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Fall 2016 Back to top

September 1st, 2016: Prof. John Biggins (University of Cambridge)
September 8th, 2016: Dr. Philip Jaeger (Eurotechnica)
September 15th, 2016: Prof. Serguie Lvov (Pennsylvania State University)
September 22nd, 2016: Department Seminar
September 29th, 2016: Ms. Sarah Mojorad (California Institute of Technology)
October 6th, 2016: Prof. Alain Plante (University of Pennsylvania)
October 13th, 2016: Prof. Mike Kilbey (University of Tennessee)
October 20th, 2016: TBD
October 27th, 2016: TBD
November 3rd, 2016: TBD
November 10th, 2016: TBD
November 24th, 2016: TBD
December 1st, 2016: Prof. Eric Weeks (Emory University)


Spring 2016 Back to top

January 4th, 2016  - 2:30 PM 
Location: Sewall Hall 301
David Dankworth- ExxonMobil
"Adventures in Industrial Reactor Engineering- Energy and Fuels"

January 20th, 2016 - 4:00 PM 
Location: Dell Butcher Hall 180
Alexander Grosberg- New York University
"Nuclear Chromodynamics: Active Hydrodynamics of Chromatin in Cell Nucleus"

January 28th, 2016 - 2:30 PM 
Location: Sewall Hall 301
George Stegemeier- GLS Engineering Inc.
"Geo Solar Engineering Studies of Global Warming"

February 5th, 2016 - 2:30 PM 
Location: Duncan Hall 1064
Bradley Lokitz- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
"Reactive Surfaces and Interfaces Utilizing 2-Vinyl-4,4-Dimethylazlactone (VDMA)" 

February 15th, 2016 - 1:00 PM 
Location: Dell Butcher Hall 180
Jill Millstone- University of Pittsburgh
"Metal-Ligand Chemistry in Multimetallic Nanoparticle Synthesis and Performance"

February 18th, 2016 - 2:30 PM 
Location: Sewall Hall 301
Yen Wah Tong- National University of Singapore
"Biomimetic Membranes based on Aquaporin Z for Water Purification"

February 25th, 2016 - 2:30 PM 
Location: Sewall Hall 301
Hank Ashbaugh - Tulane University
"Who's Afraid of the Hydrophobic Effect?"

March 24th, 2016 - 2:30 PM 
Location: Sewall Hall 301
Sriram Neelamegham- SUNY, Buffalo
"Systems Level Studies of Cellular Glycosylation: Applications in Human Inflammation Biology and Regenerative Medicine"

March 31st, 2016 - 2:30 PM 
Location: Sewall Hall 301
David Marr- Colorado School of Mines
"Applied Microscopic Forces for Biomedical Applications"

April 7th, 2016 - 2:30 PM 
Location: Sewall Hall 301
Geoffrey L. Price- University of Tulsa
"Solid State Ion-Exchange of Zeolites: Science and Application"

April 14th, 2016 - 4:00 PM 
Location: Anderson-Clarke Center, Glasscock School of Continuing Studies  
2016 Chevron Lecture on Energy
Kenneth B. Medlock III- Baker Institute, Rice University
"The Uncertain Energy Future" 


Fall 2015 Back to top  

August 27, 2015 - 2:30 PM  
Location: Herzstein 212
Anne Gaffney - Idaho National Laboratory
"Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane to Ethylene"

September 3, 2015 - 2:30 PM  
Location: Herzstein 212
Kostas Konstantopoulos - Johns Hopkins
"Bioengineering Perspective on Cell Locomotion" 

September 17, 2015 - 2:30 PM  
Location: Herzstein 212
Clayton Radke - University of California, Berkeley
"Why Are My Eyes Itchy and Burny?"

