February 2016

February 16, 2016
Congratulations to Hee Joo, Class of 2016, who has been awarded the 2016 Dittman/Lebo Scholarship! This scholarship was established by Prof. Frank Dittman who was one of the Department’s founding fathers. He retired in 1987. Prof. Dittman began a scholarship for well-rounded chemical and biochemical engineers. He took into account not only excellent grades but extracurricular activities, research experience, volunteer work and financial need. Unfortunately funds became unavailable. Timothy Lebo, Class of 2009, was the last recipient of the Dittman Scholarship in 2008.

January 2016

January 4, 2016
Alexander V. Neimark, CBE Distinguished Professor, was commemorated at the special Honorary Plenary Session on Adsorption and Ion Exchange at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers held in Salt Lake City, UT on Nov. 8 – 13, 2015. Alex was presented with a plug from the AIChE Separation Division for his seminal contributions into modeling and characterization of nanophases and nanostructured materials.
January 4, 2016
Dr. Alex Neimark, CBE Distinguished Professor, received an NSF award of $300,000 for a three year GOALI grant " Theoretical Foundations of Interaction Nanoparticle Chromatography ". This GOALI (Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry) award is given for collaboration between Rutgers University and DuPont Corporation to support research on developing theoretical foundations for separation of functionalized nanoparticles using a new technique of interaction nanoparticle chromatography.

December 2015

December 18, 2015
Ashu Tamrakar, 3rd year student with Prof. Ramachandran received a $300 Conference Travel Award to present his paper “Implementation of hybrid DEM-PBM approach to reduce the computational cost of powder mixing technology“  at the 26th European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering in Portorož, Slovenia
December 15, 2015
Dr. Chundawat Part of Team That Has Characterized Critical Biofuel Enzymes Using Single-Molecule Techniques: A collaborative paper with the Lang lab at Vanderbilt University outlining the single-molecule characterization of processive cellulolytic enzyme action on the surface of crystalline cellulose was published in Nature Communications. This study has revealed the individual biocatalytic steps involved in the action of cellulase enzymes on polysaccharide substrates for the very first time.”
December 7, 2015
1. CBE graduate student Xiang Yu received a Graduate Student Travel award   2. CBE graduate Xiang Yu was a symposium assistant in the Materials Research Society Fall 2015 meeting    3. CBE graduate student Xiang Yu received a Materials Research Society travel award for his oral presentation in Materials Research Society Fall 2015 meeting   4. CBE doctoral student Xiang Yu and CBE Masters student Xiaolei Chu received a Best Poster award at the Materials Research Society Fall 2015 meeting

November 2015

November 30, 2015
 He received the award for his work on “Hybrid Parallelization of Population Balance Models for Massively Accelerated Modeling of Particulate Processes”, which he carried out under the guidance of PhD student Anik Chaturbedi and Prof. Rohit Ramachandran.  Franklin is a ChemE major with a biochemistry minor. Franklin was sponsored by the Rutgers AIChE chapter to go to Salt Lake City to present his work. His work is funded by an NSF REU grant on multi-scale modeling and analysis of granulation processes. 
November 11, 2015
Ajay Kashi won First Prize in the student poster competition at the 2015 AIChE National Meeting in Salt Lake City, for "Scalable Synthesis of Nanoscale Ni5P4 As a Novel HER Catalyst: Investigating the Correlation Between Particle Size and Electrochemical Activity". Ajay is a ChemE major conducting research in Dr. Gerard Dismukes' laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Anders Laursen. Ajay was supported by an Aresty travel grant to attend the meeting to present his research conducted this past summer supported by an REI fellowship. Congratulations Ajay!
November 10, 2015
The National Science Foundation /CBET  awarded to Prof. Sofou and to co-PI Prof. Yannis Kevrekidis (Princeton University) a 3-year grant to use collective measurements as well as single molecule optical tracking techniques to develop – and subsequently computationally test - mechanistic hypotheses for the kinetics of binding between unique nanoparticle geometries and single receptors or assemblies of receptors. The findings of this study will contribute to ultimately designing high impact nanoparticles for theranostic applications.
November 4, 2015
Monday, November 9th:   YPC Undergraduate Research Forum, Ballroom H: 10:30-10:45AM: Katelyn Dagnall (Celik) - Photocatalytic Biomass Reforming Over Modified TiO2 1:10-1:30PM: Sarah Libring (Dutt) - Self-Assembly Simulations of Polymer Functionalized Virus Capsids 4:30-4:45PM: Nour Srouji (Hara) - Dynamic Light Scattering Study of Sulfonated Polystyrene Ionomers in Benzene4:45-5:00PM: Jacob Massa (Celik) - A DFT Study of Methanol Reforming on C- and N-Doped TiO2 (110) Anatase Surfaces