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Coop Employer Panel

Chemical Engineering Co-op sponsored 2 Employer Panels for sophomores looking for their first co-op. Companies represented were Ameresco, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, E-Ink, Pall Corporation, Selecta BioSciences, Separation Technologies, Tel NEXX, and Verso Paper.

Webster Gives Keynote Speech at MS&T Conference

Chair and Professor Thomas Webster gave the keynote talk at the MS&T Conference (Materials Science and Technology) in Pittsburgh entitled "Improving Medical Device Surface Properties Using Picotechnology" where he introduced picotechnology to the field of biomaterials.

Murthy, Lewis, & Plouffe Published in Reports on Progress in Physics

Shashi Murthy, Laura Lewis and Brian Plouffe have authored a review article titled, “Fundamentals and Application of Magnetic Particles in Biological Cell Separation," that was accepted for publication in the October 2014 issue of Reports on Progress in Physics.

Ron Willey Reviews new MS program in Process Safety

Professor Ron Willey served as an external reviewer for a new MS program in process safety at the University of Petronas, Perak, Malaysia in Mid September.

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS is about to become the first Southeast Asian University to have a MS degree program in chemical process safety. In the review process, experts from around the world had the opportunity to review the proposed curriculum and program before final implementation. “There is a tremendous world need for fundamental training in chemical process safety, I am pleased to see the University of Petronas take the lead in this area,” Willey wrote. Prof. Willey will be traveling to China in November. There he will serve as a keynote speaker on layers of protection analysis (LOPA). He will also visit Korea where a second Asian academic initiative in chemical process safety is under development.

Laura Lewis is a featured speaker at the NATO Science and Technology Office Specialists' Meeting

Laura H. Lewis, Cabot Professor of Chemical Engineering, is a featured speaker at the NATO Science and Technology Office Specialists' Meeting on "Scarcity of Rare Earth Materials for Electrical Power Systems" in Brussels, Belgium (October 13 - October 15, 2014).

This meeting provides an opportunity for technical experts from NATO countries to provide insight into issues surrounding supply and demand, technology advances, trade policies and overall effects of Rare Earth Materials on military weapons systems.

Webster to be Keynote Speaker at 2014 Biomaterials Day

Zafiropoulo Chair and Professor Thomas Webster will be the Keynote Lecturer at the 2014 Biomaterials Day at the University of South Dakota on October 3.

Webster to be Keynote Speaker at SES Annual Technical Meeting

Zafiropoulo Chair and Professor Tom Webster will be the keynote speaker at the SES Annual Technical Meeting at Purdue University on Wednesday, October 1.

Sophomore Receives AIChE Academic Excellence Award

ChE student Paul Maschhoff was selected for the 2013-2014 Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award by AIChE.

Freshman Receives AIChE Student Chapter Award

Undergraduate student Justin Ramberger is the recipient of the 2013-14 Outstanding Freshman Award by AIChE.

Webster to be Keynote Speaker at Current Issues in Medicine, Biotech, and Pharma Conference

Prof and Chair Thomas Webster will be the keynote speaker at the 12th annual Current Issues in Medicine, Biotech and Pharma international conference, held Sep. 17-18 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Professor Thomas J. Webster Discusses Fighting Allergies with Nanomedicine on Fox 25 News

Electrical Stimuli of CNS

Che Assistant Professor Abigail Koppes was featured in the Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering for her analysis of the methods of electrical stimuli used to manipulate the central nervous system.

Patent for Nanotubes

ChE professor Thomas Webster and Hicham Fenniri were awarded a patent for using “Nanotubes and compositions thereof” on the surfaces of implants.

Webster featured for Ebola Research

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster was featured in and Computerworld regarding the use of nanotechnology to fight Ebola.

Webster's Start-up is Notable Company in Fracture Repair

Audax, a start-up company created by Prof and Chair Tom Webster, was featured as one of sixteen companies in the Orthoworld August publication " Notable U.S. Companies in Fracture Repair". Orthoworld is the leading strategic intelligence publisher focused solely on the worldwide orthopedic market. Being chosen for inclusion in this publication validates the visibility of our technology and the company's strong position in the bone repair space.

2014 Summer Exchange Programs a Huge Success

During the summer term, 11 students participated in the Department’s first foreign exchange programs with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and Rovira I Virgili University (URV) in Spain. Additionally, 4 students from NTU spent their summer at Northeastern working with department faculty on various research projects. After the tremendous success of this year’s program, the department plans to establish up to 4 additional student exchange partnerships with foreign universities. Visit our Exchange Program page for updates.

NECN Interviews Webster

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster was interviewed by NECN to discuss the possibilities of using nanomedicine to treat Ebola and other diseases. InSolution explains how he wants to use gold nanostars to attack virus or cancer cells.

Journal Highlights 25 Years

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster is featured in a video clip highlighting his paper on "'Nano-biotechnology: carbon nanofibres as improved neural and orthopaedic implants" which is one of the most cited and downloaded papers in the journal Nanotechnology.

Impact Factors Released

The International Journal of Nanomedicine (IJN), of which Professor & Chair Thomas Webster is Editor-in-Chief, has announced that its 2013 impact factor has increased to 4.195, and its 5-year impact factor has increased to 4.530. The IJN has published more articles than any journal in nanomedicine worldwide.

Preparing Titania Nanotubes

ChE Professor Ron Willey was awarded a patent for his method of creating “Titania nanotubes prepared by anodization in chloride-containing electrolytes”.

Fenniri Featured on Cover of Nanoscale

Professor Hicham Fenniri recently published an article entitled, Chiromers: conformation-driven mirror-image supramolecular chirality isomerism identified in a new class of helical rosette nanotubes, in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Nanoscale.

Thomas Webster Gives Talk at World Congress of Biomechanics

Professor and Chair Thomas Webster gave an invited talk at the World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston called: Transitioning from Nanotechnology to Picotechnology: The Next Step Towards Improving Bone Growth.

Congratulations Caroline Webb

Caroline Webb is the recipient of a 2014 Provost Undergraduate Research Award in the amount of $1,000. She will be investigating the effect of hormone treatments on the expression of ZCT1 in transgenic Catharanthus roseus hairy root cultures under the advisement of Carolyn Lee-Parsons and Noreen Rizvi.

Thomas Webster Published in International Journal of Nanomedicine

Professor and Chair Thomas Webster recently published an article in the International Journal of Nanomedicine entitled " Understanding improved osteoblast behavior on select nanoporous anodic alumina".

Thomas Webster gives BMES Webinar

Professor & Chair Thomas Webster gave a webinar for the Biomedical Engineering Society on Best Practices for Running a Lab.

Thomas Webster selected Most Influential Scientific Mind

Professor & Chair Thomas Webster was selected as one of the Most Influential Scientific Minds in Materials Science this year (2014) by Thomson Reuters.

Laura Lewis and Thomas Webster are Invited Speakers

Professor Laura Lewis and Professor & Chair Thomas Webster were invited to participate as session chairs and invited speakers at the International Conference on Modern Materials and Technologies/6th Forum on New Materials held in Montecatini Terme, Italy, June 15-19, 2014. Prof. Thomas Webster and Prof. Laura Lewis were invited to speak about Novel Biomaterials and Magnetic Materials for Energy, respectively.

Thomas Webster Receives Distinguished Speaker Award

Professor and Chair Thomas Webster was awarded the 2014 University of California at Davis Distinguished Seminar Speaker Award for his talk on "Exploring the new frontiers of engineering better medicine".

Thomas Webster Publishes Two Papers

Professor and Chair Thomas Webster and his research group recently published two new papers. The synthesis of TiO2 nanotubes with ZnO nanoparticles to possess antibacterial properties with no stem cell toxicity was published in May by the Royal Society of Chemistry, while Lubricin as a novel nanostructured protein coating to reduce fibroblast density appears in the June 2014 volume of Dove Medical Press.

