ChBE in the News
- Distinguished Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
received the 2019 American Chemical Society Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science with her Tufts colleague Charles Sykes, to be presented
at the American Chemical Society national meeting in San Diego in August. The two faculty members received
the honor for their work developing single-atom metal catalysts that could be significantly more efficient
than those currently deployed in the production of goods such as fuel and plastics, the processing of food,
and removing harmful gases in catalytic converters. Read more
from the American Chemical Society and from Tufts Now.
- With colleagues from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Assistant Professor Ayse Asatekin and
postdoctoral scholar Ilin Sadeghi, EG18, created
hydrophobic polymer blends and used electrospinning to fabricate them into nonwoven fibrous membranes, focusing on their thermal properties and structures.
- Assistant Professor Nikhil Nair is
part of a team
that utilized PROXIMAL, a tool that predicts putative structural modifications,
to use enzyme promiscuity as basis to predict hundreds of reactions and metabolites
that may exist in E. coli but have not been documented in other databases.
- In a new
blog post, chemical engineering doctoral candidate Ece Gulsan explains some
stress-relieving yoga practices for students looking to unwind and refresh.
- Associate Professor Matthew Panzer and doctoral students Huan Qin and
Rachel Owyeung are part of a team that presented highly stretchable,
gelatin biopolymer-supported deep eutectic solvent (DES) gel electrolytes as a promising nonvolatile alternative to hydrogels for ionic skin applications.
- Chemical engineering graduate Ryan Pandya, E13, was named to the 2018
Forbes '30 Under 30'
list for social entrepreneurs as the co-founder of the company Perfect Day, which launched in 2014.
- VASERA Male Contraceptives, a start-up run by Tufts engineering alumni
(one of whom currently studies at Tufts Gordon Institute), won the top honor from an expert panel
at the sixth annual
Beantown Throwdown competition, hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum.
- At the AIChE annual meeting, Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
spoke at the twentieth anniversary gathering of the Women's Initiative Committee (WIC).
- At the AIChE annual meeting,
Senior Thomas George received first place in his division, 'Fuels, Petrochemicals, and Energy',
as well as the Harry West Student Poster Award. Greg Berumen, also a senior,
received third place for his poster in the 'Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals and Food' division.
- Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor
in Energy Sustainability and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering,
is the 2018 Hougen Lecturer
in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
During the week of October 22, she delivered two lectures attended by students, faculty, alumni, and the public.
- Tufts researchers, including Associate Professor Matthew Panzer
and alumnus Anthony D'Angelo, are leading the way to a cleaner, brighter,
more efficient future
Ece Gulsan, a doctoral student in chemical engineering,
shares her favorite hiking and exploring spots in the Boston area on the Tufts University graduate student blog.
- As part of a series on up-and-coming researchers, Assistant
Professor Ayse Asatekin (pictured), postdoctoral scholar Ilin Sadeghi, EG18, and
Papatya Kaner, EG18, published findings on ways to control and expand membrane
selectivity in Chemistry of Materials.
- Research led by Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos,
Distinguished Professor and the Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in
Energy Sustainability in the School of Engineering, is featured in
APS Science 2017 (pages 80-81). The coverage highlights the group's
breakthrough method for directly converting methane to methanol, which could
lead to more energy efficient production of methanol or acetic acid.
Monte Haymon, a chemical engineering alumnus, former Tufts trustee, and
Board of Advisors member, passed away this year.
- Professor Kyongbum Lee, Assistant Professors Ayse Asatekin and Nikhil Nair,
Associate Professor Matthew Panzer, and doctoral student Alice OlIveira-Aguiar all received seed grant
funding for projects in the 2018-19 year through the
Tufts Collaborates program.
- Assistant Professor Ayse Asatekin and Associate Professor Matthew Panzer are part of a
Climate & Energy research team that aims to use Tufts' position as a leader in climate policy and
education to develop foundations for further study, featured at the upcoming event
"A Brighter World Through Research and Scholarship",
which will be held in Boston on October 29.
- Assistant Professor James Van Deventer and doctoral student
Jessica Stieglitz were part of a
team that developed
a quantitative reporter system to evaluate noncanonical amino acid incorporation in yeast.
- This year, Associate Professor Matthew Panzer, Assistant Professor Prashant Deshlahra,
and Assistant Professor James Van Deventer
from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
- Research led by Tufts engineers
on highly selective membrane filters with applications in chemical purification was featured in a
special issue of the journal ACS Nano on women-led investigations.
- In the journal Advanced
Energy Materials, Associate Professor Matthew Panzer and doctoral candidate Anthony D'Angelo
published findings on a new class of fully zwitterionic polymer-supported gel electrolytes that could
lead to safer lithium batteries.
