APRIL 14: LEARN ABOUT NIIMBL, RAPID

Presentation set on NIIMBL and Rapid USA Manufacturing Institutes

March 17, 2017

A public presentation on NIIMBL and RAPID, two USA Manufacturing Institutes in which the University of Delaware is playing key roles, will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, April 14, in the Trabant University Center Theater. All are welcome to attend.

Kelvin Lee, director of the new National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), will talk about this collaboration involving more than 150 companies, educational institutions, nonprofits and state governments, and supported by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), to advance U.S. leadership in the development and manufacture of prescription medicines from living cells.

UD is a partner in a second manufacturing institute — Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) — led by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and involving more than 130 partners from industry, academia, government and nonprofits to advance clean energy manufacturing.

Dion Vlachos is leading a major node of RAPID focused on chemical catalysis and reactors, with the aim to achieve more energy efficient, lower-cost chemical manufacturing processes and technologies. Vlachos is the Allan and Myra Ferguson Chair of Chemical Engineering at UD.

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FROM CARBON DIOXIDE TO FUEL

The University of Delaware’s Feng Jiao (center) has received funding to study production of alcohols from carbon dioxide flue gas.

UD’s Feng Jiao wins DOE funding to produce alcohols from CO2 flue gas

February 23, 2017

Modern society’s extensive use of fossil fuels has led to unprecedented atmospheric carbon dioxide levels with widespread climate impacts.

Carbon dioxide capture and sequestration is one of the technologies under investigation to mitigate CO2 emissions associated with coal-fired power plants.

However, according to the University of Delaware’s Feng Jiao, large-scale CO2 sequestration poses risks to the environment from leakage. Other disadvantages include limited efficient geological repositories and high transportation and compression costs.

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GO AWAY GREENHOUSE GAS

Bingjun Xu has won the prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award.

NSF Career Award to focus on electrochemical reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide

February 15, 2017

The University of Delaware’s Bingjun Xu has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award to address electrochemical reduction of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

The five-year, $523,000 grant, “Elucidating Molecular Level Interplay Between Catalysts and Electrolytes in Electrochemical Reduction of CO2,” was awarded through NSF’s Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems.

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APRIL 17: NAMED PROFESSOR LECTURE

Dion Vlachos, who has been named the Allan and Myra Ferguson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will deliver his inaugural lecture April 17.

UD’s Dion Vlachos will address global energy, water, food needs

February 13, 2017

The University of Delaware’s Dion Vlachos, who has been named the Allan and Myra Ferguson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will deliver his inaugural lecture at 4 p.m., Monday, April 17, in Room 104 Gore Hall.

A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the DuPont Hall Lobby. Those who plan to attend should RSVP by email to Sue Zatto.

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Catalysis Club of Philadelphia

Maura "Molly" Koehle

Maura “Molly” Koehle

Congratulations to Molly Koehle, a winner of the CCP Student Poster Competition. The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia is very proud of this event and views it as one of the region’s premier opportunities for graduate students to showcase their work with the local chemical industry professionals. All graduate students whose work is either directly or indirectly related to catalysis science and technology are encouraged to submit entries. The competition is an annual event and restricted to graduate students only. Post-docs and senior undergraduates are welcome to present their posters but are not eligible for prizes.