Ph.D. students and M.S. students and are required to attend all seminars.  All seminars are held from 9:30  – 10:30 am in GN 20 unless otherwise noted.  Please note the room change from the previous semester.

Fall 2019

Date Speaker Organization Title
09/05/2019 Dr. Lorenz Biegler

Covestro University Professor,
Department of Chemical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Dynamic Optimization for Process Engineering

09/12/2019 Dr. Margot Vigeant


Department of Chemical Engineering

 Bucknell University

G. Michael Howard Memorial Lecture


“But they did so well on the test!”

What’s it take to make thermo and heat transfer stick

10/10/2019 Dr. Brian Grady

Douglas and Hilda Bourne Chair of Chemical Engineering,
Director of the School of
Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering
University of Oklahoma

Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composites: Effect of Nanotubes on Polymer Physics

10/31/2019 Dr. Richard Gross

Professor and Constellation Chair,

Department of Chemistry and Biology

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The expanding role of enzyme-catalyzed synthesis of polymers, surfactants and peptides

11/21/2019 Dr. Geoffrey M. Geise

Assistant Professor,

Department of Chemical Engineering

University of Virginia


Spring 2019

Date Speaker Organization Title
01/31/2019 Dr. Cynthia Collins

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Engineering microbial communities for form and function

02/07/2019 Dr. Scott Banta

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

 Columbia University

Engineering the Calcium-Dependent Beta Roll Peptide for Biotechnology Applications

03/07/2019 Dr. Robert Hurt

Professor, School of Engineering

Brown University

The Sixth Element – Chemical Engineering Approaches to Nanocarbon Assembly and Safe Design

03/29/2019 Dr. Tim Bunning

Chief Scientist, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate

Air Force Research Lab

Materials Science and Engineering at the Air Force Research Laboratory

04/18/2019 Dr. C. Daniel Frisbie

Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Head, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

University of Minnesota

New Materials & Printing Processes for Flexible Electronics

04/25/2019 Dr. Thomas Adams

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

McMaster University

Finding the signal in the noise: Determining North Americas best path forward for sustainable energy


Ph.D. students and M.S. students and are required to attend all seminars.  All seminars are held from 9:30  – 10:30 am in UTEB 150 unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2018

Date Speaker Organization Title
9/13/2018 Dr. Mark Marten

Professor & Chair,  Department of Chemical, Biochemical, & Environmental Engineering

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Evolution of a Biochemical Engineer
(Using a systems biology approach to improve filamentous fungal fermentation)

10/1/2018 Dr. Lucas Landherr

Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

 Northeastern University

G. Michael Howard Memorial Lecture

Drawn to STEM:  The Integration of Visualization Into Education Through Comics and Animation to Improve Learning

10/25/2018 Dr. David Sholl

John F. Brock III School Chair
School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Georgia Tech

Expanding the Chemical Palette for Reliable Adsorption-based Separations

11/15/2018 Dr. David Allen

Gertz Regents Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Resources

University of Texas, Austin

Increased Oil and Natural Gas Production, Methane Emissions, and Climate

11/29/2018 Dr. Christina Payne

Program Director for Molecular Separations,
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET)


Understanding Protein-Carbohydrate Recognition Phenomena Using Computationally-Driven Approaches

Ph.D. students and M.S. students and are required to attend all seminars.  All seminars are held from 9:30  – 10:30 am in UTEB 150 unless otherwise noted.

Spring 2018

Date Speaker Organization Title
2/15/2018 Dr. John Swierk

Associate Research Scientist, Department of Chemistry & Energy Sciences Institute

Yale University

Designing Dye-Sensitized and Electrocatalytic Systems for Water Oxidation

2/22/2018 Dr. Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Understanding and Designing Interfaces and Defects in Perovskite Solar Cells

3/27/2018 Dr. Liang Zhang

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular

University of Pennsylvania

Computational Design of Core-shell Nanostructured Materials for Catalysis

3/29/2018 Dr. James Lee
Helen C. Kurtz Chair of the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Ohio State University

Nanofluidic Technologies For Cancer Treatment And Regenerative Medicine

4/12/2018 Dr. Paul Bohn
Arthur J. Schmitt Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
University of Notre Dame

Biofunctional Nanostructures for Characterization and Control of Single Electron Transfer Reactions

4/19/2018 Dr. Guangzhao Mao
Professor & Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Wayne State University

Engineering Gold Nanoparticles for Targeted Drug Delivery and Toxicity Studies

Fall 2017

Date Speaker Organization Title
9/07/2017 Dr. Abhaya Date

Distinguished Regents’ Professor & Department Chair

Chemical & Biological Engineering

University of New Mexico Designing Catalysts for Meeting the DOE 150C Challenge for Exhaust Emissions
9/21/2017 Dr. Raul Lobo
Claire D. LeClaire Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering & Director of the Center for Catalytic Science & Technology
University of Delaware Biomass and Light-Alkane Valorization via Zeolite Catalysis
9/25/2017 Dr. Pinlian Han
Entrepreneur Chair Professor, Department of Mechanics & Aerospace Engineering
Southern University of Science & Technology, China Additive Design Opportunity for and Challenge from Aero Engine
9/28/2017 Dr. V. Faye McNeill
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Columbia University

Aqueous Chemistry in Atmospheric Aerosols: Impact on Air Quality

10/19/2017 Dr. Plamen Atanassov

Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Director of Center for Micro-Engineered Materials 

University of New Mexico

Templated Materials as Electrocatalysts for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

11/16/2017 Dr. Selen Cremaschi

B. Redd Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Auburn University

On Tactical and Strategic Decision Making for Chemical, Pharmaceutical, and Energy Industries Under Uncertainty

Spring 2017

Date Speaker Organization Title
1/26/2017 Dr. Jaehong Kim

Professor and Dept. Chair of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Yale University Two Approaches to Achieve Visible Light Upconversion for Environmental Application
2/23/2017 Dr. Tao Xu
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Northern Illinois University Cold Thoughts on Perovskite Fever
3/23/2017 Dr. Maciek Antoniewicz
Centennial Junior Endowed Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Delaware Towards a Holistic Understanding of  Cellular Metabolism
3/30/2017 Dr. Nosang Myung
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives
University of California at Riverside

High Density Chemical Sensor Arrays

4/20/2017 Dr. Michael Solomon
Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of Michigan Rheological Control of Colloidal Particulate Gels