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A study from the Stelios Andreadis lab yields neural crest cells from adult skin cells, and could lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s and other brain illnesses. This discovery, several years in the making, has proven that adult skin cells can be converted into neural crest cells (a type of stem cell) without any genetic modification, and that these stem cells can yield other cells that are present in the spinal cord and the brain. The applications could be very significant, from studying genetic diseases in a dish to generating possible regenerative cures from the patient’s own cells.[read more]
A new graduate student training program, Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine (SCiRM) was established last fall with funding from the New York Stem Cells Stem Cell Board. SCiRM bring together 19 faculty from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Roswell Park Cancer Institute working in various aspects of stem cell biology and bioengineering with emphasis on applications of stem cells in regenerative medicine. SCiRM is directed by Stelios Andreadis (Professor and Chair, CBE) and co-directed by Sriram Neelamegham (Professor, CBE) and Richard Gronostajski (Professor, Biochemistry). The program will hold its first Symposium on June 8 and 9 at the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. Several distinguished speakers from across the country will be presenting their research, and a student poster session will follow. Students and faculty interested in presenting their research are encouraged to apply by May 15. [Registration and more information]
UB CBE held an award ceremony on May 3 to honor outstanding undergraduates. We were particularly pleased to host Professor Emeritus Thomas W. Weber, in whose honor a new academic excellence award from alumnus Dr. Mohan Bhalodia (PhD 1973) has been established. In total, 25 awards were presented to deserving students. [View the awards program]
Congratulations to Parham Rohani from the Mark Swihart lab, whose team took first place on April 12 in UB’s Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition (Panasci TEC), for a technology that generates hydrogen gas from water. Rohani, along with S. Bruce Kohrn, business strategist, will receive $25,000 in startup capital and in-kind services valued at $27,000 for their company, NanoHydroChem, a research and development company with a patent-pending technology for a significantly safer and more effective method to produce hydrogen fuel from water to generate power from fuel cells. Fuel cells offer significantly more power per unit weight and unit volume than the best batteries, but their biggest problem is hydrogen storage.
UB CBE's Advisory Board visited Furnas Hall to discuss initiatives in the undergraduate and graduate curriculums, career development opportunites for our students, alumni engagement, and they got a chance to meet with the AIChE student chapter. View CBE's Advisory Board Roster
Assistant Professor Natesh Parashurama has received the University at Buffalo Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Distinguished Research Mentor Award. This award recognizes faculty research mentors who embody the qualities found in an oustanding research mentor. CSTEP research interns nominated faculty who embody the essence of a mentor-mentee relationship that trains and provides support to students in STEM and the licensed professions. He will be honored during the organization's upcoming 30th Anniversary Gala.
Congratulations to Blaine Pfeifer, Professor. According to Stelios Andreadis, department chair and professor, "Blaine has done an outstanding job as a researcher, scholar, mentor (and more recently also entrepreneur), and his promotion reflects his outstanding record of scholarship and contributions to teaching and service in our department and UB. In addition to his academic credentials, those of us who have worked with him on scientific projects and various department committees know that Blaine is a wonderful colleague with an enthusiastic, can-do attitude who has contributed and enhanced the collegial environment that we are fortunate to enjoy in CBE".
Parham Rohani from the Mark Swihart lab is pursuing ideas that could bring a hydrogen generating device to your car and prevent your lithium-ion battery from wearing out. And he is building a company to bring these breakthroughs to market. Rohani has launched NanoHydroChem LLC, which he hopes will become a holding company for the concepts he is focused on in the laboratory. [read more]
The best oral presentation award of the Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Day at UB was awarded to graduate student Aref Shahini. He presented his research entitled "NANOG Expression Restores the Regenerative Capacity of Senescent Myoblasts". This work focuses on the reversal of aging by expression of embryonic transcription factor "NANOG". Aref is in the fourth year of his PhD program in the Andreadis research group.
Durgesh Vaidya (PhD 1997) contributed to advances in fiber optic technology that were recognized by the Emmy Award to OFS for the "Pioneering Invention and Deployment of Fiber Optic Cable".
Emmy Awards for Technology and Engineering are presented to companies for engineering developments so significant or innovative in nature that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television. The award to OFS recognizes the unique, groundbreaking and patented fiber optic technology inventions by Bell Labs/Western Electric (OFS predecessor companies) and OFS' role in continuing to develop game-changing technologies that have refined and enhanced the use of fiber optic cable for broadcast television.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of over 15,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.
Our existing department faculty has strengths in stem cell engineering, gene and drug delivery, vaccine engineering, protein engineering, immuno-engineering, and tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Among our strategic goals is to build our expertise in systems-level computational or experimental studies related to bioengineering research with applications in biopharmaceuticals, synthetic biology, biomedicine including regenerative medicine, environment and related fields. However, excellent candidates in all areas will be considered. We are particularly looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse community of students and faculty, and share our vision of helping all constituents reach their full potential.
Candidates are expected to complement existing research strengths in the department (www.cbe.buffalo.edu), the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS; engineering.buffalo.edu), the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (medicine.buffalo.edu), the NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (www.buffalo.edu/bioinformatics.html) and / or the Institute for Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water (RENEW).
Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, statements of teaching and research plans, and three references via the UBJobs system (www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu, reference posting number 1600768). Applications received by December 1, 2016 will be given priority but review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.
The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Recruiter.
UB CBE We are seeking a well-trained researcher with excellent work ethic and the ability to interact with a team to work on a NIH-funded project that focuses on reprogramming of skin cells into neural crest stem cells and their derivatives. The applicant is expected work independently as well as in collaboration with other group members to finish projects in a timely manner.
The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Bioengineering or Biomedical Sciences. Hands-on experience with neural stem cells or human iPSC, stem cell differentiation and functional characterization are required. Strong background in molecular and cell biology, high-throughput methods (RNA-Seq, ChiP-Seq) and data analysis, experience with animal models and strong writing skills are also desirable.
Competitive salary and benefits. Applicants should visit the UB Jobs link below to apply:
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University at Buffalo invites candidates to apply for a Teaching Assistant Professor position, beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. The primary purpose for this position is to improve the educational experience for undergraduate students in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Responsibilities for this position:
1) Serve as Instructor of undergraduate courses that may cover a spectrum of topics in Chemical and Biological Engineering, including laboratory courses and may be offered at the freshman, sophomore, junior or senior levels.
2) Develop and implement plans for major departmental undergraduate activities, such as preparation for ABET accreditation, student advisement, industry internships, laboratory and instrumentation upgrades, student excellence initiatives, diversity enhancement and external educational grant support in collaboration with the CBE undergraduate studies committee. These plans should be consistent with the CBE ABET objectives and Realizing UB 2020.
3) Facilitate interactions with local industry through student internships, research and related activities. We are particularly looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse community of students and faculty and share our vision of helping all constituents reach their full potential.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering or a closely related field. The Ph.D. must be conferred prior to appointment. Experience in teaching undergraduate courses, particularly those with large enrollments, is preferred. Applications received by January 10, 2017 will be given priority but review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.
Applicants must submit their application electronically via www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu, reference posting #1600903. The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The U.S. DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-e) Office recently announced $35 Million in funding for a new REFUEL program--Renewable Energy to Fuels through Utilization of Energy-dense Liquids. REFUEL aims to develop technologies for converting water and nitrogen into energy-dense liquid fuels such as ammonium, and back into electricity or hydrogen fuel on demand. Dr. Gang Wu received two sub-awards led by two companies: Bettergy Corp. (Peekskill, NY) and Giner Inc (Newton, MA), respectively. In these two projects, UB will receive $660,000 in next three years for developing the high-performance catalysts to decompose NH3 at an economically favorable low temperature (<450oC) and the catalysts for electrochemically reducing N2 to synthesize NH3 using renewable energy-generated electricity.
UB CBE Associate Professor Chong Cheng with collaborator Dr. Yun Wu from UB Biomedical Engineering has received an award from the Biomaterials program of National Science Foundation to develop a novel drug-gene co-delivery system with potential applications in cancer treatment.
Biodegradable polymers with two building blocks per molecule will be prepared. One building block will attach chemically anticancer drugs; the other building block will carry positive charges and can physically adsorb negatively-charged anticancer genes. The biodegradable polymers will assemble to form core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) in aqueous solutions, with inner core domains for drug loading and outer shell domains for gene loading. Comprehensive studies will be conducted to investigate the preparation and assembly of the biodegradable polymers, therapeutic delivery and degradation behavior of the assembled NPs, as well as the biomedical effects of the drug-gene co-delivery system on cancer cells and tissues. Because these NPs can serve as unique platforms for detailed systematic studies to understand and optimize the parameters governing the success of the co-delivery approach, this project can lay a significant foundation for the further development of drug-gene combination therapies for the synergetic treatment of cancers.
In the new DOE project "Advanced Electro-Catalysts through Crystallographic Enhancement" funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), led by Los Alamos National Laboratory and teamed with Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania, UB CBE Assistant Professor Gang Wu received $240,000 to develop a new type of high-surface-area and large size nitrogen-doped graphene tubes (NGTs). NGTs will be used as an advanced support to boost Pt cathode performance for proton exchange membrane fuel cells, which holds great promise to meet the US DOE 2020 metric targets for fuel cell vehicle applications.
Stelios T. Andreadis, CBE Professor and Chair, received two new NIH R01 grants. The first is from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) to study reprogramming of skin cells into neural crest stem cells and their derivatives including neurons, and Schwann cells. The work aims to provide a novel source of abundant, readily accessible, autologous stem cells for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as devastating myelopathies (e.g. multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and others) for which cell sourcing remains a severe impediment hampering cell therapy approaches. Dr. Fraser Sim (UB, Pharmacology and Toxicology) and Dr. Marianne Bonner (Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech) are co-Investigators.
