Prof. Wynne receives NSF grant

Prof. Wynne received a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation (DMR- Division of Materials Research.  This grant titled ‘Functional Polymer Surfaces‘ is a  project funded by the Division of Materials Research (DMR). Congratulations to Prof. Wynne and his research team!!!. You can read more about Dr. Wynne’s research at

Prof. Rao receives NIH-R21 grant

Prof. Rao received a two-year R21 grant from the National Institute of Health (NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS AND STROKE).  This grant titled ‘Induced pluripotent stem cells from neurosurgical removed tissue for brain repair‘ is a collaborative project with Prof. Dong Sun in Neurosurgery. Congratulations to Prof. Rao and his research team!!!. You can read more about Dr. Rao’s research at

Prof. P.K.Lim to present CLSE seminar on September 26th, 2012

Dr. P. K. Lim, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, will present the CLSE seminar on September 26th, 2012.
This event is free and open to the public.
The seminar will be held in Room 401, Engineering West Building from 11:00AM-12:30PM. Refreshments will be served.
Development of a Biphasic Column Reactor for Continuous Reaction, Product Removal, and Catalyst Recycle
ABSTRACT: Biphasic column reactor offers the intriguing possibility of a continuous reaction, product removal, and catalyst recycle in a single process setup. As envisioned, a biphasic reactor system utilizes two immiscible liquid phases to separately dissolve the reactant and product species, along with a catalyst that would preferentially reside and operate at the liquid-liquid interface.

The viability and advantages of the envisioned biphasic column reactor scheme have been demonstrated using as a test case the industrially-important production of p-aminophenol via a selective hydrogen reduction of nitrobenzene in the presence of platinum supported on activated carbon. p-Aminophenol is the starting material for the production of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol®. The study was performed on a 12-ft column reactor with nitrobenzene and aqueous sulfuric acid as the immiscible liquid phases, platinum supported on activated carbon as the hydrogenation catalyst, and a pump and distributor system that circulated and dispersed the Pt/C and nitrobenzene through hydrogen gas as a falling film. p-Aminophenol was produced via a selective hydrogenation of nitrobenzene to N-phenylhydroxylamine, followed by an acid-catalyzed Bamberger rearrangement of the latter to p-aminophenol. Experimental and model findings will be presented, with a comparison to the results based on the conventional use of a series of continuous-flow stirred tank reactors.

Fall 2012 Seminar Series Schedule

10-September Xuejun Wen, Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering VCU
26-September P.K. Lim,Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University
10-October Robert Davis, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia
24-October John Regalbuto, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina
7-November Mike Chung, Material Science and Engineering, Penn State University
28-November Jeff Guevremont, Afton Chemicals, Inc

Prof. Fong’s research highlighted on ‘Renewable Energy Global Innovations’ website

Research conducted by Prof. Fong and members of his research group at Virginia Commonwealth University profiled on the Renewable Energy Global Innovations ( website. See for more details