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Striking gold with molecular mystery solution for potential clean energy


With some luck and a lot of work, Chandler said, a Penn State-led research team has discovered how and why hydrogen spillover occurs and provided the first quantitative measurement of the process. They published their findings in Nature Catalysis.

Media mention: ‘Researchers develop mussel-inspired coating that can extract rare earth elements’


Research led by Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical and of biomedical engineering, was featured in an article by The Chemical Engineer, the member magazine of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Mussels inspire an eco-friendly way to extract critical rare earth elements


Penn State researchers found inspiration under the sea: mussel stickiness. By mimicking this natural glue, the researchers developed a new mussel-inspired nanocellulose coating that has demonstrated the ability to recover rare earth elements from secondary sources such as industrial wastewater without using a high amount of energy.

New approach to fuel cell manufacturing could reduce cost, increase availability


A Penn State-led team of researchers developed a potentially promising approach to make fuel cells more affordable. The new method reduces the amount of platinum-group metal (PGM) loadings by replicating a process used in computer chip manufacturing.

Soft tissue restoration, blood vessel formation focus of $3M grant


The ability to regenerate and pattern blood vessels, the literal lifelines extending deep into soft tissues, remains an elusive milestone in regenerative medicine. Known as tissue revascularization, stimulating blood vessel growth and pattern formation in damaged or diseased tissues could accelerate the field of regenerative medicine, according to Penn State researchers.

Ezgi Toraman named to Chemical & Engineering News’ ‘Talented 12’ list


Ezgi Toraman, assistant professor of chemical engineering and of energy and mineral engineering at Penn State, is one of 12 early-career scientists named to Chemical & Engineering News’ (C&EN) 2023 “Talented 12” list that highlights early-career researchers in the chemical sciences who are tackling difficult global problems.

Enrique Gomez named interim engineering associate dean for equity and inclusion


Enrique Gomez, professor of chemical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering and of materials science and engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, has been appointed the interim associate dean for equity and inclusion for the College of Engineering, effective July 1.

Penn State announces tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023


Tenured and tenure-line faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1, 2023, include more than 25 engineering faculty members.

Amir Sheikhi honored with ‘Young Innovator’ award


Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, was honored with the Hisako Terasaki Young Innovator Award at the Terasaki Innovation Summit, held March 8-10 in Los Angeles.

Penn State engineers report low-cost human biomarker sensor designs


Penn State researchers have developed a low-cost, RNA-based technology to detect and measure biomarkers, which can help decode the body’s physiology. The presence of protein biomarkers can indicate chronic or acute conditions, from arthritis to cancer to bacterial infections, for which conventional tests can cost anywhere from $100 to upwards of $1,000. The new technology can perform the same measurement for about a dollar.

Tonya Peeples named interim Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering


Tonya Peeples, senior associate dean and professor of chemical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, has been appointed as the interim Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, effective July 1. Peeples will succeed Anthony Atchley in the role, following his retirement at the end of June.

Energy, environmental seed grants awarded to interdisciplinary research teams


Nineteen interdisciplinary research teams received funding through the Institutes of Energy and the Environment’s (IEE) Seed Grant Program for 2023. This includes more than 75 researchers who are affiliated with 10 colleges and research units across seven Penn State campuses.

Projects to advance zero-waste water research, solutions


A new master agreement with ENOWA, a company tasked with pioneering sustainable energy and water innovations, will support Penn State research efforts in sustainable water solutions.

Media mention: ‘Biological Clocks Have Been 'Rewired' to Increase Lifespan by 80 Percent’


Howard Salis, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, of chemical engineering, and of biomedical engineering, offered perspective on a University of California study focused on cellular aging.

Schreyer Honors College announces 2023 student and faculty award winners


Seven Schreyer Scholars and two Penn State faculty members have been selected as recipients of Schreyer Honors College awards for the 2022-23 academic year.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2023 commencement


The Penn State College of Engineering has named its student marshals for the spring 2023 commencement ceremony. One student is selected to represent each of the 14 majors associated with the college and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.

Sending a 'We Are' to these Penn Staters


Christian Pester, Thomas K. Hepler Early Career Professor in Chemical Engineering, was nine Penn Staters recognized for going above and beyond what’s asked of them in their work at the University.

Eleven alumni to receive College of Engineering's highest honor


Eleven Penn State engineering graduates have been selected to receive the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards. The ceremony will take place on March 13 at The Penn Stater.

Amir Sheikhi to participate in National Academy of Engineering symposium in Japan


Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and of biomedical engineering at Penn State, was invited to participate in the 2023 National Academy of Engineering Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering (JAFOE) symposium.

Researchers use water treatment method to capture acids from agricultural waste


Bound for the landfill, agricultural waste contains carbon sources that can be used to produce high-value compounds, such as p-coumaric acid, which is used in manufacturing pharmaceuticals. A Penn State-led research team has invented a new class of ion-exchange membrane wafer assemblies that significantly improves electrodeionizaton’s ability to capture p-coumaric acid from liquid mixtures while using less energy and saving money.

Novel microneedle bandage could save lives by stopping blood loss from wounds


Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the Penn State College of Engineering, developed a prototype of a microneedle patch to immediately stop bleeding after an injury. It will be featured on the cover of the May issue of Bioactive Materials.

Media mention: ‘Why Capturing Methane Is So Difficult’


Thomas Wood, professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, was featured in a Scientific American article that discussed methane emissions and how current technologies to remove the greenhouse gas from the atmosphere are new and untested.

Humidity may be the key to super-lubricity 'switch' that controls friction


Seong Kim, distinguished professor of chemical engineering and associate head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Penn State proposed that a super-lubricity switch to control friction may be found in humidity.

Penn State-led team receives American Chemical Society research award


A Penn State-led research team received the 2023 Cooperative Research Award from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering for their scientific advancements in water treatment membranes and polymer thin films.

Chemical engineering alumnus selected to receive Distinguished Alumni Award


Eight Penn State alumni were selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest honor presented to its alumni, including John R. McWhirter, senior CEO and founder of Copper Beech Townhomes LLC, a chemical engineering alumnus in the College of Engineering.

Materials Research Institute names 2022 Roy Award Winners


Seven Penn State materials researchers have received the 2022 Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award, including five in the College of Engineering.

Engineering community mourns death of Professor Janna Maranas


The Penn State College of Engineering community is mourning the sudden loss of Janna Maranas, professor of chemical engineering, who died on Nov. 3 at the age of 57.

FDA-approved cholesterol medicine may help prevent antibiotic resistance


A Penn State-led multidisciplinary collaboration may have found a solution for antibiotic resistance in cholestyramine, an oral drug already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reduce cholesterol levels and remove bile acids associated with liver diseases.

Collaborative grant to advance granular biomaterial-surgical applications


Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the Penn State College of Engineering, and co-principal investigator Dino Ravnic, associate professor of surgery at Penn State College of Medicine and Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Regenerative Medicine and Surgical Sciences, were awarded a one-year, $801,134 NIH grant to advance biomaterial-surgical applications.

Penn State chemical engineering alumnus establishes early career professorship


Chemical engineering alumnus Michael Griffin and his wife, Nikki, established a $400,000 endowment to establish the Michael and Nikki Griffin Early Career Professorship in Chemical Engineering to support a faculty member in the first years of their academic career. The endowment includes a $100,000 matching gift from Penn State.

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