The second is a multi PI R01 with Dr. Olga Baker (University of Utah) from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The work aims to develop functionalized biomaterials to promote salivary gland regeneration for treatment of debilitating diseases that cause salivary gland dysfunction such as Sjögren’s syndrome, ectodermal dysplasia and γ-irradiation therapies for head and neck cancers.
Congratulations to Professor Ed Furlani, who was named Senior Teacher of the year in appreciation of his effort and effectiveness in teaching CE341 Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineers, and CE 421/521 Introduction to Optofluidics in UB CBE.
We are proud to announce that two of CBE's graduate PhD students Mohammad Atif Faiz Afzal and Haotian Sun have been awarded The Mark Diamond Research Fund (MDRF) Fall 2016 grant. The MDRF gives grants to University at Buffalo graduate students for research expenses related to their thesis, dissertation or final project. PhD students may apply for up to $2,500, MFA students for up to $2,000, and Master’s students for up to $1,500. [more information]
UB CBE was lucky to welcome Professor Emeritus Dr. Tom Weber and his former student Dr. Frank Cho (BS 1975) back to school last week to meet with students and learn what's new in the materials, biological, and computational modeling areas. The students loved talking with them, and faculty certainly enjoyed the reunion! If you're a UB CBE alum and would like to visit for an update, contact us, we'd love to see you too.
UB Distinguished Professor Paschalis Alexandridis has been recognized as a fellow of the AIChE (American Association of Chemical Engineers) for his fundamental research on surfactant and polymer self-assembly and its translation into formulations, nanomaterials synthesis and drug delivery applications. Other contributing accomplishments were development of the chemical product design course at UB CBE, his dedicated mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students and the refocusing and growth of the chemical engineering graduate program.
Fellow is AIChE's highest grade of membership. Recipients are chosen by election by the AIChE Board of Directors. Election as an AIChE fellow recognizes outstanding “service to the profession” and “significant professional accomplishment.”
UB CBE Professor Ed Furlani will deliver the key note lecture at the upcoming COMSOL conference on October 6 in Boston, on "Multiphysics and Multiscale Simulations: Advancing Basic Science and Industrial Applications". His current research involves the development of computational models to design innovative nano- and microstructured materials and devices with unique functionality, and spans the applications of microfluidics, biosensing, energy storage, nanophotonics, and magnetic particles. Professor Furlani’s research contributions include over 100 peer-reviewed publications, a textbook on applied magnetics, and numerous invited conference presentations. He also has a distinguished record of translational research and currently holds 152 U.S. patents.
UB CBE undergraduate student Tanahiry Escamilla, who performs research in the Mark Swihart lab, was recently nominated as a panelist for the Women in STEM Cooperative at UB. She was also elected vice president for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Ms. Escamilla also attended the SHPE national conference in 2015, and worked at an all-girls engineering day organized by SHPE and the Buffalo area Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM). Tanahiry says that she is excited to see the opportunites that are now becoming available to minorities, like internships, research experiences, and study abroad programs. "I've learned so much from them and it just goes to show that everyone is capable of succeeding regardless of superficial differences."
The clinical translation of stem cell therapies, many which have failed in the clinic, depends on the ability to quantitatively image cell fate in patients. Technologies are needed for combining high sensitivity cell imaging with high spatial resolution imaging, and are founded in engineering principles. In a two-part study, UB CBE Assistant Professor Natesh Parashurama et al. designed new imaging approaches based upon reporter genes and nanoimaging. He and coauthors performed a comprehensive and detailed, quantitative imaging study of cellular injections after intracardiac injection into small and large animal hearts using bioluminescence, positron emission tomography (PET), and magnetic resonance imaging. The imaging approach developed is a generalizable approach for any stem cell type for comparing small and large animal data, and approved for clinical studies. By experimentally determining detection limits, the authors found that a 10-100 times improvement in PET reporter gene imaging technology is required for imaging the next generation of stem cell therapies in patients. This research was conducted during Parashurama’s postdoctoral stay at Stanford University. The results are published in the Journal Radiology Part I Part II
Image: 500 x 10^6 marrow stromal (mesenchymal stem) cells expressing imaging reporter genes imaged with clinical positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) image shown. The study was the first quantitative limit of detection study, with cell imaging technology, in a large animal.
UB CBE PhD Student Mohammad Atif Faiz Afzal was just awarded the American Physical Society Distinguished Student Travel Award, which includes a travel bursary and a speaking slot at the 2017 APS March Meeting in New Orleans.
In a series of experiments at the University at Buffalo, UB CBE Professor Stelios Andreadis and PhD Panos Mistriotis have found that the embryonic stem cell gene named Nanog shows promise in counteracting premature aging disorders including preventing weak bones, clogged arteries and other telltale signs of growing old.
“Our research into Nanog is helping us to better understand the process of aging and ultimately how to reverse it,” says Stelios T. Andreadis, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the study’s lead author.
Additional authors come from UB’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint program between UB’s engineering school and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB, and the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. [read more]
Image-The Fountain of Youth, Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1546
1:00 p.m. PhD Candidate Student Lectures
2:00 p.m. Keynote Lecture
3:30 p.m. Poster Judging and Reception
Mehmet Toner, Helen Andrus Benedict Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Harvard Medical School
Founding Co-Director, The Institute for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, a division of Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, BioMEMS Center, Mass General
Mojtaba Haghighatlari (Hachmann lab) won the Outstanding Student Poster Award of the ACS Division of Physical Chemistry during the ongoing 2016 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, and also the "Scholarship Award for Scientific Excellence of the ACS Division of Chemical Information".
photo: Mojtaba Haghighatlari and Johannes Hachmann
Professor Edward Furlani has worked with local startup company Garwood Medical Devices LLC (GMD) to secure $1.48M in funding from the Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics (BIG). BIG is a University at Buffalo program and key component of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s $100 million initiative to transform New York State into a national center for genomic medicine research. The contract with GMD will create 40 new jobs in five years.
GMD, a medical device company participating in the START-UP NY program, is developing a new class of programmable electrical stimulation devices with integrated sensor and communications technologies to enable unprecedented treatment for chronic wound healing, bone growth and peri-prosthetic (implant) infections, while simultaneously enhancing quality of life by enabling enhanced patient mobility and decreasing the need for clinician intervention. Dr. Furlani will lead the research and development team, leveraging UB’s comprehensive faculty expertise in device processes, modeling and design, prototype fabrication and characterization, software communications, high performance computing and bioinformatics to aid GMD on their commercialization path. [read more]
Stelios Andreadis has been selected to be Fellow of BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society) for contributions in the fields of Stem Cells, Molecular Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. He will be publicly recognized at the Class of 2016 Fellows during the BMES Annual Meeting to be held October 5-8, 2016, in Minneapolis, MN
UB CBE professor Paschalis Alexandridis and BME assistant professor and UB CBE adjunct assistant professor Jon Lovell, along with UB CBE PhD student Yumiao Zhang have developed a new drug-making technique that could lead to safer forms of injectable medicine.
The goal is to reduce serious allergic reactions and other side effects from a variety of drugs including anti-cancer medicine, testosterone and other drugs administered through a needle.
The breakthrough removes potentially harmful additives – primarily soapy substances known as surfactants – from common injectable drugs.
Pharmaceutical companies use surfactants to dissolve medicine into a liquid solution, a process that makes medicine suitable for injection. While effective, the process is seldom efficient. Solutions loaded with surfactant and other nonessential ingredients can carry the risk of causing anaphylactic shock, blood clotting, hemolysis and other side effects.
Additional UB faculty and staff authors on the paper are: Javid Rzayev, PhD, associate professor and Dinesh K. Sukumaran, PhD, director of the Magnetic Resonance Center, both in the Department of Chemistry in UB’s College of Arts and Sciences, Wentao Song, Upendra Chitgupi, Jumin Geng, Jasmin Federizon and Hande Unsal.
The research was supported by a National Institutes of Health grant.
Image: Drug particles, minus excess surfactant, suspended in an injectable solution. Credit: Jonathan Lovell, University at Buffalo.
Charles Jones and Marie Beitelshees were recently selected for participation in Bright Buffalo Niagara, a local entrepreneurial competition to encourage commercial translation of their prior and ongoing doctoral research projects. The pair were representing Abcombi Biosciences, a vaccine development company Jones formed in 2015 together with CBE faculty member Blaine Pfeifer, and claimed the grand prize which included a $20,000 cash award. Jones is the CEO of Abcombi Biosciences while Beitelshees is completing her Ph.D. under Dr. Pfeifer [read more]
The Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition was created by the UB School of Management and the UB Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach. Funded with a $1 million endowment from the late Henry A. Panasci Jr., the program brings together UB students from science, technology, business and other disciplines to maximize their potential and create viable businesses in Western New York.
UB CBE PhDs Charles Jones of Bear Creek, North Carolina, Mahmoud Kamal Ahmadi of Torbat-e Jam, Iran, and Blaine Pfeifer, associate professor will collect $10,000 for their venture, Shay Bioproducts, a precious metal retrieval unit used to recover and reuse pricy metals for their second-place prize. All participants will be offered co-working space in dig, part of the Thomas R. Beecher Jr. Innovation Center.
Pictured-Blaine Pfeifer, Charles Jones, Mahmoud Kamal Ahmadi, and Robert Kosobucki, from Insyte Consulting, who coached the team.
Eleni received her BSc and MSc degrees in Chemical Engineering in 2007 from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Michael D. Amiridis at the University of South Carolina in 2014, with the support of a graduate scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on the synthesis of Au, Ag and Rh catalysts with controlled sizes of metal particles. Her work developed a fundamental understanding of the synthesis of dendrimer-stabilized nanoparticles in solution and on oxide supports by using UV-vis spectroscopy and TEM microscopic techniques.
