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Associate Professor Wei Fan of the Chemical Engineering Department has collaborated with UMass Chemistry Professor Scott Auerbach and others to boost our understanding of zeolite catalyst structure and vibrations in an effort that can lead to new materials for clean energy and carbon capture, among many other applications. Their cutting-edge research appeared as the cover story in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).

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Nianqiang “Nick” Wu has been appointed to the Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professorship in Materials Science of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department at UMass Amherst. Wu’s work in the ChE department begins in January 2020, after spending five years as a professor at West Virginia University (WVU). The endowed professorship is awarded to a researcher in the area of materials science in ChE department.

Associate Professor Jessica Schiffman and Assistant Professor Lauren Andrews of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department have received a three-year, $515,473 grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) Division Of Materials Research. The NSF funding will support fundamental research that aims to understand how bacteria attach to polymer materials and enable the re-engineering of hydrogel-coated biomedical devices...

Assistant Professor Jungwoo Lee of the Chemical Engineering Department is receiving a one-year, $50,000 grant from the METAvivor 2019 Early Career Investigator Award grant program to support his foundational research for developing better therapeutic strategies to prevent or delay lethal metastasis for breast cancer survivors.

The College of Engineering welcomes three exciting new faculty members, beginning in the spring semester of 2020: Professor Nianqiang (Nick) Wu, who will serve as the Armstrong-Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department; Assistant Professor Cathal Kearney in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department; and Assistant Professor Meghan Huber in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department.

Chemical Engineering (ChE) graduate student Ryan Carpenter has published an original paper in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) prominent scientific journal Biomaterials Science & Engineering as one of its cover articles. In general, the research described by Carpenter in his ACS paper anticipates using a pioneering technique for developing new individualized medical diagnostics and novel therapeutic methods for cancer treatment.

First-year undergraduate Connor MacFarlane of the Chemical Engineering Department won $5,000 at the UMass Innovation Challenge Seed Pitch on November 20 for his Improved Insulin Delivery venture. MacFarlane’s groundbreaking idea is an improved insulin delivery system for all diabetics that reduces pain, plastic waste, the amount of supplies they need to carry, and the amount of time spent managing their disease, thus “allowing for a life with increased happiness and freedom,” according to MacFarlane.

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Chemical Engineering (ChE) majors Hansen Tjo and Elizabeth Voke each won second-place awards in the undergraduate poster contest at the annual conference of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in Orlando, Florida, from November 10 to 15. The ChE department helped to send 10 ChE majors to the conference, at which Hansen finished second in the Materials Science & Engineering category, and Elizabeth won second place in the Food, Pharmaceuticals, and Biotech classification.

Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department Head John Klier reports that a ChE team consisting of himself, Shelly Peyton, and Sarah Perry is collaborating with Todd Emerick in the UMass Polymer Science and Engineering Department and Anna Balazs at the University of Pittsburgh to investigate a new class of materials, known intriguingly as “cryptic materials,” which undergo strengthening in response to mechanical deformation.

Professor Christos Dimitrakopoulos of the Chemical Engineering Department has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. Dimitrakopoulos, who joined the university in 2013, holds more than 89 U.S. patents and has authored or co-authored more than 90 publications, with a total citation count of more than 22,450. Dimitrakopoulos has also given more than 70 invited talks at national and international conferences and academic, government, and industrial institutions.

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