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Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Research Seminar Series

Throughout the Research Seminar Series, faculty of the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and invited guest speakers from both academia and industry, present their research topics for the benefit of current and prospective graduate students, alumni, and chemical engineering professionals. During each seminar, speakers give a 30-40 minute presentation, immediately followed by a question and answer period. There is no need to RSVP, however, refreshments are first-come, first-served. Seminars are open to the public and interested students from any major are encouraged to attend.

Research areas to be presented throughout this series include:

  • Biocatalysis
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Heat Transfer
  • Materials
  • Modeling, Simulation & Theory
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polymers
  • Reactors, Kinetics & Catalysis
  • Surface & Interface Science
  • Thermodynamics
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Transport Phenomena, Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Dynamics

Seminar Schedule Spring 2014

  • Friday, April 18, 2014
    Dr. Bruce McCord
    Professor, Analytical/Forensic Chemistry, Florida International University
    "Forensic DNA Typing and its Application to Analysis of Degraded DNA"
    11:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.
    Othmer Hall, Room 205
    Flyer

Previous Seminars

  • April 11, 2014
    Dr. Michael Detamore
    Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, The University of Kansas
    "Gradients and ‘Raw Materials’ in Tissue Engineering"
    Flyer

  • April 4, 2014
    Dr. C. Barry Carter
    Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Connecticut
    "Characterizing Materials Using Electron Microscopy"
    Flyer

  • March 7, 2014
    Dr. Douglas Gin
    Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder
    "Nanostructured Porous Polymers for Molecular Size Separations and Enhanced Li-ion Transport based on the Cross-linking of Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Assemblies"
    Flyer

  • February 7, 2014
    Dr. Kenneth Shea
    Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering & Material Science, University of California, Irvine
    "Synthetic Polymer Nanoparticles. Abiotic Receptors for Peptides, Proteins and Carbohydrates"
    Flyer

  • January 17, 2014
    Dr. Douglas Loy
    Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering & Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Arizona
    "Studies of new polymer electrolytes: Investigations of hybrid organic-inorganic, nanocomposite, and sulfonated polyarylene electrolytes"
    Flyer

  • November 15, 2013
    Dr. Yossef Elabd
    Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Drexel University
    "Will We Ever Drive Fuel Cell Cars?"
    Flyer

  • October 11, 2013
    Dr. Yu Lei
    Castleman Associate Professor, Chair of Graduate Committee, Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Connecticut
    "(Bio)Sensor for Homeland Security, Medical, and Energy Applications"
    Flyer

  • November 12, 2012
    Dr. Darrel W. Stafford
    Professor, Department of Biology and Pathology, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    Professor, Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    "The vitamin K cycle with emphasis on vitamin K epoxide reductase"
    Flyer

  • November 14, 2012
    Dr. Chris Cornelius
    Associate Professor, Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Conneticut
    "Physical Properties and Molecule Transport in Polymers"
    Flyer

  • November 20, 2012
    Dr. Matthew Panzer
    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Tufts University
    "A Tale of Two Gels: Understanding Silk Protein Hydrogel and Ionic Liquid-based Ionogel Formation for Biomedical and Energy Storage Applicationss"
    Co-hosted by the UNL Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineeirng and Biological Systems Engineering
    Flyer

  • October 15, 2012
    Dr. Helen Philippou
    Associate Professor, University of Leeds
    "Role of FXIII in Clot Formation and its Stability from Fibrinolysis"
    Flyer

  • March 15, 2012
    Dr. Nicholas Abbott
    Sobota Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Colloidal and Interfacial Phenomena in Liquid Crystalline Systems"
    Flyer

  • November 7, 2011
    Dr. David Venerus
    Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director of Center of Excellence in Polymer Science and Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
    "Anisotropic Thermal Conduction in Polymers and its Molecular Origins"
    Flyer

  • October 31, 2011
    Dr. Rafal Korlacki
    Research Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UNL
    “Studying molecular structure and functions in soft matter using optical spectroscopy”
    Flyer

  • October 10, 2011
    Dr. Janna Maranas
    Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
    “Dynamics and ion mobility in single ion conductors for lithium ion batteries"
    Flyer


  • March 2, 2011
    Andrew Knudten
    Global Head of Strategy, Technical Operations, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics
    "Remaking a Biomanufacturing Organization to Satisfy Flexible Demand"
    Hosted by Dr. Tom Elthon and Sponsored by the Center for Biotechnology
    Flyer

  • October 14, 2010
    Dr. Srivatsan Kidambi
    Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UNL
    "Engineering Novel Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films for Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery Applications"
    Flyer

  • October 5, 2010
    Dr. Peter Pfromm

    Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University
    "The role of Chemical Engineers in solving the nation's grand challenges of energy, food, and water” and details about the KSU IGERT Program
    Flyer

  • October 5, 2010
    Dr. Peter Pfromm

    Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University
    "Sustainability of algae derived biodiesel: a mass balance approach"
    Flyer

  • October 4, 2010
    Dr. Geoffrey Prentice
    Program Director, Energy for Sustainability Program, National Science Foundation
    "Sustainable Energy Funding Opportunities at NSF "
    Hosted by the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Nebraska EPSCoR
    Flyer

  • July 23, 2010
    Dr. Rajendra Bordia
    Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington
    "Polymer Derived Nanostructured Compositie Ceramics"
    Flyer

  • May 4, 2009
    Dr. Lucia Fernandez-Ballester
    Research Assistant Professor, Engineering Mechanics, UNL
    Faculty candidate presentation
    Flyer

  • April 21, 2009
    Dr. Selim Elhadj
    Staff Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    "Damage mitigation of crystals and glassy materials: practical and fundamental approaches to understanding surface reshaping"
    Flyer

  • April 17, 2009
    Dr. Pinar Akcora
    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia
    "Anisotropic Self-assembly of Spherical Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles"
    Flyer

  • March 27, 2009
    Dr. Bill Koros
    Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Membranes, Georgia Institute of Technology
    "Enabling Low Energy Intensive Large Scale Separations via Advanced Membrane Processes"
    Flyer

  • March 10, 2009
    Dr. Tom Marrero
    Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia
    "Dr. Othmer: Anecdotes of his youth, college experience, and selected process innovations"
    Flyer

  • January 15, 2009
    Dr. James G. Boyd
    Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
    "The Mechanics of Nanoscale Beams in Liquid Electrolytes: Beam Deflection, Pull-in Instability, and Stiction"
    Flyer

  • December 3, 2008
    Dr. Henk Viljoen
    Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UNL
    Flyer

  • November 5, 2008
    Dr. William Velander
    Professor and Department Chair, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UNL

    Dr. Anu Subramanian
    Associate Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UNL
    Flyer

  • September 24, 2008
    Dr. Gustavo Larsen
    Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UNL
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    Dr. Yasar Demirel
    Associate Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UNL
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    Dr. Ravi Saraf
    Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UNL
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