News 2014


J Witt Chemical Engineering Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Jonathan Witt ’15 has kept himself busy during his time at Lehigh. The chemical engineering student has studied abroad in Barcelona, researched solar panels in Malaysia with the Iacocca International Internship Program, and represented the World Corrosion Organization at the United Nations as part of Lehigh’s UN NGO Youth Representative Program. More >

J. Baltrusaitis Helping Sulphur Reach its Potential

Alongside the world’s major oil and natural gas refineries, says Jonas Baltrusaitis, deposits of sulfur are growing larger and larger each year. One mountain of sulfur in Kazakhstan, he says, has even been photographed from space shuttles orbiting the earth. More >

Sizing up the market for a breathing device

If you’ve seen the growing number of TV ads for breathing devices, it won’t surprise you that the National Institutes of Health now ranks chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as the third-leading cause of death in the United States. More >

Taking Aim at Acid Gases

A coalition that includes Lehigh, five other research universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratories has received an $11.2 million grant to streamline the removal of carbon dioxide and other acid gases from large-scale energy applications. More >

SWE thumbnail Students from the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department Attend the 2014 Annual Women Engineering Conference

Six Chemical Engineering students-- seniors Sonali Shah, Luzmary Sabino, Ashely Daza, Juliana Telles and Meghan Duggan and junior Brittany Cutrona -- recently attended the annual meeting of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) that was held in Los Angeles during October 23-25. More >

SASE Chapter of The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers starts at Lehigh University

The Lehigh University Chapter of The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, better known as SASE at Lehigh, was founded in August 2014. The founding members were comprised of undergraduate Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering students Vuong Nguyen, Olivia Yang, Caitlyn Tzou, Joseph Bhaskar, Yong Jin, and Eiman Elkafrawi along with graduate Industrial and Systems Engineering student Xing Wang. More >

Luyben A text authored by Professor William Luyben to be translated to Chinese for extensive educational and research dissemination

A text entitled  "Distillation Design and Control Using Aspen Simulation" authored by Professor William L. Luyben, has been selected to be translated to Chinese under a recent agreement with the US Publisher Wiley. The translated edition is scheduled to be released in October 2016. More >

UN thumbnail Chemical Engineering student speaks on the economic impact of corrosion at the United Nations

The 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference titled '2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda" was held during August 27-29 in New York City and was organized by the UN Department of Public Information and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee. The event provided an opportunity for civil society networks and activists to mobilize messaging, advocacy strategies, partnerships and accountability frameworks in the lead up to the start of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. More >

ABET Accredited Chemical Engineering program receives full ABET accreditation

The Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) recently concluded their evaluation of the Chemical Engineering program at Lehigh University. The evaluation was based on a two day visit of an externally appointed ABET program evaluator. More >

J Baltrusaitis A paper co-authored by Dr. Jonas Baltrusaitis in Chemical Engineering Journal selected as a top cited paper for the year 2011, 2012

A paper published by Dr. Jonas Baltrusaitis, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been selected as a top cited paper for the year 2011, 2012 by the Chemical Engineering Journal. More >

refinery thumbnail Dr. Jonas Baltrusaitis demonstrates sustainable sulphur-based fertilizer chemistry in a recent publication

In a paper that appeared in the journal "ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering", Dr. Jonas Baltrusaitis, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and his co-workers have demonstrated a novel pathway for synthesizing sustainable sulfur-based fertilizers. More >

L Bleris Lehigh alumnus Dr. Leonidas Bleris wins NSF CAREER award

Lehigh alumnus Dr. Leonidas Bleris (PhD'2005, Electrical and Computer Engineering), has recently won the 2014 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The Faculty Early Career Development Program supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research and excellent education that are integrated in the mission of their organizations. More >

kelly Schultz 2014 Dr. Kelly Schultz, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has won the 2014 "Distinguished Young Rheologist" award from TA instruments

The award provides the winner with a AR-G2 Rheometer valued at approximately $50,000 and support for installing/running it. The instrument has a projected useful life of 5 to 10 years. The award is highly competitive, based on external nominations and judged by a panel of distinguished rheologists. More >

Kothare-Sircar A team lead by Dr. Mayuresh Kothare and Dr. Shivaji Sircar wins a competitive technology transfer grant from NSF

Dr. Mayuresh V. Kothare and Dr. Sircar recently won a competitive 18 month grant of $200,000 from the National Science Foundation in their Partnership for Innovation (PFI) program.The project is part of the Accelerating Innovation Research -- Technology Transfer (AIR-TT) element of PFI. More >

Jonas Baltrusaitis Dr. Jonas Baltrusaitis joins the department as Assistant Professor

