 2012 perspective on biocompatibility: The contributions of the chemist."



July 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Schwartz named ECS Fellow

Prof. Daniel Schwartz has been elected as a 2012 Electrochemical Society Fellow. Schwartz joins 15 new fellows honored for their contributions and leadership in the area of electrochemistry and solid-state sciences.


Carbon Cultures Blanket

June 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Carbon Cultures featured in Ecoimagination and DiscoveryNews

Carbon Cultures, a PhD student group lead by Prof. Schwartz, has been making headlines with their portable biochar blanket. Funded through a NSF I-Corps grant, the group is working to commercialize technology to convert forestry refuse into an energy and agricultural product. The group was recently featured in GE’s Ecoimagination and DiscoveryNews.




June 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Hollenbeck Named 2012 Dean's Medalist

Senior Emily Hollenbeck was awarded the 2012 Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence. Dean's medalists are recognized for their academic excellence, research experience, extracurricular activities, and leadership. Emily is the second ChemE student to receive the award.


ChemE Car

May 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Hail the Conquering ChemEs

ChemE undergraduates swept the competition at the Pacific Northwest Regional AIChE Conference held on April 27-28. The students took first place in the Chem-E Car competition, both for design and performance, and took all three places in the research paper competition.



May 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Jenekhe articles make most read lists

Prof. Sam Jenekhe authored three articles that have made top journal’s most read articles lists. “New Thiazolothiazole Copolymer Semiconductors for Highly Efficient Solar Cells,” co-authored by Selvam Subramaniyan, Hao Xin and Felix Sunjoo Kim, made Macromolecules’ Most Read Articles in 2011. “One-Dimensional Nanostructures of π-Conjugated Molecular Systems: Assembly, Properties, and Applications from Photovoltaics, Sensors, and Nanophotonics to Nanoelectronics,” co-authored Felix Sunjoo Kim and Guoqiang Ren was on Chemistry of Materials’ Most Read Articles in 2011. The article also made Chemistry of Materials’ Q1 Read Most Articles of 2011.



May 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Siedlik places first at ECS poster contest

ChemE senior Mike Siedlik won first place in the student poster competition at the 221st Meeting of the Electrochemical Society. Mike went against 70 national and international students, mostly graduate students, and won in electrochemical science technology for his poster "Orchestrated Structure Evolution: Electroless Copper Deposition”.


Innovator Awards

May 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Jiang, Overney to receive Innovators Awards

Profs. Shaoyi Jiang and René Overney have been named the College of Engineering’s Innovator Awardees. Jiang will receive the Innovator in Research Award, while Overney will be awarded as Innovator in Teaching and Learning, at the Innovator Reception on May 29th.



March 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Prof. Pfaendtner receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Jim Pfaendtner has been named a 2012 National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient. His proposal, “Computational Enzymology of Non-Aqueous Biocatalysis: Application to Biomass Pretreatment” will receive $450,000 starting this month, and is co-funded by NSF’s Chemistry Division and Chemical, Biological, Environmental, and Thermal Division.



March 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Jiang named AIChE Fellow

Professor Shaoyi Jiang has been elected as an American Institute of Chemical Engineers Fellow, the society’s highest honor. Fellows are selected in recognition of their professional attainments and significant accomplishments in engineering.



February 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Pfaendtner to attend NAS 'Frontiers' symposium

Prof. Jim Pfaendtner has been invited by the National Academy of Sciences to speak at the “German American Frontiers of Science” symposium in May. The symposium is the Academy’s premiere event for distinguished young scientists, featuring speakers who have made significant contributions to their fields.



February 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Corredor is ChemE's first Ford Fellow

Charlie Corredor has earned a pre-doctoral Ford Fellowship, the first in the department's history. Corredor is a graduate student in Prof. Posner's group.



February 2012 | Chemical Engineering

NAE appoints ChemE alum as member

The National Academy of Engineering has selected Peter Farrell as one of 66 new members this year. Farrell, who earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering in 1971, is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ResMed.



February 2012 | Chemical Engineering

ChemE alum honored for industrial achievements

The College of Engineering named Steven Rogel as recipient of the Diamond Award: Distinguished Achievement in Industry. Rogel, BS '65, has contributed significantly to the forest products industry as former CEO of Willamette Industries and Weyerhaeuser.


ChemE Car

January 2012 | Chemical Engineering

ChemE Car Team test viability of design

The ChemE Car Team has made a video of their test-scale car's 50 ft. drive. "We wanted to have fun and gain some hands-on engineering and design experience, so we decided to participate in the AIChE ChemE Car competition. Safety, reliability, and consistency are three key aspects to a successful design, and we expect our thermoelectric powered car to be among the top contenders at this year’s regional conference," said team members Ken Davidson and William O’Neill.



January 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Jiang, Keefe develop new polymer

Prof. Shaoyi Jiang and PhD candidate Andrew Keefe have created a new polymer, which improves protein therapeutic effectiveness. Their findings are featured in a Nature Chemistry article.



December 2011 | UW Today

From forestry problem to profitable product

Student startup group C6 Systems was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation. The group developed technology to transform slash piles from forestry refuse into biochar, a practical, and potentially profitable, soil-enhancer. The $50,000 grant will be used to help bring biochar onto the market. Prof. Daniel Schwartz serves as principal investigator on the grant, working with with the five student team and entrepreneur Jeffry Canin. The project is one out of 21 nationally funded NSF grants established to advance student-based business plans. NPR and Xconomy also report on the NSF I-Corps grant.



November 2011 | Chemical Engineering

Nanowerk puts spotlight on Hillhouse research

Prof. Hillhouse and his team are examining ways to improve the efficiency of CZTS solar cells, while producing the cells using a non-toxic solvent. A Nanowerk article highlights Hillhouse's ground-breaking research.


ChemE file

November 2011 | UW Today

A Look at ChemE in the '40s

UW Libraries Special Collections released a silent, color film of Chemical Engineering, circa 1940. The three-minute film features students and professors in classroom and the lab, using the equipment of the day.



October 2011 | Chemical Engineering

Jenekhe article included in RSC press pack

An article authored by Prof. Sam Jenekhe and ChemE graduate student Felix Kim has been included in a recent Royal Society of Chemistry press pack. The article, distributed to scientific journalists, was recognized, in part, for being a long-term study on organic electronic devices.



September 2011 | Seattle Times

Allan touts benefits of creativity in Seattle Times article

G. Graham Allan, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Forest Resources, chimes in on the job market crisis in a Sept. 9th Seattle Times piece.



September 2011 | Q13 Fox News

Ratner's research used in medical app

A "magic wand", created in Prof. Buddy Ratner's lab, measures nutrient levels in plasma and records results through a cell phone app in seconds. Doctors in developing nations will be able to use this powerful tool to deliver instant care to people in rural and roaming communities. The FDA seeks to regulate this, and other medical apps, here in the states, according to the Q13Fox News video report.


Chemistry of Materials

August 2011 | Chemical Engineering

Hillhouse, Jenekhe articles make most read list

Articles by Professors Hugh Hillhouse and Samson Jenekhe are among the top ten most read in Chemistry of Materials for the second quarter of 2011. ChemE graduate students Felix Kim and Guoqiang Ren co-authored Jenekhe’s article.



August 2011 | UW Today

Ratner appointed ACS Fellow

Buddy Ratner, professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the largest scientific society in the world. Fellowships are given to distinguished scientists, who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS.


Mary Lidstrom

August 2011 | UW Today

Lidstrom, Jiang named WA Academy of Sciences members