Seminar Series

Students seated listening to seminar lecture.

Due to caution regarding COVID-19, the remainder of the  UB CBE 2020 Seminar Series is postponed until a later date.  Please continue to visit the UB COVID-19 Information website for updates and important information related to this evolving situation.

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.

Spring 2020 Seminar Series

University at Buffalo
Research Assistant Professor
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Research in Chemical and Biological Engineering
Computer and Data Sciences
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
University of Calgary, Alberta
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Unviersity of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Distinguished Regents' Professor and Chair
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Center for Micro-Engineered Materials
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Brown University
Assistant Professor
School of Engineering
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
University of Pittsburgh
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Tulane University
School of Science and Engineering
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Fall 2019 Seminar Series

Carol Schmeidler
Manager, General Safety and Industrial Hygiene
University at Buffalo
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Northwestern University
Department of Chemistry
Wednesday September 11, 2019
+Amol Ajinkya Memorial Fund Lecture
Erin Rowley
Engineering Librarian
University at Buffalo
Friday, September 13, 2019
Mayo Clinic
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Physiology
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Yale University
Professor and Chair
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Friday, September 20, 2019
Rice Unviersity  
Professor and Chair
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Wednesday September 25, 2019
+Amol Ajinkya Memorial Fund Lecture
Colorado State University
John K. Stille Chair in Chemistry, Millennial Professor of Polymer Science and Sustainability
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
University of Virginia 
Assistant Professor
Chemical Engineering
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
The Ohio State University
Department Chair
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Wednesday October 16, 2019
+Amol Ajinkya Memorial Fund Lecture
Drexel University
Professor and Head
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Wednesday October 23, 2019
+Amol Ajinkya Memorial Fund Lecture
Florida State University
Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
University of Colorado  - Boulder
Distinguished Professor
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Sharon Nolan-Weiss
Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
University at Buffalo
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
University of Delaware
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
California Institute of Technology
Post Doctoral Scholar
Friday, November 22, 2019
featuring Yanghua He and Thien Tran
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Oklahoma State University
Assistant Professor
Monday, December 9, 2019
Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology
Assistant Professor
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Spring 2019 Seminar Series

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Lester Wolfe Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
University of Pittsburgh
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
University at Buffalo
Fire and Life Safety Manager
Environmental Health and Safety

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
University of Crete
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
University of Houston
M.D. Anderson Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Richard C. Alkire Chair Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Vanderbilt University
John R. Hall Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Giner Inc.
Technical Director, Energy Conversion Materials
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Subsea Surveillance Focal Point - Appomattox FPS (Floating Production & Storage) Platform.
Monday, April 15, 2019
University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Colorado School of Mines
Professor Emeritus
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
featuring Mojtaba Haghighatlari and Yuqi Zhu
Wednesday May 8th, 2019
Secretary, Department of Science and Technology 
Government of India
Thursday May 16, 2019

Changjiang Scholar Professor and Director of the Institute of Physical Chemistry
Tsinghua University
Friday, June 21, 2019
Demetrius Sarigiannis
CBE Alumnus
June 26 and 28, 2019
Research Associate
University of Liverpool
Monday, July 1, 2019
Assistant Professor
Boston University
Center for Regenerative Medicine and Boston 
Medical Center

Fall 2018 Seminar Series

M.D. Anderson Professor and Chair
Amol Ajinkya Memorial Fund Lecture
Department Chair and Campaign for Excellence Professor
Amol Ajinkya Memorial Fund Lecture
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of South Carolina
Chemical Engineering Chair and Dean’s Leadership Professor
Amol Ajinkya Memorial Fund Lecture
Richard B. Curran Centennial Chair in Engineering

Spring 2018 Seminar Series

Logo for University at Buffalo Environmental Health and Safety.

January 24, 2018
David Pawlowski, University at Buffalo
Bio Safety Training

February 6, 2018
Athanasios Papathanasiou 
Nazarbayev University
"Structure-Property Interactions in Composite Materials"

Zhumabay Bakenov
"Battery Research at Nazarbayev University"

Image of Jian Yang.

March 7, 2018
Jian Yang
Pennsylvania State University
Multifunctional Citrate Biomaterials and Applications

Image of Shouheng Sun.
Image of Jim Pfaendtner.
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Rachel Hageman Blair.
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April 18, 2018
M. Scott Shell
University of California- Santa Barbara
Simulation design of interfaces through shape and chemistry

Fabio Ribeiro.
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Yang Liu.

May 9, 2018
Yang Liu
Shape Evolution of Biconcave Djurleite Cu1.94S Nanoplatelets Produced from CuInS2 Nanoplatelets by Cation Exchange
Advisor: Mark Swihart

Shreya Mukherjee.

Shreya Mukherjee
Developing electrocatalyst for High-Efficiency Ammonia Production from Water and Nitrogen
Advisor: Gang Wu

Fall 2017 Seminar Series

Andrew Hillier.

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

Jean-Luc Bredas.
Alan C. West.

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

Jingguang Chen.

October 4, 2017
Jingguang Chen 
Columbia University
Converting CO2 via Thermocatalysis and Electrocatalysis

William Epling.

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

Ruilan Guo.

October 18, 2017
Ruilan Guo 
University of Notre Dame
Hierarchically Functional Polymers for Advanced Membrane Applications

Nancy Schiller.

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

Hiroshi Umakoshi.
Rudiyanto Gunawan.

November 6, 2017
Rudiyanto Gunawan
ETH Zurich
Extracting Insights from Biological Data using Network Analysis

sharon nolan-weiss.

November 8, 2017
Sharon Nolan-Weiss 
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY for all NEW FALL 2017 CBE graduate students.
University at Buffalo
Harassment Prevention Training Seminar

Kaushal Rege .

November 15, 2017
Kaushal Rege 
Arizona State University
Plasmonic Nanomaterials for Tissue Sealing and Radiation Sensing

Kaushal Rege .

November 29, 2017
EH&S Fire Prevention Training Unit
University at Buffalo
Fire Safety and Extinguisher Training

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December 6, 2017
Junyi Liu

University at Buffalo
CBE Fall PhD Seminar

Highly Polar Polymers with Superior Membrane CO2/N2 Separation Properties for Carbon Capture


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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