She is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center. In her postdoctoral research in ORNL, Eleni developed a method to treat automobile exhausts for the regulated hydrocarbon (HC) emissions resulting from cold-starting engines. The combination of materials synthesis and evaluation gives her tools to elucidate fundamental understanding in the trapping of exhaust HCs before they pass to the catalytic converter.
Yumiao Zhang, a PhD student in Chemical and Biological Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, is the recipient of the 2015 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Abroad. This prestigious international honor recognizes Yumiao's impressive scholarly achievements as a doctoral student. No more than 500 young talents worldwide are granted the award each year. This honor includes a $ 6,000 prize and a certificate of achievement issued by the China Scholarship Council. Yumiao is the only winner from the University at Buffalo in the past 4 years. Yumiao is a student in the lab of Dr. Jonathan F. Lovell.
Photo: Yumiao received the award from Qiyue Zhang, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, in the ceremony held in New York City on April 29, 2016.
Since, 2012, UB CBE has had seven students win the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, which was established by Congress in 1986 in honor of Sen. Barry Goldwater. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year to cover educational expenses of outstanding students pursuing careers in math, the natural sciences, and engineering. Anna Smith is a particularly outstanding student, who left a career as a professional makeup artist once she realized the potential that a career in STEM could offer. Smith is among this year’s 252 award winners chosen by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program from a nationwide pool of 1,150 undergraduate applicants. She is also President and Co-Founder of oSTEM, Chair, Education & Advocacy Committee of WiSE, Barry Goldwater Scholarship Winner
[read more about Anna Smith]
Congratulations to Parham Rohani from the Mark Swihart lab and Charles Jones from the Blaine Pfeifer lab. Both won $10,000 in cash and in-kind services for presentations in their respective fields. The Rohani team won in the NYSERDA Energy/Sustainability track for his project, Nano Hydro. Jones' was selected in the Biotechnology/Healthcare track for his company Abcombi Bioscience. UB CBE is particularly proud to have two teams in the top six out of over 500 teams statewide. The NYS Business Competition is the only leading collegiate business competition that is a regionally coordinated, collaborative statewide program. With over $500,000 in prizes annually, it is one of the largest collegiate business competitions in the world. Jones and Rohani are pictured above as second and third from left, respectively. [read more]
Congratulations to UB CBE UG students Stephanie Kong and Sharon Lin, who were both recognized as NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mentions. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Both Kong and Lin were recipients of the prestigious Barry Goldwater award in 2015. [read more on the NSF GRFP]
Dr. Ashutosh Sharma, UB CBE PhD 1988, will deliver the eighth annual Ruckenstein Lecture on Friday, April 15 in UB's Center for the Arts. Dr. Sharma is currently Secretary, Dept. of Science and Technology, India and former Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur. His lecture topic will be Self-organization on Nano Scales: Fabrication beyond the Top-down and Bottom-up by Harnessing Thin Film Instabilities.
A NIH R21 award was recently granted to the Pfeifer group to develop a hybrid gene and protein delivery device designed to tune a resulting immune response. The technology is to be applied towards vaccine applications and will be tested in the context of viral and bacterial infectious disease and cancer. The work derives in large part from the PhD thesis of Dr. Charles Jones, who has used the results to also initiate a start-up venture, Abcombi Biosciences, for which he serves as the CEO.
Congratulations to Mohammad Atif Faiz Afzal, who has just won the UB Engineering Alumni Association's Professor Emeritus Howard Strauss Memorial Scholarship Award for $1000, to be awarded on April 7 at the UB Engineering Awards night in Davis Hall. Atif also recently received the Ovshinsky Honorable Mention Travel Award of the American Physical Society Division of Materials Physics.
The paper Mapping the dynamics and nanoscale organization of synaptic adhesion proteins using monomeric streptavidin was published by Nature Communication on March 16, 2016. UB CBE Associate Professor Sheldon Park and his former student Kok-Hong Lim are co-authors. Image courtesy of O. Thoumine.
Haiqing Lin has received the NSF CAREER Award for his proposal entitled: "CAREER:SusChEM: Design and Discovery of Polymers with Pendant Rings for Membrane Gas Separations”.
The CAREER is one of NSF’s most prestigious awards for junior faculty who "exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations”.
In the past two and a half years since joining UB CBE, Dr. Lin has received several grants, including grants from the NSF and DoE. The CAREER is one more testament of the first rate research program that he is developing at UB.
A recent publication by Mahmoud Kamal Ahmadi and Blaine Pfeifer, “Molecular Variation of the Nonribosomal Peptide-Polyketide Siderophore Yersiniabactin through Biosynthetic and Metabolic Engineering,” was selected by the editors of Biotechnology and Bioengineering for use as the cover art of the associated issue.
Parham Rohani of the Mark Swihart lab and UB School of Management student Naeim Khanjani participated in the UB eLab , and won a prize of $6,000, a shared space at the UB Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR), mentorship, and other professional services for the Infinite Clean Energy (ICE) project, which generates hydrogen gas from water, developed in the Swihart Lab. The eLab is a business boot-camp-style course held during the three-week winter session that gives students from any academic discipline the skills to develop and manage a successful new venture. Students evaluate their ideas throughout the course, learning every step of the startup process and attending guest lectures by entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, consultants and business lawyers.
Parham is also participating in the Nexus-NY program, which gave him a $10,000 grant to do customer discovery and business planning activities. [read more]
An article in USA Today about radioactive material that has been reported missing from a storage bunker in southern Iraq quotes Chong Cheng, who said the material, classified as a Category 2 radioactive source, can cause cancer and other diseases due to the high-energy particles emitted. “The material itself may not be explosive, however if mixed with explosives, it can be very dangerous,” he said, and the resulting bombs “can cause serious radioactive disasters, in addition to explosive casualties. [read the article]
Angiogen (Angiograft., LLC), a recently created business by UB CBE PhD Sindhu Row along with Professor and Chair Dr. Stelios Andreadis and Angiogen CEO Dr. Daniel Swartz, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2016 OneStart competition.
Angiogen produces off-the-shelf acellular tissue engineered vessels suitable as arterial/venous replacement grafts. The grafts are sequentially functionalized with heparin, which has anti-clotting properties and VEGF(vascular endothelial growth factor), which attracts host endothelial cells to graft lumen, as shown in the figure.
OneStart is the world’s largest accelerator for startups seeking to dramatically improve human health, with judges from SR One, J&J Innovation, Teva, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Takeda Ventures, AstraZeneca, Amgen, and Boehringer Ingelheim. This year the number of startups applying rose to 750 from over 50 countries, out of which 80 teams from 17 countries (top 10%) were selected in the semi-final round. After a bootcamp in San Francisco on Feb 19-20th with mentors, a final round will be held in Boston in May, where 20 finalists will be announced. Each winning team will be awarded a grand prize of £100/$150k, free lab space and continued support and guidance. [read more]
Charles Jones has started a company, Abcombi Biosciences, based on his research in Prof. Blaine Pfeifer’s research group. Abcombi is focused on vaccine development and is ramping up business development milestones to join the resurgent entrepreneurial environment developing in the greater Western New York area. To be located in Buffalo, the company is also actively partaking in all of the economic development initiatives across the region, including START-UP NY and Launch NY. Jones will be leading these efforts with duties that will cross-sect technical and business development, project management and deliverables, company vision, and local job creation. [read more]
Congratulations to UB CBE faculty member Dr. Mark Swihart, named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
The honor is bestowed on AAAS members by their peers for their efforts to advance science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.
Swihart was honored for “outstanding contributions in advancing fundamental understanding and practical implementation of processes for producing, functionalizing, and creatively applying inorganic nanomaterials.” [read more]
UB CBE Associate Professor Marina Tsianou has received the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Senior Teacher of the Year Award. This award is presented to faculty member(s) whose recent teaching performance, initiatives, publications and/or presentations demonstrate outstanding contributions to education within the School. The award recognizes outstanding performance during the past 1 to 3 years.
UB CBE Assistant Professor Haiqing Lin has received the Early Career Researcher of the Year Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The Early Career Researcher Award is presented to junior faculty member(s) whose recent research demonstrates relevance and importance to the overall mission of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Congratulations to Mahmoud Amal Kahmadi from the Blaine Pfeifer lab. He was selected as one of the FPBE poster award winners at the AIChE meeting. He presented his poster "Biosynthetic Engineering and Green Manufacturing Applications for Siderophore Yersiniabactin" and received his award at the 2015 AIChE on November 11. [read more]
See Mahmoud's profile on Faces of CBE and submit your own.
Congratulations to Dr. Jorge E. Gatica, Ph.D., who received the Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award for Faculty Excellence at Cleveland State University’s 2015 President’s Convocation.
CSU President Ronald M. Berkman presented the award to Dr. Gatica during a ceremony Thursday, October 8, in Waetjen Auditorium.
Dr. Gatica is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and director of graduate programs at the Washkewicz College of Engineering.
The Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award is the highest honor for CSU faculty members in all disciplines and recognizes individuals for bringing regional, national and international recognition to the University through exceptional achievements in teaching, research and service. The award is named after Dr. Jennie S. Hwang, a member of the Cleveland State University Foundation board of directors and founder, president and CEO of H Technologies Group. She established the award through a gift to the Foundation to help inspire faculty to ever-increasing levels of excellence.
Dr. Gatica also received a Distinguished Faculty Award for Service.
See Dr. Gatica's profile on Faces of CBE and submit your own.
