Laurel James

July 2013 | Chemical Engineering

Laurel James Receives Award for Diversity in Action

Laurel James, a ChemE staff member with background in Forest Resources, has received the E3 (Education-Environment-Economy) Award for Diversity in Action which recognizes her role helping to explore and develop new modes for university-based research interactions with Northwest Tribes on renewable energy issues.


May 2013 | Foster School of Business

PolyDrop Awarded $5,000 Finalist Prize in the 2013 BPC

The undergraduate developers of PolyDrop, an innovative conductive polymer additive for paints, received $5,000 in seed funding from the Buerk Center at the May 23 Business Plan Competition. The team also won first place at 2013 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge earlier this spring. Congratulations once again to seniors Odin Jacobovitch, Scott Landro, Heather Milligan, Naomi Miyake, and Volha Hrechka!


May 2013 | Foster School of Business

'Sweet Sixteen' Advance in the 2013 BPC

PolyDrop emerged succesful from the Investment Round of the Buerk Center's Business Plan Competition, earning 1 of 16 spots in the next round.  On May 23, each team will make a 15-minute investor pitch to a panel of 7 judges. The 4 teams with the best investor pitches will be selected to advance to the Final Round, where they will compete to win a grand prize of $25,000.


May 2013 | Seattle Times

2013 Business Plan Competition Investment Round

Chemical Engineering teams GoldyLochs and PolyDrop were 2 of 36 teams selected to participate in the Buerk Center's April 24 Business Plan Competition Investment Round. This annual event gives business and science students the opportunity to pitch business plans to Seattle area venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and investors. GoldyLochs team member and Chemical Engineering undergrad Alysa Joaquin was featured in a Seattle Times article as well as UWTV segment about the event.


May 2013 | UW Today

Mary Lidstrom Joins the Distinguished Ranks of the National Academy of Sciences

Congratulations to Jungers Professor of Chemical Engineering Mary Lidstrom, who was elected to the National Academy of Sciences this April in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.


April 2013 | Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Seniors Take on the 2013 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

Seniors Odin Jacobovitch, Scott Landro, Heather Milligan, Naomi Miyake, and Volha Hrechka took first place at the April 4 Environmental Innovation Challenge for their innovative polymer paint additive PolyDrop.


February 2013 | Chemical Engineering

Greg Newbloom Wins the Society of Rheology Poster Competition

Graduate student Greg Newbloom of the Pozzo Research Group won first prize for his poster entitled "Enhanced charge transport through engineering the network structure of conjugated polymers for photovoltaic applications."


February 2013 | UW Today

James Carothers Named Sloan Research Fellow

Assistant Professor James Carothers is a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship in Computational and Evolutionary Molecular Biology.


November 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Lidstrom, Beck Team awarded ARPA-E Award

The Department of Energy's ARPA-E program announced November 28 that a team led by Chemical Engineering's Jungers Professor Mary Lidstrom, and including Research Assistant Professor David Beck, will develop microbes that convert methane found in natural gas into liquid diesel fuel.


September 2012 | Chemical Engineering

ChemE Welcomes Prof. Carothers

Assistant Professor James Carothers joins the Chemical Engineering faculty this September. Carothers will continue his research in synthetic biology at the MolES Institute.


September 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Hillhouse team scores NSF SEP grant

Rehnberg Chair Professor Hugh Hillhouse has been awarded a $1.9 M National Science Foundation Sustainable Energy Pathways grant. As the grant Principal Investigator, Hillhouse will work with a team of UW faculty members to improve the efficiency of solar cells made from earth abundant elements (CZTS).


September 2012 | Chemical Engineering

MolES Institute Opens

The new Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute opened this September, and features open lab spaces where scientists will collaborate on Clean Tech and biotech research. Prof. François Baneyx is quoted in a recent Seattle Times article on the Institute.


August 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Shaoyi Jiang joins UW Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows

Boeing-Roundhill Professor of Chemical Engineering Shaoyi Jiang has been named a 2012 UW Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow. Fellows are recognized for their success in translating research into products and therapies, initiating groundbreaking programs for translation, or collaboration with industry. Jiang joins 17 other fellows, including ChemE Prof. Buddy Ratner.


