College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Tessonnier-led research bridges gap for more efficient conversions of lignin for cleaner and greener chemicals

Effective conversion of lignin to increase the production of bio-oil and reduce a solid by-product called “char” has been addressed in Iowa State University engineering research and published in Energy & Environmental Science.

CBE’s Shanks named Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Fellow

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering faculty member Brent Shanks has been named an American Chemical Society (ACS) Industrial & Engineering Chemistry (I&EC) Fellow for the Class of 2023.

Help uphold AIChE student chapter’s tradition of excellence! FundISU page is now available

Twenty Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering undergraduates have made the trip to Phoenix for the AIChE Annual Student Conference. While the experience is definitely worth the trip, it is costly. Prior to departing, the chapter’s faculty advisor Dr. Stephanie Loveland estimated more than $10,000 had been spent on air and hotel reservations and conference registration fees alone. The chapter has established a FundISU page through the Iowa State University Foundation to allow contributions that will help defray some of these costs. Contributions can be made through December 9.

Four graduate students top CBE’s Perfect Pitch research competition

The comment, “So, tell me about your research!” will be easier to field for CBE’s graduate students who took part in this year’s Perfect Pitch competition. The students once again faced a 90-second time limit (with the aid of one PowerPoint slide) in presenting an “elevator speech” of what their research is all about.

Testing hybrid, soft/hard nanocarriers to deliver drugs to the brain

Rizia Bardhan made a fist with one hand then covered it with her other hand, like a baseball player catching a ball in the web of a fielder’s glove.

The fist represents a special nanocarrier filled with medicine, said the Iowa State University associate professor of chemical and biological engineering. The other hand represents a cell working out whether to catch that nanoparticle then take it, drugs and all, across its protective membrane into its interior.

Chowdhury, Kozminsky, Wang join CBE faculty in fall semester

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering welcomes three new faculty members: Ratul Chowdhury, Molly Kozminsky and Jing Wang, who are beginning their appointments in the fall 2022 semester. All will be tenure-track assistant professors.

CBE research group’s article featured on the cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society

The work being done by the research groups of Chemical and Biological Engineering professors Eric Cochran, Brent Shanks, and Jean-Philippe Tessonnier is making headlines. The article “ Bioenabled Platform to Access Polyamides with Built-In Target Properties,” which is a result of their research, has been featured on the June cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).

Expanded BioMaP undergrad research program underway with 18 students

Students from Iowa State University and around the nation are settling in for a summer of hands-on research work with ISU’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) with the BioMaP Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates.

Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award for CBE’s Fox

Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Hershel B. Whitney Professor, Global Initiatives Rodney Fox has been selected for the 2022-23 Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award.

Chemical engineering grad student, Abigail Koep, awarded Graduate Research Fellowship from prestigious NSF program

Abigail Koep, entered the chemical and biological engineering Ph.D. program in 2022 and is one of only three ISU students to receive the illustrious Graduate Research Fellowship this year.

Cyclone pride! CBE’s AIChE chapter hosts conference; Chem-E-Car winning streak rolls on

Iowa State’s student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) hosted the group’s Mid-America Regional Conference April 8 and 9 – rolling out the red carpet for students from 12 other schools and taking some top honors of its own.

Major CBE supporter, department grad Harold Wiggers passes away

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering alumnus and major department supporter Harold Wiggers passed away March 26 at the age of 93. His wife, Doreen Badger, 88, passed away March 31.

CBE’s Reuel is witness in congressional review of small business initiatives

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) associate professor and Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel served as a witness in recent U.S. congressional testimony.

Chemical and Biological Engineering alum, major department supporter “Barney” Baxter passes away

One of the most ardent supporters of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), Reginald R. “Barney” Baxter, has passed away.

CBE’s AIChE student group to host regional conference at Iowa State in April

The chemical engineering spotlight will shine brightly on the Iowa State University campus April 8-10. That’s when the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) will host the Institute’s 2022 Mid-America Student Regional Conference.

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