September 24, 2015 - 2:30 PM  
Location: Herzstein 212
Lanny Schoeling - Kinder Morgan
"Design of the first ROZ Greenfield CO2 Pilot – History in the Making" 

October 1, 2015 - 2:30 PM  
Location: Herzstein 212
Gerhard Findenegg - TU Berlin
"Protein Interaction With Nanoscale Surfaces"

October 8, 2015 - 2:30 PM  
Location: Herzstein 212
Zachary Aman - University of Western Australia
"Gas Hydrate Frontiers in Flow Assurance: 
Magic Oils, Ultra- Deepwater, and Injection Chemicals"

October 15, 2015 - 2:30 PM  
Location: Herzstein 212
Lawrence Pratt - Tulane University
"What Landau Did Not know About the Theory of Liquids"

October 22, 2015 - 2:30 PM  
Location: Herzstein 212
Departmental Seminar/Info Session

October 29th, 2015 - 5:30 PM  
Location: Herzstein 212
Michael Jewitt - Northwestern University
"Establishing Cell-Free Synthetic Biology for the Production of Therapeutics, Materials, and  Chemicals"

November 5th, 2015 - 4:00 PM  
Location: Keck 100
T.W. Leland Lecture in Chemical Engineering
Frank Bates - University of Minnesota
"Symmetry Breaking and the Formation of Ordered Phases in Block Polymer Melts"

November 18th, 2015 - 2:30 PM
Location: Keck Hall 100  
Nick Wiggington -American Association for the Advancement of Science
"The Scientific Publishing Sea Change" 

December 3rd, 2015 - 2:30 PM  
Location: Herzstein 212
Michael Rubenstein - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Airway Surface Brush Sweeps Lungs Clean: Polymer Physics Helps Us Breathe Easier"

December 10th, 2015 2:30 PM
Location: Herzstein 212
Mark Holtzapple - Texas A&M University
"StarRotor Engine"


Spring 2015 Back to top  

January 15, 2015 - 2:30 PM Location: Herzstein 212
Lars Grabow - University of Houston
Using Water as a Co-catalyst in Heterogeneous Catalysis to Improve Activity and Selectivity

January 22, 2015 - 2:30 PM Location: Herzstein 212
Mike Reynolds - Shell International Exploration and Production 
"Novel Unsupported Catalysts for Upgrading Heavy Oil"

January 29, 2015 - 2:30 PM Location: Herzstein 212
Peter Rossky - Rice University
"Exciton Migration and Dissociation in Conjugated Molecular Materials"

February 5, 2015 - 2:30 PM Location: Herzstein 212
Dendy Sloan and Cynthia Norrgran - Colorado School of Mines
"Neuroscience Perspective on Learning"

February 12, 2015 - 2:30 PM Location: Herzstein 212
Abbas Firoozabadi - Yale University
"Molecular Structures in Petroleum Systems in Relation to Efficient Hydrocarbon Energy Production and Recovery"

February 19, 2015 - 2:30 PM Location: Herzstein 212
Jodie L. Lutkenhaus - Texas A&M University
"Mechanisms of Energy Storage in Hybrid Electrodes"

February 26, 2015 - 2:30 PM Location: Herzstein 212
Jin Kon Kim- Pohang University of Science and Technology
"Functional Nanomaterials Based on Block Copolymer Self-Assembly"
Shell Seminar Sponsored By Shell Oil Company 

March 12, 2015 - 2:30 PM Location: Herzstein 212
Jeff Morris - City College of New York
"Extreme Transitions of Flow Properties in Mixtures: 
Discontinuous Shear Thickening and Hydrate Jamming"

March 19, 2015 - 2:30 PM Location: Herzstein 212
Eyal Gottlieb - The Beatson Institute - University of Glasgow
"Exploiting Liabilities of Metabolically-Challenged Tumours"

April 7th, 2015 - 5:30 PM Location: Cohen House
John Hofmeister - Founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy and former President of Shell Oil Company
"America’s Prosperity Through America’s Energy: Our Sustainable 21st Century Opportunity"  

April 9, 2015 - 2:30 PM Location: Herzstein 212
Gordon Christopher - Texas Tech University 
"Interfacial Rheology of Protein and Particle Laden Interfaces"

April 23, 2015 - 2:30 PM Location: Herzstein 212
William Schneider - University of Notre Dame 
"Design Principles for Reversible CO@ Chemistries"

Fall 2014   Back to top

August 28th, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Jason Papin - University of Virginia 
"Network Analysis of Microbial Pathogens"

September 4th, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Brad Olsen - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 "Self-Assembly and Biocatalysis With Globular Protein-Polymer Block Copolymers"

September 18th, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Nitash Balsara - University of California, Berkeley 
"Nanostructured Block Copolymers for All-Solid Lithium Batteries"

September 25th, 2014 - 4:00 PM Keck Hall 100
T.W. Leland Lecture in Chemical Engineering
Joan Brennecke - University of Notre Dame
"Ionic Liquids for Electrochemical Applications"

