September 22, 2020

A Statement from the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering

In the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, we endeavor to foster diversity and inclusion, while strongly condemning racism and bigotry in all forms. Events around our nation have reminded us yet again of the work that remains for all of us in creating a country where racism and bigotry are eliminated and where justice is applied equally to all. We therefore reaffirm our continued commitment to create an environment in Chemical Engineering in which everyone is treated with civility and respect. Boilermakers must persist, now more than ever, to build a better world together.
September 21, 2020

Adding cyber-assisted and interactive learning boosts chemical engineering students' motivation and success, study shows

Engineering isn't easy, and academic challenges can daunt undergraduate students, prompting them to leave the discipline. Student attrition tends to peak during the "sophomore slump." But a newly published study by Allison Godwin, associate professor of engineering education and, by courtesy, chemical engineering, CISTAR Workforce Development Co-Director; and Bryan Boudouris, professor of chemical engineering, demonstrates that this trend can be reversed. The research shows that redesigning a course to add cyber-assisted and active, collaborative learning can build students' motivation, confidence, and persistence – significantly boosting academic success.
September 20, 2020

ChE research unravels mysteries of two superstar industry catalysts; discovery could advance renewable energy sources

An international team of scientists, including Davidson School of Chemical Engineering Professor Jeffrey Greeley and Research Scientist Dr. Zhenhua Zeng, has unraveled mysteries of two superstar industry catalysts, which could lead to more accurate design of new catalysts to advance greener technologies by combining solar and wind energy. The Purdue researchers, in collaboration with scientists and engineers in Germany, France, and China, studied the satomic-scale structure and mechanism of complex water splitting electrocatalysts, which are used for hydrogen fuel production. The team was able to identify, for the first time, the molecular-scale features of two of the most popular such catalysts.
August 31, 2020

Purdue, U.S. Army to collaborate on next-generation energetic materials

Purdue's Energetic Research Center (PERC), directed by Davidson School of Chemical Engineering Professor Stephen Beaudoin, is entering a three-year cooperative research agreement with the U.S. Army to advance technology associated with explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics, with an emphasis on sustainability.
August 17, 2020

ChE welcomes new faculty member, Dr. Cornelius Masuku

Davidson School of Chemical Engineering is pleased to welcome new faculty member Dr. Cornelius Masuku as Associate Professor of Engineering Practice. Dr. Masuku will begin his new role on August 17, 2020. Dr. Masuku is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in Lorenz T. Biegler's Group at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Computer Science and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
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