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Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Aidsan Dumain looks at camera while holding a trumpet and seated in front of a music stand.

Oct 4, 2022

Aidan Dumain: Following two passions

Aidan Dumain was initially resistant to joining his middle school jazz band. He thought it would be too difficult. But once his band director won him over, he was quickly taken with the music, drawn to its harmonies and the freedom to improvise. 

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Sep 23, 2022

Crook Lab joins NSF “PreMiEr” team

In an effort to better understand and improve the health of our built environments, an interdisciplinary team of researchers will develop diagnostic tools and engineering approaches to help reduce the number of harmful environmental microbes while encouraging beneficial ones. This work is at the forefront of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Precision Microbiome Engineering (PreMiEr). 

Jose Tan holds aloft a donut while standing in front of a Krispy Kreme wall sign.

Sep 13, 2022

Alumni Spotlight: Jose Tan ’08

Jose Tan, B.S. ’08, describes himself on LinkedIn as a “Malleable Engineer in a Perpetually Changing Market.” A process and quality engineer at Krispy Kreme, Jose is amplifying his chemical engineering degree by starting an MBA from Poole College of Management. Combining a strong scientific foundation with the business acumen gained while earning an MBA has given Jose the perfect recipe for problem solving. 

NC State gateway at sunset

Sep 12, 2022

Keung awarded Pivot Fellowship from the Simons Foundation

The Simons Foundation awarded Dr. Albert Keung the 2022 Pivot Fellowship. Launched this year, the Pivot Fellowship program supports researchers who have a strong track record of success and achievement in their current field, as well as a deep interest, curiosity and drive to make contributions to a new discipline. 

A robot handles green liquid in Abolhasani's lab.

Sep 6, 2022

New AI collaboration aims to accelerate R&D of specialty chemicals

Eastman and NC State’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will collaborate to accelerate the research and development of new specialty chemicals. 

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Sep 2, 2022

Chancellor’s Innovation Fund awards support to five promising engineering projects

This year’s awardees are researching a better way to make EKGs wireless, a novel coating to simultaneously prevent and remove ice, faster COVID-19 antibody tests, and a number of other discoveries with the potential to revolutionize human healthcare. 

From left, two unidentified attendees, Dr. Greg Parsons, Hannah Margavio and Landon Keller stand in front of large mural of city skyline at dusk.

Aug 19, 2022

CBE students sweep the awards at ALD/ALE 2022

Landon Keller and Hannah Margavio, CBE Ph.D. students in the Parsons Lab, attended the AVS 22nd International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD 2022) featuring the 9th International Atomic Layer Etching Workshop (ALE 2022). This year’s three day meeting took place in Ghent, Belgium, and included over 800 attendees. 

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Aug 3, 2022

New catalyst leads to more efficient butadiene production

Creating butadiene from butane is tricky. Existing techniques for converting butane into butadiene either create a bunch of byproducts that nobody wants, or convert only a small fraction of the butane into butadiene each time the butane passes through a chemical reactor. As a result, you have to run the butane through the same process repeatedly. 

Jul 15, 2022

Five engineering faculty members receive CAREER Awards

Five members of the faculty of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University have received Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2022. The award is one of the highest honors given by NSF to young faculty members in science and engineering. 

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Jul 14, 2022

New engineering lab to improve viral vector processes and technologies

Viral vectors are viruses that have been modified to deliver genetic material into cells for treatment or research. Because viruses already naturally know how to deliver their genomes into cells they want to infect, scientists can use non-pathogenic viruses as a vehicle to introduce what they need directly into a cell.