Murthy Awarded $210K Grant

Dr. Shashi Murthy, in collaboration with Dr. Yaakov Nahmias, Director of the Center for Bioengineering at the Hebrew University of Israel, has been awarded a $210k grant for a project titled "Cleavable Surface Coatings for Microfluidic Devices" from the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation. This project will pursue the development of new surface coating technologies in devices utilized in stem cell purification.

Science is Good for the Body

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster and MS student Run Chang have created a nanoparticle delivery system which could target and destroy cancer cells.

Thomas Webster to create International Collaborations

As the newly elected president for the Society for Biomaterials, ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster hopes to create international collaborations that are critical to the advancement of biomaterials.

Ziemer Invited to Multi-Functional Materials Workshop

Associate Chair and Associate Professor Katherine Ziemer has been invited to the Multi-Functional Materials Workshop in Shimla, India. This is the ninth in a series of revolutionary materials and device forums designed to explore new functional materials and their applications. Prof. Ziemer was invited for her novel work on the integration of complex and functional oxides on device-relevant semiconductor materials.

Dissertation Fellowship Winner

ChE PhD student Noreen Rizvi was awarded an American Association of University Women’s American Dissertation Fellowship.

Edgar Goluch Awarded $770K Grant

ChE Assistant Professor Edgar Goluch was awarded a $770K NSF grant to create a Nano-Constriction Device to automatically isolate and cultivate microbes in their own habitat.

A New Type of Magnet

ChE Professor Laura Lewis’s research into creating new supermagnets to replace rare-earth magnets was featured by the Boston Globe.

Ron Willey elected Secretary-Treasurer

ChE Professor Ron Willey was elected the Secretary-Treasurer of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Northeastern Zone.

Thomas Webster has 3rd most cited paper of Nano Today

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster’s article entitled " Nanotechnology and nanomaterials: Promises for improved tissue regeneration" is now the third most cited paper ever in the journal Nano Today.

Thomas Webster & Graduate Student Published in International Journal of Nanomedicine

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster and his graduate student Ece Alpaslan were published in the International Journal of Nanomedicine for their article " Nanotechnology and picotechnology to increase tissue growth: a summary of in vivo studies".

Follow Along with the Dialogue of Civilizations to Brazil about Alternative Energies

On Monday, May 5, 2014, Courtney Pfluger will lead 24 students and a TA on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Brazil about Alternative Energies. If you would like to follow along on the journey, please visit the following blog devoted to the experience:

ChE PhD Student Receives Honorable Mention

PhD student Nil Tandogan received honorable mention at the 2014 NEBEC conference for her poster "Effects of Applied Pressure on Bacterial Transport through Confined Spaces."

Assistant Professor Edward Goluch to Present Invited Talk

Assistant Professor Edward Goluch will present an invited talk entitled, "Electrochemical Detection of Microbial Infections in Human Biofluids", at the Bioanalytical Sensors Conference on May 22nd in Cambridge.

Thomas Webster Gives Keynote Speech

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster gave the keynote speech at the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films on Tuesday, April 29th entitled "Making Medical Advances Using Nanotechnology and Picotechnology"

Assistant Professor Richard West Awarded NSF Grant

ChE Assistant Professor Richard West was awarded an $140K NSF Grant to "Identify and resolve discrepancies in kinetic models of hydrocarbon combustion".

Computational kinetic modeling of combustion chemistry has made significant progress in recent decades. Dozens of recent models, which describe tens of thousands of simultaneous reactions between thousands of intermediate species, are capable of explaining complicated combustion phenomena, allowing increasingly accurate engine simulations, and screening novel biofuels. However, these ever-proliferating detailed kinetic models are incompatible and inconsistent, are seldom compared directly, and often contain undetected mistakes.

The commonly used format to publish these models, devised in the 1970’s when input was limited by the width of 80-column punch-cards, forces model-builders to abbreviate species’ names, thereby losing their chemical identity, and to discard other metadata. The main challenge in comparing these models is in recognizing, for example, that the name “C3KET12” in one model represents 1-hydroperoxypropan-2-one, which another research group may have named “CH3COCH2O2H” in a different model.

This project develops tools to help identify the chemical species in a kinetic model, to facilitate comparison of models. The new tools will be built upon the open-source Reaction Mechanism Generator (RMG-Py) software, that we have been developing in a collaboration between Northeastern and the Massachussets Institute of Technology. A web-based user interface will make it easy for users to import models to the database, and provide instant reward for doing so (the ability to check the model, fill in gaps, and merge with other models). The proposed work will massively reduce the barriers to converting detailed kinetic models into a machine-readable format with clear and consistent species definitions. This will enable: (1) comparison between models, leading to more replicable science, (2) error identification, leading to higher quality data, (3) better rate estimates and a broader impact for mechanism generation software, and (4) wider use of process informatics tools. The unified database of all previous kinetic models will greatly assist progress in combustion modeling.

Thomas Webster featured in the Boston Globe

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster was featured in the Boston Globe for explaining how nanomaterials could improve surgical recoveries.

ChemE 2014 Awards Ceremony

View the photo gallery from the Chemical Engineering 2014 Awards Ceremony for seniors and graduates.

ChemE PhD Graduation Dinner

On 4/15, ChemE hosted a dinner reception to honor this year’s PhD graduates. Graduates were:

  • Shaopeng Sun
  • Pegah Hosseinpour
  • George Aninwene II
  • Melissa Loving
  • Hasan Yildiz
  • Radhika Barua
  • Selena Di Maio
  • LinLin Sun
  • Sean Kevlahan

Pictures to the event can be found here.

7 ChE Students Chosen for Huntington 100

Kristen Coletti, Victor Lambert, Dante Marini, Caleb Donnelly, Miranda Lawrence, Jaimie Rogner, and Griffin Rapsilber were chosen for this year’s “ Huntington 100”, a prestigious honor given to the most outstanding students for their hard work and achievements.

Record breaking number of presentations by Northeastern at the Society for Biomaterials conference

We had a record breaking number of presentations by Northeastern this year at the Society for Biomaterials conference in Denver, with 16 presentations by faculty and students.

Congratulations Noreen Rizvi and Sydney Shaw

Congratulations to Noreen Rizvi for receiving 1st place in her oral presentation & Sydney Shaw for receiving 1st place for her poster presentation on their research at the Northeast American Society of Plant Biology meeting at the U of Rhode Island (March 29 - 30, 2014)! Noreen Rizvi's talk is titled "An estrogen-inducible system and optimized Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of Catharanthus roseus hairy roots." Sydney Shaw's poster is titled "Investigating the Limiting Step in the Transcription of the Vindoline Pathway in Catharanthus Roseus using RT-PCR."

Webster Elected President of Society for Biomaterials

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster was elected to be the 2015-16 President for the Society for Biomaterials, serving as President-elect for 2014-2015.

The Society for Biomaterials is the largest world-wide society focused on the design, synthesis, and evaluation of biomaterials. Current membership is 3500 persons from industry, academics and clinical sectors. The annual meeting is attended by over 2000 members rotating around the country. Every four years, the Society is integral in organizing the World Congress on Biomaterials which rotates around the world.

Professor Thomas Webster Gives Plenary talk

Professor & Chair Thomas Webster gave the plenary talk on April 1, 2014 at the Korean Society of Toxicogenomics and Toxicoproteomics in Seoul, South Korea on "Making Advances in Nanomedicine: Is Toxicity an Issue?" He also was a distinguished speaker at UC Davis on April 3 with his talk on " From Nanotechnology to Picotechnology: Revolutionizing the Use of Materials in Medicine".

Webster featured in The Guardian

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster was featured in The Guardian for his methods of "Intercepting infections" with a sensor that would detect infections and release drugs to stop it before it spreads.

FY15 TIER 1 Award Recipients

Shashi Murthy, Sunho Choi, Adam Ekenseair, and Edgar Goluch were among the 19 COE faculty recipients of FY15 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 11 different projects representing over $500K dollars of investment in research.

Record Breaking Climb in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

I am pleased to announce that the US News and World Report Graduate Rankings have just been released and we increased 17 positions from last year to #57. We are now tied with universities such as Tufts and Clemson. This is a 34 position jump in just 2 years, which is the LARGEST jump that US News & World Report has had in the history of rankings of graduate engineering programs!