Congratulations to CBE alumnus Manoj Choudhary, who has been elected President of The International Commission on Glass. The ICG is a non-profit international society of national scientific and technical organizations with particular interests in glass science and technology. It was founded in 1933 and has grown to become the recognized world-wide organization in the field of glass with presently 37 member organizations bringing together the world’s most respected universities, scientific institutions, companies of the glass industry and allied organizations. The aim of ICG is to promote and stimulate understanding and cooperation between glass experts in the fields of science and technology as well as art, history and education.
Manoj is only the fifth American to hold this prestigious position, and the photograph above is of him delivering the closing remarks at the recently held annual meeting of ICG in Bangkok, Thailand. [read more about the International Commission of Glass]
UB CBE alums would love to hear from you! Write and let us know where in the world you ended up after graduation, how you're doing, and send your latest accomplishments to email@example.com
You are invited to UB CBE's AIChE Annual Conference reception from 8-10pm in Room 255E at the Salt Palace Convention Center on Monday, November 9. Help us celebrate the awards of our faculty and the successes of our students this past year. We look forward to seeing you!
Excellent candidates in all areas will be considered but areas of particular interest include computational and systems engineering as applied to problems in bioengineering, nanotechnology, energy and the environment. Ideal candidates will complement existing research strengths in the department (www.cbe.buffalo.edu) and the Institute for Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water (RENEW) that was formed to address urgent global challenges, such as climate change, pollution and pressing needs for energy, fresh water and other resources (www.buffalo.edu/RENEW).
Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, statements of teaching and research plans, and names of at least three references via the UBJobs system, reference posting number 1500764. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2016 and will continue until the positions are filled.
Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are particularly looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse community of students and faculty, and share our vision of helping all constituents reach their full potential.
The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Recruiter.
Congratulations to Drs. Mark Swihart, Sriram Neelamegham, and Johannes Nitsche, all of whom were honored at UB's Celebration of Faculty and Staff Excellence on October 26.
The Academic Excellence Celebration ceremony recognizes those individuals whose long-term contributions have made a significant impact on the people and communities around them.
Mark Swihart was honored with the UB President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring (formerly the UB Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity), Sriram Neelamegham received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and Johannes Nitsche was named SUNY Distinguished Professor. [read more about the UB 2015 Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence]
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $1.9 million grant to a research team led UB CBE Assistant Professor Haiqing Lin. The researchers will develop a membrane to remove carbon dioxide, which makes up the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions, from gasified coal before its combustion.
To address the matter, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $1.9 million grant to a research team led by the University at Buffalo. The researchers will develop a membrane to remove carbon dioxide, which makes up the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions, from gasified coal before its combustion.
Credit: Petteri Sulonen via Wikipedia Commons.
“The idea is to decarbonize coal before burning it,” said Lin. He will work with UB Distinguished Professor Mark T. Swihart, PhD, who serves as executive director of the New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics. Also working on the project are Helios-NRG, LLC of Amherst, New York; Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. of Newark, California; and the National Carbon Capture Center in Wilsonville, Alabama
[read more on UB's news center]
[read more about the project on DOE.gov]
Please join us for the UB CBE Graduate Research Symposium in the UB Center for the Arts. PhD Candidate lectures start at 1pm, followed by a keynote talk from Dr. David Sholl from Georgia Institute of Technology at 2 and the annual student poster competition and reception at 3:30.
For decades, scientists have looked for ways to make alternate versions of antibiotics naturally produced by bacteria and fungi, in hopes of expanding the activities of available drugs. In a study published in The Scientist, UB CBE Associate Professor Blaine Pfeifer and his team including Guojian Zhang, Yi Li and Lei Fang, report a technique that allows them to make 42 new versions of the antibiotic erythromycin, three of which showed activity against drug-resistant bacteria. [read more].
Local news station WIVB-TV recently visited the Pfeifer Lab and filed this report (note there is a short ad preceding video):
Dr. Natesh Parashurama will be joining CBE this spring semester, January 2016 as Assistant Professor. He started his career at MIT (BS, Chemical Engineering) with research in liver tissue engineering which inspired his career trajectory in medicine (MD, University at Buffalo) and initial general surgery training (Boston University). However, his strong interest in stem cell engineering led him to pursue graduate work in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (PhD, Rutgers University, all doctoral research at Harvard Medical School), under Professor Martin Yarmush. His doctoral research involved exploring pluripotent stem cell circuitry which establishes the earliest liver precursors and exploiting these liver precursors to build 3D, vascularized, liver-like tissues in vivo.
For his postdoctoral research, Dr. Parashurama trained under Professor Sanjiv Gambhir (Stanford University) in the field of molecular imaging, to noninvasively interrogate stem cell functions within intact living tissues. Here he developed novel noninvasive imaging approaches for Pluripotent, Adult (Heart), and Cancer (Breast) stem cell systems. He then joined the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) as an Instructor, mentored by Professor Susan J. Fisher, to study tissue biology, human pluripotent stem cell differentiation and early liver development. Dr. Parashurama’s research program will focus on using principles of chemical engineering, molecular imaging, and stem cell/developmental biology to develop functioning liver cells/ tissue and to develop new molecular diagnostics and therapeutics for liver diseases.
Sriram Neelamegham was recognized by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher with the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. The award recognizes his many significant contributions to the field of bioengineering, and in particular his work in the area of Systems Glycobiology in the context of the interactions of white blood cells with the vasculature. It also recognizes sustained contributions in integrating engineering and medicine and his dedication to our profession.
Congratulations to CBE PhD student Ioannis Karampelas from the Ed Furlani research group, who won first place in the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences poster competition held last week in Davis Hall. Ioannis' project, " Numerical Analysis of Laser Induced Photothermal Effects using Colloidal Plasmonic Nanostructures", was top pick among fourteen entrants.
Paschalis Alexandridis, UB Distinguished Professor and CBE Director of Graduate Studies, was honored on March 23, 2015 at the Annual Inventors and Entrepreneurs Reception given by the University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR) for his U.S. Patent 8,859,000 "Synthesis of Nanoparticles by a Emulsion-Gas Contacting Process". The invention describes a novel generic process to synthesize II-VI semiconductor nanocrystals (quantum dots) of uniform size by bubbling a gas through a pre-prepared dispersion of droplets of a polar solvent in an immiscible less polar oil. The emulsion droplets, stabilized by polymer amphiphiles, are of uniform size and function as nanoreactor receptacles in which the nanocrystals are formed following the reaction of a precursor present in the gas bubbles with another precursor in the emulsion droplets. This guarantees near absolute uniformity in the sizes of the nanocrystals and provides dial-a-size capability. These materials are primarily used in optical sensors, bio-tracers and markers and in semiconductor electronics. This patent is licensed to Quantum Technology Group headquartered at Kennebunk, Maine. Pictured in the photo, from left to right, are Venu Govindaraju, VP for Research and Economic Development, Vice Provost Robert J. Genco, Alexandridis, Provost Charles F. Zukoski, and President Satish K. Tripathi.
UB CBE's Graduate Student Association and the Hachmann Research Group invite you to a one-day mini-symposium titled 'Computational Science: An Industrial Perspective' Monday, May 4, 2015, 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM, Student Union 330. This symposium is aimed at providing our graduate students with first-hand insights into research outside of academia. Learn about the transition from graduate research in a computational group to finding a job in the industry. Get first-hand insights into the computational R&D landscape outside of academia. Three external and two local speakers who performed computational work during graduate school will talk about their experience of finding jobs, and their transition from university to the real world. [download more information]
Mahmoud Ahmadi and Samar Fawaz won first place at the Earth Day NYWP2I research conference 2015.
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology announced the winners of its annual Research and Development student competition and K-12 student poster competition, which provides students across the state the opportunity to promote ideas to create more sustainable schools and communities.
Open to colleges and universities throughout the state, the fourth-annual student competition, held on Earth Day, recognized both graduate and undergraduate level sustainabiilty projects.
Teams from the University at Buffalo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Syracuse University earned top honors at the graduate level, with UB CBE's team capturing first place for retrieving precious metal from waste effluent at Precious Plate Inc. in Niagara Falls.
Samar Fawaz, UB CBE graduate student in the Blaine Pfeifer lab, was interviewed by local news station 10.
Yumiao Zhang, a PhD student in Chemical and Biological Engineering and Biomedical Engineering won the first place prize out of a field of 150 entrants for his poster presentation at the 41st Northeast Bioengineering Conference (NEBEC 2015) held in Troy, New York April 17-19th.
His poster, entitled "Frozen Naphthalocyanine micelles for Intestinal Imaging" presents a new non-invasive method to image intestine function. By engineering nanoparticles with extremely high color content, their motion could be traced non-invasively in the intestine using an imaging technique called photoacoustic tomography. Eventually, this could lead to better diagnosis of conditions like Crohn's disease, or be used for colonoscopy screening procedures. Yumiao led the research that involved a multidisciplinary team with collaborating researchers including Dr. Paschalis Alexandridis, and groups from University of Madison-Wisconsin, POSTECH University in Korea and McMaster University in Canada.
The first place prize comes with a $500 cash prize. Yumiao is a student in the lab of Dr. Jonathan Lovell. [read more]
Sensors, flexible displays and "smart" packaging are a few examples of printable electronics. Producing these versatile devices requires inks that conduct electricity but making the ink is expensive. To reduce fabrication costs, Mark Swihart and a team at the University at Buffalo, in collaboration with researchers at Praxair Inc., headquartered in Danbury Conn., have developed a simple, one-step process to produce complex, metallic nanoparticles and coatings that could be used as inks. The project was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. [read more]
Described recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, technology under development in the Pfeifer lab represents a biomedical advancement that could help unleash the potential of DNA vaccines, which despite two decades of research, have yet to make a significant impact in the treatment of major illnesses. “The technology that we’re developing could help take immunization to the next level,” said Blaine A. Pfeifer, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Pfeifer, the study’s lead author, added: “By improving the delivery of DNA vaccines, we can potentially harness the human immune system in new ways to fight everything from the flu and herpes to HIV and cancer.” [read more]Pictured: Blaine Pfeifer(L), Charles Jones(R), photo credit-Onion Studio
Congratulations to Professor Mark Swihart, recipient of The Meyerson Award, in recognition of exceptional teaching and mentoring at the University at Buffalo. The award also recognizes faculty that provide guidance and support to undergraduate students in order to help them develop the skills necessary for research as well as creative thinking and innovative research activities. Mark has done an exceptional job in this regard--in addition to maintaining an active and productive research group with a large number of graduate students, Mark has trained 92 undergraduate students to date, including Phil Tucciarone, who received the prestigious Marshall Scholarship.