August 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Richards wins at Neutron Scattering Conference

Jeffrey Richards, a graduate student in Prof. Danilo Pozzo's group, won an "ACNS Outstanding Student Poster Presentation Prize" at the American Conference on Neutron Scattering. Richards' poster won in the soft condensed matter and biology research area.


August 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Ratner to Speak at ACS Meeting

Prof. Buddy Ratner, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, will give a plenary lecture at the American Chemical Society National Meeting this August. Ratner's talk is titled "A 2012 perspective on biocompatibility: The contributions of the chemist."


July 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Schwartz named ECS Fellow

Prof. Daniel Schwartz has been elected as a 2012 Electrochemical Society Fellow. Schwartz joins 15 new fellows honored for their contributions and leadership in the area of electrochemistry and solid-state sciences.

Carbon Cultures Blanket

June 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Carbon Cultures featured in Ecoimagination and DiscoveryNews

Carbon Cultures, a PhD student group lead by Prof. Schwartz, has been making headlines with their portable biochar blanket. Funded through a NSF I-Corps grant, the group is working to commercialize technology to convert forestry refuse into an energy and agricultural product. The group was recently featured in GE’s Ecoimagination and DiscoveryNews.



June 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Hollenbeck Named 2012 Dean's Medalist

Senior Emily Hollenbeck was awarded the 2012 Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence. Dean's medalists are recognized for their academic excellence, research experience, extracurricular activities, and leadership. Emily is the second ChemE student to receive the award.

ChemE Car

May 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Hail the Conquering ChemEs

ChemE undergraduates swept the competition at the Pacific Northwest Regional AIChE Conference held on April 27-28. The students took first place in the Chem-E Car competition, both for design and performance, and took all three places in the research paper competition.


May 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Jenekhe articles make most read lists

Prof. Sam Jenekhe authored three articles that have made top journal’s most read articles lists. “New Thiazolothiazole Copolymer Semiconductors for Highly Efficient Solar Cells,” co-authored by Selvam Subramaniyan, Hao Xin and Felix Sunjoo Kim, made Macromolecules’ Most Read Articles in 2011. “One-Dimensional Nanostructures of π-Conjugated Molecular Systems: Assembly, Properties, and Applications from Photovoltaics, Sensors, and Nanophotonics to Nanoelectronics,” co-authored Felix Sunjoo Kim and Guoqiang Ren was on Chemistry of Materials’ Most Read Articles in 2011. The article also made Chemistry of Materials’ Q1 Read Most Articles of 2011.


May 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Siedlik places first at ECS poster contest

ChemE senior Mike Siedlik won first place in the student poster competition at the 221st Meeting of the Electrochemical Society. Mike went against 70 national and international students, mostly graduate students, and won in electrochemical science technology for his poster "Orchestrated Structure Evolution: Electroless Copper Deposition”.

Innovator Awards

May 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Jiang, Overney to receive Innovators Awards

Profs. Shaoyi Jiang and René Overney have been named the College of Engineering’s Innovator Awardees. Jiang will receive the Innovator in Research Award, while Overney will be awarded as Innovator in Teaching and Learning, at the Innovator Reception on May 29th.


March 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Prof. Pfaendtner receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Jim Pfaendtner has been named a 2012 National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient. His proposal, “Computational Enzymology of Non-Aqueous Biocatalysis: Application to Biomass Pretreatment” will receive $450,000 starting this month, and is co-funded by NSF’s Chemistry Division and Chemical, Biological, Environmental, and Thermal Division.


March 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Jiang named AIChE Fellow

Professor Shaoyi Jiang has been elected as an American Institute of Chemical Engineers Fellow, the society’s highest honor. Fellows are selected in recognition of their professional attainments and significant accomplishments in engineering.


February 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Pfaendtner to attend NAS 'Frontiers' symposium

Prof. Jim Pfaendtner has been invited by the National Academy of Sciences to speak at the “German American Frontiers of Science” symposium in May. The symposium is the Academy’s premiere event for distinguished young scientists, featuring speakers who have made significant contributions to their fields.