Under Dean Nadine Aubry's leadership, the College of Engineering also has a new record high ranking at 46 up from 57 last year, now tied with universities such as Notre Dame, Brown, and Case Western.

Thank you all for your increased visibility efforts including greater number of conference presentations, publications, grant proposals, running conferences, exhibitor booths, help with all of our Distinguished Department Chair seminar speakers, and many many other things.

~ ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster

Multipurpose Nanocrystals

ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster was featured in the Boston Herald for his use of nanocrystals to fix everything from potholes to cancer cells.

Chemical engineering students embark on a process safety venture during spring break to Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Ten Northeastern University chemical engineering students elected to head North instead of South for their Spring Break. The venture is a part of a new international program initiative to offer international experiences to students during the Spring Break as part of their educational experiences. The group led by Prof. Ronald J. Willey, Professor Chemical Engineering, Northeastern will focus on process safety along with some cultural activities in the Province of Quebec Canada. Their plans include performing a Hazard Analysis of a laboratory area at the University of Sherbrooke, possibly working with some fellow Canadian students. They will also visit a paper mill and a chlorine producer based on the Province. The week finishes off in Quebec City with a surprise or two awaiting them.

Professor Hicham Fenniri to chair symposium at Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference

Professor Hicham Fenniri will chair the Supramolecular Organic Nano-materials and Biomaterials symposium at the upcoming Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference in Vancouver, BC, June 1-5, 2014.

Assistant Professor Richard West Awarded DNI Grant

ChE Assistant Professor Richard West was awarded an $100K Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) grant from the American Chemical Society.

Assistant Professor Eno Ebong Published in The Royal Society of Chemistry

Assistant Professor Eno Ebong published critical data in The Royal Society of Chemistry journal on how blood vessels respond to the force of flow.

Professor Hicham Fenniri to give Plenary Talk

Professor Hicham Fenniri will give a Plenary Talk about Engineered Nanomaterials for siRNA delivery and Gene Silencing at the second Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering (MECBME) in Doha, Qatar. Thomas J. Webster is a member of the International Advisory Board for the conference.

Associate Professor Shashi Murthy Presented an Invited Talk

Shashi Murthy, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, presented an invited talk titled “Microfluidics for Purification and Mechanical Stimulation of Stem Cells” at the Broad Institute’s Center for the Science of Therapeutics on January 16, 2014. His talk described the multi-institutional collaborative projects being carried out by his lab in these areas as well as translation of a key purification technology to a startup company (Quad Technologies).

Professor Thomas J. Webster Talks Nanomedicine on Fox 25 News

Professor Thomas J. Webster to give Plenary Talk

Professor Thomas J. Webster to give the Plenary Talk in Honor of Prof. Stuart Hampshire at the 38th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites on Jan. 30th in Daytona, FL. The title of the talk is: Nanoceramics Processing: Revolutionizing Medicine.

ChE Master's student receives Special Recognition Award from MRS

Jencilin Johnston (Masters' student in Chemical Engineering) just received a Special Recognition Award from the Materials Research Society for her presentation "Detection of Melanoma Cells Through Gold Nano-Needles" during the Fall 2013 Annual Meeting in Boston. Congratulations Jencilin!

ChE Graduate Student Receives Proposal Award ’13

Chemical Engineering graduate student Daniel Milano was presented with the 2013 Outstanding Chemical Engineering PhD Candidacy Proposal Award for his outstanding quality of research proposal and defense, and high potential to conduct creative productive research during the 2012-2013 academic year. Congratulations to Dan from the ChE Department Chair, Faculty, and Staff.

Professor Thomas J. Webster – Keynote Speaker at National Conference on Challenges in Biomaterials Research

Professor Thomas J. Webster will be the keynote speaker at a National Conference on " Challenges in Biomaterials Research" at VIT University, Tamilnadu, India, on December 23rd – 24th, 2013.

Professor Thomas J. Webster Presented Talk: "Starting a 3D Printing Company: Lessons Learned"

Professor Thomas J. Webster presented a talk on the topic "Starting a 3D Printing Company: Lessons Learned" at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. He discussed the current challenges on spinning out technology from universities as well as recent advances in 3D printing for tissue engineering.

ChE PhD Student is Recipient of 2013-2014 GMAG Research Award

Radhika Barua (ChE Ph.D. candidate 2014) has been selected as one of two recipients of the 2013-2014 GMAG (Topical Group on Magnetism) PhD Dissertation Research Award for outstanding dissertation research in magnetism. The award includes a cash prize of $500, an additional $250 towards her travel expenses for the March meeting, and an invited talk at the American Physical Society meeting held in March (Denver, CO, March 3-7, 2014) in one of the GMAG-sponsored focus topic sessions. Congratulating to Radhika from the Chair, Faculty, and Staff!

Radhika's achievement adds another honor to the prize-winning ChE graduate students' list: Melissa Loving won First Place Poster Award (58th Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM 2013), Denver, Colorado); Radhika Barua received Merit-based Student Travel Award (MMM 2013, Denver, Colorado ); Nina Bordeaux won First Place Poster Award (57th MMM Meeting 2012, Chicago, Ill); Jing Liu (post-doc) and Pegah Hosseinpour won Best Poster Award at the Joint National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) Users' Meeting, Upton, NY, 2013.

Northeastern to build state-of-the-art science and engineering complex

Northeastern University has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art interdisciplinary science and engineering research facility in Roxbury on Columbus Avenue. Read more at news@Northeastern.

NEU Celebrates Accomplishments at the AIChE Annual Meeting

Northeastern University faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students gave a record 34 presentations at the AIChE annual meeting in San Francisco during the week of November 3 to November 8, 2013.

Photographer: Professor Richard West, Photo courtesy of Professor Courtney Pfluger

ChE Undergrads Win Annual International Poster Competition at ISPE

Please join the department in congratulating Kassi Stein and Miglia Cornejo for winning the undergraduate Poster Competition at the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering conference. Their winning research poster was entitled "Developing Transgenic Hairy Root Cultures of Catharanthus roseus".

NanoVault Highlighted at 2013 New Technology Showcase

Dr. Thomas Webster's start-up company, NanoVault, was selected as one of ten companies to participate in LifeScience Alley's 2013 New Technology Showcase on November 20th. NanoVault's versatile, biologically-inspired nanoporous metallic platform leverages highly compatible materials, with tunable porosity for protected therapeutics delivery and diffusion, to facilitate the functional restoration of damaged tissues.

For more information, click here.

Dr. Rebecca Carrier Selected for NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Professor Rebecca Carrier was one of seventy three educators chosen to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium.

The attendees were nominated by fellow engineers and deans and selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants. Over the course of the two and a half day event, faculty members discussed ideas and strategies for improving education at their home institutions.

For the press release, click here.

ChemE Faculty Positions Available

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NEU Nanomagnetism Group Wins Awards

Members of the Northeastern Nanomagnetism Group, advised by Professor Laura Lewis, won numerous awards this year. Melissa Loving won a first First Place Award for the poster, "Transformation Kinetics in Epitaxial FeRh Films" (coauthor: U. Leeds, UK) at the 58th Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM), Denver, Colorado. Radhika Barua was awarded a merit-based Student Travel Award to this meeting, and in 2012 Nina Bordeaux won a First Place Award at the 57th MMM Meeting held last year in Chicago, Ill (coauthors: U. Mass Amherst, Columbia U. and GM R&D). (The MMM Meeting is sponsored jointly by AIP Publishing, LLC (AIPP) and the Magnetics Society of the IEEE, in cooperation with the American Physical Society, attended by typically 2000 members of the international scientific and engineering communities interested in recent developments in fundamental and applied magnetism.)

Group members Jing Liu and Pegah Hosseinpour also won the best poster award at the Joint National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) Users' Meeting, May 19 – 22, Brookhaven Lab, Upton, NY. The poster title is "Structure – Morphology – Response in TiO2 Nanotube Arrays".

