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  • Jan 11
    2021
    Water is perhaps Earth’s most critical natural resource. Given increasing demand and increasingly stretched water resources, scientists are pursuing more innovative ways to use and reuse existing water, as well as to design new materials to improve water purification methods. Synthetically created semi-permeable polymer membranes used for contaminant solute removal can... read more »
  • Jan 10
    2021
    We’ve been reading for years now about society’s dangerous overuse of antibiotics and the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant microbes that have resulted. While medicinal overuse of antibiotics has unsettling implications for human health, so, too does the increasing presence of antibiotics in the natural environment, which may result from the improper disposal of... read more »
  • Nov 30
    2020
    Daniela Rivera Mirabal (pictured on left) and Vedika Shenoy (pictured on right), placed first and second in the student poster competition during the 2020 Undergraduate Student Conference hosted by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The two UC Santa Barbara undergraduate researchers presented work they did while... read more »
  • Nov 30
    2020
     Ultra-long polymers are used in high-performance applications including energy-efficient lubricants, working fluids for energy production, and performance plastics. Despite their broad use, these polymers are often degraded by extreme flows and mechanical processes that break chemical bonds along the “spine” of the polymer chain. Motor oil in your car is a good example,... read more »
  • Nov 24
    2020
    Chelsea Edwards, a third-year PhD student in UC Santa Barbara’s Chemical Engineering Department, won first place in the Materials Engineering and Sciences Division (MESD) Graduate Student Poster Competition during the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. The premier educational forum for chemical engineers was held virtually... read more »
  • Nov 19
    2020
    UC Santa Barbara chemical engineering professor Michael Doherty, the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Chair in Process Systems Engineering, delivered the prestigious John M. Prausnitz Institute Lecture during the 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The lecture, as well as the conference, took place virtually as a... read more »
  • Nov 17
    2020
    Chemical engineering faculty at UC Santa Barbara have awarded graduate student Clarke Palmer the department’s prestigious Schlinger Fellowship for Excellence in Chemical Engineering Research for the 2020-21 academic year. Established through a generous gift from Warren and Katharine Schlinger, the award recognizes a fourth- or fifth-year doctoral student... read more »
  • Oct 22
    2020
    When we started using plastics about 70 years ago, not much thought — if any — was given to the implications of their lifespan and the fact that they can take centuries to decompose. Consequently, as plastics have diversified and become easier to manufacture, the planet is now straddling some 8.3 billion tons of the stuff — almost every bit of plastic ever produced —... read more »
  • Oct 21
    2020
    UC Santa Barbara researchers will play an essential role developing new bio-derived products as part of a new institute started by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The BioIndustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem (BioMADE) will be funded by a seven-year, $87.5 million award from the DoD that is being matched by more than $187M from non-federal sources. Led by the... read more »
  • Oct 13
    2020
    The 13th annual Amgen-Clorox Graduate Student Symposium, hosted by UC Santa Barbara’s Chemical Engineering Department on September 25 , looked different than in years past. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, student organizers turned the typical in-person symposium into a virtual event. Their months of planning paid off as students still delivered top notch student... read more »
  • Oct 7
    2020
    George Degen, a chemical engineering PhD student, has launched a blog series on the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's website. In the post, titled "Bio-inspired Materials: Structural Color in Nature,"he explores the science behind natural materials and how researchers use nature's tricks to design new bio-inspired materials. To read the blog post... read more »
  • Aug 25
    2020
    Chemical engineering faculty have awarded Parth Shah the department’s top honor for a rising third-year PhD student, the prestigious Dow Discovery Fellowship. The department awards one each year to a student who has made outstanding strides in research and presents a compelling plan for a creative new high-risk, high-reward project.  “I feel extremely... read more »
  • Jul 30
    2020
    For her exceptional contributions to the field, Michelle O’Malley, a professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Chemical Engineering Department, has received the inaugural Early Career Award from the Food, Pharmaceuticals and Bioengineering (FP&BE) Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the world’s leading organization for chemical... read more »
  • Jun 12
    2020
    Chemical engineering student Austin Morales has been recognized for making outstanding contributions to the lives of others. He was among the twenty-two seniors and graduate students to receive the University Award of Distinction. The award recognizes  students who have contributed greatly to the quality of life by providing unselfish service to others within a particular... read more »
  • Jun 11
    2020
    Article written by: Brian Mackley, Santa Barbara News-Press   As drug companies grind to quickly develop a vaccine for COVID-19, UCSB professor Glenn Fredrickson has advised SiO2, a U.S. company, in developing new state-of-the-art patented materials coating for vials and syringes.   The effort is crucial to the safe and swift distribution of a... read more »
  • Jun 5
    2020
    Every spring, special recognition is bestowed upon one graduating senior, one faculty member, and one teaching assistant from each undergraduate program. This year, the top prizes when to Charlotte Dai, Joe Chada, and Koty McAllister.    Dai received the 2020 Outstanding Senior Award for the Chemical Engineering Department. The College of Engineering presents the honor... read more »