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October 22, 2019

ChE undergrad Natalie Kadlubowski named Astronaut Scholar

A Purdue University student with a dual major in chemistry and chemical engineering has been selected a 2019 Astronaut Scholar. Natalie Kadlubowski, of Lebanon, Ohio, and 51 other awardees from 38 universities were honored at the 2019 Innovators Gala on Aug. 24 in Washington, D.C. Natalie, who is double-majoring in chemical engineering and chemistry, is a student in the Purdue Honors College, the College of Engineering and the College of Science. She has participated in undergraduate research with Jianguo Mei, an assistant professor of chemistry, in his Laboratory for Polymer Innovation for Advanced Organic Electronics.
October 9, 2019

Dr. Rakesh Agrawal publishes research on sustainable food, solar power co-production in Nature Sustainability

Renewable energy could often be land constrained by the diffuse nature of renewable resources. To relax land constraints, Purdue researchers led by Dr. Rakesh Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, have proposed the concept of 'aglectric' farming, where agricultural land will be sustainably shared for food and energy co-production. Their research is published in the current issue of Nature Sustainability.
September 30, 2019

Dr. William Phillip to present 2019 Mellichamp Lecture

Dr. William Phillip, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, will present the 2019 Mellichamp Lecture. Hosted by the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Phillip will present a lecture, "Manufacturing Fit-for-Purpose Membranes from Nanostructured Polymers," on Tuesday, October 22 at 3:00 pm in Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering room G140. The event is free and open to the public.
September 23, 2019

'Nanochains' could increase battery capacity, cut charging time

How long the battery of your device lasts depends on how many lithium ions can be stored in the battery's negative electrode material. If the battery runs out of these ions, it can't generate an electrical current to run a device and ultimately fails. Materials with a higher lithium ion storage capacity are either too heavy or the wrong shape to replace graphite, the electrode material currently used in today's batteries. Purdue University scientists and engineers, including ChE's Dr. Vilas Pol, have introduced a potential way that these materials could be restructured into a new electrode design that would allow them to increase a battery’s lifespan, make it more stable and shorten its charging time. The study appears as the cover of the September issue of Applied Nano Materials.
September 16, 2019

2019 Professional Practice Hall of Fame honors ChE alumnus Carl Margraf

Davidson School of Chemical Engineering alumnus Carl Margraf III (BSChE '01) was inducted into the Professional Practice Hall of Fame during the 10th annual Induction Ceremony Luncheon on September 13. The Professional Practice Hall of Fame strives to recognize leading alumni in their fields, as well as individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the growth of programs offered through the Office of Professional Practice.
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