Congratulations to UB CBE undergraduate students Stephanie Kong and Sharon Lin, who have both won the highly competitive Barry Goldwater Scholarship, established by Congress in 1986 in honor of Sen. Barry Goldwater. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year to cover educational expenses of outstanding students pursuing careers in math, the natural sciences, and engineering. This year’s award winners are a point of pride for UB’s engineering school. Since 2012, six undergraduate engineering students – including five from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering – have won the prestigious award. [read more]
Pictured: Stephanie Kong (L), Sharon Lin (R)
A team of UB and RPCI investigators led by Dr. Stelios Andreadis (CBE) will receive $1.85M from NYSTEM to launch a new Training Program focusing on Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine (SCiRM). Dr. Sriram Neelamegham (CBE) and Dr. Richard Gronostajski (Biochemistry) will serve as program co-directors.
Successful translation of stem cell breakthroughs into cell therapies requires interdisciplinary approaches that draw from biology, medicine and bioengineering, but very few scientists or engineers are prepared to meet this challenge. With funding from NYSTEM, the University at Buffalo (UB) Schools of Engineering and Medicine, and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) Graduate Division of the University will join forces to meet this challenge by developing an innovative graduate training program to educate the future leaders in this field.
The program brings together 18 faculty from UB and RPCI and is designed to support 8 graduate students per year for 5 years. Each fellow will conduct stem cell research in the laboratory of a SCiRM faculty-mentor in collaboration with a co-mentor to increase interactions. Excellent facilties are available for cutting-edge research including the Western New York Stem Cell Culture and Analysis Center (WNYSTEM) funded by NYSTEM.
This training program will become a magnet attracting excellent graduate students and foster new inter-institutional collaborations that may lead to scientific and technological advances and health care deliverables. The combination of a highly-trained science workforce with potential for commercialization of research findings is expected to have significant economic impact in Western New York.
Congratulations to UB CBE PhD candidate Sindhu Row, whose presentation at the Annual AIChE Meeting in November 2014 garnered her the Best Paper award. Row received two Best Paper awards last year from AIChE and BMES as well, a new record. Hard work pays off! [read the paper]
"The eLab encouraged me to dream big and taught me what it takes to start a company".
Ahmadi was one of four students who received funding. His startup is PreMeR X, a company developiong precious metal retreival process. [read more]
Photo from left: Mahmoud Kamal Ahmadi, Rohan Shah, Jorge Cueto, and Joseph Peacock.
Dr. Amit Goyal joined UB in January 2015 as Director of RENEW, the University at Buffalo’s new interdisciplinary institute dedicated to research and education on globally pressing problems in energy, environment and water. One of the most expansive initiatives launched by UB in recent years, RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) will harness the expertise of more than 100 faculty members across six schools and colleges and add more than 20 new faculty members.
Goyal has developed clean energy technologies for over two decades. He has authored more than 350 technical publications and has more than 80 issued patents, with over 20 patents pending. He was the most cited author worldwide in the field of high-temperature superconductivity from 1999-2009. He has received numerous accolades including the presidential level DOE’s E. O. Lawrence Award in the inaugural category of Energy Science & Innovation. The award is bestowed by the Energy Secretary on behalf of the US President.
He has been elected fellow of nine professional societies: the National Academy of Inventors, the American Association for Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society, the American Physical Society, the World Innovation Foundation, the American Society of Metals, the Institute of Physics, the American Ceramic Society and the World Technology Network.
He concurrently holds the title of Empire Innovation Professor at UB in four departments and remains as Emeritus Corporate Fellow and Distinguished Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In addition, he is the Founder, President & CEO of TapeSolar Inc., a private-equity funded company and also the Founder, President & CEO of TexMat LLC, an IP holding and consulting company.
Professor Ashutosh Sharma received his PhD from UB CBE (1988) under the supervision of Eli Ruckenstein. After graduation he did postdoctoral studies at the UB Medical School (1988-1990) before joining the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur in 1990, where he was a full professor (1997-), department head (2003-05) and an Institute Chair Professor (2007-) of Chemical Engineering. Special congratulations also to Professor Eli Ruckenstein for mentoring many graduate students who went on to launch successful careers in research, education and government. UB CBE is proud of all of our alumni around the world!
Robert S. Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor (there are 11 Institute Professors at MIT; being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member). Dr. Langer has written over 1,280 articles. He also has nearly 1,050 patents worldwide. Dr. Langer’s patents have been licensed or sublicensed to over 250 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies. He is the most cited engineer in history.
Dr. Michel Dupuis joined UB CBE recently as Research Professor. Dupuis obtained a Diplome d’Ingenieur from the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, in 1972 and a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry in 1976 in the Department of Chemistry at UB under the supervision of Professor H. F. King. He worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, at IBM, and more recently at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a Laboratory Fellow. He is a Fellow of the APS, a Fellow of the AAAS, and a Member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science IAQMS. Over the years he contributed to the development and application of quantum chemical methods and codes (HONDO, GAMESS, and NWChem) for electronic structure studies of molecules and materials. His research at UB will be in the area of computation-enabled chemical and materials science and engineering, in particular for new energy technologies relevant to sun-to-fuels and fuels-to-electricity conversions.
This brief video highlights some of the exciting research going on at UB in the context of the New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI). CBE professor and CMI director Mark Swihart and many members of his research group are featured in their CBE labs and showing the colorful products of their research.
Congratulations to David Kofke for his recent election as a Fellow of the AAAS. The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. Dr. Kofke is very well recognized in the field of Statistical Themodynamics and Molecular Simulation, and his election as an AAAS fellow is another testament to his academic achievements and the respect that he enjoys among our peers.
The mission of Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics is to spur innovation in materials science and advanced manufacturing, while facilitating collaboration among academia, industry and the public sector. Dr. Swihart has been serving as director of the UB 2020 Strategic Strength in Integrated Nanostructured Systems since 2007, guiding the university’s diverse research in nanoscience and nanotechnology. In 2012 he became the co-director of CMI. His appointment to this important leadership position is a testament to his outstanding scholarship, his leadership qualities and his overall contributions in this strategic area for UB and for the WNY economy.
Congratulations to Dr. Johannes Nitsche, who was recently named SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. He was cited by the University at Buffalo as "A leading example to his students as a superb scholar and dedicated researcher, Dr. Nitsche is internationally renowned for his theoretical research in biological transport processes and dermal absorption. Dr. Nitsche's teaching efforts have been exceptional, as recognized through the 1995 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as other teaching awards. Among his numerous innovative and highly effective contributions, Professor Nitsche conceived and put into practice the Spiral Learning Initiative in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, which has revolutionized the undergraduate curriculum in the department. Dr. Nitsche cares deeply about advancing the mathematics and computation ability of graduate students, and has played an instrumental role in graduate curriculum revision that strengthens training in this area. Professor Nitsche has recently received a book contract from Springer to write a problem-based textbook on transport phenomena with the potential to be used by a growing number of bioengineering programs."
Three faculty were honored at a Celebration at the University at Buffalo on October 8. Dr. Stelios Andreadis received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, Dr. Mark Swihart was named UB Distinguished Professor, and Dr. Jeffrey Errington received the UB Exceptional Scholars Sustained Achievement Award. Congratulations to all!
UB CBE is holding its annual Research Symposium on Friday, October 3 in the UB Center for the Arts.
Friday, October 3
-1pm PhD Candidate Lectures
-2pm Keynote speaker
-3:30-6pm Poster Judging contest and Alumni/Student mixer--Wine, beer, soft drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. R.S.V.P. firstname.lastname@example.org
Working with Praxair while obtaining my graduate degree was a great experience. My internship was focused on determining the potential market for a new nanoparticle synthesis reactor. This gave me great insight into the "business of science". When it comes to crafting a research proposal, understanding the economic impact as wells as the technical merits of your work is key to getting funding for your project. Working with Praxair also provided a new perspective for me and highlighted new opportunities to grow our project. We soon developed new goals to improve yields and reduce cost, and we refocused the system design and developed new materials to address customer needs. I have carried these skills with me as I have transitioned into my new role here at Praxair developing new waterless fracturing technologies.
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB) seeks to hire faculty members at the Assistant, Associate, or full Professor rank with research interests in bioengineering. Areas of particular interest include but are not limited to systems/computational bioengineering, synthetic biology, cell/molecular bioengineering, and stem cell and tissue engineering. Exceptional candidates in other research areas will also be considered. Ideal candidates will complement existing research strengths in the department and the university’s broader UB2020 Strategic Initiatives (http://www.buffalo.edu/ub2020).
Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, statements of teaching and research plans, and names of at least three references via the UBJobs system, reference posting number 1400570). Review of applications will begin December 1, 2014 and will continue until the positions are filled.
Professor Jeff Errington was nominated for this prestigious award for his longstanding record of excellence in his research and scholarly activity. The quality of his work is demonstrated by his record of publication in the best journals in his discipline.
