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Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech

Department of Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering
has moved to Goodwin Hall.

The Department of Chemical Engineering
has moved to our new home in
Goodwin Hall
in July 2014.

Our address is:

Department of Chemical Engineering,
Suite 245 Goodwin Hall,
635 Prices Fork Road,
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061.
Telephone Number 540 231-6631,
Fax Number 540 231-5022.

Goodwin Hall viewed from Perry Street.

Department of Chemical Engineering

Work of ChE Faculty and Graduate Student Highlighted in latest Engineering Now

Engineering Now

The 2014 issue of Engineering Now, published by the VT College of Engineering, highlights research conducted under the auspices of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) is highlighted. Included in the latest issue is a description of the work of ChE Associate Professor Padma Rajagopalan and ChE PhD student Lucas Vu. Their work on designing 3-D multi-cellular liver models to understand the complex signaling pathways between liver cells is conducted within the ICTAS Center for Systems Biology for Engineered Tissues, for which Rajagopalan serves as Director.
Read the full issue of Engineering Now here.

Department of Chemical Engineering

Lab on a Chip features a recent paper by collaboration of Chang Lu and Luke Achenie

Chang Lu

A recent paper generated by collaboration between Dr. Chang Lu and Dr. Luke Achenie is featured on the front cover of Issue 16 of the journal Lab on a Chip (impact factor 5.697). In this work, the team describes an unique approach for conducting polymer chain reaction (PCR) on a microfluidic platform by changing the solution based on diffusion. This scheme dramatically simplifies the device design by conducting all the steps of DNA amplification starting from cell samples in the same chamber without interference among various reagents. Given the fundamental importance of PCR for nucleic acid analysis, this approach may offer universal applicability for microfluidic bioanalysis. The first author of the paper, Sai Ma, is a third year graduate student in Lu group. The research was supported by ICTAS Nanobio thrust and several NSF and NIH grants.

Department of Chemical Engineering

ChE undergraduate program ranked #20 by US News & World Report

We are pleased to announce that the chemical engineering undergraduate program at Virginia Tech has been ranked 20th in the nation in the 2014 US News & World Report college rankings.

Read the complete VT News item here.

Department of Chemical Engineering: Staff

ChE Staff Members Receives Dean's Award

Diane Cannaday and Kevin Holshouser

Diane Cannaday and Kevin Holshouser of the Department of Chemical Engineering received the College of Engineering Dean's Award for Administrative Staff and Technical Staff.
Congratulations to Diane and Kevin!

Department of Chemical Engineering: Chang Lu

Researchers follow a protein's travel inside cells to improve patient monitoring, develop drugs

Virginia Tech chemical engineer Chang Lu, and his graduate student Zhenning Cao of Blacksburg, Va., developed a process that could lead to better drug development.

Complete article

Department of Chemical Engineering

Baduini Inducted into the VT Academy of Engineering Excellence

Paul Baduini

Paul J. Baduini (B.S. 1972), Vice President and Director of Engineering (retired) with Rohm and Haas Company, has been inducted to the College of Engineering’s Academy of Engineering Excellence. A friend and alum of the department, Paul served for five years on the ChE external Advisory Board. Congratulations Paul on a well-deserved honor.

Department of Chemical Engineering

Rajagopalan Wins Dean’s Award for Research Excellence

Padma Rajagopalan

Professor Padma Rajagopalan has been selected to receive a Dean's Award for Research Excellence for 2014 in recognition of her outstanding research in hepatic tissue engineering. The award will be recognized at the annual College of Engineering reception and awards ceremony on May 7th.

Department of Chemical Engineering: Chang Lu

Two NIH grants to Dr. Chang Lu

Chang Lu

Dr. Chang Lu has been recently awarded two new grants from National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) of NIH. Both projects are related to the application of the ultrasensitive microfluidic molecular assays developed in Lu’s lab to study biomedical processes. In a $1.3M, 4-year R01 grant with Lu as the principle investigator, Dr. Lu will work with Dr. Liwu Li (Biological Sciences of VT) and Dr. Kai Tan (University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine) to examine temporal dynamics in epigenetic and transcriptional regulations during atherosclerosis development using single live mice. In a $422K, 2-year R21 project, Dr. Tan and Dr. Lu (serving as multiple PIs) will profile the epigenomes involved in stem cell differentiation.

Department of Chemical Engineering

Virginia Tech Wins Chemical Engineering Competition

Chem-E-Car Team

Virginia Tech's Chem-E-Car team earned first place in the 2014 American Institute of Chemical Engineering student event held at the University of Virginia on March 29. The competition tests the ability of the undergraduate team to design, build, and control a vehicle which is both powered and stopped by a chemical reaction. Seventeen teams representing fifteen other prestigious universities competed. This is the second year in a row that the Hokies have placed in the competition as the team finished second in 2013. The team will head to the national competition in Atlanta in November 2014.

Virginia Tech's team consisted of two seniors: team leader Meredith Cook of Fort Worth, Texas and Amy Wang of Chantilly, Va., two juniors: Coogan Thompson of Grundy, Va., and Jessica Kersey of Gloucester, Va., one sophomore: Yining Hao of Chengdu, China and one freshman: Bobby Hollingsworth of Springfield, VA. All are chemical engineering majors. Their faculty advisor is Peter B. Rim, the Joseph H Collie Distinguished Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering.

The challenge of the competition is to have an autonomous vehicle travel a prescribed distance and carry a given weight, both variables which are provided only 1 hour prior to the competition. Rim commented that "the precision the team exhibited was remarkable given all of the chemical reaction variables they needed to manage". He also noted that "the team had the best two runs of the day, reflective of a high level of knowledge and preparation". The team is grateful for the alumni support of Steve Cope of Exxon-Mobil, who graciously provided funding for the project, and Joe Collie, who funded the Collie Professorship.

Department of Chemical Engineering

Bortner and Durrill receive "Favorite Faculty" nominations

Professors Durrill and Bortner

Each year, students living on campus are allowed to recognize faculty "who have positively impacted their learning experiences at Virginia Tech." Housing and Residence Life, a department within the Division of Student Affairs, recognizes these outstanding faculty members annually through the "Favorite Faculty" Program. This year's recipients include two members of the Chemical Engineering department: Dr. Michael Bortner and Dr. Preston Durrill. Congratulation Mike and Preston!

Department of Chemical Engineering

Achenie Elected AIChE Fellow

Luke Achenie

Complete article

Department of Chemical Engineering: Oyama

Oyama Receives Award from the American Chemical Society

Prof. S. Ted Oyama has been selected to receive the 2014 Distinguished Researcher Award from the Division of Energy & Fuels of the American Chemical Society for his work in the area of heterogeneous catalysis and inorganic membranes.

See full announcement here.

Department of Chemical Engineering

Christine Mays receives 2014 Howe Award

Christie Mays

Complete article

Mission Statement

The mission of the Virginia Tech Department of Chemical Engineering is to educate students to become outstanding chemical engineers who possess all of the skills necessary to excel in an advanced, global society; to conduct innovative and beneficial research while training students to be the researchers of the future; and to provide service and expertise to the chemical engineering profession and society.

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