Author: O'Keefe, Katie

Celebrating Our Outstanding Graduate Students

The Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department would like to congratulate our graduate students on winning the 2023 Research Excellence, Travel, and Teaching Assistant Awards! Congratultions to all the winners! CBE Travel Award Recipients: Utsav Awasthi, Zahir Aghayev, Heejeong Ryu, Dorian Thompson, Chung-Hao Liu. CBE TA Award Recipients: Steven Tricarico, Dimitri Alston, Hasan Nikkhah. CBE Research Excellence Award Recipients: Heejeong Ryu, Utsav Awasthi, Robert Gottlieb. These students' achievements serve as an inspiration to fellow graduate students and demonstrate the incredible potential of our academic community.

Congratulations to Dr. Burcu Beykal

The Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department would like to congratulate CBE faculty member, Dr. Burcu Beykal on being invited to give a keynote speech at the Foundations of Computer Aided Process Design (FOCAPD) 2024 conference, which is one of the leading conference series in the field of chemical process design. For more information on FOCAPD 2024, please click here.

CBE Students Among Clean Energy & Sustainability Innovation Program Finalists

aerial view of UConn's campus
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering students, Hasan Nikkhah and Dev Barochia, in collaboration with Francesco Rouhana from UConn Civil and Environmental Engineering, have been selected as finalists in the Clean Energy & Sustainability Innovation Program. Their project, "Social and technical remedies for sustainable UConn using renewable energy sources", has set them apart as true champions of change! This prestigious program, organized by the UConn School of Engineering CLEANEARTH Laboratory, and sponsored by Eversource Energy and the Eversource Energy Center at UConn, recognizes their exciting idea for advancing clean energy and sustainability. Their project highlights the importance of leveraging renewable energy sources and implementing social and technical solutions for sustainable practices at our institution. The full list of program finalists can be found here.

Celebrating a Phenomenal Graduate

photo of student, Shihao Zhai
As a McNair Scholar and Honors Chemical Engineering student, Shihao Zhai has exemplified the highest standards of scholarship and commitment to the field. Throughout his undergraduate years, Shihao's contributions to our department and the broader community have been invaluable. As he embarks on the next phase of his career, we wish him continued success, growth, and fulfillment. Click here to check out the UConn Today article highlighting this phenomenal graduate.

First SPARK Cohort Reports Significant Advancements

Professor Luyi Sun stands in front of a marker board while presenting at SPARK funding program event
The first cohort to receive the SPARK funding has reported significant advancements in their products and concepts. UConn CBE Professor Luyi Sun, a researcher of high-performance nanocoatings, was among the recipients of this funding. It's inspiring to see how this funding has helped to accelerate the developent of cutting-edge technologies. Congratulations to all recipients! To read more about this funding program, click here.

Dr. Laurencin Leads Charge In Quest to Restore Lost Limbs

Cato Laurencin
World-renowned surgeon and scientist, Dr. Cato Laurencin, has founded a new startup to help humans regrow limbs. With over 30 years of experience in the field of regenerative engineering, Dr. Laurencin is leading the charge in developing cutting-edge technologies to restore lost limbs and enhance the body's natural healing abilities. We are thrilled to see such groundbreaking research taking place right here in the UConn Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department! To read more about this research, please click here.

The Cato T. Laurencin Institute for Regenerative Engineering

Dr. Laurencin speaks at opening of Institute
The University of Connecticut has established The Cato T. Laurencin Institute for Regenerative Engineering, a new cross-campus institute focused on innovative approaches in medicine, science, engineering, and technology. We are thrilled that this new institute is named in honor of Cato T. Laurnecin, our distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and a leading figure in the field of regnerative engineering. Congratulations to Professor Laurnecin on this exciting new venture! To read more about the institute and Dr. Laurencin's research in regenerative engineering, click here.

Improved Methods for Generating Convex and Concave Relaxations of Composite Bilinear Forms

Professor Matthew Stuber, PhD and Dr. Matthew Wilhelm's most recent publication presents new and improved methods for generating convex and concave relaxations of composite bilinear forms. They establish the theoretical framework to generate tighter McCormick-based relaxations in reduced space when intermediate bilinear terms have known convex or concave relaxations. These developments translate into significant speedups when solving deterministic global optimization problems involving these ubiquitous mathematical terms. To read the full publication, click here.

Dr. Cato Laurencin Receives Priestley Medal

The CBE Department would like to congratulate Professor Cato T. Laurencin on receiving the Priestley Medal, the highest honor in Chemistry after the Nobel Prize. This award recognizes his pioneering work in the fields of polymer science, biomaterials, and regenerative engineering, which has transformed the landscape of modern medicine. Professor Laurencin is an inspiration to many, and his contributions to science will have a lasting impact on generations to come. To read Dr. Laurencin's speech in Chemical & Engineering News, please click here.

CBE Faculty Among Team of Faculty Establishing SoilTech Project

A new center composed of interdisciplinary researchers, including CBE faculty members Yu Lei and Matthew Stuber, has been established to address the industry's need for reliable soil sensors. The center will focus on developing innovative solutions for measuring soil properties using hydrogels, and it is sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Program. This research will support the development of precision agriculture, an approach that focuses on applying fertilizers or pesticides only in the areas needed, decreasing the accumulation of dangerous chemicals, promoting plant health, and helping farmers save money. To read more about the center, click here.