- As part of WBUR's BioBoom series, chemical and biological engineering alumna
Paula Soteropoulos, E89, J89, EG90, A20P,
Akcea Therapeutics CEO and President, and an honored speaker at Commencement,
discussed the place of women in biotech and life sciences.
- Doctoral candidate Rachel E. Owyeung was part of a research team that printed
chemoresponsive dyes and chemiresistive inks on paper to develop a "paper-nose" optoelectronic
sensor for volatile gases in air, with
findings published in a new paper.
- Tufts research on genetically modified yeast, led by corresponding author
and assistant professor Nikhil U. Nair, are featured in
NSF Science Now, a weekly video series from the National Science Foundation.
- A team of researchers has identified a mechanism in which "good" bacteria in the gastrointestinal
tract can help protect the body from inflammation, published in the journal
Professor Kyong Lee is corresponding author on the paper, and Ph.D. candidate Smitha Krishnan,
Maria Choi, E15, and lecturer Gautham Sridharan are contributing authors.
- As a
rising junior and chemical engineering major Husain Adamji will study "Density Functional Theory based Study
of III-V Semiconductors" with Assistant Professor Prashant Deshlahra.
- A team of researchers,
including chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate Emily Leonard, used combined
operando X-ray computed tomography and radiography to study transport and degradation in polymer electrolyte
membrane electrolyzers subject to applied current densities in a new paper.
- Julia Prusaczyk, a senior in chemical engineering,
spoke to espnW
about joining the St. Louis Cardinals as baseball development analyst after graduation.
- At this year's
Graduate Awards, Ilin Sadeghi, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering, received
the SOE Award for Outstanding Academic Scholarship. The Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering Society (BEaCHES)
also received two awards: the Robert P. Guertin Student Leadership Award and the award for Outstanding Graduate Student Organization.
- Anthony D'Angelo, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering, is the co-founder of Lithio Storage, a team that won the
2018 MIT Clean Energy Prize this month.
- Julie Gake, E20, is on the Tufts women's track team, which won second place at the Silfen Invitational this month.
- At the annual $100k New Ventures Competition,
Tufts engineers won top prizes. Chemical engineering seniors Kelsey-Claire Gallagher and Caitlyn Leo were members of a team
pitching VASERA Male Contraceptives, which took second place in the MedTech & Life Science
track and received the Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize. Earl St Sauver,
who received a B.S. in chemical engineering in 2013, was on the winning team in the Social Impact
category for pitching Apollo Agriculture.
- A new course, "Foundations of Design: Methods of Making," is the first to be
offered jointly by the School of Engineering and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts
at Tufts. First offered in fall 2017, the class was led by Research Associate Professor
Darryl Williams and Jennaca Davies, a lecturer at the SMFA.
- Assistant Professor Nikhil Nair and Ph.D. student Venkatesh Gopinarayanan
published a new study
in Nature Communications on their creation of a genetically modified yeast that can more
efficiently consume xylose, enabling the yeast to grow faster and to higher cell densities, raising
the prospect of a significantly faster path toward the design of new synthetic organisms for
- Assistant Professor Ayse Asatekin and a group of researchers
developed a new method
for making membranes with ultra-thin hydrogel selective layers called Interfacially Initiated Free Radical Polymerization (IIFRP).
- A new Material Research Society Bulletin highlights
the groundbreaking work done by Distinguished Professor
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos and colleagues on methane conversion.
- A team of Tufts researchers – Assistant Professor Ayse Asatekin, doctoral candidate
Ilin Sadeghi and senior Jacob Kronenberg – published findings in
ACS Nano on highly selective membrane filters, a discovery that could lead to more efficient chemical separations.
Join Tufts School of Engineering for activities, networking, panel discussions and more during
Engineers Week, February 18-24, 2018 all over campus.
In Nature Scientific Reports, Associate Professor Emmanuel Tzanakakis and Ph.D. student Fan Zhang
discuss their optogenetic regulation system
that can teach us more about insulin secretion in the pancreas.
Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos and colleagues published a new study in Nature Chemistry
demonstrating that methane in shale gas can be turned into
hydrocarbon fuels using an innovative platinum and copper alloy catalyst. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos was a co-lead author on the paper, and Ph.D. candidate Jilei Liu was co-first author. Other authors included Joshua Wimble,
EG17, and colleagues from the Tufts Department of Chemistry, University College London, and Argonne National Laboratory.
Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos and colleagues reported in a letter to Nature on
a breakthrough process to directly convert methane to methanol
or acetic acid using single rhodium atom catalysts. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
was corresponding author on the paper and postdoctoral fellow JunJun Shan and doctoral
student Mengwei Li were first authors, with
researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Argonne
National Laboratory serving as co-authors.