October 9th, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Vahid Taghikhani - Sharif University of Technology 
"Gas Hydrate and Asphaltene Flow Assurance: Emerging New FACE"

October 16th, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Ning Wu - Colorado School of Mines
"In- and Out-of-equilibrium Behavior of Colloidal Clusters with Broken Symmetries"

November 6th, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Julia Kornfield - California Institute of Technology
"Mega-Supramolecules for Safer and Cleaner Fuel"

November 13th, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Patrick Mather - Syracuse University
"Shape Memory Composites: from Mechanically Triggered Shape Change to Tripe Shape Behavior "

December 4th, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Andrzej Anderko - OLI Systems Inc. 
"Modeling Electrolytes: From Bulk System Properties to Corroding Interfaces"  


 Spring 2014 Back to top 

January 15, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Yueh-Lin Loo - Princeton University
"Tuning In- and Out-of-Plane Molecular Orientation of Solution-Processed Organic Semiconductors During Large-Scale Crystallization"

January 30, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Thomas H. Epps, III - University of Delaware
"Generating Functional Materials from Nanostructured Polymers"

February 13, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Carlos López-Barrón - Exxon Mobil
"Flow Induced Microstructural Reorganization in Block Copolymers Studied by rheo SANS"

February 20, 2014 - 4:00 PM - Herzstein 212
Student Wellbeing At Rice University 
Obligation Overload for Graduate Students 

February 27, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Peter Kilpatrick - University of Notre Dame 
"Asphaltenes: Aggregation, Adsorption at Interfaces, and Emulsion Stabilization"

March 13, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Doraiswami Ramkrishna - Purdue University
"Metabolic Complexity: Is there Music Behind it?"

March 19, 2014 - 2:00 PM Herzstein 212
Dr. Saeed Alhassan- The Petroleum Institute- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 
"Elemental Sulfur: Applications, Challenges, and Opportunities" 

March 20, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Charles Schroeder - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"New Frontiers in Single Polymer Dynamics and Microfluidic Assembly of Soft Materials"

March 24, 2014 - 12 PM Abercrombie B237
Dr. Mark Saeys - National University of Singapore
"Modeling-Guided Catalyst Development: From Fundamentals to Processes"

March 27, 2014 - 4:00 PM McMurtry Auditorium
Chevron Lecture On Energy
Carlos Aguilera
Vice President and General Manager, Business Development
Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company

April 10, 2014 - 2:30 PM Herzstein 212
Ravi Prakash Jagadeeshan - Monash University 
"Concentration Dependent on Dynamics of Semidilute DNA Solutions"

April 17, 2014 - 2:30 Herzstein 212
Milo Schaffer - Imperial College
Versatile and Scalable Approaches to Chemical Processing of Nanocarbons 

April 24, 2014 - 2:30 PM - Herzstein 212
Dr. Danielle Tullman-Ercek - University of California Berkeley
"Getting Through the Gatekeepers: Changing the Selectivity of Semi-Permeable Cellular Membranes"

April 25, 2014 - 2:30 PM - Herzstein 212
Dr. Ariel Chialvo - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
"Ion-pair Association in Extreme Aqueous Environments"


Fall 2013
August 29, 2013 - Herzstein Hall 212
Terry Holesinger - Los Alamos National Laboratory
"HTS and CNT Coated Conductors: Common Themes in the Development of Advanced Conductors"

September 5, 2013
Laboratory Safety Seminar

September 10, 2013 - Herzstsein Hall 212
Amy Shen - University of Washington
"Irreversible Gelation in Wormlike Micellar Solutions via Microfluidics"

September 12, 2013 - Herzstsein Hall 212
Tony Goodwin - Schlumberger Technology Corporation
" In situ Measurements of Reservoir Fluids"

September 19, 2013 - Herzstsein Hall 212
Georges Belfort- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
"Insight into In Vitro Kinetics of Oligomer Formation During Amyloidosis"

September 26, 2013 - 2:30 PM - Herzstein Hall 212
Konstantinos Kostarelos - University of Cyprus
"Enhanced Pump and Treat for the Remediation of Coal Tar Contaminated Aquifers: An Application of Surfactant Enhancement for Fast, Complete Recovery of Coal Tar From Sandy Soils"

October 3, 2013 - 2:30 PM - Herzstein Hall 212
Regina Murphy - University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Transthyretin: A Natural Anti-Alzheimer's Agent?"

