CBE Grad Seminar Series schedule offers researchers from near and far

Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has released its Graduate Seminar Series schedule for the fall 2016 semester, with numerous researchers from institutions nationwide and from Iowa State University set to present their work. Part of the required curriculum for chemical engineering graduate students at Iowa State, the seminars are open to [Continue Reading…]

Mallapragada awarded distinguished professor status; Schneider to associate professor

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Dr. Surya Mallapragada and Dr. Ian Schneider have received promotions that became effective August 15, 2016. Dr. Mallapragada has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. The title honors exemplary performance in research and/or creative activities as reflected by a national or international reputation in the nominee’s discipline. [Continue Reading…]

An eye on Mars: Li’s photoelectrolysis research could take human benefit to new levels

Researchers in Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) are harnessing the potential of photosynthesis – one of the fundamental natural process that exists on Earth – with an eye on someday using photosynthesis to help humans live on Mars. Richard Seagrave Associate Professor Dr. Wenzhen Li is leading a study to [Continue Reading…]

Reuel joins ISU CBE faculty, ready to train future work force

Dr. Nigel Reuel is ready and eager to start the fall semester at Iowa State University as the newest assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. “I am very excited to teach and conduct research here,” said Reuel. “From my first visit to campus I was impressed with the caliber and collegiality [Continue Reading…]

CBE professor Wu receives major honor from chemical engineering group

Dr. Yue Wu of Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has been named the recipient of the 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Nanoscale Science & Engineering Forum (NSEF) Young Investigator Award. The prestigious honor recognizes outstanding interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology by engineers or scientists in the early stages of [Continue Reading…]

A summer of fellowship and research wraps up for CBE’s BioMap REU students

Twelve chemical and biological engineering undergraduates from near and far are heading home with great memories and valuable research experience following a summer at Iowa State. They were participants in the Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates (BioMaP REU) program in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE). The program brings undergraduates [Continue Reading…]

From “teaching” science to “doing” science: High school educators enjoy research in CBE

“There is a change in science teaching standards going on. It is a shift in approach from ‘teaching’ science to ‘doing’ science,” says Jeremy Morrow, a science teacher at Hoover High School in Des Moines. As a participant in this this year’s Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, that philosophy will impact how he educates [Continue Reading…]

Making smart phones a tool for diabetics: CBE’s Rollins is working to make it happen

For Iowa State chemical and biological engineering professor Derrick Rollins, a diagnosis of type II diabetes was a life-changing experience – but in one way you might not expect. In addition to the customary lifestyle changes that go along with such a diagnosis, Rollins has used his personal situation to launch a major research project [Continue Reading…]

Discovering new ways of learning abroad

Tyler Miller didn’t always know what his path in college would be. Growing up in the small town of Northfield, Minnesota, Miller knew he wanted to do something in the sciences. When it came time to make a decision, Miller turned to his parents who gave him guidance that led him to Iowa State.

Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Wenzhen Li receives Bailey Award

Wenzhen Li, Richard Seagrave Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, will receive Bailey Research Career Development Award funding. His work in solar-assisted biomass processing, “Solar Photo Electrolysis of Biorenewable Feedstock to Higher-Valued Chemicals over Non-Precious Dual-Layer Catalysts,” will be supported. The award is presented annually to senior Iowa State faculty who [Continue Reading…]

Making the most of her adventure

Leslie Harder, a senior in chemical engineering with a minor in food science, grew up in the small town of Swisher, Iowa. Throughout her life, Harder’s parents have encouraged by her parents to try new things. She’s participated in dance, soccer, and everything in between and graduated near the top of her class with two recognitions: National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society.

Learning about engineering in Germany

Allie Flessner, an undergraduate in chemical engineering, recently returned from studying abroad in Mannheim, Germany. She’s says the trip introduced her to a new culture while also helping her learn more about engineering concepts.