Earl St. Sauver, who received a degree in Mathematics and Chemical and Biological Engineering, was named to the Forbes '30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs'
list this year alongside Eli Pollack, his co-founder in Apollo Agriculture,
a company that uses remote sensing to develop modern farming techniques in Africa.
Faculty and students bring research to the annual meeting of the American Institution of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos named Honorary Professor of
Beijing University of Chemical Technology, and delivers plenary
lecture at the International Green Chemical Engineering Summit
- The Tzanakakis lab receives NSF grant for advanced biomanufacturing of insulin-producing cells
- ChBE alumnus Stephen Jaffe is the recipient of the Department's 2017 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
- ChBE alumna Paula Soteropoulos is the recipient of the Department's 2017 Distinguished Alumni Career Award
Associate Professor Jerry Meldon passed away on July 18, 2017. Learn more about Professor Meldon's life and
send remembrances, which will be forwarded to his family.
- ChBE alumnus Prof. Dionysios Dionysiou receives the University of Cincinnati George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Distinguished Scientific Research
Georgakis receives 2017 Distinguished Senior Scholar Award
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- Professor Tzanakakis has received two grant awards for his research on cellular therapies using human pluripotent stem cells
Associate Professor Emmanuel Tzanakakis collaborates on a novel heart tissue graft
Assistant Professor Ayse Asatekin named the John A. and Dorothy M. Adams Faculty Development Professor
Assistant Professor Nikhil Nair receives NIH New Innovator Award
- The Carol Tyler Award of
the IPMI (International Precious Metals Institute) was given to
Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos this year in recognition of her major
contributions in precious metals research. The award was
presented to her at IPMI's 40th Annual International Conference
in Phoenix, Arizona, June 11-14, 2016.
- Research Professor
Howard Saltsburg passed away on February 11, 2016. Howard was a
long-time member of our department, working as a Research
Professor since 1998, and served as Acting Chair from 2001-2002.
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Professors David Kaplan, Fiorenzo Omenetto (BME) and Tufts team,
which included Adrian B. Li, Ph.D., scientist at Vaxess
Laboratories and a former doctoral student in Department of
Chemical and Biological Engineering, showed they could stabilize
blood samples without refrigeration by encapsulating them in
air-dried silk protein.
- Assistant Professor Ayse
Astaekin received a Young Scholar Award from the Turkish
American Scientists and Scholars Association (TASSA). She
presented a lecture and received the award at the annual
TASSA conference held April 2-3, 2016 at the University of
Prof. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos delivers the L.K. Doraiswamy
Lecture at Iowa State University
Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos and Professor Charles Sykes in
Chemistry publish new single atom alloy catalyst research in
Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos Named Distinguished Professor
Haber Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos Receives SOE
Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award
Assistant Professor Matt Panzer Receives 2015 "Engineering
Teachers of the Year" Award
Professor Kyongbum Lee Inducted into AIMBE College of Fellows
- Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
named Associate Editor of
Science Advances, AAAS' first open access online-only
Ph.D. candidate Mengwei Li received a travel award to attend the
2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers meeting
E18, won a poster award at the annual meeting of the American
Institute for Chemical Engineers
Scholar Greg Berumen, E19, researched highly specific enzyme inhibitors that play a
crucial role in tumor progression with Assistant Professor James Van Deventer
Berumen, Ngo, and Watts selected as Summer Scholars
- Chemical Engineering Ph.D. candidate Zhenyu Wang has been selected to
receive the 2017 Tufts School of Engineering Award for Commitment to the
Practice of Engineering. Zhenyu will be presented with his award at the
Tufts Graduate Awards Ceremony, which will be held on April 28, 2017. Congratulations, Zhenyu!
- Several ChBE Undergraduate Students Receive Academic Awards
- Chemical engineering Ph.D. candidates Anthony D'Angelo and Ilin
Sadeghi have been
as 2017-2018 TIE Fellows by the Tufts
Institute of the Environment.
In addition to receiving funding for their research, the TIE
Fellowship offers students research skill-building workshops and
an opportunity for interdisciplinary engagement with other
Fellows, TIE faculty, and TIE staff members. Congratulations,
Anthony and Ilin!
Anthony D'Angelo, Huan Qin, and Elliot Taylor win third place
in the $100k New Ventures Competition's General/High Tech track
- Andrade Hendricks, E17, receives inaugural stipend from Bruce-Griffey Leadership and Diversity Internship Fund
Summer scholar Grace Aro, E18, studied membranes in Ayse Asatekin's lab
Doctoral candidate Jessica Stieglitz in James Van Deventer's lab and alumnus
Brian Rohr, E13, received the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research
Congratulations to Nan Yi
Seven ChBE students receive Academic Awards
Horowitz named Project Drawdown Fellow
Horowitz, Yang, and Bengani receive Outstanding Academic Scholarship Awards