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Jonas Baltrusaitis joined the department as Assistant Professor on August 15, 2014. Dr. Baltrusaitis received his undergraduate (BS) and graduate (MS) degrees both in Chemical Engineering from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania. He received PhD degree in Chemistry from the U. of Iowa where he also spent time as a postdoctoral scholar. More >

Javier Buceta Dr. Javier Buceta joins the department as Associate Professor and is appointed the Dolores and William E. Schiesser Faculty Fellow

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Bioengineering program are pleased to announce that Dr. Javier Buceta joined the department as Associate Professor on August 15, 2014. Dr. Buceta has been named the inaugural Dolores and William E. Schiesser Faculty Fellow. More >

yadan Graduate student poster wins the ACS Catalytic Science and Technology Division Best Poster Award

A poster entitled "Spectroscopic and computational study of supported Cr and Mo oxides on ZSM-5 for methane dehydroaromatization (DHA)" co-authored by Jie Gao1, Yadan Tang2, Jih-Mirn Jehng, Israel E Wachs2, Simon G Podkolzin has won the Best Poster Award from the ACS Catalytic Science and Technology Division at the recently concluded ACS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. More >

M Snyder Thumbnail A team led by Professor Mark Snyder wins a highly competitive NSF MRI Award

Dr. Mark Snyder, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, along with a team of faculty from Lehigh including Dr. Kai Landskron (Chemistry), Dr. Bryan Berger (ChE), and Dr. Himanshu Jain (Mat. Sci.), has received a $340,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program. More >

AIChEBroughalThumbnail Middle School students drawn to Chemical Engineering by the AIChE Student Chapter

At a recently held one-day program at the Broughal Middle School, Chemical Engineering students from the Lehigh's AIChE Student Chapter demonstrated the exciting career opportunities in chemical engineering to about 120 eighth grade students . Dr. Mark Snyder, the Frank Hook Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, serves as the AIChE Student Chapter Advisor. More >

D Roxbury 2 Alumnus Dr. Dan Roxbury featured by American Cancer Society for his research on early cancer detection

Daniel Roxbury received his B.S in Chemical Engineering in 2007 from Lehigh, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2012, again from Lehigh, under the supervision of Professor Anand Jagota, the Robert W. Wieseman 1916 Endowed Engineering Chair in Chemical Engineering and Director of Bioengineering . More >

Ghatak Alumnus Dr. Animangsu Ghatak promoted to Full Professor at the Indian Insitiute of Technology, Kanpar

A former Lehigh University ChE graduate, Dr. Animangsu Ghatak (Ph.D. 2003) has been promoted to full professor and has been appointed as Gireesh Jankinath Chair Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. More >

Israel Wachs Professor Israel Wachs part of a team that will receive a DOE EFRC grant

Professor Israel Wachs, the Whitney Snyder Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Lehigh, is part of a team lead by Georgia Tech (including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Washington University St. Louis, University of Alabama, University of Florida, University of Wisconsin and Lehigh University) that recently received a highly competitive Center grant from the Department of Energy (DOE). More >

berger_2014_with_students Professor Bryan Berger part of a team that has won a $2.4 million NIH grant

Bryan Berger, the P. C. Rossin Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and member of the Bioengineering program, is part of a team led by Joel Bennett, Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine that was recently awarded a $2.4 million, 5-year NIH grant “Regulation of Platelet and Endothelial Cell Function”. More >

M_Tharanga_Perera Chemical Engineering graduate student, M. Tharanga Perera receives the Kenneth Earhart Award

M. Tharanga Perera, a Ph.D. candidate in polymer science and engineering, has received the Emulsion Polymers Institute’s Kenneth A. Earhart Award. Lehigh’s Emulsion Polymers Institute (EPI), established in 1975, provides a focus for graduate education and research in polymer colloids. More >

schultz headshot sm Dr. Kelly Schultz wins competitive ACS-PRF Doctoral New Investigator grant

Dr. Kelly Schultz, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has won a competitive grant entitled "Fundamental Studies of Material Properties of Chemically Cross-Linked
Gels Concentrated above the Overlap Concentration" from the American Chemical Society's Petroleum Research Fund as part of their Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) grants program. More >

Aditi Chakrabarti AIChe Chemical Engineering graduate student selected to present a talk at the AIChE MESD-Polymers Excellence in  Graduate Polymer Research honorary session

Ms Aditi Chakrabarti, graduate (doctoral) student in Chemical Engineering (advisor: Prof. Manoj Chaudhury) has been selected by the MESD division of the AIChE to contribute an oral presentation in the AIChE MESD-Polymers Excellence in  Graduate Polymer Research honorary session (08A18) during the 2014 AIChE  Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA. More >