Scientists Discuss the Future of Nanomedicine at Northeastern

The First International Translational Nanomedicine Conference was recently held at Northeastern University (MA, USA) from 26 to 28 July 2013, in the heart of historic Boston (MA, USA). Sponsored by the International Journal of Nanomedicine and Northeastern University's College of Engineering, the conference focused on strategies for turning the advances in nanomedicine research into actual products, as well as addressing other issues pertinent to the future of the field. Plenary talks were given by distinguished Northeastern University faculty members for 1 h, and 30-min technical talks were given by experts from all over the world. Interspersed through the lectures, over 100 students and researchers presented posters detailing their latest findings.

The full article can be found here.

Bioengineering PhD Student Won the BMES Travel Award

Bioengineering PhD Student David Walsh won the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Travel Award.

David, who is advised by Prof. Shashi Murthy, received the prestigious travel award to attend the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Conference on September 25 – 28, 2013, in Seattle, Washington. He was the only graduate student of 38 selected for the award out of 300 applications.

At the conference, David will present his work on designing microfluidic systems to diagnose disease of the eye.

Congratulations David from the Department Chair, Faculty and Staff!

Annual Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting Reception

The Northeastern University Annual Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) meeting reception will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA, on Thursday, September 26, 2013.

At the meeting, the Department of Chemical Engineering will host a wine and cheese reception in the Kirkland Room of the hotel from 8:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

For questions about the event, please contact Professor Thomas Webster via email at

Professor Courtney Pfluger Awarded AIChE 2012-2013 Advisor Honor Roll

ChE Professor Courtney Pfluger Won the AIChE 2012-2013 Student Chapter Advisor Honor Roll Award for her outstanding service and leadership as faculty advisor of the Northeastern Student Chapter of AIChE.

Congratulations to Courtney from the ChE Department Chair, Faculty, and Staff.

Record Number of Northeastern Presentations at the Annual Biomedical Engineering Society Conference

This week in Seattle, Washington, Northeastern University will have the most podiums and poster presentations ever at a Biomedical Engineering Society Conference. Over 26 students will be presenting their research at the largest gathering of biomedical engineers in the country. Northeastern students have also won travel awards to the conference.

Congratulations to all those presenting and attending!

NU 2013 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference Invitation Announcement

Professor Rebecca Carrier is the 2013 Frontiers of Engineering Education Participant

Professor Rebecca Carrier has been chosen to participate in the 2013 Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium on October 27-30, 2013 in Irvine, California.

To read the Press release, click on the National Academy of Engineering link.

ChE Undergraduate Student Won AIChE 2012-2013 Outstanding Freshman Award

Chemical Engineering undergraduate student Alyssa Travitz ('17) won the AIChE 2012-2013 Outstanding Freshman Award for her academic excellence in her freshman year courses, and in her abundant participation and leadership in the student chapter of AIChE at Northeastern.

Congratulations to Alyssa from the AIChE President, ChE Department Chair, Faculty, and Staff.

ChE Undergraduate Student Won AIChE 2012-2013 Outstanding Sophomore Award

Chemical Engineering undergraduate student Griffin Rapsilber ('16) won the AIChE 2012-2013 Outstanding Sophomore Award for his academic excellence in his sophomore year courses.

The award comes with free registration for the AIChE conference and some travel support.

Congratulations to Griffin from the AIChE President, ChE Department Chair, Faculty, and Staff.

Shaopeng Sun receives Electrochemical Society travel award

Graduate student Shaopeng Sun received a national-level travel award from The Electrochemical Society to present his work, "Pulse Electrodeposition of NiMoW Alloys" at the biannual Electrochemical Society Meeting in Toronto, Canada in May, 2013.

Noreen Rizvi won 2013 Intel Corporation Scholarship

Congratulations to Noreen Rizvi, a PhD student in Chemical Engineering, who won a 2013 Intel Corporation scholarship from the Society of Women Engineers for her outstanding academic achievement as well as strong engineering potential.

Professor Goluch Gives Plenary Talk at ITNano Conference

Professor Ed Goluch gave the plenary talk at the International Translational Nanomedicine conference hosted at Northeastern on Sunday. In his lecture he discussed recent advancements in his lab's Lab-on-a-Chip technology, with the goal of identifying bacteria at extremely low concentrations.

Professor Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy receives AIChE award for 25 years of membership

Professor Podlaha-Murphy has received an award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) for 25 years of being a member. When asked to comment, she replied, "As a proud member of AIChE for 25 years I continue to strive for excellence in chemichal engineering education."

Graduate Student Daniel Hickey's Research

Graduate Student Daniel Hickey working in Professor Thomas Webster's Nanomedicine Laboratory at Northeastern University heads a project aimed at developing a polymer scaffold to direct the regeneration of the tendon-to-bone insertion site (TBI) following joint reconstruction surgery.

More information can be found on the website:
Magnesium Oxide Nanoparticles Hold Promise for Improving the Outcome of Joint Reconstruction Surgeries.

Professor Thomas Webster Elected as a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society

Professor Thomas Webster has been elected as a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the largest society dedicated to biomedical engineering in the U.S.

The induction ceremony will be held on September 25, 2013, in Seattle during the next annual BMES meeting.

Dialogue of Civilizations to Sao Paulo, Brazil

A group of NU students is participating in a Dialogue of Civilizations to Sao Paulo, Brazil, this summer '13 semester, where they are going to learn the about different types of alternative energy technologies in the country that sources over 80% of its electricity by renewable technologies.

They will be visiting multiple renewable energy sites and meeting with industrial leaders who pioneered these technologies in Brazil. They will also be immersed in the Brazilian culture while learning about innovative alternative energy technologies.

Check out the blog to learn about their adventure:

Dialogue of Civilizations Student Group

The group pictured here is featured on the Sao Paulo Governmental Energy website after a visit with the Secretary of Energy for the state of Sao Paulo.

(Submitted by Professor Courtney Pfluger, Assistant Academic Specialist, Department of Chemical Engineering, NU) June 28, 2013

June Newsletter

View the Chemical Engineering Department's June newsletter by clicking the link below!

ChE June Newsletter

Engineering Students Win Entrepreneurs Club Prize with Novel Toothbrush

Engineers for the Greater Good (EGG) was a weekend long competition hosted by the Entrepreneurs Club of Northeastern University. Participants were encouraged to come up with ideas and worked in teams to pitch their idea to a panel of judges in order to receive grant money to further pursue the idea.

One team consisting of Ameya Mehendale (Chemical Engineering), Jeff Kent (Chemical Engineering), Esfandiar Keikhosrowzadeh (Chemical Engineering), Samuel Levine (Mechanical Engineering), Getao Li (Industrial Engineering) and Dan Shores (Mechanical Engineering) won the competition based on an idea involving a smart toothbrush that could detect the presence of plaque and bacteria on teeth, giving a visual indication if and when they were removed – effectively making the teeth clean. The idea sprung out based on the fact that most people generally have no idea or have arbitrary time limits concerning the duration when one should stop brushing. The toothpaste includes a fluorescent dye activated by a low emission LED light. The toothbrush would house the light source, and would have a photo resistor which would perceive the emitted fluorescence and provide input to a micro controller which would trigger a visual medium as to whether the targeted area is clean or not.

The team won a grant of $1,500 to further develop the product.

How Nanotechnology Could Keep Your Heart Healthy

Since the heart is such a delicate and critical organ, clinicians usually opt not to intervene with the dead cells that remain after a heart attack or cardiac disease Read more…

Professor Thomas J. Webster Wins Dove Press Outstanding Editor's Award

Due to his exceptional leadership as the founder and current editor of the International Journal of Nanomedicine, Prof. Thomas Webster (Chair and Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University) is this year's recipient of the Dove Press Outstanding Editor's Award. Prof. Webster was the founding editor of the International Journal of Nanomedicine in 2006. Since that time, the journal has published 1320 articles (with over 4.75 million downloads) maintaining a five year impact factor of 4.424, establishing the journal as a must read in the nanomedicine community.