October 10, 2013 - 2:30- Herzstein Hall 212
Mike Shuler - Cornell University
"Body-on-a-Chip': Potential Role in Drug Development"

October 17, 2013 - 2:30 PM - Herzstein Hall 212
Navdeep Chandel - Northwestern Medical School
"Mitochondria as signaling organelles"

October 24, 2013 - 2:30 PM - Herzstein Hall 212
Jianzhong Wu - University of California, Riverside
"An Olympic View of the Density Functional Theory"

October 31, 2013 - 2:30 PM- Herzstein Hall 212
CHBE Departmental Seminar: "The Do's and Don't's of Travel"

November 21, 2013 -2:30PM- Herzstein Hall 212
Ben van den Brule- Unconventional Technologies, Shell Technology Center
"Unclocking Unconventional Hydrocarbons"

December 5, 2013 - 2:30PM- Herzstein Hall 212
Akhil Datta Gupta - Texas A&M
"Fast Marching Method: A New Paradigm for Modeling Unconventional Reservoirsbons" 
 

Spring 2013 Back to top
January 17, 2013 - 2:30 PM Duncan Hall, 1064
Thomas Russell - University of Massachusetts Amherst
"From Untradense Arrays of Nanodots to Nanolines: A Route to Addressable Media"

January 31, 2013 - 2:30 PM Duncan Hall, 1064
Jeffrey Gray - Johns Hopkins University
"Design and Prediction of Proteins That Control Biomineralization"

February 7, 2013 - 2:30 PM Duncan Hall, 1064
Nicole Zacharia - Texas A&M University
"Modification of Polyelectrolyte Complex Based Materials With Charged Species"

February 14, 2013 - 2:30 PM Duncan Hall, 1064
Marc Ostermeier - Johns Hopkins University
"Design Principles of Protein Switches, Genetic Circuits, and the Genetic Code"

February 21, 2013 - 2:30 PM Duncan Hall, 1064
Dennis Wirtz - Johns Hopkins University
"Cancer Cell Migration in 3D"

March 7, 2013 - 4:00 PM - Keck Hall, 100
T.W. Leland Jr. Lecture in Chemical Engineering
James Dumesic - University of Wisconsin - Madison
Strategies for Catalytic Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Fuels and Chemicals

March 14, 2013 - 2:30 PM Duncan Hall, 1064
Matt DeLisa - Cornell University
"Bacterial Glycoengineering: From Enzymes and Pathways to Human Therapies and Vaccines"

March 21, 2013 - 2:30 PM
Kurt Spokas - USDA Agricultural Research Service
"Current Research in Earth Science -
Biochar: The Science Behind the Hype"

April 2, 2013 - 2:30 PM Keith-Weiss Geology, 100
Francisco Vargas - The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi
"Advances in Predicting Asphaltene Deposition and Development of a Novel Strategy for its Mitigation"

April 4, 2013 - 4:00 PM - Keck Hall, Rm. 100
Franklin M. Orr Jr. - Stanford University
Chevron Lecture on Energy
"Transforming Energy in the Twenty-First Century"

April 5, 2013 - 2:30 PM Anderson Biology, 123
Dr. Gyoo Yeol Jung - Pohang University of Science and Technology
"Novel Synthetic Biology Tools for Rational and Evolutionary
Metabolic Engineering”

April 11, 2013 - 2:30 PM
Dr. Fred MacKintosh - VU University - Amsterdam
"Elasticity on the edge of Stability: Soft Matter Inspired by the Cell”

April 18, 2013 - 2:30 PM - DCH 1064
Michael Betenbaugh - Johns Hopkins University
"Integrating Omics and System Biology to Improve Mammalian Cell Factories"
 

Fall 2012 Back to top
August 23, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Ali Mohraz - University of California, Irvine
"Interfacial Colloid Gelation: A Route to Novel Microstructured Materials"

August 30, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Rob Griffin - Rice University
"Recent Advances in Our Understanding of Particulate Matter in Houston, Texas"

September 6, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Chris Rao - University of Illinois
"Design and Diversity in Bacterial Signaling Networks"

