Congrats to Asima Chakravorty and Daniel Johnson!!!

Asima Chakravorty has been awarded a graduate school travel grant to attend the AIChE meeting in Salt Lake City. She will present a talk and poster in a symposium on education in chemical engineering. The title of her talk/poster is “An unlikely introduction to Fick’s second law of diffusion: PVC and Tygon tubing”. Daniel Johnson, a junior in CLSE, is one of the authors on this paper. He carried out research in Summer 2010 supported by an NSF REU supplement provided to Prof. Wynne. The presentation of Ms. Chakravorty is partly based on Mr. Johnson’s research findings.”

Dr. Pierre Woehl from Corning, France to present CLSE Departmental Seminar.. October 27, 2010

Dr. Pierre Woehl, New Business Development – Technology manager, Reactor Technologies, Corning France will present the CLSE seminar on October 27th, 2010.
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 (11:00-11:15AM).
Applications in continuous process technology
Dr. Pierrw Woehl graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France with a MS degree in Materials Science, and a PhD in Fluid Mechanics. He joined Corning in 1999 as a scientist working on multiphase flow and reaction engineering in structured catalytic monolith reactors. He participated in the early developments of the Advanced-Flow™ Reactor Technology, until recently was Research Associate and group manager at Corning European Technology Center for microchemical engineering and Advanced-Flow Reactors. He is currently with Corning Reactor Technologies as New Business Development – Technology manager. He is an inventor or co-inventor of 19 patent application families in the field of process intensification. His current research interests include – Flow chemistry / continuous chemical processing, and related technologies; – Process Intensification and Microfluidics.

Dr. Paul Fawcett to present CLSE Special Seminar. October 21st, 2010

Dr. Paul Fawcett, Director of Research Resources at VCU and VCU Massey Cancer Center will present the CLSE seminar on October 21st, 2010.
This event is free and open to the public.
The seminar will be held in Room 3210, Engineering East Building from 12:00PM-1:00PM. Refreshments will be served (12:00-12:10PM).
Dr. Fawcett is Director of VCU Research Resources and an Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity and Department of Internal Medicine. He received his PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Georgia. His research interests involve a combination of functional genomic, proteomic, and bioinformatic approaches to investigate mammalian innate immunity.

Dr. Christopher Ober from Cornell University to present CLSE Departmental Seminar.. October 13, 2010

Dr. Christopher Ober, Francis Bard Professor of Materials Engineering, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Cornell University, will present the CLSE seminar on October 13th, 2010.
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 (11:00-11:15AM).
Green Coatings: Tailoring interactions of polymers with their environment
Polymers are ideal materials for interfacing with biological systems as they share many of the same chemical components and properties. However, the majority of biomolecular species will still non-specifically bind to most polymer surfaces unless some care is given to molecular design. In paint, copper is added to slowly ablate from a coating and prevent biofilm formation and attachment of hard settlers such as barnacles. In response to environmental concerns, environmentally friendly coatings are being designed with tailored surfaces that mitigate settlement and depend on surface composition to control attachment. This talk describes synthetic strategies used to control specific and non-specific interactions in a variety of polymer brush architectures to form environmentally friendly coatings and surfaces. In particular, studies of amphiphilic block copolymers have been shown to be especially effective and will be the focus of this talk.
Dr. Christopher Ober received his BSc in Honours Chemistry (Co-op) from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, in 1978. He received his PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in 1982. From 1982 until 1986 he was a senior member of the research staff at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada where he worked on marking materials. Ober joined Cornell University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1986. He has pioneered new methods in photolithography and studies the biology-materials interface. He currently serves as the Associate Editor for Macromolecules and is on the editorial board of Polymer Bulletin and Polymers for Advanced Technologies. He is the recipient of the 2007 Humboldt Research Prize and the 2006 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Applied Polymer Science. He serves as the President of the IUPAC Polymer Division and recently served as the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering at Cornell. More details about Prof. Ober’s research can be found at