The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering fall 2021 seminars, sponsored by the Shell Corporation, will take place on Tuesdays except on holidays, during university breaks, or otherwise noted.

Fall 2021 Seminars

September 14, 2:30PM - Zoom seminarShell Oil Corporation Logo
Francesca Toma, Ph.D.
Lawrence Berkeley Labs
Seminar Title: "(Photo)electrocatalysis at Work"

Shell Oil Corporation LogoSeptember 21, 2:30PM
Divya Panchanathan, Ph.D.
Axiom Space
Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: "Materials Research, Discovery, and Commercialization in Space"

October 5, 2:30PMShell Oil Corporation Logo
Mehmet Orman, Ph.D.
The University of Houston
Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: "What Do We Know About Microbial Persisters?"

October 19, 2:30 PMShell Oil Corporation Logo
Wilfred Chen, Ph.D.
University of Delaware
Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: "Synthetic Modulation of Protein Functions by Dynamic Strand Displacement"

October 26, 2:30 PM - Zoom seminarShell Oil Corporation Logo
Kai Zhu, Ph.D.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Seminar Title "Perovskites for Efficient Tandem Solar Cells"
Meeting ID: 998 3829 1870
Passcode: 251965

November 2, 2:30 PMShell Oil Corporation Logo
Paul Kenis, Ph.D.
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
Herzstein 210
Seminar Title "Sustainable Manufacturing of Chemicals and Nanomaterials"

November 16, 2:30 PMShell Oil Corporation Logo
Wilfred van der Donk, Ph.D.
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: “Biosynthesis and Engineering of Macrocyclic Peptides”

November 30, 2:30 PM
Lucas Hildebrand Pires de Cunha (presenter) and Peng Zhu (unavailable to present)Shell Oil Corporation Logo
Riki Kobayashi Fellowship in Chemical Engineering Award Recipients
Rice University
Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Settling Dynamics of Brownian Chains

Past Seminars

Spring 2021

February 2, 3:00 PM
Zoom Seminar
David Cullen, Oak Ridge National Lab
"Advancing Catalysis for the Hydrogen Economy through Analytical Electron Microscopy"

February 9, 3:00 PM
Zoom Seminar
Ryan Hartman, New York University
"Design of Microreactors with in situ Spectroscopy and Machine Intelligence for Faster Discovery"

February 23, 3:00 PM
Zoom Seminar
Vittorio Cristini, Houston Methodist
"Mathematical Modeling of Cancer"

March 9, 3:00 PM
Zoom Seminar
Andrey Zarur, Greenlight Biosciences, Inc.
"Solving the COVID-19 Crisis: The Role of Chemical Engineering"

Wednesday, March 24, 7:00PM - See link for times and RSVP Information
The Gatherly link will be emailed to those who RSVP

Chevron Lecture on Energy Seminar
Akshay Sahni, Chevron Technology Ventures
"Corporate-Academia Partnership for Driving Innovation in Energy"

March 30, 3:00 PM
Zoom Seminar
Jeffrey Rimer, University of Houston
"Breaking the Rules of Classical Crystallization: An Unconventional Guide to Crystal Engineering"

April 13, 3:00 PM
Zoom Seminar
Petia Vlahovska, Northwestern University
"Active Colloidal Fluids"

April 27, 3:00 PM
Zoom Seminar
Charles Campbell, University of Washington
"Catalysts and Electrocatalysts for Energy Technologies: Fundamental Understanding and Pathways to Catalyst Design"

Fall 2020

September 17, 3:15 PM
Zoom Seminar
Karen Shelton, Rice University
“Travel Guidelines”

September 24, 3:15 PM
Zoom Seminar
Nicholas Graham, University of Southern CA
“Designing Combination Drug Therapies for Cancer Using Systems Biology Approaches”

October 8, 3:15 PM
Zoom Seminar
Manish Chhowalla
“Catalysis Using Metallic 2D Materials”

October 15, 3:15 PM
Zoom Seminar
Rafael Verduzco, Rice University
“Making Brushy Surfaces with Bottlebrush Polymers”

October 22, 3:15 PM
Zoom Seminar
Sujit Datta, Princeton University
“Life in a Tight Spot: How Bacteria Move in Porous Media”

October 29, 3:15 PM
Zoom Seminar
Tom Senftle, Rice University
“Understanding Metal-Support Interactions in Catalysis with Statistical Learning”

November 12, 3:15 PM
Zoom Seminar
Manav Bhati and Jordan Shivers, Rice University
Kobayashi Award Lecture and Patel Fellowship Lecture

Spring 2020

January 16, 2:30PM
Herzstein Amphitheater
Caroline Ajo-Franklin, Rice University
"Engineering Microorganisms to Make and Communicate with Materials"

January 23, 2:30PM
Herzstein Amphitheater
Orlin Velev, North Carolina State University
"Design of Novel Ultrasoft Functional Structures by Means of Magnetic, Capillary and Interfacial Binding"

