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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

  • Energy
    Our area of research involves exploiting these forces to develop novel materials, with a primary focus on understanding and controlling their physical and chemical properties. One problem of interest is how confined colloidal fluids can change their structure and mechanical properties under the action of controlled external forces. 
  • Nanotechnology
    For novel materials to be useful to society, they must be economical to manufacture. This is the reason why our departmental research efforts focus not only on the design and synthesis of materials at the molecular and nanometer scales (Biswal, Wong), but also on the development and optimization of processes to manufacture these materials for commercial applications (Pasquali, Wong, Zygourakis).
  • Biosystems
    Biosystems engineering focuses on the integration of molecular biology, protein engineering and high throughput technologies with systems modeling methodological approaches. It aims at: a) first obtaining a complete (vs by parts) understanding of the biological system, from the molecular up to the cell population level and b) developing and applying strategies to engineer (design, optimize and control) its performance in general.


CHBE News:
Dr. George Hirasaki named Distinguished Alumni
Please join us in congratulating Dr. George Hirasaki who was honored by the Association of Rice Alumni at the 2014 Laureates Dinner on Saturday, May 17. 

Rice News:
Rice Earns Gold, Bronze Awards For Marketing Efforts  
Rice University’s marketing efforts have again earned recognition for exceptional quality, creativity and message effectiveness.
Rice News

Segatori Research Group:
Rice Scientist Create a Super Antioxidant
Scientists at Rice University are enhancing the natural antioxidant properties of an element found in a car’s catalytic converter to make it useful for medical applications. 
Rice News

Biswal Research Group:
Faster Way to Catch Food Poisoning Microbes 
Rice researchers have developed a fast biosensor for pathogens in food. Sibani Lisa Biswal, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted, and graduate student Jinghui Wang is mentioned.  
Oman Observer 

Nagrath Research Group:
Liver Metabolism Study Could Help Patients Awaiting Transplants
In a new study that could help doctors extend the lives of patients awaiting liver transplants, a Rice University-led team of researchers examined the metabolic breakdown that takes place in liver cells during late-stage cirrhosis and found clues that suggest new treatments to delay liver failure. 
Rice News 

Verduzco Research Group:
Mighty Morphing Material
Rafael Verduzco, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted in an article about the development of a new plastic morphing material that changes shape in a predetermined pattern when heated.    
Architect Magazine

Gonzalez Research Group:
Transforming How We Get Our Fuels 
A Q-and-A features Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Program Director Ramon Gonzalez, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and also of bioengineering. 
Breaking Energy



Spinning nanotube fibers at Rice University

Spinning nanotube fibers at Rice University



Wednesday, April 23
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
IEEE Photonics Seminar - “Engineering Semiconductor Nanowires for Light Sensing and Solar Fuel Applications”

Thursday, April 24
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cooperative Navigation for Robot Swarms

Friday, April 25
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Science & Engineering Ice Cream Social

Friday, April 25
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
CHBE Seminar Series:
Ion-pair Association in Extreme Aqueous Environments Experimental difficulties, molecular simulation insights, and modeling challenges

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