The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering fall 2022 seminars, sponsored by the Shell Corporation, will take place on Thursdays except on holidays, during university breaks, or otherwise noted.

All seminars take place at 2:30 p.m. in Herzstein 210 except where otherwise noted.

Fall 2022 Seminars Sponsored by The Shell Corporation

September 8, 2:30PM
Milad Abolhasani, PhD
North Carolina State University
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Self-Driving Fluidic Labs: A Sustainable Voyage through the Chemical Universe en route to Smart Manufacturing

September 15, 2:30PM
Adam Boies, PhD
University of Cambridge
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Harnessing Aerosol Technology for Environmental, Energy and Climate Sustainability: Nano-Carbons, C02-Free Hydrogen, Li-Ion Battery Materials and Particle Sensing Technologies

September 22, 2:30PM
Siamak Nejati, PhD
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Bottom-up and Dry Approaches to Macromolecular Assembly Synthesis, Integration, and Applications

September 29, 2:30PM
Flavia Vitale, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: When Nano Meets Neuro: High-Resolution, Multimodal Interfaces Enabled by Nanoscale Soft Conductors

October 6, 2:30PM
Ryan Hartman, PhD
New York University
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Data-Centric Micro-Reaction Engineering for a Sustainable Future

October 13, 2:30PM
Farshid Ramezanipour, PhD
University of Louisville
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Designing Energy Conversion Materials by Tailoring the Structural Order in Multi-Metal Oxides

October 20, 2:30PM
Hongfei Lin, PhD
Washington State University
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Towards Holistic Approach for Decarbonizing Energy System

October 27, 2:30PM
Hsi-Wu Wong
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Revealing Molecular Level Interplays During Copyrolysis of Macromolecular Mixtures

November 3, 2:30PM
Speaker: Sepideh Razavi
University of Oklahoma
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Dynamics of Multi-Component Fluids Near Interfaces

November 10, 2:30PM
Speaker: Feng-Yang Chen
2021-22 Riki Kobayashi Fellowship Winner
Rice University
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: TBA

December 1, 2:30PM
Speaker: Zengyi Shao
Iowa State University
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Teaching and Old Dog New Tricks - Elucidating Core Design Principles to Engineer Nonconventional Yeasts as Microbial Factories

Past Seminars

Spring 2022

February 8, 2:30PM
Hon Chung Lau, Ph.D.
Rice University, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Pathways to Achieve Rapid Decarbonization of Southeast Asia

February 15, 2:30PM
Julea Vlassakis, Ph.D.
Rice University, Bioengineering
ZOOM Seminar:
Seminar Title: Investigation of Macromolecular Interactions at Single-Molecule and Single-Cell Levels

March 1, 2:30PM
Mohamed Ateia Ibrahim, Ph.D.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Fighting Against Forever Chemicals

March 8, 2:30PM
Chihui An, Ph.D.
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Biocatalytic Toolbox for Site-Selective Insulin Modification

March 22, 2:30PM
Alberto Salleo, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Mixed Conduction in Polymeric Materials: The Marriage of Electrons and Ions for Brain-Like Computing

March 29, 2:30PM
Safa Jamali, Ph.D..
Northeastern University
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Rheology-Informed Neural Networks (RhINNs) for Complex Fluid Modelling

April 5, 2:30PM
Long Luo, Ph.D.
Wayne State University
Room: Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Electrifying Material and Organic Synthesis

April 19, 2:30PM
Peng Zhu, Riki Kobayashi Fellowship Award Winner and
Chris Conrad, Tina and Sunit Patel '85 Endowed Fellowship Award Winner
Rice University
Room: Herzstein 210

April 26, 11:00AM
Behnam Jafarpour, Ph.D.
University of Southern California
Room: Duncan 1070
Seminar Title: Dynamic Imaging and Characterization of Subsurface Flow Systems with Deep Learning Architectures

Fall 2021

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

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

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

October 19, 2:30 PM
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 seminar
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 PM
Paul Kenis, Ph.D.
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
Herzstein 210
Seminar Title "Sustainable Manufacturing of Chemicals and Nanomaterials"

November 16, 2:30 PM
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)
Riki Kobayashi Fellowship in Chemical Engineering Award Recipients
Rice University
Herzstein 210
Seminar Title: Settling Dynamics of Brownian Chains

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"