February 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Corredor is ChemE's first Ford Fellow

Charlie Corredor has earned a pre-doctoral Ford Fellowship, the first in the department's history. Corredor is a graduate student in Prof. Posner's group.


February 2012 | Chemical Engineering

NAE appoints ChemE alum as member

The National Academy of Engineering has selected Peter Farrell as one of 66 new members this year. Farrell, who earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering in 1971, is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ResMed.


February 2012 | Chemical Engineering

ChemE alum honored for industrial achievements

The College of Engineering named Steven Rogel as recipient of the Diamond Award: Distinguished Achievement in Industry. Rogel, BS '65, has contributed significantly to the forest products industry as former CEO of Willamette Industries and Weyerhaeuser.

ChemE Car

January 2012 | Chemical Engineering

ChemE Car Team test viability of design

The ChemE Car Team has made a video of their test-scale car's 50 ft. drive. "We wanted to have fun and gain some hands-on engineering and design experience, so we decided to participate in the AIChE ChemE Car competition. Safety, reliability, and consistency are three key aspects to a successful design, and we expect our thermoelectric powered car to be among the top contenders at this year’s regional conference," said team members Ken Davidson and William O’Neill.


January 2012 | Chemical Engineering

Jiang, Keefe develop new polymer

Prof. Shaoyi Jiang and PhD candidate Andrew Keefe have created a new polymer, which improves protein therapeutic effectiveness. Their findings are featured in a Nature Chemistry article.


December 2011 | UW Today

From forestry problem to profitable product

Student startup group C6 Systems was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation. The group developed technology to transform slash piles from forestry refuse into biochar, a practical, and potentially profitable, soil-enhancer. The $50,000 grant will be used to help bring biochar onto the market. Prof. Daniel Schwartz serves as principal investigator on the grant, working with with the five student team and entrepreneur Jeffry Canin. The project is one out of 21 nationally funded NSF grants established to advance student-based business plans. NPR and Xconomy also report on the NSF I-Corps grant.


November 2011 | Chemical Engineering

Nanowerk puts spotlight on Hillhouse research

Prof. Hillhouse and his team are examining ways to improve the efficiency of CZTS solar cells, while producing the cells using a non-toxic solvent. A Nanowerk article highlights Hillhouse's ground-breaking research.

ChemE file

November 2011 | UW Today

A Look at ChemE in the '40s

UW Libraries Special Collections released a silent, color film of Chemical Engineering, circa 1940. The three-minute film features students and professors in classroom and the lab, using the equipment of the day.


October 2011 | Chemical Engineering

Jenekhe article included in RSC press pack

An article authored by Prof. Sam Jenekhe and ChemE graduate student Felix Kim has been included in a recent Royal Society of Chemistry press pack. The article, distributed to scientific journalists, was recognized, in part, for being a long-term study on organic electronic devices.


September 2011 | Seattle Times

Allan touts benefits of creativity in Seattle Times article

G. Graham Allan, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Forest Resources, chimes in on the job market crisis in a Sept. 9th Seattle Times piece.


September 2011 | Q13 Fox News

Ratner's research used in medical app

A "magic wand", created in Prof. Buddy Ratner's lab, measures nutrient levels in plasma and records results through a cell phone app in seconds. Doctors in developing nations will be able to use this powerful tool to deliver instant care to people in rural and roaming communities. The FDA seeks to regulate this, and other medical apps, here in the states, according to the Q13Fox News video report.

Chemistry of Materials

August 2011 | Chemical Engineering

Hillhouse, Jenekhe articles make most read list

Articles by Professors Hugh Hillhouse and Samson Jenekhe are among the top ten most read in Chemistry of Materials for the second quarter of 2011. ChemE graduate students Felix Kim and Guoqiang Ren co-authored Jenekhe’s article.


August 2011 | UW Today

Ratner appointed ACS Fellow

Buddy Ratner, professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the largest scientific society in the world. Fellowships are given to distinguished scientists, who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS.

Mary Lidstrom

August 2011 | UW Today

Lidstrom, Jiang named WA Academy of Sciences members





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