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

From undergrad to faculty member in five years: CBE welcomes new professor Luke Roling

Luke Roling is happy to bring the power of computational analysis to his undergraduate alma mater. And even happier to do so with what was “just a dream job” not many years ago. Roling will begin his first faculty appointment when he becomes an assistant professor in Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering … Continue reading From undergrad to faculty member in five years: CBE welcomes new professor Luke Roling

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

Eclipse curriculum! Ch E 325 shines a different light on data collection with solar event

It was a case of thinking outside the box – with the “box” being the conventional classroom. CBE professor Stephanie Loveland decided to turn the August 21 solar eclipse into a living laboratory of data collection for her Ch E 325 (CH E Laboratory I) class. And so, with notepads, clipboards, digital thermometers and eclipse-viewing … Continue reading Eclipse curriculum! Ch E 325 shines a different light on data collection with solar event

ChemE grad Suástegui earns “best of” award with presentation at national conference

Dr. Miguel Suástegui, who received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Iowa State in May of 2017, has been honored for a research presentation at a recent national conference. His talk at the April 2017 American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco was awarded “Best of BIOT” by the Division of Biochemical Technology (BIOT). … Continue reading ChemE grad Suástegui earns “best of” award with presentation at national conference

CBE graduate, ChemE grad student benefit from Pappajohn Center Cystarters program

An Iowa State chemical engineering graduate student and a May 2017 chemical and biological engineering (CBE) B.S. grad are both setting their sights on entrepreneurial goals – with the help of the university’s Pappajohn Center for Entreprenuership CYstarters program. Grad student Dillon Hurd — who is pursuing his Ph.D. by developing a wireless heart assist … Continue reading CBE graduate, ChemE grad student benefit from Pappajohn Center Cystarters program

CBE’s BioMaP REU undergrads conclude summer of research at Iowa State

“Loved the program. Well-organized and everyone was extremely helpful.” “A great way to see what graduate school is really like.” “Really appreciated the way the graduate students and faculty were so involved.” With positive reviews and an expanded portfolio of research experience under their belts, the nine undergraduates in the Department of Chemical and Biological … Continue reading CBE’s BioMaP REU undergrads conclude summer of research at Iowa State

Chemical engineering grad student Fatima Enam honored by research blog

Iowa State chemical engineering graduate student Fatima Enam has become one of the first recipients of a new award that recognizes research in the use of fluorescent proteins. The Michael Davidson and Roger Tsien Commemorative Travel Award has been developed by the Addgene plasmid research repository blog to help individuals share their efforts in fluorescent … Continue reading Chemical engineering grad student Fatima Enam honored by research blog

CBE faculty, students, researchers take part in inaugural Nano@IAState event

Twelve representatives of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), including faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, took part in the premiere Nano@IAState conference July 27. They helped make up a large group of oral and research poster presenters at the event, which brought together Iowa State, Ames Laboratory and industrial scientists and … Continue reading CBE faculty, students, researchers take part in inaugural Nano@IAState event

Gift from ADM will boost chemical engineering student group

The Iowa State University chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has received a $2,500 gift from Archer Daniels Midland. AIChE is an international organization of chemical engineers and includes a large roster of undergraduate student groups at colleges and universities. It is the largest student group in Iowa State’s Department of Chemical … Continue reading Gift from ADM will boost chemical engineering student group

CBE’s John Burnett-Larkins joins Professional & Scientific Council

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) communication specialist John Burnett-Larkins has become a member of Iowa State’s Professional & Scientific Council. He becomes the second person in CBE to serve on the council, with academic adviser Tonia Baxter elected to the group in 2016. Burnett-Larkins’ membership on the council became official with its July … Continue reading CBE’s John Burnett-Larkins joins Professional & Scientific Council