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Pulsed lasers in liquids speed up the hunt for effective catalysts

August 4, 2021

Professor Astrid M.  Müller

student working in the labRochester researchers have documented the pulsed-laser-in-liquid technique’s multiple advantages over traditional wet lab methods.


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.


The ceremony is sponsored by the Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections

June 21, 2021

Jennifer Condit, UG Administrator

"On Wednesday, May 26 at the Gwennie Awards, presented by the Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections. The event was first held in 2017 and honors partners who exemplify the center’s values and support career education efforts for students and alumni." 


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.


2021 Student Award Winners

May 22, 2021


Congratulations to our 2021 student award winners


Claire Wilson '21: 'a clear standout'

April 26, 2021

Claire Wilson

“I truly believe that college is what you make of it,” says Claire Wilson ’21 of chemical engineering.


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.”


Mueller's Paper Selected as Editor's Choice

January 25, 2021

Astrid M. Mueller

Professor Bin Liu and the Catalysis Science & Technology Editorial Board wanted to thank and congratulate Professor Astrid M. Mueller for her recent contribution to Catalysis Science and Technology.


Summer Internship Results in Lead Authored Paper

January 4, 2021

Paul Irving Lead Author

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.