Adm CHE faculty win awards at the Annual Lehigh University Faculty/Staff dinner on April 29, 2014

At the Annual Lehigh Faculty/Staff dinner on April 29, 2014, Chemical Engineering faculty members made a strong show, winning two of the university awards. More >

Bryan Berger This Biomedical Researcher carries his own tune

It’s not the way the tune usually goes. Growing up, Bryan Berger avidly pursued both music and science. He began his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in music performance, but switched to engineering after his first year. “I played piano and French horn,” says Berger, assistant professor of chemical engineering, “but on my father’s side of the family they are all engineers, so it was kind of natural.” More >

Particle Mixing A useful state of suspension

Professor James Gilchrist focuses on a process—placing infinitesimally thin films of material onto substrates—that is deceptively simple but loaded with complexity and possibility. “This is as much art as it is science,” says James Gilchrist, the Class of 1961 Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering. To the uninitiated, it might appear no small part magic as well. More >

William Schiesser When images alone can't tell the whole story

If a picture is worth a thousand words, says William Schiesser, then the right mathematical equation, in today’s Information Age, can be worth a thousand pictures. This modern twist on an old saying is making the rounds among the mathematicians and engineers who use numerical models to gain a clearer, more detailed picture of the physical world." More >

Koufos-Brown 2014 Graduate student Evan Koufos wins Sigma Xi grant-in-aid-of-research

First year Chemical Engineering graduate student Evan Koufos working with Dr. Angela Brown has won a competitive Sigma Xi grant-in-aid of research award for research he is conducting in Angela's group. More >

HRH-Chris-Matt Many Perspectives, a Singular Mission

As research becomes increasingly interdisciplinary, making collaboration ever more necessary, another view is gaining popularity. It suggests that inspiration often arises from catalysts like coffee and conversation, rubbing elbows with colleagues and simply hanging out." More >

Mat Boyer ChE student, Mat Boyer comes in 1st at Undergraduate Research Symposium

This year's annual event featured 20 research projects by 25 undergraduate engineering students from Lehigh University and Lafayette College! This year’s first place winner was Lehigh chemical engineering major Matthew Boyer ‘14 and his research, “Coarse-Grained DNA Modeling." Boyer has been pursuing his research for the past two years under the supervision of chemical engineering professor Jeetain Mittal. More >

B Berger Professor Bryan Berger's research featured in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News Magazine

Professor Bryan Berger was recently interviewed for GEN Magazine. One of the article's main focus points is Professor Berger's research in the therapeutic development of molecules that target membrane proteins. " More >

Christopher Jewell Lehigh alumnus Dr. Christopher Jewell receives NSF CAREER award

Dr. Chrisopher Jewell (BS, (2003), Lehigh), PhD (2008, U. of Wisconsin-Madison) has been selected for a five-year, $438,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for his vaccine design and immunotherapy research." More >

Tang NYCS Lehigh University Students Shine at Northeast Regional Catalysis Symposium

The annual Spring Symposium of the Catalysis Society of Metropolitan NY (NYCS) was held at the Ben Franklin TechVentures center on Lehigh University's campus on March 12, 2014. The symposium attracted over 120 attendees from the northeast region (from Massachusetts to Delaware) and the attendees were welcomed by opening remarks given by Mr. Wayne Barz (Ben Franklin's Manager)." More >

J Mittal Dr. Jeetain Mittal named a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry

Dr. Jeetain Mittal, the P. C. Rossin Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering has been named a 2014 Alfred P.  Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry. The Sloan Research Fellowship is highly competitive  and "seeks to recognize the achievements of outstanding young scholars in science, mathematics, economics and computer science." More >

Mark Snyder Professor Mark Snyder receives the NSF CAREER award

Dr. Mark Snyder, the P. C. Rossin and Frank Hook Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering  has won a five year CAREER award from NSF for his project entitled "CAREER: Hierarchically-Structured, Ultra-Thin Inorganic Membranes". More >

susan daniels CHE alumnus Susan Daniel promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Cornell

Dr. Susan Daniel who received her BS (1999), MS (2001) and PhD (with Manoj Chaudhury) degrees in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Cornell in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. more >

Angela Brown Picture Dr. Angela Brown joins the Department as Assistant Professor

The Department of Chemical Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Angela Brown joined the department as Assistant Professor on January 1, 2014. Dr. Brown received her BS in Chemical Engineering in 2000 from Penn State and her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University in 2008. more >

Professor John Chen Picture Professor John Chen, Emeritus Professor, has passed away

We are sad to report that Professor John Chen, former chair of the department, former Dean of the College of Engineering and former Carl R. Anderson Endowed Chair, passed away on December 30, 2013 at the age of 79, surrounded by his family. more >