September 13, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Christina Chan - Michigan State University
"Application of integrative analysis to identify novel targets and to understand differentiation"

October 4, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Shaoyi Jiang - University of Washington
"Molecular Understanding, Design and Development of
Ultra Low Fouling Zwitterionic-based Functional Materials"

October 11th, 2012 - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Centennial Celebration: Harmon Ray - University of Wisconsin

October 18, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Paul H. Steen - Cornell University
"Inviscid Spreading By Partially-Wetting Liquids"

CHBE GSA Seminar Series
October 19th, 2012 - 2:30 PM (Friday Seminar)
Joe Powell - Shell
"Future Energy and the Grand Challenges for Chemical Engineering"

October 25, 2012 - 2:30 PM
John Guo - Lamar University
"Sustainable Utilization of Polymer Nanocomposites
Toward Environmental Remediation"

November 8, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Daeyeon Lee - University of Pennsylvania
"Janus Particles at Fluid-Fluid Interfaces: The Third Face of Janus Particles"

November 15, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Paula Hammond - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Tuning Surfaces for Cellular Function Using Nanolayer Assemblies"

November 29, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Omer Alpak - Shell International Exploration and Production Inc.
"An Adaptive Multiscale Method for Efficient Dynamic Modeling of Complex Subsurface Fluid Flow and Transport Phenomena"
 

January 12, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Casim Sarkar - University of Pennsylvania
"Synthetic Signaling Systems for Biological Discovery and Design" 

January 26, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Frank Doyle - University of California:
"Robustness in Nature: Challenges and Opportunities for the SystemsBiology Community"

February 1, 2012 - 4:00 PM
Paul C. Wilber Lecture: Sang Yup Lee - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology:
"Systems Metabolic Engineering: Strategies and PracticalApplications"

March 8, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Vladimir Alvarado - University of Wyoming:
“Interfacial Effects in Multiphase Flow Through Porous Media"

Thomas W. Leland, Jr. Lecture:
March 15, 2012 - 4:00 PM
Mark E. Davis - California Institute of Technology
“Fighting Cancer with Nanoparticle Medicines: The Nanoscale Matters!”

March 22, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Manolis Doxastakis - University of Houston
“Simulations at the Interface: Association in Lipid Membranes, Adsorption onSurfaces and Reaction-Diffusion in Thin Polymer Films”

March 29, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Jeff R. Errington - University at Buffalo:
“Using Molecular Simulation to Understand Wetting of Chemically andGeometrically Heterogeneous Surfaces”

April 12, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Michael J. Solomon - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor:
“Anisotropic colloids and new methods for their self-assembly”

April 19, 2012 - 2:30 PM
Sanat Kumar - Columbia University:
“Nanoparticle Amphiphiles”


Fall 2011 Back to top


September 08, 2011 - 2:30 PM
Richard A. Register - Princeton University:
"Block Copolymer Thin Films: Structure, Sheer Alignment, and Applications in Nanofabrication"

September 15, 2011 - 2:30 PM
Darrell Velegol - The Pennsylvania State University:
"Transport and control of catalytic and mineral-driven micromotors"

October 06, 2011 - 2:30 PM
Vinothan N. Manoharan - Harvard University:
“Imaging Colloidal Structure and Dynamics With Digital Holographic Microscopy and Mineral-Driven Micro-motors”

October 27, 2011 - 2:30 PM
John C. Crocker - University of Pennsylvania:
“How to Build Metamaterials Using DNA Handshaking”

November 03, 2011 - 2:30 PM
Kristala Jones Prather - Massachusetts Institute of Technology:
"Parts, Devices, and Chassis in Support of Metabolic Engineering"

November 10, 2011 - 2:30 PM
Lynn M. Walker - Carnegie Mellon University:
"Templating, Structure and Transport within Nanostructured Block Copolymer Hydrogels"

November 17, 2011 - 12:00 PM
ChBE GSA Seminar Series:
Kenneth Cox - Rice University "Bridging Between Engineering Communities: A Hitchhiker's Guide"

November 17, 2011 - 2:30 PM
Eric M. Furst - University of Delaware:
“µ2rheology–High Throughput Microrheology Using Microfluidics”

December 1, 2011 - 2:30 PM
Nathan D. Price - Institue for Systems Biology:
“Systems Analysis of Genome-Scale Biomolecular Networks From Microbes to Man”