Jeff's research investigates the structure, dynamics and thermodynamics of complex fluids, amorphous solids and biological materials, and in these directions he has established a very productive research program. His work is noted for its rigor and precision, and the manner that he is able to extract quantitative detail about very delicate behaviors. His research is equally notable for the physical insight that he is able to derive from these computational observations. He has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to approach a problem that has stagnated for years and move it forward through application of inspired methodology and physical intuition.
Praxair’s partnership with the University at Buffalo’s internship program has provided a platform to develop potential candidates into future employees.
Congratulations to Alex Tomasik, UB CBE alumnus, who was just appointed to his first full-time position after working at Praxair as a Chemical Engineering intern. Praxair's Summer Internship Program is designed to expose students to key areas across the business. Students work on challenging, high-profile assignments. Praxair interns contribute a fresh perspective to projects over the course of their internship.
Last summer Jaime Egnaczak, Plant Design Engineer, mentored Alex as he interned at the Praxair facility in Niagara Falls. He was able to contribute a unique analytical approach to interpret and evaluate a new project for liquid hydrogen plants. During his time at Praxair, Alex was able to learn from technicians and provide Praxair with cost savings opportunities. Little did Alex know, he was also teaching. Mentoring Alex provided Jaime with the opportunity to develop her personnel management and leadership skills, essential in any job setting. As a UB graduate herself, she tells us it was easy to see the core competencies of a successful Praxair employee in Alex: timely, organized, and a great work ethic.
Located deep in the human gut, the small intestine is not easy to examine. X-rays, MRIs and ultrasound images provide snapshots but each suffers limitations. University at Buffalo researchers are developing a new imaging technique involving nanoparticles suspended in liquid to form “nanojuice” that patients would drink. Upon reaching the small intestine, doctors would strike the nanoparticles with a harmless laser light, providing an unparalleled, noninvasive, real-time view of the organ. UB CBE PhD student Yumiao Zhang of the lab of Jon Lovell, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and adjunct CBE faculty member, and others including CBE Professor Paschalis Alexandridis have written a paper on the project that appeared in the July 6 issue of Nature Nanotechnology. Advancement could help doctors better identify, understand and treat gastrointestinal ailments.[read more]
The combination of "nanojuice" and photoacoustic tomography illuminates the intestine of a mouse.
Congratulations to Distinguished Teaching Professor Carl Lund, who has been elected a Fellow of the AIChE, the highest grade of membership that is achieved, only by election by the AIChE Board of Directors in recognition of service to the profession and significant professional accomplishment. To be considered, contribution in one of the aforementioned areas must be outstanding, and some contribution in both areas is necessary.
Carl was recognized for:
(1)Outstanding teaching, including pioneering implementation of active learning and the development of an online Toolkit for Exceptional Teaching (TExT) for kinetics and reaction engineering.
(2)Exceptional service, providing transformative leadership to UB CBE as department chair during a nine-year period of growth and change.
(3)Accomplishments in research on heterogeneous catalysis, including publications and graduate student advisement.
Mark Swihart has been named a UB Distinguished Professor by President Satish Tripathi for his outstanding academic achievements in research and education. He is extremely well published, leads a very large research group of students and post-docs, and he is very well recognized internationally for his work in nanotechnology. While serving UB as the Director of the Integrated Nanostructured Systems strategic strength focus area for several years, he was recently appointed as co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Materials Informatics. Dr. Swihart will be officially honored during thisfall's Celebration of Academic Excellence. [read more about all of UB's 2014 Distinguished Professors]
We are proud to announce that Dr. Gang Wu will be joining the UB CBE faculty as an Assistant Professor this fall. Dr. Wu is an accomplished materials scientist, whose research focuses on development of nanostructured functional materials and catalysts for batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors, water splitting, and electrochemical sensors. To date, he has authored and coauthored more than 90 scientific publications in prestigious journal including Science, Adv. Mater., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., ACS Nano, Energy Environ. Sci, Acc. Chem. Res., Adv. Energy Mater and others. He is the author of 4 book chapters and holds 6 issued and pending patent applications. The novel non-precious metal oxygen-reduction catalysts, developed by Dr. Wu and his co-workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, have been internationally recognized as a breakthrough in metal-air batteries and low-temperature fuel cells, opening an avenue to use inexpensive and earth-abundant materials to replace precious metals for sustainable energy technologies. We look forward to working with him soon!
As part of a career-related high school project, three students from Grand Island High School visited the department recently and spent the day in the lab observing Ph.D. candidate Jacob Heltzel. Jacob demonstrated various tasks related to experiments in process for his project "Catalytic Hydrolysis of Carbohydrates to Biofuels". Pictured from left to right are Jacob Heltzel, Corey Wilkinson, Shannon Driess, and Josh Barrett
Life Technologies R&D on Grand Island had an idea for a new product concept that was slightly outside of the research routinely being performed. In addition, personnel were already assigned to other projects which would make investigation into this new concept a lengthy process. What was needed was someone who would be able to quickly and succinctly understand the proposition and actively pursue an appropriate investigation. After interviewing several candidates from the surrounding Western New York area, Pulari Thangavelu was accepted into the summer internship program and began in June 2013. It was noted early on that she was quick to form independent feasibility hypotheses that were in fact researched over the next several months. Having someone with an outside and independent viewpoint was a great help in identification of lines of thought that resulted in a maximum of relevant data acquisition in the least amount of time. The project did meet its objectives as we learned how to reach set goals in a slightly different manner from what was originally expected. Thanks to Pulari’s dedicated efforts, this data stands in support of a new product platform which is now gaining business development support.
“Thanks to the hard and concerted work of Pulari Thangavelu through the Internship Program, a new bioproduction platform is now known to be feasible that will significantly improve safety of biopharmaceutical cell culture-related products to the health industry.”
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Senior Staff Scientist
Life Sciences Solutions
Congratulations to SUNY Distinguished Professor David A. Kofke, who has been elected a Fellow of the AIChE, the highest grade of membership that is achieved, only by election by the AIChE Board of Directors in recognition of service to the profession and significant professional accomplishment. To be considered, contribution in one of the aforementioned areas must be outstanding, and some contribution in both areas is necessary. Dave was recognized for:
1) Chemical Engineering research on molecular modeling and simulation as well as software development
2) Educational accomplishments such as the development of educational modules to teach students the methods of molecular simulation, and
3) Service to our profession in multiple roles including his service to CACHE (Secretary 2004-2006; Vice President 2008-10; and President 2010-12).
Phillip Tucciarone of Buffalo, N.Y., graduates with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering. He is the recipient of the Marshall Scholarship, which awards young Americans an opportunity to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. He also has received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Additionally, Tucciarone has been awarded the Association of Council Members and College Trustees of the State University of New York Scholarship, which recognizes students for excellence in their academic performance and extraordinary commitment to their campus and/or community.
Joshua Allen, Paul Ameis, & Ann Marie Wirth
UB CBE Undergraduate student Joshua Allen was recently named UB Career Services Student Employee of the Year. Nominated by VanDeMark, Inc.
The purpose of the Student Employee of the Year Award is to recognize students who do an exceptional job working while also attending school. 61 students were nominated for the Student Employee of the Year award in 2014. The selection committee evaluated each student on the following criteria: reliability, quality of work, initiative, disposition, and overall contribution to the employer.
If you'd like to participate in the UB CBE Student Internship program, contact Professor Blaine Pfeifer for more information.
SEAS Graduate Assistant Renad Aref was nominated by CBE secretary Lori DuVall for the UB “Student Employee of the Year” award. This award is sponsored by UB Career Services to recognize the contributions of student workers. The award ceremony was held on Friday, April 25th at the Crossroads Culinary Center on the North Campus. Pictured above are Renad and Lori with her award.
Congratulations to UB CBE Professor and Chair, Dr. Stelios Andreadis, who has been given the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity. The nomination for this award cites Stelios’ expertise in engineering biomaterials for protein and gene delivery, engineering lentiviral microarrays for real-time monitoring of stem cell behavior, adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells for cardiovascular tissue engineering and intercellular adhesion signaling in epithelial development and stem cell differentiation In 2002, the State University of New York announced the creation of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, designed to recognize outstanding academic and creative achievements across a broad spectrum of scholarly and artistic fields. Recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities are university faculty members who consistently go above and beyond their teaching and professional duties to make extraordinary contributions to their respective fields.
Friday, May 2, 2014 2:30p.m.
Improving chemotherapy: Combo of 'popping' nanoballoons, lasers can effectively treat cancer
UB CBE undergraduate student Kevin Carter's research on chemotherapy drug delivery has received national recognition. Carter's research, along with second author Shuai Shao and Dr. Jon Lovell, describes a more focused form of chemotherapy – by using innovative “nanoballoons” and lasers. These miniscule particles can deliver anti-cancer medications straight to the tumor itself, without causing unwanted damage along the way. UB News Center FoxNews.com
CBE is excited and proud to welcome Dr. Sheldon J. Park to the ranks of tenured faculty for the 2013-2014 academic year. Dr. Park developed a synthetic protein called monomeric streptavidin that scientists worldwide are using for everything from HIV research, drug delivery and the molecular analysis of peptides, proteins and other cellular components. After receiving a National Science Foundation $400,000 CAREER award in 2011--the foundation’s most prestigious honor for young investigators--the foundation committed another $300,000 this August so that he could expand his research into protein engineering. We all look forward to working with Dr. Park to make the UB CBE bioengineering group even stronger in the years to come.
