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chemical and biomolecular engineering

Electrical response of a circular diaphragm composed of a pure bottlebrush elastomer upon electroactuation with increasing voltage and without any external pre-strain. The numbers indicate the electric field-induced area expansion under constant-volume conditions at room temperature.

Nov 9, 2016

New ‘bottlebrush’ electroactive polymers make dielectric elastomers increasingly viable for use in devices

Researchers at NC State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Akron have developed a new electroactive polymer material that can change shape and size when exposed to a relatively small electric field. 

Oct 26, 2016

Engineering Students Take Top Honors in 3 Minute Thesis Competition

Three Ph.D. students were recognized for their outstanding research presentations Tuesday in the Graduate School’s second annual 3 Minute Thesis competition. 

Oct 3, 2016

Outstanding graduate continues research, receives national award

During his time at NC State, Dr. Kenneth “Kenny” Mineart was a leader in the lab and promoted safe, efficient operations. Formerly a graduate student, teaching assistant for three years and summer co-instructor, Mineart’s outstanding qualities as both a researcher and instructor were evident to his students and advisors. 

Oct 3, 2016

‘Nano-kebab’ fabric breaks down chemical warfare agents

Researchers have created a fabric material containing nanoscale fibers that are capable of degrading chemical warfare agents (CWAs). Uniform coatings of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) were synthesized on top of the nanofibers, forming unique kebab-like structures. These MOFs are what break down the CWAs, rendering them harmless. 

Aug 9, 2016

NC State boosts efforts to commercialize research discoveries

NC State has announced that seven projects will receive support from its Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF) in fiscal year 2017. 

Jun 15, 2016

NC State Engineering student receives Goldwater Scholarship

Christopher Cooper, a junior in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) at North Carolina State University, has been named a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2015-16 year. 

Jun 13, 2016

What is CRISPR? And how can it be used to turn genes ‘off’?

CRISPR systems have been a hot research topic since they were shown to have utility as genetic engineering tools in 2012. And they’re often explained in a way that most folks can understand. But those explanations often overlook key details – like the fact that scientists are still in the process of discovering the fundamental rules of how these systems work. 

May 25, 2016

DeSimone receives national medal in White House ceremony

At a Thursday, May 19 White House ceremony, Joseph DeSimone, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State and Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama. 

Dr. Joseph DeCarolis, right, accepts his Alcoa award from Dr. Louis A. Martin-Vega.

Apr 29, 2016

DeCarolis, Genzer receive Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Awards

The 2016 Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Awards were presented to Dr. Joseph DeCarolis, associate professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, and Dr. Jan Genzer, Celanese Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, during the spring faculty meeting of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University.