June 3, 2017
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.
OLED 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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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.
After 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.
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.
September 21, 2016
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June 8, 2016
Students and their alumni sponsors share the benefits when they collaborate on senior design projects
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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.
February 17, 2016
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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.
February 8, 2016
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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.
August 31, 2015
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.
May 8, 2015
April 24, 2015
The Department of Chemical Engineering’s graduate program is ranked 22nd among top Chemical and Biomolecular engineering programs by Graduateprograms.com
April 23, 2015
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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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.
March 1, 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.)
February 11, 2015
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.
February 2, 2015
(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.)
January 19, 2015
(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.)
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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January 1, 2013
Congratulations to Matthew Yates’ promotion to Full Professorship and appointment as the Chemical Engineering Department Chair effective January 1st, 2013.