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ABE's Solomon wins DoE Career Award

People use enzymes to create fuels from plants, fungi to produce antimalarial drugs, and E. coli bacteria to generate life-saving insulin. These systems are attractive because they are sustainable and rely on renewable plant biomass, but they are still wildly inefficient.

Kevin Solomon, a Purdue assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, plans to improve the efficiency by using giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and horse dung and a U.S. Department of Energy Career Award, which supports the development of research programs by outstanding scientists early in their careers. The DOE will provide $750,000 over five years to fund his proposal, “Genetic Tools to Optimize Lignocellulose Conversion in Anaerobic Fungi and Interrogate Their Genomes.”

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ChE’s Pol named winner in Green Process Engineering

Vilas Pol, associate professor of chemical engineering, has been named the 2019 winner of the Program Committee’s Professional Achievement Award for Innovations in Green Process Engineering. The award is presented by the Innovations of Green Process Engineering for Sustainable Energy and Environment by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Pol was chosen for his distinguished contribution as an educator and for advancing innovations in green process engineering.

The award is sponsored by the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Pol will deliver an address during the AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando in November.

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Purdue Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series - Paul Anastas

Green Chemistry: The Future

To achieve a sustainable society, there will need to be a transformation on a civilization-wide scale. This transformation will affect all aspects of life including the way that we raise food, generate energy, utilize water, design products, and communicate. These changes will only be possible if the way that we think changes. There have been civilization wide changes in history. These changes of always been accompanied by the way that humans collectively perceive what is knowable versus unknowable; what is possible versus impossible; what is our place and role in the universe. There are forces in place today that will drive a change in the way that we answer these questions. How the change in these answers can influence whether we will move toward or away from a sustainable society. The beginning of green chemistry over the past 25 years has been focused largely on how we do what we’ve always done, better. Doing things better is not the same as doing a better thing. In order for the future to look dramatically different from the past, the design of the material basis of our society and economy and how those materials will relate to the service, function, and applications we need to perform will need to change.

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Tresa Pollock — Lecture

At the Crossroads of Additive Manufacturing, Analytics and Advanced Materials


Tresa Pollock — Panel

How Do New Materials Change the Things Around You


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