July 2, 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.
July 1, 2020

Dr. James Caruthers receives Trask Innovation funding

Dr. James Caruthers, the Gerald and Sarah Skidmore Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, received Trask Innovation funding for his research in "Composite board binder systems from rice lignin" (track: physical sciences). Dr. Caruthers was one of four Engineering faculty to receive funding during this round of awards.
June 29, 2020

Purdue AIChE Student Chapter shares statement

The Purdue AIChE Student Chapter has issued a statement regarding recent events highlighting continuing systemic racism, and provided numerous online resources for those who are interested in educating themselves further on racial issues in the United States today.
June 28, 2020

Interest, support grows for Purdue sustainable method for manufacturing composite fiberboard

Composite binders are important materials used in furniture, flooring and other consumer products, but they can pose health hazards. Dr. James Caruthers, the Gerald and Sarah Skidmore Professor of Chemical Engineering, is leading research to develop a lower-cost, sustainable and greener method for producing composite boards - a method that is already seeing growing support from major industry players.
June 25, 2020

Chemicals released into the air could become less hazardous, thanks to a missing math formula for droplets

Drones and other aircraft effectively spray pesticides over miles of crops, but they can pollute the environment if carried off-target. One problem is that tiny droplets are hard for aerial crop sprayers, inkjet printers and other machines to control. Purdue University engineers are the first to come up with the math formula that was missing to measure a key property of these droplets. Dr. Osman Basaran, the Burton and Kathryn Gedge Professor of Chemical Engineering, and his students have figured out a way to calculate surface viscosity by looking at how a droplet stretches. A picture taken of the stretched droplet as it starts to break gives the values to put into a simple math formula that provides the surface viscosity measurement.
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