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Professor Friederike Jentoft of the Chemical Engineering Department has received a $330,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study new catalysis methods that make chemical processes more environmentally friendly by reducing chemical waste.

Jessica Schiffman, an associate professor in the Chemical Engineering Department (ChE) and the Professor James M. Douglas Career Development Faculty Fellow, will be serving as an ADVANCE Collaboration & Equity (ACE) Faculty Fellow this year, starting in the fall of 2019 and functioning in that capacity for a 12-month term to promote institutional gender equity.

Chemical engineering (ChE) doctoral student Irene Kurtz, whose advisor is ChE Professor Jessica Schiffman, has been chosen to attend the highly competitive BASF Summer Course in Ludwigshafen, Germany, held from August 11 to 17. Young talented scientists from all over the world will meet in Germany to take part in the event. Kurtz is one of eight participants selected from North America.

Assistant Professor Ashish Kulkarni of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a $792,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to support his research to develop a novel combination therapy that could improve immunotherapy effects in bladder cancer patients while minimizing the side effects.

Professor Sarah Perry of  Chemical Engineering is part of a research team that has discovered how to read patterns of charges on long polymer molecules that determine their function and direct their shape.

Doctoral candidate Mengfei Huang of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was lead author of the article that won the most outstanding technical paper award at the Eastern Coatings Show, held on May 14 and 15 in Atlantic City. The team of six authors from ChE and Sirrus Inc. of Loveland, Ohio, describes research that provides a novel, simple, and facile method to synthesize crosslinkable emulsion polymers and polymer dispersions for coatings, adhesives, and other applications.

Jessica Schiffman, associate professor of Chemical Engineering (ChE), was recently honored with the 2019 American Chemical Society (ACS) Applied Materials & Interfaces Young Investigator Award. According to the ACS, she was selected from a large group of very competitive nominations “for her pioneering work investigating the attachment behavior of microorganisms on soft materials and converging research on materials synthesis, nanotechnology, surface chemistry, and microbiology.”

At the 2018-2019 Innovation Challenge Final on April 4, two engineering majors – Yizhuo (E.J.) Chen (chemical engineering) and Avi Benmayor (pre-engineering) – were on team Renovare, which took home $20,000 in seed money as the second-place finisher. Renovare is turning the simple bandage into a device that not only protects wounds but also heals them twice as fast without the use of drugs.

From March 29 to 31, the University of Massachusetts Amherst chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) hosted the 2019 Eckhardt Northeast Student Regional  AIChE Conference. The event attracted about 200 attendees from 19 different universities in the northeast U.S. and Canada; all coming to network, participate in workshops, and compete in several events, including the regional Chem-E-Car Competition, a Jeopardy-style chemical engineering quiz for student teams, a poster contest, and a paper competition. The UMass team won the Jeopardy contest, and UMass ChE students Josh McGee and Jake Bradner (collaborating for second) and Sarah Duquette (third) placed in the poster contest.

Four outstanding College of Engineering undergraduates from two different departments are being honored with assorted awards at Commencement on May 10 and the College of Engineering Senior Recognition Celebration on May 11. Awardees from our college include three 21st Century Leaders and one Welch Scholar. The college also has one junior designated for the prestigious Goldwater Scholar.

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