News, Events & CEMS Seminars

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Tuesday, Oct. 5: Dr. Rachel Getman, Clemson University

Tuesday, Oct. 12: Dr. Miguel Modestino, New York University

Thursday, Oct. 14: Dr. Nancy Sottos, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ZOOM seminar.

Tuesday, Oct. 19: Dr. Julia Mundy, Harvard University

Thursday, Oct. 21: Dr. Jayakanth Ravichandran, University of Southern California

Tuesday, Oct. 26: Dr. Kristala L. Jones Prather, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Fredrickson Lecture)


Tuesday, Nov. 16: Dr. Jennifer Martinez, Northern Arizona University

Tuesday, Nov. 30: Dr. Kathleen (Kate) Stebe, University of Pennsylvania. ZOOM seminar


Tuesday, Dec. 7: Dr. Marianthi Ierapetritou, University of Delaware



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K. Andre Mkhoyan From soccer balls to atomic-scale structures

Posted December 1, 2021

Dec. 1, 2021 - There are special rooms for the instruments that K. Andre Mkhoyan uses. The walls are padded to dampen acoustic vibrations, the air is cooled so temperatures never vary more than one to two degrees, and the floors are concrete to lessen any sudden human movements or unexpected seismic activity.

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Chemical researchers invent bio-petroleum for sustainable materials

Posted November 23, 2021

Nov. 23, 2021 - A team of researchers from the U.S. National Science Foundation Center for Sustainable Polymers based at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have developed a chemical technology of combined fermentation and chemical refining that can produce petroleum-like liquids from renewable plants.

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Dr. Raisa C. A. Ela, Postdoctoral Associate in CEMS & CSP, named a 2021 MIT ChemE Rising Star

Posted November 12, 2021

November 12, 2021 - Dr. Raisa C. A. Ela, a Postdoctoral Associate in CEMS and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, was selected as a 2021 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Chemical Engineering Rising Star.

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CEMS graduate student Eeshani Godbole wins Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Award

Posted November 10, 2021

November 10, 2021 - Eeshani Godbole, a 5th year chemical engineering PhD candidate advised by CEMS Assistant Professor David Poerschke has won the Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Diamond Award from the Basic
Science Division of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS).

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Curtis and Flannigan co-author paper selected as "2021 PCCP HOT Article"

Posted November 2, 2021

November 2, 2021 - Wyatt Curtis (fifth-year ChE graduate student) and Professor David Flannigan are co-authors on a research paper that was recently published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

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CEMS graduate students honored with Outstanding Teaching Assistant (TA) Awards

Posted November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021 - Due to the pandemic, CEMS Outstanding Teaching Assistant (TA) Awards were postponed. CEMS is now proud to honor

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Dr. Kristala L.J. Prather delivers 2021 Fredrickson Lecture

Posted October 29, 2021

October 29, 2021 - CEMS was pleased to have Dr. Kristala L.J. Prather, the Arthur D. Little Professor and Executive Officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, deliver the 2021 Fredrickson Lecture on “Engineered Autonomous Control of Metabolic Pathways.”

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CEMS researchers win CACE Best Paper Award 2020

Posted October 21, 2021

October 21, 2021 - Matthew J. Palys (who recently defended his PhD thesis in CEMS) and Professor Prodromos Daoutidis won the Computers and Chemical Engineering Best Paper Award 2020 for their paper, "Using hydrogen and ammonia for renewable energy storage: A geographically comprehensive techno-economic study."

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CEMS alumnus Jian Qin wins 2022 John H. Dillon Medal

Posted October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021 - Jian Qin (PhD MSE ’09) is the recipient of the 2022 John H. Dillon Medal in Polymer Physics from the American Physical Society “for the advancement of analytical and computational tools in the thermodynamics and morphology of ionic or ion-containing polymeric materials."

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CEMS graduate student Shashank Kamdar wins APS travel grant

Posted September 25, 2021

September 25, 2021 - Shashank Kamdar, a 5th-year Chemical Engineering PhD candidate advised by CEMS Professor Xiang Cheng and Lorraine F. Francis, has been awarded a travel grant from the American Physical Society’s (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) to support his participation in the 2021 APS DFD Meeting at Phoenix.