Chemical Engineering Seminars

Main lecture hall in Forney

Each semester the School of Chemical Engineering proudly presents a research seminar series to the faculty and graduate student body. These seminars feature interesting speakers who are conducting creative research in and out of the chemical engineering discipline.

Various other seminars also are presented throughout the year. They include the Kelly Lectures, the Mellichamp Lecture and College of Engineering Faculty Colloquiums.

Past Seminars

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
FRNY G140
Path to a Sustainable Future – Role of Green Chemistry and Engineering
Dr. Robert R. Peoples
Director, Green Chemistry Institute (GCI)
American Chemical Society
 
Thu, Feb 17, 2011
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
FRNY G140
Bioinspired Materials
Dr. Surya K. Mallapragada (PhD 1996)
Stanley Professor and Chair
Dept. of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Iowa State University
 
Tue, Jan 25, 2011
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
FRNY G140
Purdue Chemical Engineering and Medical Research – A Review of the Past and a Vision of the Future
Dr. Robert Hannemann (BS 1952)
Professor of Biomedical/Chemical Engineering/ Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
 
Tue, Jan 18, 2011
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
FRNY G140
Structure and Reactivity of Radical-Molecule Complexes: New Frontier in Atmospheric Chemistry
Dr. Joseph S. Francisco
William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences & Chemistry
Purdue University
 
Tue, Dec 7, 2010
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
FRNY G140
Cell motility in 3D
Dr. Denis Wirtz
Theophilus H. Smoot Professor
Johns Hopkins University
 
Tue, Nov 30, 2010
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
FRNY G140
Spin Control for Engineers - A Nobel History
Dr. Jeffrey Reimer
Warren and Katharine Schlinger Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California at Berkeley
 
Tue, Nov 23, 2010
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
FRNY G140
Determination of Metabolic Fluxes in Green Organisms
Dr. John Morgan
Associate Professor
School of Chemical Engineering
Purdue University
 
Tue, Oct 19, 2010
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
FRNY G140
De Novo Design of Proteins and Protein-Peptide Complexes
Dr. Christodoulos A. Floudas
Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Eng. & Applied Science, Professor of Chemical Engineering
Princeton University
 
Thu, Oct 7, 2010
3.30 - 4.30 p.m.
FRNY G140
Transitions To Alternative Transportation Technologies : A Focus on Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Dr. Michael P. Ramage
Executive Vice President (retired)
Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering Company
 
Tue, Oct 5, 2010
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
FRNY G140
Chemical imaging of lipid organization in model and cellular membranes
Dr. Mary L. Kraft
Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
 
Tue, Sep 14, 2010
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
FRNY G140
Understanding and harnessing microbial metabolism: the role of systems biology and metabolic engineering
Dr. Ramon Gonzalez
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering
Rice University
 
Tue, Sep 7, 2010
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
FRNY G140
Designing Reaction Pathways to Novel Chemicals and Materials Using Kinetic Modeling
Dr. Linda J. Broadbelt
Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Northwestern University
 
Tue, Aug 24, 2010
3.30 - 4.30 p.m.
FRNY G140
Orientation to the Graduate Seminar Series
Dr. Arvind Varma
R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor and Head, School of Chemical Engineering
Purdue University
 
Tue, Apr 27, 2010
3:30-4:30PM
FRNY G140
Graduate Seminar Series: "Engineering Contributions to Fighting AIDS: A small tale in a big story" By Dr. Michael P. Thien, Senior Vice President, Global Science, Technology & Commercialization, Merck Manufacturing Div., Merck & Co., Inc.
Dr. Michael P. Thien
Senior Vice President, Global Science, Technology & Commercialization, Merck Manufacturing Div., Merck & Co., Inc.
The AIDS pandemic continues to be a huge global health challenge. In the US, EU and Japan, those living with AIDS have been able to manage their disease through the use of modes of therapies discovered in the early- and mid-90's. Unfortunately, these populations are now showing resistance to these therapies. In addition, in the Developing World, many people with HIV/AIDS receive no therapy at all. The world's AIDS populations need new and different types of therapies. Merck has recently received approval for ISENTRESS, an HIV therapy based on a new mode of action: inhibition of HIV integrase. The commercialization of this new and effective therapy has faced a variety of technical challenges that have been met by Merck's chemical engineers. This talk will describe the global context of the AIDS pandemic, the technical challenges faced by Merck's engineering team in bringing this to market, and the special challenges that are presented by bringing this therapy to the Developing World.
 