Sean Kevlahan and Adam Hatch Compete in Rice University Business Plan Competition

Sean Kevlahan and Adam Hatch, Northeastern University Chemical Engineering graduate students and co-founders of Quad Technologies, LLC, were chosen out of 700 applicants to be 1 of the 42 teams invited to compete in the prestigious Rice University Business plan competition (RBPC) April 11-13th 2013. The RBPC hosts hundreds of judges from all over the globe, ranging from executives to wealthy investors. Quad Technologies LLC pitched their unique hydrogel chemistry coupled with magnetic beads to enable large-scale biologics purification. Their pitch took 1st place in the Shark Tank competition round where teams had to present short presentations and field challenging questions from the judges, earning a $1,000 cash prize. The Quad team also generated significant interest with prospective customers.

Christopher Cogswell Wins College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award

Christopher Cogswell, a graduate student in Professor Sunho Choi's lab group, was selected for a 2013 College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award for his outstanding contributions as a teaching assistant. The award will be given at the Graduating Graduate Student Reception on May 2. Congratulations Chris!

Benjamin Mahler Geilich wins Society for Biomaterials STAR Award

Benjamin Mahler Geilich, a graduate student in Professor Thomas Webster's lab, won the Society for Biomaterials STAR Award from the Society for Biomaterials based on his work "Reduced Adhesion of Staphylococcus aureus to ZnO/PVC Nanocomposites".

Congratulations Ben from the Department of Chemical Engineering!

Professor Laura H. Lewis Participated in Royal Society International Scientific Seminar

Professor Laura H. Lewis was one of 16 international invited participants in the Royal Society International Scientific Seminar on "Magnetoelastic Coupling in Functional Materials" held February 18 – 19, 2013, at Chicheley Hall, London, home of the Royal Society Kavli International Centre.

The aim of the interdisciplinary seminar was to discuss magnetoelastic coupling in materials from a broad range of perspectives.

Chicheley Hall, London

Professor Thomas Webster Inducted as a Fellow of AIMBE

Professor Thomas Webster, Northeastern University, was inducted as a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) on Sunday, February 17, 2013.

Professor Thomas Webster is Donald M. Mattox Tutorial Speaker at Biomedical Symposium

Professor Thomas Webster, Northeastern University, will be the Donald M. Mattox Tutorial speaker at the SVC TechCon 2013 Biomedical Symposium on Coatings and Surface Treatments for Medical Applications at the Providence Rhode Island Convention Center on Monday, April 22, 2013.

Prof. Webster will speak on the topic "Decreased Infection, Inhibited Inflammation and Increased Bone Growth on Nanostructured Materials."

ChE AIChE Research Mixer, Sp'13 Turnout

On Wednesday February 6, 2013, the Northeastern University Chemical Engineering Student Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) held the first annual Faculty and Undergraduate Research Mixer in the lobby of Snell Engineering.

The informal event featured about a dozen faculty and graduate students with posters on research ranging from the modeling of chemical reactions with computers to the use of nanosensors for in vivo glucose monitoring. Such close quarters sparked conversation and fostered connections between faculty and undergraduates with the goal of expanding research opportunities.

Here are photos of the event:

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Professor Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy Awarded Grant

Professor Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy was awarded a grant of $75,000 from the National Association of Surface Finishing (NASF).

Over 150 People Attended ChE Biofilm Innovations 2013 Conference

On January 30, 2013, over 150 people attended the Biofilm Innovations 2013 conference held at Northeastern University, which included short film clips, a panel discussion, poster session, and scientific presentations from several biofilm experts from around the country.

The mission of the event, co-organized by ChemE Chair and Professor Tom Webster and Arthroplasty Patient Foundation Founder Richard Longland, was to highlight the significant health problems posed by bacteria and how scientists are developing novel ways to outsmart bacteria.

Professor Tom Webster expresses his thanks to all who attended.

Professor Anand Asthagiri Selected to Attend 2013 Frontiers in BioE Workshop

Prof. Anand Asthagiri, ChE Professor, is one of twenty young investigators selected to attend the 2013 Frontiers in Bioengineering workshop at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Congratulation Anand from the Chair, Faculty and Staff of the Department of Chemical Engineering!

Paper Towels That Pack A Punch Against Bacteria

Professor Thomas Webster decided to apply his work developing anti-microbial medical devices to paper towels. He and his team coated paper towel fragments with nanoparticles of selenium, a non-metallic element. Read "Paper Towel Research" [inSolution Research Blog] "Of the three ways we can dry our hands after scrubbing down, the paper towel method tends to be the most hygienic."

Also read "More superbugs than one" [inSolution Research Blog]

Professor Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy Vice-Chairman of Electrodeposition Division

Professor Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy is serving as vice-chairman of the Electrodeposition Division of The Electrochemical Society, Pennington, NJ.

The Electrochemical Society was established in 1902 and continues to be a leading forum for electrochemical and solid state science and technology.

PhD Bioengineering Graduate Won Best Presentation Award

Qi Wang, a Ph.D. Bioengineering graduate student working in Prof. Thomas Webster's Nanomedicine Laboratory, won the "Best Presentation" award at the AIChE Meeting held in Pittsburgh last October, 2012.

The paper entitled "The synthesis of selenium nanoparticles via a simple fast reaction and its antibacterial application", presented by Qi Wang at the Annual AIChE Meeting, was just identified as a "Best Presentation" of the session on January 4, 2013.

Qi was also invited to submit a research article as a "Best Paper" to the AIChE Journal about his studies on fighting against biofilm infections using selenium nanoparticles. He determined for the first time that selenium can be coated on a wide range of surfaces to inhibit bacteria growth, showing promise for numerous applications from medical devices to keeping hospitals clean.

January 15, 2013

Professor Rebecca Carrier Featured in Society for Biomaterials Spotlight News Video

Professor Rebecca Carrier of NU Department of Chemical Engineering has been featured in the Society for Biomaterials Members' Spotlight Video.

Click on the link to view the video recording of Prof. Carrier in an interview with Professor Tom Webster, Department Chair.

Professor Thomas Webster Participated in First Ever Virtual Conference hosted by Materials Today

Professor Thomas Webster, Department of Chemical Engineering Chair, participated in the first ever Virtual Conference hosted by Materials Today.

Prof. Webster presented on the topic "Nanomedicine: From Increasing Tissue Growth to Toxicity Concerns". The presentation will be available for the next twelve months (free).

ChE Professor Develops Micro- and Nanoscale Analytical Devices to Study Bacteria

DiPietro assistant professor of chemical engineering Edgar Goluch has developed an electrochemical sensor that could some day make these so- called "smart bandages" a reality. Read more…

NU Gains Biomedical Engineering Society Student Chapter

Northeastern University's latest addition to campus life is a student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). The club began late last year when a group of Freshmen students – led by Sienna Magee, Alex Colville and Dan Shores – approached Professors Mark Niedre and Lee Makowski wanting to know more about biomedical engineering education, research and careers. One of the things that emerged from the discussions was the development of a club that could be a tremendous campus resource for undergraduate and graduate students. "This group of students is incredibly enthusiastic and a lot of fun to work with" said faculty advisor Mark Niedre, an Assistant Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, "they really took the initiative to get this started and had a great vision of what they wanted it to be." After a year of work, the club officially received BMES Student Chapter status in November.

Interest in the field Biomedical Engineering has grown steadily at Northeastern in recent years. A graduate program in Bioengineering was established in 2009, and a range of minors and course options have been made available to undergraduate students. Many faculty members in the College of Engineering are actively engaged in cutting-edge biomedical engineering related research supported by major Federal and State granting agencies. "I think this club will be a great way to bring together students and faculty alike from across the College of Engineering to develop BME at Northeastern," said Sienna Magee, the chapter VP and Chemical Engineering sophomore student. Jennifer Langh, Secretary, agrees, "The formation of this chapter has provided a place for us to collaborate and learn about the opportunities available to us as students."

