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Cindy Fitzgerald receives Welch award for enriching students' experience

June 3, 2017

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June 2, 2017

Ching Tang, professor of chemical engineering, has been awarded IEEE’s Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal in recognition of his “groundbreaking discoveries” in OLED technology. The medal, named in honor of the “Father of Japanese Microelectronics” is given for outstanding contributions to material and device science and technology, including practical application.

tangOLED technology, which has spawned a multi-billion industry for advanced lighting and displays, features a series of thin light-emitting fields to provide brighter light but with less energy compared to traditional LED bulbs and liquid-crystal displays (LCDs).

“It was the groundbreaking discoveries of Tang during the late 1970s — that thin-film devices could emit light when a forward voltage was applied — that demonstrated the potential of OLED technology and spurred a new field focused on developing organic optoelectronic devices,” IEEE states. “He created the organic heterojunction, implemented the double-layer structure for enhancing the efficiency of electron hole recombination, developed new approaches for efficient electrodes, and discovered important emitter materials. Based on Tang’s accomplishments, the first full-color active matrix OLED displays were commercialized.”

Tang joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2006, after serving as a research scientist at the Eastman Kodak Co. for 31 years. Widely recognized as a leader in organic electronic technology and photovoltaics, Tang was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006. He was also awarded the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2011 and honored by the Eduard Rhein Foundation of Germany and the Consumer Electronics Association in 2013.

The co-recipients of this year’s Jun-ichi Nishizawa medal are Stephen Forrest of the University of Michigan and Mark Thompson of the University of Southern California-Los Angeles. They are credited with taking OLED technology “to the next level by recognizing that OLED efficiency was being limited by the spin of excited states," IEEE states. "They introduced iridium-based phosphorescent dyes that increased internal OLED efficiency from 25% to near 100% and enabled OLEDs to compete with LCDs.” Read more here

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Chem-E-Car team shows its spirit at regional competition

April 4, 2017

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Summer research experiences helped define student’s career path

March 28, 2017

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Michael King '95 to chair biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt

March 10, 2017

Michael R. King, who received a B.S. from the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1995, and later served as associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester, will chair Vanderbilt University’s biomedical engineering department.

kingAfter graduating magna cum laude from Rochester, Kiing earned his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Notre Dame in 1999. He then served as a postdoctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rochester in 2002 with a dual appointment in chemical engineering.

While at Rochester he was recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award for his research on a realistic computer simulator to study how certain kinds of cells adhere to surfaces.

He advised Phd students in both biomedical and chemical engineering, including Nida Mody, who described King as “nothing short of brilliant” and “a superb role model.“

King joined Cornell University in 2008 as an associate professor, eventually becoming the Daljit S. and Eline Sarkaria Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

His appointment at Vanderbilt was effective Jan. 1, pending approval of the Board of Trustees.

King is an expert on the receptor-mediated adhesion of circulating cells, and has developed new computational and in vitro models to study the function of leukocytes, platelets, stem, and circulating tumor cells under flow. He has written textbooks on the subjects of statistical methods and microchannel flows, and he is currently the editor-in-chief of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering.

King is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Read more here.

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Applications due March 15 for PhD fellowship

January 11, 2017

PhD students in chemical engineering are encouraged to apply for the Earl W. Costich Graduate Fellowship, which carries a one-year stipend of about $1,800. The award, named after a 1942 alumnus of the department, can supplement a student’s existing stipend.

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Q&A features Vito Martino of chemical engineering, president of Student Association

September 21, 2016

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ChemE scholar athletes garner 3 of 10 Garnish awards

September 8, 2016

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ChemE researcher helps develop next-generation batteries, large and small

September 1, 2016

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Mukaibo lab comes up with simple way to separate microalgae used for biofuel, other products

June 8, 2016

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Students and their alumni sponsors share the benefits when they collaborate on senior design projects

May 23, 2016

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Art helps students think creatively about science and technology

May 3, 2016

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Madeleine Laitz’s journey to a Fulbright

March 28, 2016

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Prof. Howard Saltsburg remembered

March 1, 2016

Howard Saltsburg, who helped pioneer the use of microcomputers in the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum at the University of Rochester, is also remembered for his contributions to the fields of catalysis and surface science.

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Open source app replaces textbook in CHE 116

February 17, 2016

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ChemE’s ‘go-to guy’ marks 50 years at UR

February 15, 2016

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New polymer changes shape in response to body heat

February 10, 2016

Polymers that visibly change shape when exposed to temperature changes are nothing new. But a research team led by Chemical Engineering Professor Mitch Anthamatten at the University of Rochester created a material that undergoes a shape change that can be triggered by body heat alone, opening the door for new medical and other applications.

