Seminar Series

Each semester the department hosts a weekly research seminar series for faculty, students, alumni, and chemical engineering professionals. We invite interesting speakers—people at the top of their fields—who are conducting creative research in chemical and biological engineering.

Our goal is to provide access to the latest ideas in the field, and the experts who are developing them, while also acquainting the larger chemical engineering community with the research advances being made at UB.

  • World renowned scholars
  • Sharing advances
  • Exchanging ideas

During each seminar, speakers give a 50-minute presentation, immediately followed by a question and answer period. All interested members of the UB community and Western New York are encouraged to attend. No registration is necessary. Refreshments are served. Unless otherwise noted, seminars are held at 11:00 a.m. in 206 Furnas Hall, UB North Campus.

Fall 2017 seminar series

September 13, 2017
Amol Ajinkya Memorial Fund Lecture
Andrew C. Hillier 
Iowa State University
Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensing at Surfaces with Nanostructured Topology 

September 20, 2017
Jean-Luc Bredas 

Georgia Tech
Organic solar cells: Characterization of interfacial charge-separation and charge-recombination processes

September 27, 2017
Amol Ajinkya Memorial Fund Lecture
Alan C. West 
Columbia University
Analysis and Characterization of Transport in Electrochemical Energy Storage

October 4, 2017
Jingguang Chen 

Columbia University
Converting CO2 via Thermocatalysis and Electrocatalysis

October 11, 2017
Amol Ajinkya Memorial Fund Lecturer
William S. Epling 
University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Modeling Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) of NOx to N2 over Cu-SSZ-13

October 18, 2017
Ruilan Guo 

University of Notre Dame
Hierarchically Functional Polymers for Advanced Membrane Applications

October 25, 2017
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY for all NEW FALL 2017 CBE graduate students.
Nancy Schiller 
University at Buffalo
Library Resources for Research in Chemical & Biological Engineering

November 8, 2017
Sharon Nolan-Weiss 

University at Buffalo
Harassment Prevention Training Seminar

November 15, 2017
Kaushal Rege 

Arizona State University
Plasmonic Nanomaterials for Tissue Sealing and Radiation Sensing

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

March 8, 2017
Scott Calabrese Barton
Michigan State University
Quantitative Assessment of Channeling Mechanisms in Nanoscale Catalytic Architectures

March 15, 2017
Sheryl Ehrman
University of Maryland
A Chemical Engineer's View of Air Quality in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the US

March 22, 2017
Prabhas Moghe 
Rutgers University
Polymer Nanotherapeutics: What is good for the heart is good for the brain!

March 29, 2017
Simpson & Simpson, LLC
Robert C. Atkinson Esq
Basic Understanding of University Technology Transfer: What Researchers Need to Know

April 5, 2017
Rachel A. Segalman 
UC Santa Barbara
Functional Materials from Polymerized Ionic Liquids

April 12, 2017
Milica Radisic 
University of Toronto
Towards a human on a plate and injectable tissues

April 19, 2017
Hui Zhang 
Johns Hopkins University
Structural and Functional Analyses of Glycoproteins Using Mass Spectrometry

April 26, 2017
W.S. Winston Ho 
The Ohio State University
New Membranes for CO2 Separation and Water Purification

May 3, 2017
Sri Kidambi 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Disease in a Dish: Engineering Tissue Environment to Recreate Snapshots of Disease Progression 

Fall 2016 Seminar Series

October 5, 2016
Norman J. Wagner
University of Delaware
The micromechanics of shear thickening fluids and their application as protective materials for medical professionals, first responders, football players, astronauts and spacecraft

October 12, 2016
Ke Zhang
Northeastern University
Teaching Old Oligos New Tricks - A Macromolecular Approach

October 19, 2016
Amol Ajinkya Memorial Fund Lecture
Richard B. Dickinson
University of Florida
How cells find their centers, push out their boundaries, and spin their nuclei

October 26, 2016
Amol Ajinkya Memorial Fund Lecture
François Baneyx
University of Washington
Enabling Biological Nanomanufacturing with Engineered Solid Binding Proteins

November 2, 2016
Amol Ajinkya Memorial Fund Lecture
Sanat K. Kumar
Columbia University
Nanocomposites with Grafted Nanoparticles

November 9, 2016
Matthew Neurock
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Engineering Molecular Transformations over Supported Metal Catalysts for the Sustainable Conversion of Biomass-Derived Intermediates to Chemicals and Fuels

November 11, 2016
Chulsung Bae
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Molecular Engineering of Ion-Conducting Polymers for Clean Energy Technology Application

November 30, 2016
Shawn Litster
Carnegie Mellon University
Nano-scale X-ray computed tomography applied to fuel cell and battery electrodes

December 7, 2016
Shiva Gupta and Changjie Zhang
University at Buffalo
2016 Graduate Student Seminar