2021 News Archive

Congrats to Our Fall TA Award Winners

December 14, 2021

The Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award (UGTA) recognizes an undergraduate student whose service as teaching assistant in a Chemical Engineering course has been outstanding during that semester.

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Congratulation to AIChE Poster Completion Winners!

December 2, 2021

Jeremy Rivkin

Kareem AJeremy Rivkin '22 and Kareem Abdelmaqsoud '22 who were among the poster competition winners at the recent American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual meeting held in Boston, MA.  Five Faculty members and 24 students from our Department of Chemical Engineering attended.

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Hogan Wins STEP Ahead Award

November 29, 2021

Kayleigh Hogan

Chemical engineering alumna Kayleigh Hogan ’12 (T5) has been selected as a recipient of the Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award by the Manufacturing Institute. The awards recognize women in science, technology, engineering, and production who exemplify leadership and excellence within their companies and in their careers.

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November 15, 2021

CHE 150 project
First-year students from Marc Porosoff’s CHE 150: Introduction to Sustainable Energy class gathered on the Hajim Quad on a sunny day earlier this semester to begin work on their solar water heater projects. (Photos by J. Adam Fenster/University of Rochester)

A wonderful example has occurred this summer and fall in Marc Porosoff introductory
course, CHE 150: Introduction to Sustainable Energy.

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XPRISE Competition

November 1, 2021

PhD students
PhD students Renjie Liu, upper left; Jane Agwara, upper right; and Mitchell Juneau, lower right, and Stephany Correa-Diaz ’24, lower left, all of chemical engineering, are among the members of the student team participating in the XPRIZE competition. (Photos courtesy of the Marc Porosoff lab)

Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur who recently launched the first all-civilian mission into space, has galvanized an exciting collaboration of Hajim School engineering students to address a pressing issue on Earth: climate change. More than 30 students are vying for a $250,000 prize as part of Musk’sXPRIZE Carbon Removal Competition. They are designing a device that removes carbon dioxide from the air and converts it into commercially viable raw materials. “We are doing something that affects the whole world, because the problem we are trying to solve is a global one. So being involved in this is really exciting,” says project leader Jane Agwara, a PhD student in the lab of project mentor Marc Porosoff, assistant professor of chemical engineering.

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Zero Cost Hero

October 28, 2021

Professor Andrew White
Professor Andrew White, Associate Professor

Thursday's Hero: Andrew White  Andrew White, associate professor of chemical engineering, is the first recipient of  the River Campus

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Develop Computationally Designed Zwitterionic Peptides

July 19, 2021

Professor Andrew White

Andrew White, associate professor of chemical engineering and an expert in computer-designed molecular simulation who is also affiliated with the Materials Science Program, will be working along side Danielle Benoit, professor of biomedical engineering, director of the Materials Science Program, and an expert in nanoparticle drug delivery systems, will address this problem with grant from the National Science Foundation.  Along with Danielle, and co-PI Andrew will be co-PI Minsoo Kim, professor of microbiology and immunology and of pharmacology and physiology at the Medical Center.

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Müller’s Paper Published in Chemical Reviews

June 11, 2021

Professor Astrid Müller, Assistant Professor

Professor Astrid M. Müller’s review article on Pulsed Laser in Liquids Made Nanomaterials for Catalysis appeared in Chemical Reviews. She and her PhD students Ryland Forsythe, Connor Cox and Maddie Wilsey used the pandemic-related downtime of her lab to compose a comprehensive review of the field of laser-generated nanomaterials for catalysis, either with performance testing or of potential interest for catalytic applications. They highlighted the unique benefits of the laser synthesis technique that is central to Müller’s research. The review serves as a practical guide that both the catalysis and laser synthesis communities can exploit to advance catalyst development, by leveraging the synergies of two fields of intensive research.

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Melodie Lawton eager to share her ‘exciting journey’ in engineering

February 8, 2021

Professor Melodie Lawton

Melodie Lawton, assistant professor of instruction in chemical engineering, joined our faculty last year with not only solid academic credentials, but invaluable industry experience at Bausch & Lomb. Melodie drew on that experience to devise ways to help maintain safe social distancing in her undergraduate lab course last fall. Melodie comes from a non-STEM background, “so I think I always had to be self-motivating,” she says. After working at Bausch & Lomb, she earned a PhD in bioengineering at Syracuse University (2018), working on smart shape memory polymer composites. She’s excited to be connecting to students in classrooms and labs. “The challenge is taking really complicated physics and chemistry and repackaging it so someone can not only understand it but be excited enough to want to learn on their own in the future, or do something with it,” Lawton says. “I find that really satisfying.”

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Summer Internship Results in Lead Authored Paper

January 4, 2021

Paul Irving Lead Author
Paul Irving

Paul Irving ’21 of chemical engineering is lead author and Robbie Cecil ’20 of archaeology, technology, and historical structures is co-author of a paperrin HardwareX entitled “MYSTAT: A compact potentiostat/galvanostat for general electrochemistry measurements.” The device performs a wide range of electrochemical measurements; can be controlled from any computer capable of running the Python programming language, including a low-cost Raspberry Pi, and is completely open source, giving researchers the ability to modify the hardware and software as needed for custom measurement techniques.

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