Join us and catch up with old friends, faculty, and meet our graduate students. Come to the UB Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts, wine, beer, and snacks will be served [rsvp]
Time Warner Cable's news department visited the Swihart lab group to discuss their work in nanotechnology [see the video]
Polyrings, i.e. polymers with each repeat unit carrying a sizable ring without a spacer, are interesting model polymers for the study of structure-property relationship of polymers. However, they're challenging to synthesize, hence the objective of this project is to develop a novel synthetic approach for the preparation of well-defined polyrings.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Davis Hall Atrium | UB North Campus
6 p.m. Reception with wine, beer & heavy hors d’oeuvres
7 p.m. Discussion
What do materials developed for rust prevention and “smart” windows designed for energy efficiency have to do with UB and the economic rejuvenation of Western New York? Co-directors of the New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics, professors Sarbajit Banerjee from the Department of Chemistry and Mark Swihart from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, will talk about their collaborative efforts that have resulted in innovative products started at UB. This program is co-hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. There is no cost to attend, please register by March 24
As past of UB's E-week, CBE's AIChE student club hosted an event in the student union on Feb 20 which challenged participants to "Run as long as you can on a vat of this strange mixture". Students from other clubs competed to jump in the non-newtonian mixture on one foot for the longest time to receive points for their club. Pictured in the photo are Emily Benz, Will Shampine, and Nick Bolak.
The purpose of National Engineers Week is to celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world, increase public dialogue about the need for engineers, and bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents. To see a complete schedule of events that took place during UB's Engineers Week, visit http://www.eng.buffalo.edu/engineersweek/.
UB will partner with the recently opened New York Genome Center (NYGC) in Manhattan to accelerate recent advances in genomic medicine directly into clinical care.
The initiative is modeled after the governor’s successful blueprint for nanotechnology innovation in Albany, which has produced groundbreaking research, attracted significant private investment to the region and created thousands of new jobs.
The governor’s investment in UB and NYGC is expected to spur the development of companies on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus that support genomic medicine, such as companies that will focus on diagnostics and information technology essential to breakthroughs in personalized medicine. [read more]
The grade of Fellow is awarded in recognition of significant professional accomplishments and outstanding contributions in engineering. Jim is a Process Control Specialist for UOP Honeywell with a specialization in Aromatics Technologies. Previous to this role Mr. Harris was a Field Instrument Advisor, and traveled to multiple countries including Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Puerto Rico and Brazil. As an active Senior member of AIChE, he has been a session chair of the Topical on Refining at AIChE Spring meetings multiple times, presented at the AIChE spring meeting and was elected to a three year term (2007-2010) as Director of the Fuels and Petrochemicals division. As part of this role he chaired the student Energy Prize competition, a technical paper competition connecting local energy issues with undergraduate plant design classes at multiple universities in the Spring 2008 semester. Jim has been awarded 3 U.S. patents throughout his career with an additional 9 pending.
Congratulations Jim,we are proud of you!
The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement. Three CBE students were chosen in 2013:
Paul Garman of Webster, N.Y., graduates with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and a bachelor of arts in mathematics. He was a member of the Honors College, as well as a Provost Scholar. After serving as an intern for both Eastman Kodak Company and Praxair, Garman conducted research on the synthesis and application of various nanoparticles. He was a four-year letter winner, was awarded most improved swimmer on UB's Men's Swimming and Diving Team, and was part of the team's first MAC championship squad in 2011.
Daniel Salem of Liverpool, N.Y., graduates with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering. Salem, a member of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, was a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and the UB Presidential Scholarship. Salem also was an active member of both the UB Jazz Ensemble and the UB Late Night Combo. Dan was a member of
the Honors College.
Lauren Stutzman of Elma, N.Y., graduates with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering. Stutzman was president of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. She has completed two internships in the development of thin film solar cells, one at Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany and another at DuPont's Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del., as a Society of Chemical Industry Scholar. Stutzman also was a grant writer for Engineers for a Sustainable World from May 2010 to May 2012 and the webmaster for the Society of Women Engineers. Lauren is a Presidential Scholar and member of the Honors College.
Congratulations to UB CBE undergrad Phillip Tucciarone, who will use his Marshall scholarship to obtain his doctorate in materials science at either the University of Oxford or Imperial College of London. He will join the transcending research currently underway on graphene, one of the crystalline forms of carbon. Fueled by his desire to become a professor of materials science, Tucciarone has devoted much of his undergraduate research to nanomaterials and the development of methods of non-toxic bio-imaging, which play a role in cancer treatment. [read more]
Dr. Ashutosh Sharma, Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur and former PhD student of Eli Ruckenstein, has been named as a new Associate Editor for ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Dr. Sharma’s research focuses on soft nanofabrication, mechanics, patterns and instabilities, self-organized meso-patterning, functional and nano-materials, multiscale MEMS/NEMS and microfluidic systems, soft interfaces, carbon micro/nanostructure and composites, and interfacial and colloidal interactions. Dr. Sharma tells us that he recalls with utmost fondness his days at UB and is ever grateful to Eli (his PhD Guru) and the UB ChE for the solid foundations to build on a lifetime of research.
Five graduate students were selected for presenting the best posters at the UB CBE Graduate Student Research Symposium on October 18. Congratulations to:
"Eliminating the Pathway of Humins by Acid-Catalyzed Hydrolysis of Glucose"
"Synthesis of Hybrid Biomaterial-Bacterial Gene Delivery Vectors"
"Evaluation of Nanog Reporter Systems in Pluripotent Stem Cells through Multiscale Modeling"
UB CBE celebrated sixteen years of graduate student excellence on October 18 with lectures, a poster contest, and alumni mixer.
Dr. Johannes Nitsche has received a new grant from the National Science Foundation that supports the next phase of a long-standing research program on theoretical understanding and modeling of how drugs and chemicals penetrate the skin. The new project is both a collaboration with Prof. Gerald B. Kasting (University of Cincinnati) and Prof. Ludwig C. Nitsche (University of Illinois at Chicago), and a GOALI project with industrial partner Dr. Russel H. Devane (The Procter & Gamble Company). It will develop computational models that advance understanding in areas representing significant current stumbling blocks for reliable prediction of transient drug/chemical absorption, including anisotropic diffusion through skin lipids, molecular binding to keratin and other skin proteins, and the micromechanics of hindered diffusion through keratin and collagen/proteoglycan matrices. Much in keeping with one of the Department's areas of strength, the analysis will use multiscale modeling.
Sheldon Park has developed a synthetic protein called monomeric streptavidin that scientists worldwide are using for everything from HIV research, drug delivery and the molecular analysis of peptides, proteins and other cellular components. After receiving a National Science Foundation $400,000 CAREER award in 2011--the foundation’s most prestigious honor for young investigators--the foundation committed another $300,000 this August so that he could expand his research into protein engineering. [read more]
CBE Professor Mark Swihart was selected as the 2013 recipient of the Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal, awarded by the WNY section of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes his fundamental discoveries in the field of nanoparticle synthesis and processing. A reception and award ceremony to honor Mark, hosted by the ACS section, took place in fall 2013.
On Friday, October 18, UB CBE will present several exciting events as part of the annual Graduate Student Research Symopsium. Starting at 1pm, student lecturers Maoshih Liang and Kaustubh Rane will take the stage in the UB Center for the Arts Screening Room, followed at 2pm by a keynote presentation from Dr. Michael D. Reily, Research Fellow, Applied and Investigational Metabolomics, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. A student reception and poster judging contest will immediately follow, and the event will culminate with a 5:30 Alumni/Student mixer, where wine, beer, and soft drinks will be served. rsvp
We are proud to announce that Dr. Michael D. Reily, Research Fellow, Applied and Investigational Metabolomics, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., will appear as keynote speaker for the 2013 Graduate Student Research Symposium. Dr. Reily will present Pharmaceutical Applications of Metabolomics.
View the abstract
Featured PhD Candidate Student Speakers will present at 1pm:
Maoshih Liang- Engineering biomimetic microenvironment for vascular grafts
Kaustubh Rane- Using Monte Carlo simulation to understand the bulk and interfacial behaviors of ionic fluids
UB CBE will host a mixer immediately following the student poster judging competition at the UB Center for the Arts Atrium at 5:30pm on October 18.. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks will be served. Alumni, Students, Faculty and Colleagues are most welcome to attend. RSVP to email@example.com or call 645-1174.The mixer is presented as part of the 16th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium
The findings, published online July 10 in the journal ACS Nano, suggest that the silicon nanocrystals, known as quantum dots, may be a safe tool for diagnostic imaging in humans. The nanocrystals absorb and emit light in the near-infrared part of the spectrum, a quality that makes them ideal for seeing deeper into tissue than traditional fluorescence-based techniques. [read more]
We are happy to announce that Dr. Johannes Hachmann will be joining the CBE department as Assistant Professor in January 2014. Dr. Hachmann obtained his PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from Cornell University under the supervision of Prof. Garnet Chan. Since 2009 he has been working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Prof. Alán Aspuru-Guzikin's group in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. His most recent work focuses on the Harvard Clean Energy Project, a large multi- institution collaborative project aiming at high-throughput computational screening and design of organic photovoltaics. In addition to CBE, his expertise in computational chemistry/materials science is expected to add significant strength to the new Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics that was recently launched at UB.
Dr. Jeffrey Errington is the winner of the 2013 CoMSEF Impact Award, which recognizes outstanding research in computational molecular science and engineering, and will be officially presented to him at the CoMSEF plenary session at the AIChE meeting. This award is a very well-deserved recognition of Jeff's work and contributions to the field. Congratulations!
We are proud to announce that Dr. Haiqing Lin will join join the UB CBE Faculty this Fall 2013. Dr. Lin holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Professor Benny Freeman. He has 25 publications, one of them in Science, and three book chapters. He is currently senior research engineer and group leader at Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (MTR), a world leader in polymeric membranes for gas and vapor separations.