Tue, Apr 20, 2010
3:30 -4:30PM
FRNY G140
Graduate Seminar Series By Dr. Gregory B. McKenna, Texas Tech University
Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor and The John R. Bradford Chair in Engineering, Texas Tech University
 
Tue, Apr 13, 2010
3:30-4:30PM
FRNY G140
Graduate Seminar Series: "Advanced Membranes as Alternatives to Large Scale Thermally-Driven Processes: What are the Hurdles?" By Dr. William J. Koros, Georgia Tech
Dr. William J. Koros
Roberto C. Goizueta Chair for Excellence in Chemical Engineering and GRA Eminent Scholar in Membranes, Georgia Tech
 
Sat, Apr 10, 2010
10:30 am-2:30 pm
Forney Hall
2010 Women in ChE Seminar
 
Tue, Apr 6, 2010
3:30-4:30PM
FRNY G140
Graduate Seminar Series By Dr. Chau-Chyun Chen, Vice President of Technology, Aspen Technology
Dr. Chau-Chyun Chen
Vice President of Technology, Aspen Technology
 
Tue, Mar 30, 2010
3:30-4:30 PM
FRNY G140
Kelly Lecture Series By Dr. Rakesh Jain, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Rakesh Jain
Andrew Werk Cook Professor of Tumor Biology, Department of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School
 
Tue, Mar 23, 2010
3:30-4:30PM
FRNY G140
Graduate Seminar Series: "Process Intensification/Improvement using Cavitational Reactors" By Dr. Parag R. Gogate, Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai, India
Dr. Parag R. Gogate
Lecturer in Chemical Engineering Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai, India
Cavitational reactors are a novel and promising form of multiphase reactors, based on the principle of release of large magnitude of energy due to the violent collapse of the cavities. Use of cavitational reactors for process intensification of several chemical and physical processing applications has been exploited worldwide in recent years. The present talk aims at presenting an overview of design and operation of cavitational reactors also focusing on the different areas of application illustrating some typical case studies. The initial part of the talk will be devoted to basic concepts of cavitation phenomena and mechanism of observed intensification in different chemical/physical systems. Different designs of cavitational reactors including sonochemical and hydrodynamic cavitation reactors will be discussed and recommendations given for selection of optimum design and operating parameters. Comparison of different reactor configurations will be presented using two criteria of energy efficiency and cavitational yield estimations for different reactions. The talk will also present some experimental case studies using industrially important operations, highlighting the degree of intensification achieved as compared to the conventional approaches. Overall it appears that considerable economic savings is possible by means of harnessing the spectacular effects of cavitation in chemical and physical processing.
 
Tue, Mar 9, 2010
3:30-4:30PM
FRNY G140
Graduate Seminar Series By Dr. Abhaya K. Datye, University of New Mexico
Dr. Abhaya K. Datye
Distinguished Regents Professor of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering, Director, Nanoscience & Microsystems Degree Program, Director, Center for Microengineering Materials, University of New Mexico
 
Tue, Mar 2, 2010
3:30 - 4:30PM
FRNY G140
Graduate Seminar Series By Dr. D. Bhattacharyya, University of Kentucky
D. Bhattacharyya
University Alumni Professor, Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky
 
Tue, Feb 23, 2010
3:30-4:30PM
FRNY G140
Graduate Seminar Series By Dr. Brian A. Korgel, University of Texas at Austin
Brian A. Korgel
Temple Professor #1 & Matthew Van Winkle Regents & Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
 
Tue, Feb 16, 2010
Graduate Seminar Series: By David Green
Dr. David Green
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia
 
Tue, Feb 9, 2010
Graduate Seminar Series By Dr. Richard Register, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, Princeton University
Dr. Richard Register
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, Princeton University
 

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