In the past year, the newly formed chapter has held regular meetings featuring speakers from industry, faculty members engaged in research, and Northeastern students who have worked in campus labs and held co-operative educations jobs in the field. The chapter plans to expand outreach and education activities in 2013, culminating in an inaugural BMES Career Series event in the Spring. This event will help grow links between Northeastern and companies from the New England area. "BMES at Northeastern is a great resource for students looking to do research and eventually work in the field of bioengineering," says Adam Jaynes, the chapter Treasurer.

The BMES is an international organization dedicated to being the world's leading society of professionals devoted to developing and using engineering and technology to advance human health and well-being.

The newly established BMES Student Chapter: left to right, faculty advisors Prof. Mark Niedre and Prof. Ed Goluch, Adam Jaynes (Treasurer), Dan Shores (VP), Jennifer Langh (Secretary), Sienna Magee (VP), Alex Colville (President) and Don Gothing (SAC Rep).

Biomedical Engineering Society

Professor Thomas Webster Starts New Company

Parios is a privately held company located in Concord, MA, focused on the growing market of skin tissue regeneration. The company is developing the Oderm™ product line to compete in the non-invasive skin care market, by offering injectable and topical solutions to stimulate collagen regrowth. Current products are in the preclinical phase of development. With Oderm™ and other advanced biomaterials in the pipeline, Parios offers a modern alternative to existing skin repair therapies.

Click here to read more.

31st Regional Conference on Kinetics and Dynamics

The 31st Regional Meeting on Kinetics and Dynamics will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013, hosted by Prof. Richard West of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University. The meeting provides a great opportunity to hear about some of the exciting research going on in this area on the chemical kinetics and dynamics of a wide range of systems, and is a supportive environment for students, postdocs and PI's to present their result. There are typically about 30 attendees from MA, CT, NY and NJ. is scheduled to run from 10:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. in room 315 Shillman Hall, 115 Forsyth St, Boston MA 02115. Following the traditional format, talks will be approximately 15 min (+5 min for questions) for student speakers and up to 25 min (+5 min) for post-docs and PI's, depending on number of speakers. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. There is no registration fee for the meeting, thanks to sponsorship by the Graduate School of Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering of Northeastern University. Participants are encouraged to stay for dinner together in Boston on Saturday evening (not provided).

There are still spaces available to speak, but please register below or at as soon as possible.

You can now download the Meeting Schedule!

Here are some of the talks we can look forward to:

  • "Ring polymer molecular dynamics: Quantum effects in chemical dynamics from classical trajectories in an extended phase space" Yury Suleymanov (Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
  • "Effects of contaminants on the photolysis of organic pollutants in water and ice" Tara F. Kahan (Dept. of Chemistry, Syracuse University)
  • "Structure and Bonding of Metal Cation-Methane Complexes from IR Spectroscopy" Abdulkadir Kocak, Zach Sallese, Jame Tilley, Ricardo Metz (Dept. of Chemistry, UMass Amherst)
  • "A Study of Combustion Modeling Using the Rate-Controlled Constrained-Equilibrium Method" Fatemeh Hadi, Mohammad Janbozorgi, Reza Sheikhi, Hameed Metghalchi (Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University).
  • "Automating Transition State Searches for Reaction Mechanism Generation" Pierre L. Bhoorasingh, Richard H. West (Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University).
  • "The role of geometries in quantum calculations for kinetics" Jorge Aguilera Iparraguirre (Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
  • "A Double-Diaphragm Shock Tube for Ignition Studies of Non-Premixed Supersonic Hydrocarbon Jets" John D. Mertens, C. T. Firsching, (Dept. of Engineering, Trinity College, Hartford, CT)
  • "The Study of The Vinyl + Ethene Reaction Using a Novel Apparatus" Joshua E. Middaugh, Mickael N. Matrat, AnGayle K. Vasiliou, William H. Green (Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
  • "Kinetic Modeling of Syngas Production From Bio-Oil Gasification" Fariba Seyedzadeh, Richard H. West (Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University).

To change your registration details or for more information about the day, please contact Professor West at telephone 617-373-5163 or via email at

Please download the Meeting Announcement and share with anyone you think may be interested!

Nanoscale Sensors for Detecting Bacterial Infections

Dr. Goluch's research on detecting pathogenic bacteria using nanoscale electrochemical sensors was recently featured in the journal Lab-on-a-Chip.

The group has developed a miniature sensor that can selectively detect toxins produced by certain pathogenic bacteria for over a week. The sensors can be mass produced at low costs using the same technology that is used to make computer chips. This is an important step toward creating smart bandages and medical devices that can actively monitor the onset of infection and alert patients and doctors when they need to take preventative action. They can also be potentially integrated with cell phones and other electronic devices to provide immediate diagnosis of infections.

The schematic shows an array of electrochemical sensors measuring compounds produced by bacteria in a drop of water.

Click here to read the article titled: "Electrochemical detection of pyocyanin in nanochannels with integrated palladium hydride reference electrodes".

Professor Thomas Webster meets Lillian Stone, ChemE Alumnus

On September 20th, Prof. Webster visited Lillian Stone in San Diego who graduated from NU in ChemE in 1946. Lillian talked about how different the campus was back then and what it was like to go to college during World War II. She has many fond memories of NU and was excited to learn that close to half of the NU ChemE faculty are women today.

Chair Tom Webster Meets Alumnus Lillian Stone

Loss of attraction: We're running out of magnets

"[Professor Laura] Lewis, who develops new magnetic materials at Northeastern University in Boston, knows a different story. Read more…

George Aninwene II wins Society for Biomaterials' STAR Award

George Aninwene II (a graduate student in Prof. Thomas J. Webster's laboratory) was just selected as the winner of the Society for Biomaterials' Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award, Honorable Mention. George will be presenting his award winning research on creating bacteria-static surfaces entitled "Investigating Lubricin as a Means to Prevent Surface Biofouling and Post-operative Infection Following Surgery" next month at the Society for Biomaterials' Conference in New Orleans. He will also receive the award during the conference.

ChE Faculty Member Awarded 2nd NIH Grant

Dr. Rebecca Carrier was awarded a second grant this summer, 2012, in the amount of $430k from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant is for an R21 project titled "Impact of Lipids on Intestinal Mucus Transport and Structural Properties."

Congratulations Rebecca from the Chair, Faculty, and Staff of the Chemical Engineering Department!

ChE Faculty Member Awarded 1.8M NIH Grant

ChE faculty member Dr. Rebecca Carrier was awarded 1.8M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of the project is to gain quantitative mechanistic insight into and predictive capability of how lipids in the GI tract impact compound (drug, nutrient, lipid) absorption. Ingested lipids, whether from food or a drug delivery vehicle, can result in almost ten-fold positive or negative changes in compound absorption, but these effects are currently poorly understood and not possible to predict. The resulting experimental and theoretical framework will be useful for providing practical, relevant guidance for orally dosing drugs and nutritive supplements and meaningful insight into food related diseases, including obesity.

Click on link to read about the NIH grant.

Congratulations Rebecca from the Chair, Faculty, and Staff of the Chemical Engineering Department!

Dr. Thomas Webster Named Department Chair

Dr. Thomas Webster, the new Chemical Engineering Department Chair, will start his post at Northeastern on August 29, 2012.

New Academic Specialist: Dr. Lucas Landherr

Dr. Lucas Landherr, Assistant Academic Specialist, will start his post at Northeastern University on August 29, 2012.

ChE Student Sean Burns Awarded Steamboat Scholarship

Chemical Engineering graduate Sean Burns ('13) was awarded the 2012 Steamboat Scholarship, a grant that is presented every year to a group of talented undergraduate students to provide them with the opportunity to live and learn while experiencing internship experiences.

Sean, while pursuing his chemical engineering degree at Northeastern, had the opportunity to spend twelve months in a drug discovery lab at Millennium Pharmaceuticals. He was also a Civic Engagement Program Scholar volunteering at Brigham and Women's Hospital and tutoring local high school students at an urban youth enrichment program. Sean worked at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and has plans to attend medical school.

Congratulations to Sean from the Chair, Faculty, and Staff of the Chemical Engineering Department.