February 6, 2:30PM
Herzstein Amphitheater
Hal Alper, The University of Texas at Austin
"Engineering an Expanded Chemical Palette in Cells"

February 20, 2:30 PM
Herzstein Amphitheater
Yi Cui, Ph.D., Stanford University
"Nanomaterials Design for Energy and Environment"

February 24, 6:00 PM
BioScience Research Collaborative, 1st Floor
T. J. Wojnar, Exxon Mobil Corporation
2020 Chevron Lecture: "Outlook for Energy: A Perspective to 2040"

February 27, 2:30 PM
Herzstein Amphitheater
Fuzhong Zhang, Washington University
"Synthetic Biology for Structurally-defined Chemicals and Protein-based Materials"

Fall 2019

August 29, 2019 - 2:30
Herzstein 210
Joelle Frechette, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
"Soft, Wet, and Sticky: Viscous Forces and Elasticity in Wet Adhesion"

September 12, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzstein 210
Julie Albert, Ph.D., Tulane University
"Controlling the Semi-crystalline Morphology of Biodegradable Poly(ε-caprolactone) Thin Films"

September 26, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzstein 210
Todd Deutsch, Ph.D., The National Renewable Energy Laboratory
"Inverted Metamorphic Multijunction III-Vs for High-efficiency Photo-electrochemical Hydrogen Production Systems"

October 10, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzstein 210
Daniel Perea, Ph.D., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
"Near Atomic-scale 3D Imaging of Heterointerfaces in Nanoscale Material Systems"

October 17, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzstein 210
Mary Fanett Wheeler, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
"Modeling and Simulation for Coupling Geomechanics, Flow, and Transport for Subsurface Applications"

October 24, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzstein 210
Tom Jaramillo, Ph.D., Stanford University
"Catalyst Design and Development for Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals"

November 7, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzstein 210
Scott Milner, Ph.D., Penn State
"Theory and Simulations in Support of New Polymers for Solar Power"

November 21, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzstein 210
Jin Song (Sunit Patel '85) and Jordan Shivers (Riki Kobayashi), Rice University
Patel '85 and Riki Kobayahi Award Winner Speakers

December 5, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzstein 210
Speaker: Morton Denn, Ph.D., City College of New York
"The Unusual Flow Properties of Particle-Filled Systems"

Spring 2019

January 10, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzstein 210
Neel Joshi, PhD, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
"Biologically Fabricated Materials from Engineered Microbes"

January 17, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Paul Chaikin, Ph.D., New York University
Keck 100
"Quantifying Hidden Order out of Equilibrium"

January 22, 2019- 2:30PM
Herzstein 212
Chang Liu, Ph.D., University of California at Irvine
"Synthetic Genetic Systems for Continuous Evolution and Barcoding in vivo"

January 24, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzstein 212
Mercouri Kanatzidis, Ph.D., Northwestern University
"Amazing 3D and 2D Halide Perovskites: All the Things they Do"

January 31, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Keck 100
Chaitin Khosla, Ph.D., Stanford University
"ChBE Wilber Lecture: Chemical and Engineering Analysis of Celiac Disease Pathogenesis"

February 5, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzstein 212
"Alexander Xu, Ph.D., Institute of Systems Biology"
"Pliable Bio: Nanointerfaces to Read and Write Biological Networks"

February 7, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzstein 212
Carl Denard. Ph.D., University of Texas - Austin
"Leveraging and Engineering Enzyme Specificity for Biocatalysis and Targeted Therapeutics"

February 14, 2019 - 2:00 PM
Herzstein 212
Ariel Furst. Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
"Electrochemistry for Sensors and Energy"

February 19, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzstein 212
Ross Thyer, Ph.D., University of Texas - Austin
"Rolling the Dice with an Expanded Genetic Code"

February 26, 2019 2:30 PM
Herzstein 212
Yajun Yan, Ph.D., University of Georgia
"Exploiting Synthetic Potential of Microbial Systems"

February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzsein 212
Mirkó Palla, Ph.D., Harvard University
"High-Throughput Nanopore-Based Methods to Read and Write DNA"

March 7, 2019 - 2:30 PM
Herzstein 212
Will Medlin, Ph.D., University of Colorado
"Controlling Selectivity in Heterogeneous Catalysis with Organic and Inorganic Films"

March 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM
BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) Auditorium
Ed Emmett, Professor in the Practice, Rice University
"Chevron Lecture on Energy - Houston: Challenges and Opportunities

April 4, 2019
Herzstein 212
David Schechter, Texas A & M
" Investigation of EOR by Multi-Cycle Surfactant Assisted Spontaneous Imbibition (MC-SASI) with Hybrid Rich Gas Injection in the Permian Wolfcamp"

April 18, 2019
Herzstein 212
Mark Knackstedt, Australian National University
"Digital Rock Analysis: Understanding Complex Materials at Multiplle Scales"