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Introducing ChemE’s new senior technical associate

February 8, 2016

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Hands-on research for undergrads: a lasting legacy from Richard Eisenberg

October 12, 2015

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Contact printing with shape-memory polymers: Less expensive, more efficient

September 29, 2015

University researchers are developing a contact printing process, using shape-memory polymers, that would be less expensive and more energy efficient than other nanofabrication processes now in use. They believe the process could not only advance the nation's nanomanufacturing capabilities but, closer to home, contribute to Rochester's role as a national hub for next-generation integrated photonics.

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Students gain more than credits from study abroad

August 31, 2015

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Celebrating 100 years of UR chemical engineering: The Energy Crisis

July 13, 2015

The oil crisis of 1979, triggered by the Iranian Revolution, caused long lines to form at American gasoline pumps, just as they had six years earlier.

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Jennifer Condit receives Dottie Welch award for her service to students

May 8, 2015

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ChemE's graduate program ranked 22nd in nation based on student ratings

April 24, 2015

The Department of Chemical Engineering’s graduate program is ranked 22nd among top Chemical and Biomolecular engineering programs by Graduateprograms.com 

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Celebrating 100 years of UR chemical engineering: Coming of Age

April 23, 2015

faculty ChemE faculty members in 1962: from left to right, Stanley Middleman, John Bartlett, Richard Kraybill, Shelby Miller, Richard Eisenberg, and Gene Su.

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Celebrating 100 years of UR chemical engineering: Gene Su's legacy

April 22, 2015

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Celebrating 100 years of UR chemical engineering: Gardner brings credibility

April 14, 2015

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ChemE students take advantage of UR's musical offerings

April 1, 2015

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John Royal Ferron, 88, an Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering, passes away

March 31, 2015

 

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Yates lab: hydroxyapatite thin film stores large electrical charge, could promote bone healing

March 17, 2015

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ChemE faculty participate in WXXI 'Science Roundtable' discussion of biofuels

March 11, 2015

Chemical Engineering faculty members Shaw Chen, David Wu and Alexander Shestopalov participated in a “Science Roundtable” discussion hosted by Evan Dawson on WXXI, a Rochester public radio station. 

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Celebrating 100 years: A crisis of accreditation

March 1, 2015

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Anthamatten lab develops new self-stretching material

February 17, 2015

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(This illustration shows the preparation of dual-cure network stress-free actuators as part of a paper, Shape Actuation via Internal Stress-Induced Crystallization of Dual-Cure Networks, published by the Anthamatten group in
ACS Macro Letters. See additional illustrations at bottom.)

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Brendan Coli studies abroad in Cape Town: "It was too good an opporunity to pass up"

February 11, 2015

namibia Brendan Coli, a junior in Chemical Engineering, spent last semester studying abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Here’s a Q&A with Brendan, who is shown above standing at Dune 45 during an excursion to Namibia. Also, be sure to check out the day-by-day video he compiled of his experiences.

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Celebrating 100 years of UR chemical engineering: The move to River Campus

February 2, 2015

lab1915 (This is a view of the engineering lab circa 1915 when the University was still at the Prince Street campus. Compare to photo of ChemE's recently renovated undergraduate lab in photo at bottom.)

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Iota winners embrace academics, extra-curricular activities

January 19, 2015

iota winners (Sayaka Abe, at left, is a member of the varsity field hockey team. Nicholas Morgante, shown aboard the carrier USS Ronald Reagan last summer, serves in the University's Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. Both are recipients of the Iota Book Award.)

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Celebrating 100 years of UR chemical engineering: Beginnings

January 2, 2015

(Watch throughout 2015 for these monthly snapshots of important events and individuals that help tell the story of Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester during the last 100 years. They draw upon John Friedly's informative 75 Years of Chemical Engineering: 1915-1990, material from Rare Books and Special Collections at Rush Rhees Library made available with the help of University Archivist Melissa Mead, and  the department's own files.)

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X-ray photoelectron spectrometer offers 'exciting' opportunities for faculty, students

March 27, 2014

 

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Professor Yates Appointed Department Chair

January 1, 2013

Professor YatesCongratulations to Matthew Yates’ promotion to Full Professorship and appointment as the Chemical Engineering Department Chair effective January 1st, 2013.

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