The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering hosts weekly seminars during the fall and spring semesters featuring speakers from academia and national research laboratories.

Recent Submissions

  • Biomass as Fuel and Feedstock for Reduction of Carbon Emissions 

    Belmont, Erica (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-10-17)
    Biomass holds great promise as a fuel or feedstock for carbon-neutral or even carbon-negative processes, including power, heat and chemical production. This talk discusses pathways for biomass utilization as a fuel or ...
  • Computational Design of Organic Photocatalysis 

    Musgrave, Charles (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-10-03)
    Inorganic catalysts have been workhorses in many important industrial processes while many biological systems, such as photosynthesis, rely on organic catalysts. In this talk I will discuss the use of computational chemistry ...
  • Electrokinetic Control of Interfacial Instabilities 

    Bazant, Martin Z. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-10-10)
    This talk will describe three examples of interfacial patterns – viscous fingers, deionization shocks, and metal dendrites – whose stability can be controlled by electrokinetic phenomena in charged porous media, as ...
  • Gaussian Processes for Hybridizing Analytical & Data-Driven Decision-Making 

    Misener, Ruth (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-09-26)
    Surrogate models are widely appreciated in chemical engineering. The typical setting focuses on expensive-to-evaluate, possibly uncertain functions. Resources are typically limited, so effective decision-making requires ...
  • The Moral and Ethical Imperatives to Achieve Health Equity 

    Montgomery Rice, Valerie (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-09-19)
    As partisan politics becomes more and more entrenched in our society and continue to creep into the policy decisions that impact the everyday lives of individuals, the fight for health equity is becoming an increasingly ...
  • FexNi1-xO(H)y Nanocatalysts for Alkaline Electrocatalysis 

    Greenlee, Lauren (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-09-12)
    Sustainability in energy conversion processes requires materials that are designed to be high-performance and durable, yet cost-effective. Alkaline electrochemical systems provide an opportunity to explore non-precious ...
  • Epigenomic Profiling With Ultralow-Input Microfluidic Assays: Technology, Biology, and Medicine 

    Lu, Chang (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-09-05)
    Epigenome dictates turning on and off genes during normal development and diseases, forming another layer of regulation on top of gene sequence. Epigenome is cell-type-specific and highly dynamic over the course of disease ...
  • Deep Work, Shallow Work, and Frippery 

    Sholl, David (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-08-29)
    We are all surrounded by a never-ending stream of information, demands on our time and distractions. This talk will discuss how to establish habits that will allow you to focus deeply on long term tasks that will improve ...
  • Predictive Multiscale Modeling of Complex Systems for Sustainability 

    Vlachos, Dion (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-04-04)
    Sustainability of chemical process requires more energy-efficient processes, utilization of renewable energy such as solar and wind to drive reactions and separations, better catalysts to improve activity and selectivity ...
  • Chemical Interactions Between Organic and Inorganic Components in Atmospheric Aerosols 

    Chan, Arthur (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-03-07)
    Atmospheric aerosols have important impacts on climate, air quality and human health. Air quality and climate models often cannot capture the chemical complexity of aerosols, which contain inorganic ions and thousands of ...
  • Chance, Necessity, and the Origins of Life 

    Hazen, Robert M. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-11-29)
    Earth’s 4.5 billion year history is a complex tale of deterministic physical and chemical processes, as well as "frozen accidents." This history is preserved most vividly in mineral species, as explored in new approaches ...
  • What Should Scientists Do When Science Gets Political? 

    Pielke, Roger, Jr. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-10-11)
    Fracking, climate change, GMOs. These are examples of scientific and technological issues that have become highly polarizing in contemporary American politics. This sets up a challenging situation for scientists and other ...
  • The Heart of Darkness ﴾in Heterogeneous Catalysis﴿ 

    Bhan, Aditya (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-10-18)
    Heterogeneous catalysts enable functionalization and derivatization of molecules for use as energy carriers, polymer precursors, and fine chemicals and mitigate the environmental consequences engendered in their production ...
  • Catalysis to Eliminate Needless Chlorine in Industry - Direct Synthesis of H2O2 and “Green” Epoxidations 

    Flaherty, David (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-10-04)
    H2O2 is an environmentally-benign and selective oxidant useful for epoxidations and bleaching, yet, its use is limited because the anthraquinone oxidation process is viable only at very large scales. Currently, many ...
  • No Equations, No Variables, No Parameters Data and the Computational Modeling of Complex Systems 

    Kevrekidis, Yannis (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-09-27)
    Obtaining predictive dynamical equations from data lies at the heart of science and engineering modeling, and is the linchpin of our technology. In mathematical modeling one typically progresses from observations of the ...
  • Chemical Engineering Principles in Quantitative Systems Pharmacology to Drive Next-Generation Medical Imaging and Drug Therapy 

    Thurber, Greg (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-09-12)
    Every drug given to a patient must reach its site of action in therapeutic concentrations, and similarly, molecular imaging agents need to reach their target so they can bind or react to generate contrast. At the core ...
  • How to Have Outrageously Good Ideas 

    Sholl, David (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-08-23)
  • The Waldemar T. Ziegler Award Winners 2016 

    Sullivan, Sylvia; Han, Rebecca (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-10-26)
    Importance of Updraft Velocity to Cloud Ice Crystal Formation, Sylvia Sullivan - The number and size of ice crystals and liquid droplets within a cloud determine its radiative impact on the Earth. To reduce the uncertainty ...
  • Mechanistic Aspects of the Hydrodeoxygenation of Phenolics and Furanics over Supported Metal Catalysts 

    Resasco, Daniel (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-10-19)
    Elucidating the detailed reaction mechanisms of the hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of phenolics has been the goal of a number of recent studies. Yet, there are aspects of the mechanism that remain unsettled and require further ...
  • How To Give A Truly Bad Talk 

    Sholl, David (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-09-07)

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