Steamboat Foundation Scholar

ChE Students Received NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

ChE seniors Emma Chory ('12) and Thomas "Tom" Dusseault ('12) are recipients of the 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship that recognizes outstanding students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing a graduate degree. The NSF Fellowship is a major accomplishment and is a great start for Emma and Thomas as they pursue their doctoral studies at Stanford University.

Congratulations to Emma and Thomas from the Chair, Faculty, and Staff of the Chemical Engineering Department.

ChE Students Won Northeast ISPE Poster Competition, 2012

Noreen Rizvi, ChE (PhD candidate) and Daniel Shea (BSCHE '12) won the Northeast International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) Poster Competition. Noreen's poster entitled, "Transcriptional Regulation of Alkaloid Biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus." won in the Graduate Division and Daniel's poster entitled "Increased alkaloid production from cell cultures of the California poppy through elicitation and in situ product extraction." won in the Undergraduate Division.

Both Noreen and Daniel will be representing the Northeastern University Chemical Engineering Department at the 2012 ISPE Annual International Conference in San Franciso, CA, in November 2012.

Congratulations to Noreen and Daniel on a job well done from the Chair, Faculty, and Staff of the Chemical Engineering Department.

ChE Faculty Member Received Bill Doyle Best Paper Award

Dr. Ronald Willey, Professor of the Chemical Engineering Department, received the Bill Doyle Award for best paper presented at the 2011 AIChE Loss Prevention Symposium.

The work coauthored with Michael Cutlip and H. Scott Fogler, related to the modeling of a reactor explosion incident in Florida in 2007 (A Reactor Explosion at T2). It has also been noted by John Wiley and Sons as one of the hottest articles published in 2011 in the field of chemical engineering and process safety.

Finally, the work is being used in the kinetics and reactor design courses through an AIChE SACHE module authored by Professor Willey, and as an example in Professor H. Scott Fogler's kinetics and reaction engineering textbook, "The Integration of Process Safety into a Chemical Reaction Engineering Course: Kinetic Modeling of the T2 Incident."

Congratulations to Dr. Ronald Willey from the Chair, Faculty, and Staff of the Chemical Engineering Department.

ChE Students Received AIC Awards, 2012

Thomas "Tom" Dusseault (BSChE'12) and Fulden Buyukozturk (PhD candidate) were nominated by the Faculty of the ChE Department for the American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Outstanding Student Awards for academic year 2011-2012. The AIC Awards are presented annually to honor seniors and graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding record of achievement, ability, leadership, and character.

Tom was presented with the Outstanding Senior Award and Fulden was presented with the Outstanding Graduate Student Award at a dinner hosted by the New England Institute of Chemists on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. All of the winners were from New England area schools.

Congratulations to Tom and Fulden from the Chair, Faculty, and Staff of the Chemical Engineering Department.

ChE Student Awarded The Hodgkinson Award

Lauren Gianino ('12) was nominated by the College of Engineering for the Hodgkinson Award, a university-wide award which is one of the highest honors that a Northeastern University senior can receive. She was presented with the award at the Chemical Engineering Annual Awards Ceremony Dinner held at the Raytheon Amphitheater on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. The Hodgkinson Award is based primarily on distinguished scholastic achievement with due consideration of character, personality, qualities of leadership, cooperative work experience, and service in voluntary organizations and activities.

Lauren has been accepted into the highly competitive 2+2 program at Harvard Business School where she will spend the next 2 or so years working, followed by the HBS MBA program.

Congratulations Lauren from the Chair, Faculty, and Staff of the Chemical Engineering Department.

ChE Student Received Seasteading Grant

Chemical Engineering senior Melissa J. Roth ('12), a Seasteading Institute scholar, receives a grant from the Chemical Engineering Department and the College of Engineering Dean's Office for a presentation she will be giving in San Francisco in May 2012.

Melissa's work focused on a project related to providing energy to a city located at sea through a group called The Seasteading Institute. She became a Seasteading Institute scholar in spring '12 as a result of a special topics course directed by Professor Ronald Willey.

ChE Faculty Member Is On A Mission

Professor Laura Lewis of the Chemical Engineering Department is on a mission to make a rare-earth-free magnet, using a compound found only in meteorites. She was featured in the National Geographic article titled, "While Rare-Earth Trade Dispute Heats Up, Scientists Seek Alternatives".

NU ChemE Car Team Won Regional Competition ('12)

The NU ChemE Car team won first place in the Northeast Regional AIChE Chem-E-Car competition against six other colleges from the region on March 18, 2012, at the University of New Haven. Their new innovative car design also helped them win the poster competition for the most creative car.

The team was recognized for its creativity, hands-on knowledge and practical application of chemical engineering concepts. This recognition wins the team a chance to compete at the national ChemE Car competition to be held at the Annual AIChE Meeting in October, fall 2012, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

ChemE Car team members are: Aaron Lamoureux ('12), Ben Langhauser ('14), Carly Gajewski ('15), David Hurt ('16), Eric Corti ('14), Layal Ismail ('15), Theji "Kasun" Jayaratne ('16), Tom Gillooly ('14) and Ya Xing "Amy" Zhu ('14).

Congratulations Team!

ChE Faculty Member Received Grant

Professor Carolyn W. T. Lee-Parsons of Northeastern University Department of Chemical Engineering/Chemistry and Chemical Biology received a grant in the amount of $40,000 for clean energy research projects.

The grant was awarded from The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Catalyst Program. Prof. Lee-Parsons was one of only three awardees.

Congratulations to Prof. Lee-Parsons from the Chair, Faculty, and Staff of the Chemical Engineering Department.

ChE Student Received Provost Award

Christian Mantilla ('13) receives the Provost Undergraduate Research Award for his proposal titled, "Electrochemically Fabricated Ni-W-Mo Alloy Thin Films". His research involves exploring the unique co-deposition of Mo and W alloys, useful as catalysts for renewable energy generation. The alloys accelerate water splitting to produce hydrogen fuel. Christian was mentored by Professor Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy of the Chemical Engineering Department.

Congratulations to Christian from the Chair, Faculty and Staff of the Chemical Engineering Department.

ChE Student Won Scholarship

Peter Ries ('12) has won the 2011 National John J. McKetta Undergraduate Scholarship.

Only one student in the United States receives this award ($5,000 scholarship) each year for outstanding academic performance, involvement in AIChE, and interest in pursing a career in the processing industry after graduation.

Congratulations to Peter from the Chair, Faculty and Staff of the Chemical Engineering Department.

AIChE Student Receives Award

Emily Nelson ('12) received the 2011-2012 AIChE Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer National Scholarship Award.

The Award is a highly competitive national scholarship which stresses both grades and involvement in student AIChE. Every year, three to five scholars are chosen from across the US and Puerto Rico.

Congratulations to Emily from the Chair, Faculty and Staff of the Chemical Engineering Department.

Congratulations ChE Graduates

Congratulations to all Chemical Engineering graduates from the Chair Laura Lewis, Faculty and Staff of the Chemical Engineering Department.

Pictured below are six out of seven PhD graduates.

From L to R: Brian Plouffe, Courtney Pfluger, James Green, Mariam Ismail, Lin Wang and Sheba Goklany (not pictured is Savidra Lucatero)

(Photo courtesy of Professor Daniel Burkey, University of Connecticut)

Brian Plouffe Won Outstanding Poster Award

Brian Plouffe, Chemical Engineering PhD Graduate Student, won the outstanding poster award for the second time (his first time being in 2008) at the NU Expo 2011.

Brian is co-advised by Professors Shashi K. Murthy and Laura Lewis.

Congratulations Brian!

NU ChemE Car Team Won First Place Poster Competition ('11)

ChE students won first place in the ChemE Car Poster Competition on Friday, April 2, 2011, at the Regional AIChE meeting held in Kingston, Rhode Island.

The team's technical and safety analysis was said to "set the standard" of the competition. While the students did not place in the top three during the race, they represented themselves and Northeastern University with pride, professionalism, and spirit.

