BioMaP REU students wrap up summer of research, fun in CBE

With participation in the university-wide research poster presentation and a reception in the department, Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) 13 BioMaP REU students concluded their summer of research at Iowa State. The program (Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates) brings college students to the Iowa State campus to work under the mentorship of … Continue reading BioMaP REU students wrap up summer of research, fun in CBE

Nanovaccine Institute work on pancreatic cancer featured in ISU news story

CBE’s Balaji Narasimhan, chemical engineering grad students part of research team The Iowa State University-based Nanovaccine Institute, led by Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Balaji Narasimhan, is the subject of a feature story produced by University News Service. Read about the Institute’s work on nanovaccines for battling pancreatic cancer and … Continue reading Nanovaccine Institute work on pancreatic cancer featured in ISU news story

CBE’s Tessonnier gets research funding from NSF Catalysis program

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) faculty member Jean-Philippe Tessonnier has been awarded research funding through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Catalysis program. The program is part of the NSF’s Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems. Tessonnier’s project is entitled “Tailored Carbon-Supported Catalysis for the Conversion of Biomass in the Condensed Phase.” … Continue reading CBE’s Tessonnier gets research funding from NSF Catalysis program

CoE research project aims to develop bio-based carbon fiber

A research project by a group of College of Engineering researchers aims to develop a bio-based carbon fiber that could be used in anything from cars to wind turbines. The project was first started two years ago when the College of Engineering’s Exploratory Research Project provided seed funding for the preliminary studies. Findings from those … Continue reading CoE research project aims to develop bio-based carbon fiber

CBE’s new Small Angle X-Ray Scattering unit will benefit many ISU researchers

“It’s a piece of equipment that’s as easy to use as a coffee maker. And it’s a very low-risk way to visualize materials to see if it tells you something new.” The simplicity, yet high value of, the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Small Angle X-Ray Scattering System (SAXS) is summed up in that … Continue reading CBE’s new Small Angle X-Ray Scattering unit will benefit many ISU researchers

Bissell Road construction to impact Sweeney Hall, adjacent areas, March-August

Sweeney Hall and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering will be impacted by a major Bissell Road construction project beginning March 12. From March 12-August 10 Bissell Road will close from the elevated walkway between Hoover Hall and Howe Hall to the Bissell Road-Osborn Drive intersection. During this time various underground utility projects will … Continue reading Bissell Road construction to impact Sweeney Hall, adjacent areas, March-August

Whitney Global Initiatives Program will aid CBE; Oviedo, Spain Summer Lab is first to benefit

With an eye toward developing international experiences and a desire to increase “thinking globally,” a new gift to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) from a CBE alumni will significantly impact CBE students by enhancing opportunities for international awareness. The Hershel B. Whitney Charitable Trust has provided funding for the Hershel B. Whitney … Continue reading Whitney Global Initiatives Program will aid CBE; Oviedo, Spain Summer Lab is first to benefit

Chemical engineering grad students to sharpen skills with 90-second research presentations

“So, what kind of research do you do?” That question, and how to answer it in a detailed, yet time-efficient manner, is the motivation behind a new drill for Iowa State chemical engineering graduate students. The “Perfect Pitch Competition” will spotlight doctoral-track students presenting their research in a 90-second time frame using one Power Point … Continue reading Chemical engineering grad students to sharpen skills with 90-second research presentations

Applications for CBE’s BioMaP REU undergrad program accepted as of Jan. 8

Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering will begin accepting applications for its 2018 BioMaP REU undergraduate summer research program on January 8, 2018. The deadline for applying is February 15. The program will be held from May 29 – August 3, 2018. Details about the program, including a flyer and a descriptive list … Continue reading Applications for CBE’s BioMaP REU undergrad program accepted as of Jan. 8

CBE professor Yue Wu named to Midwest Energy News “40 Under 40”

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Herbert L. Stiles Associate Professor Yue Wu has been named to the Midwest Energy News 2017 “40 Under 40” award program. The program highlights emerging leaders throughout the Midwest and their work in America’s transition to a clean energy economy. Recipients and past 40 Under 40 honorees will … Continue reading CBE professor Yue Wu named to Midwest Energy News “40 Under 40”

ISU chemical engineers discover key to unlocking performance of hydrogenation catalysts

Carbon-supported metal nanoparticles have been used for decades as catalysts for the industrial production of chemicals. Yet, little is known about the role the carbon support plays on the performance of these materials. The choice of a support (activated carbon, carbon black, etc.) for a given process remains mostly based on trial and error. However, … Continue reading ISU chemical engineers discover key to unlocking performance of hydrogenation catalysts

Record number of chemical engineering graduate students choose Iowa State

A record number of graduate students are being welcomed by Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering this fall, with 85 individuals from more than a dozen countries pursuing advanced degrees in chemical engineering. Twenty of the students are new to Iowa State this semester. Both new and returning graduate students gathered recently for … Continue reading Record number of chemical engineering graduate students choose Iowa State

Online chemical engineering Ph.D. prep course aims for non-traditional students

A new online prep program from the Iowa State University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has been designed with non-traditional Ph.D. candidates in mind. The department has unveiled plans for an online graduate core preparatory course for qualified individuals seeking the advanced degree. It will debut in the summer of 2018 and is … Continue reading Online chemical engineering Ph.D. prep course aims for non-traditional students

CBE’s Graduate Seminar Series again showcases top researchers

Researchers and educators from noted institutions around the nation will once again visit Iowa State University to share their work as guests of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Graduate Seminar Series. The series schedule has been released and is posted on the department’s web site. It will begin with the traditional introductory seminar … Continue reading CBE’s Graduate Seminar Series again showcases top researchers