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Chemical Engineering at Caltech has a long tradition. Started as applied chemistry by Arthur Amos Noyes, the department led the famous Project 37 of the American Petroleum Institute that provided much of the basic knowledge on thermodynamics and phase equilibria in hydrocarbon systems. Subsequent developments, under the able guidance of a series of distinguished educators and scientists, have led the department to the forefront of research and teaching in chemical engineering. At the present time, the chemical engineering faculty at Caltech is one of the most distinguished and innovative in the world, actively leading chemical engineering research into new areas of application and involvement.

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Mark E. Davis

Mark E. Davis, Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering and Member of City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center's Experimental Therapeutics Program, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the ACS Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis..

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John F. Brady, Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been appointed Executive Officer of Chemical Engineering. CCE thanks Richard C. Flagan, Irma and Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, for being an outstanding Executive officer since 2004.

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Frances Arnold

Frances Arnold, Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry wins Eni Award for Renewable-Energy Work.

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John SeinfeldJohn H. Seinfeld, the Louis E. Nohl Professor and professor of chemical engineering at Caltech, has been elected to National Academy of Sciences.

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Frances Arnold, Dick and Barbara DickinsonProfessor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, "has been named one of 11 inventors who are the recipientsof the 2011 National Medal of Technology andInnovation." Please see press release and video.

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Dr. John F. Brady, Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, has received the 2012 American Physical Society (APS) Fluid Dynamics Prize "For his seminal contributions to the rheology of complex fluids, for creating the Stokesian Dynamics technique for predicting the macroscopic properties of concentrated suspensions under shear, and for his services to Fluid Dynamics as Associate Editor and Editor, respectively, of two top journals.

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"Atmospheric researcher John H. Seinfeld, the Louis E. Nohl Professor and professor of chemical engineering at Caltech, has been named one of two winners of this year's Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, an honor regarded as the top prize of environmental science, environmental health, and energy. Please see details.

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David A. TirrellDavid A. Tirrell the Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor and professor of chemistry and chemicalengineering at Caltech, has been appointed director of the Beckman Institute. He succeeds biologist Barbara Wold, who has returned to full-time professorial duties after a decade at the institute's helm.

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Rustem Ismagilov

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Rustem Ismagilov from the University of Chicago will be joining the CCE faculty beginning this summer as John W. and Herberta M. Miles Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

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Frances Arnold

Frances Arnold, Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, has been named co-recipient of the Charles Stark Draper Prize by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Arnold was awarded the $500,000 prize—the engineering profession's highest honor—for a method called directed evolution, used worldwide to guide the creation of certain properties in proteins and cells, allowing the engineering of novel enzymes and biocatalytic processes for pharmaceutical and chemical products.

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Eric KalerCCE alum Eric Kaler has been named president of the University of Minnesota.

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Richard C. Flagan
Richard C. Flagan, Executive Officer, Irma and Ross McCollum Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, "for leadership in invention, measurement, production, and technology of aerosols.

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Frances Arnold

Zhen-Gang Wang, Professor of ChemicallEngineering, was awarded the 2008 Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Caltech'smost prestigious award for teaching, it is awarded annually to honor a professor who demonstrates unusual ability, creativity, and innovation in undergraduate and graduate classroom or lab teaching. A committee of previous Feynman prizewinners, students, and faculty select each year's winner. To read more, see the press release.

 

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Frances Arnold

Frances Arnold, the Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for "pioneering the use of directed evolution as an engineering tool to create useful biological systems. " Prof. Arnold is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. She is one of only 8 persons elected to all three branches of the National Academies, and the only woman awarded this distinction.

 

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the area of plasma- and ion-surface interactions.

Postdoctoral positions are available starting January, 2014 in the areas of biomolecular engineering and non-invasive imaging

2012-13 Events

Our 2012-13 named lectures:

Our 2013 Vaughan Lecturer is Michael Gordon of the University of California, Santa Barbara. His lecture topic on February 28, 2013 will be "Shedding some light on surface chemistry and structure." See the Vaughan Lectureship page for more information.

The 46th annual Lacey Lecturer is Frank S. Bates of the University of Minnesota. His technical lecture topic on April 9, 2013 is "Structure, Dynamics and Properties of Block Polymer Dispersions" and his Lacey Lecture topic on April 11, 2013 is "Order and Disorder in Block Polymers: Mixing Business and Pleasure." See the Lacey Lectureship page for more information.

The 2013 Economou Prize winner is Mu Wang. His seminar topic and date will be announced soon.

For more on all of our upcoming Chemical Engineering seminars, see our Seminars page.

 

 

CCE Division Newsletter

 

The Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division has launched a newsletter. Here's the link to the current issue: Summer 2012

Archived issues are here:Fall/Winter 2010-11; Summer 2010; Spring 2010; Winter 2010; Fall 2009; Summer 2009

 

Students in the News

Alex Wang and Joy Xie have been selected to receive 2013–2014 Fulbright scholarships to pursue graduate studies abroad.

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Devin Wiley is one of the student presenters for TedxCaltech: The Brain. He has been working with his advisor, Mark Davis, the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering, to develop a work-around—a way to sneak therapeutics past the barrier and into the brain to potentially treat neurologic diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Please see press release.

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Chemical Engineering's Arvind Kannan received a Churchill Scholarship for 2012-13. Kannan, a chemical engineering major and English minor, was one of only 14 students selected to receive the award this year.

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Kevin Gu, ChE Junior, 1st Place Winner of the Doris S. Perpall SURF Speaking Competition. He was one of seven finalists, named the best speakers out of 290 who presented their research on SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships) Seminar Day in October, and competed in the third and final round of the Doris S. Perpall SURF Speaking Competition on January 19, 2012. His mentors were Sossina M. Haile and WooChul Jung for his research on Metal-Decorated, Nanostructured Sm0.2Ce0.8O2-δ Thin Films by PLD as High-Performance Anodes. Abstract: The primary long-term goal for solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) in general is to reduce operating temperatures to intermediate ranges (600–700°C) for reasons of material stability, cost, and wider applicability. Preliminary results involving platinum catalysis on vertically-aligned columns of Sm0.2Ce0.8O2-δ(SDC) have shown significantly reduced electrode impedance when compared with other morphologies such as Pt on dense SDC for intermediate temperatures. The two primary goals of this project are to explore the suitability of Ni, Ti, or Cu as an inexpensive replacement for Pt, and investigate the dependence of performance on electrode morphology. Columnar thin film electrodes of SDC are grown on Y0.16Zr0.84O1.92 (YSZ) single crystals by pulsed-laser deposition. Metal catalyst particles are then deposited by means of sputtering. Results of electrochemical and morphological analyses carried out via AC impedance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy are presented.

   

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David A. TirrellDavid A. Tirrell has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, (2008) for his "pioneering contributions to bioengineered materials and the synthesis of novel artificial proteins." Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

Professor Tirrell was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006. He received the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society in 2007.

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John F. Brady

John F. Brady, Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, was named the 2007 recipient of the Society of Rheology Bingham Medal for his outstanding contributions to the field of rheology. The award was presented at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society of Rheology in Salt Lake City, October 2007.

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Mark E. Davis

Mark E. Davis was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006. He is the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering.


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