The ChemE Car team members are: Emma Chory (Chapter President), Matt DiNitto, Ross Dworet, Dan Kaplan, Aaron Lamoureux, Ben Langhouser, Nate Mahlmeister, Emily Nelson (Chapter President), Kevin O'Toole and Samantha Wallner.

Congratulations Team!

Matt Dubach Presents "Optical Sensors for Chemical Detection in Biological Systems" for ISPE

The International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) is proud to present Matt Dubach, a Bioengineering PhD student here at Northeastern. Matt will be present a talk on his research in "Optical Sensors for Chemical Detection in Biological Systems"on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 6:30 PM, in room 22 International Village.

The expertise in nanotechnology is rapidly growing, leading to multiple biological and medical applications that were not feasible in the past. Matt's lab has been working to develop chemical tools based on nanotechnology for biological applications. The majority of their work has been to create optical sensors that fluorescently respond to ion or analyte concentrations that are of interest. There are two major applications of this technology: drug screening of ion channel interaction in cellular studies, and in-vivo continuous monitoring of physiological analyte concentrations using tattoos. This talk will provide an overview of their goals, approach, and what considerations come into play during development.

Matt received his B.S. from Lehigh University in Chemical Engineering and subsequently worked in the Biomedical Engineering group at Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, MA. While there he worked with Dr. Heather Clark, now a professor at NU in Pharmaceutical Sciences, on developing optical sensors for biological detection. He is currently a PhD student in the Bioengineering program and an IGERT nanomedicine trainee in the laboratory of Dr. Clark. Matt has 13 peer reviewed publications, has presented at 8 technical conferences, and is the author of 3 pending or published patents.

Food and refreshments available.

ChE Student Emma Chory Awarded Steamboat Scholarship

Emma Chory ('12), one of the top chemical engineering students, was awarded the 2011 Steamboat Scholarship. She competed with many of the top Bouvé and College of Science students for this prestigious opportunity. She is part of a unique 10 weeks experience at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston.

Emma loves the long days working in the lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She spends 14 hours a day in a medical oncology laboratory testing the potential of many different drug therapies to treat rare forms of cancer.

Read more about Emma and the scholarship at Steamboat Foundation Scholar and

Congratulations to Emma from the Chair, Faculty, and Staff of the Chemical Engineering Department.

Professor Rebecca Carrier Receives NIH Award

Chemical Engineering Professor Rebecca Carrier was awarded a $230K grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to development a natural matrix-based cell delivery vehicle for delivery of RPCs to the subretinal space to promote retinal regeneration.

Her grant is collaborative with the Schepens Eye Research Institute, an Affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Congratulations Rebecca!

AIChE Board of Directors Announcement

Dr. Katherine S. Ziemer has been elected by the AIChE Community as a member to the AIChE Board of Directors for a three-year period beginning in 2011.

Congratulation to Kate from the Chair, Faculty, Staff, and Students of the Chemical Engineering Department.

NU ChemE Car Team Won First Place Poster Competition ('10)

ChE students won first place in the ChemE Car Poster Competition and was 6th place in the Race as part of the National ChemE Car Competition at the 2010 National AIChE Meeting In Utah.

The Chem E Car Team Members are: Emma Chory, Matt Dinitto, Anthony Fusco, Aaron Lamoureux, Emily Nelson, Matt VanOudenaren, and Samantha Wallner.

Out of 32 teams who qualified out of "countless" contenders (~80) across the country, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, ChE students placed 6th in the race and FIRST PLACE in the Poster competition. Well done team!

Congratulations Team!

NU ChE AIChE Student Chapter Award Recognition (2009-2010)

The Northeastern University ChE AIChE Student Chapter was awarded a 2010 National Outstanding Chapter Award [13 chapters chosen out of 136] for the 2009/2010 academic year.

Congratulations to all and especially the Presidents: Emily Chory and Miranda Gray.

Sheba Goklany won FIRST PLACE at the ISPE Annual Meeting

Sheba Goklany won first place at the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) Annual Meeting held November 7 – 10, 2010, in Orlando, Florida for her poster entitled, "Transcriptional regulation of terpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis in methyl jasmonate-induced /Catharanthus roseus / hairy root cultures".

Special thanks to Rick Pierro (Superior Controls, Inc), Kevin Lynch (Shire), and the Boston ISPE Chapter for their feedback on her poster and for sponsoring her trip to the ISPE Annual Mtg!

Congratulations from the Chair, faculty, and staff of the ChE Dept!

ChE Hitchhiker Guide

The Chemical Engineering Graduate Hitchhiker Guide to Northeastern University is created to give our graduate students an insight into the kinds of things that are most important to them as they get settled in their new short-term home. Download the Hitchhiker Guide PDF

ChE Senior Design Team Wins National AIChE Safety Award (2009)

Chemical Engineering Senior Design Team members Rhiannon Quirk, James Sims, and Elizabeth Wienslaw won the Jack Wehman SACHE Award (SACHE Team Safety Award), a prestigious national award related to safety considerations in their 2009 AIChE National Student Design Problem Contest submission.

Honorable Mention in the National Design Team Competition (2009)

Chemical Engineering students Joseph Clegg ('09), Andrew Grant ('09), and Kyle Stephens ('09).

ChE Co-op Students on an International Assignment

Two Northeastern Chemical Engineering students are on International Co-op Fall 2009. During their free time, they visited the Louvre in Paris and may travel to Venice or Rome to enjoy the sites there as well.

On the left is Li Buessing, CHME 2010. His third co-op experience is at Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies in Paris, France, working with water purification systems.

On the right is Todd Eaton, CHME 2010. His third co-op is a research position working with Aerogels at Italy Universita Degli Studi Di Genova, Italy.

ChE Students' Awards Announcement

Congratulations to the following Chemical Engineering students on their recent awards.

Kelly Trowbridge (class of 2009) received the AIChE Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer National Scholarship Award, a prestigious national award for her demonstration of excellence in chemical engineering education, dedication to AIChE activities, and thoughtful consideration for her engineering career plans.

Zhuhua Cai (Ph.D. student) received the Leo M. Falicov Student Award at the National AVS Meeting for her presentation on MBE Integration of BaM on Wide Bandgap 6H-SiC. The Falicov award is intended to recognize outstanding research performed by a graduate student in areas of interest to the Magnetic Interfaces and Nanostructures Division.

NU ChemE Car Team Won First Place Competition ('09)

Northeastern University American Institute of Chemical Engineers students won first place in the National ChemE Car Competition on Sunday, November 8th in Nashville, TN, beating 26 other schools from across the country and Puerto Rico.

The team designed, built, and tested their winning car, "TH2e Aluminator"
[2 should be subscript], to be both powered by and controlled by a chemical reaction. The car uses an aluminum and sodium hydroxide reaction to generate hydrogen to power a fuel cell. The kinetics of an iodine clock timing reaction is adjusted one hour before the race to meet a specific distance and load requirement.

Patrick McMahon ('10); Chem-E-Car captain Matt DiNitto ('12); Aaron Lamoureux ('12); Anthony Fusco ('12); Emily Nelson ('12); Emma Chory ('12); Michael Hess ('12); Samantha Wallner ('12); Jason Crater ('10) and Tim Lund, ECE, ('10).

Congratulations Team!

ChE Undergraduate Student Wins Best Undergraduate Research Poster Award (2009)

Martina List (class of 2012) won the Best Undergraduate Research Poster in Engineering and Technology at the EXPO held on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at the Interface Engineering Laboratory at Northeastern University. Her poster titled: "/In-situ/ surface characterization with RHEED-TRAXS" presented her work performed under the direction of Professor Katherine Ziemer and graduate student Bing Sun.

Congratulations go to Martina from ChE Department Chair, faculty and staff.

AIC Awards

The American Institute of Chemists' (AIC) annual awards ceremony was held on April 24, 2008 at the Hassenfeld Conference Center at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

Two of our students received awards, and we would like to recognize them:

Christian Richter, Ph.D 2008
Rebecca Harvey, Undergraduate (Class of 2008)

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