View photos from April's lecture from Dr. Peppas here:
Special ackowledgement to our new PhDs:
Dr. Yukun Li
Dr. Biswa Das
Dr. Chi Lo
And M.S. degree recipients:
Vikram Reddy Ardham
Sanddep Mouli Nalluri
View photos from the commencement celebration:
UB CBE welcomes Nicholas Peppas, Fletcher S. Pratt Chaired Professor in the Departments of Chemical, Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacy, and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Texas at Austin as he presents "Intelligent and Diagnostic Therapeutic Systems: Advanced Biomaterials and Improved HealthCare" at the Center for the Arts Screening room at 1:30pm. This lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
UB CBE sophomore Christopher Dundas and junior Phillip Tucciaroni were selected as recipients of the prestigous Goldwater Scholarship. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was founded in 1986 to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in those fields. It honors the late Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, a U.S. senator for 30 years from Arizona and the Republican presidential candidate in 1964.
Read Christopher's Profile on Faces of CBE
Read Phillip's profile on Faces of CBE
UB CBE outstanding students were honored at the 28th Annual UB Engineering Scholarship Reception on Friday, March 22 at at the Holiday Inn. This reception has grown through the years and today it is the premier event where we recognize our students' achievements.
|Mohammad Atif Faiz Afzal||Graduate Dean’s Scholars|
|Christina Bieber||Felix Smist Scholarship|
|William Bieler||Felix Smist Scholarship|
|John Billingsley||Niacet Corporation Niagara Scholar Book Award|
|Steven Michael Brown||AIChE Outstanding Senior Award|
|Senior Scholar Award|
|Brian Chen||Dean’s Scholar|
|Charles Debrah||James W. and Nancy A. McLernon Engineering Scholarship|
|Eric R. Dudek||Robert H. and Catherine H. Goldsmith Fellowship|
|Mark M. Falinski||Dean’s Scholar|
|Michele M. Ford||Robert H. and Catherine H. Goldsmith Fellowship|
|Marina Gadkary||Matthew Szkotak Book Award|
|Chad M. Gray||CBE Academic Excellence Award|
|Matthew James Hill||Matthew R. Grappone Book Award|
|Matthew Martin Huie||CBE Academic Excellence Award|
|Lindsey A. Kehl||Dean’s Scholar|
|Ashhad A. Khan||Senior Scholar Awards|
|Kristina Kolp||Felix Smist Scholarship|
|Charles Kwame||James W. and Nancy A. McLernon Engineering Scholarship|
|Emmanuel Macklin Lollis||CBE Academic Excellence Award|
|Julia P. Morrissey||Dean’s Scholar|
|Emily A Patt||James W. and Nancy A. McLernon Engineering Scholarship|
|Julia Petrullo||AIChE Outstanding Junior Award|
|Michelle A. Reele||Schomburg Fellowship|
|Darcy Marie Regan||CBE Academic Excellence Award|
|Rainie Sachdev||David M. Benenson Memorial Scholarship|
|Daniel P. Salem||CBE Academic Excellence Award|
|John Schneible||Xerox/SHPE Scholarship Award|
|Vijay Singh||Senior Scholar Award|
|Lauren Bethany Stutzman||Senior Scholar Award|
|ACS Outstanding Senior Award|
|Alex Anthony Tomasik||CBE Academic Excellence Award|
|Phillip Michael Tucciarone||Matthew Szkotak Book Award|
|Kun Yu||Graduate Dean’s Scholar|
|Ryan Scott Zeiger||CBE Academic Excellence Award|
Dr. John Magnani, Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Glycomimetics Inc. has jointed the UB CBE Advisory Board.
John Magnani received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and then joined the Laboratory of Biological Pharmacology under Dr Victor Ginsburg at the National Institutes of Health. He remained at the NIH for ten years, finally serving as a tenured Research Chemist. Dr. Magnani left the NIH in 1988 and helped co-found the U.S. subsidiary of BioCarb and became its Vice President of Research. In 1992, he founded and managed GlycoTech Corp. as its President and CEO. In 2003, he co-founded GlycoMimetics, Inc based on technology acquired from GlycoTech and currently serves as the company’s Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President. Dr. Magnani was the discoverer of Sialyl Lewisa and its functions. He was the first to identify the binding domain to the selectins common to both Sialyl Lewisa and Sialyl Lewisx and used this information to develop potent selectin inhibitors that are being developed as a novel class of glycomimetic drugs. During his career, he also identified and characterized many carbohydrate tumor antigens and developed fundamental technology for the identification of functional carbohydrate epitopes.
Dr. Magnani was most recently featured as the UB CBE 2013 Graduate Student Research Symposium speaker.
New technology could help power portable devicews like satellite phones and radios.
Super-small particles of silicon react with water to produce hydrogen almost instantaneously, according to University at Buffalo researchers.
IIn a series of experiments, the scientists created spherical silicon particles about 10 nanometers in diameter. When combined with water, these particles reacted to form silicic acid (a nontoxic byproduct) and hydrogen — a potential source of energy for fuel cells.
The reaction didn't require any light, heat or electricity, and also created hydrogen about 150 times faster than similar reactions using silicon particles 100 nanometers wide, and 1,000 times faster than bulk silicon, according to the study.
The findings appeared online in Nano Letters on Jan. 14. The scientists were able to verify that the hydrogen they made was relatively pure by testing it successfully in a small fuel cell that powered a fan.
“When it comes to splitting water to produce hydrogen, nanosized silicon may be better than more obvious choices that people have studied for a while, such as aluminum,” said researcher Mark T. Swihart, UB professor of chemical and biological engineering and director of the university's Strategic Strength in Integrated Nanostructured Systems.
“With further development, this technology could form the basis of a ‘just add water’ approach to generating hydrogen on demand,” said researcher Paras Prasad, executive director of UB's Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics (ILPB) and a SUNY Distinguished Professor in UB's Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Medicine. “The most practical application would be for portable energy sources.” [read more]
David A. Kofke, UB Distinguished Professor in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been appointed as a SUNY Distinguished Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees at its Dec. 17, 2012 meeting. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced Dr. Kofke's promotion in recognition of his national and international prominence in his field, stating “In bestowing its highest faculty honor, SUNY proudly recognizes the extraordinary achievements of [Dr. Kofke] and the positive impacts [he] has had on our great system of higher education, as well as [his] colleagues and students”.
Internationally recognized in the field of molecular simulation, David Kofke invented the Gibbs-Duhem integration technique that is now pervasive in the field and in molecular simulation textbooks.
He has developed intermolecular potentials that permit prediction of the properties of toxic chemicals like HF, reducing the need for dangerous experiments. He systematically has examined biases in molecular simulation methodologies and developed a simple heuristic that can be applied to detect bias in simulation results.
He continues to develop methods of calculating virial coefficients and cluster integrals that previously could not be computed — an important step toward the goal of first-principles calculation of fluid-phase properties.
He is one of only five recipients of the John M. Prausnitz Award for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Chemical Thermodynamics. Among his other awards are the Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal, the SUNY Chancellor's awards for Excellence in Teaching and in Research and Creative Activity, and the David Himmelblau Award for Innovations in Computer-Based Chemical Engineering.
View photos of CBE's recent poster competition and presentations by students and our keynote speaker, Dr. John Magnani of GlycoMimetics Inc.:
The department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) at the University at Buffalo (UB), State University of New York invites applications for three (3) faculty positions at any rank in the broad areas of experimental and/or computational materials science and engineering. One of the three positions is in conjunction with the newly established Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) multidisciplinary program between the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Arts and Sciences at UB.
As part of the 15th annual Symposium, CBE Graduate Students will present posters that highlight their current research projects and compete for recognition. Winners will go on to present at the upcoming SEAS dean's poster competition, and many will take their presentations to the upcoming national AIChE conference later in October.
Thursday, October 18, 2p.m.
UB Center for the Arts Screening Room
(student lectures start at 1p.m.)
Reception and poster judging immediately following lecture
John Magnani currently serves as GlycoMimetics, Inc. Chief Scientific Officer
and Vice President. Dr. Magnani was the discoverer of Sialyl Lewisa and its functions, and was the first to identify the binding domain to the
selectins common to both Sialyl Lewisa and Sialyl Lewisx and used this information to develop potent selectin inhibitors that are
being developed as a novel class of glycomimetic drugs. During his career, he
also identified and characterized many carbohydrate tumor antigens and developed
fundamental technology for the identification of functional arbohydrate
[view lecture brochure]
Read about GlycoMimetics' investigation compound GMI-1070, a pan-selectin antagonist that is currently in Phase II development as a treatment for vaso-occlusive crisis associated with sickle cell disease.
CBE bids a fond farewell to our very own Dawn Townsend, who has served as our
Graduate Student Secretary from 2003 until retiring just recently. Dawn was a
wealth of information to our student population, and she was a very important
member of the CBE support staff, handling everything from appointments and
purchasing to managing the graduate student service area. CBE held a party in
her honor in August, and everyone turned out to see her off. She goes with our
best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement. Although Dawn is going to be a
tough act to follow, CBE welcomes Lori DuVall, our Academic Secretary, who is
already busy working with fall semester students to ensure that our transition
is a smooth one.
You can view photos from Dawn's party on CBE's Flikr page
Mark Swihart joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer as he visited UB to reinforce his support for the university's application for a $120 million federal grant to pursue materials research within the university's Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics.
The Center will focus on a number of critical research areas that are in line with both national priorities and Western New York's regional strengths. President Obama highlighted research in materials science as a major national research effort and UB is well-positioned to capitalize on this new federal priority.
UB's Center of Excellence could help lead in the development of synthetic substitutes for critical rare earth elements that are critical to the growth of high-tech businesses and manufacturers, and help industry avoid the volatile pricing of these important resources from countries like China'a major national security imperative. [read more]
Mark T. Swihart, professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UB and director of the UB 2020 Integrated Nanostructured Systems Strategic Strength, is working with Dr. Paras Prasad to use high-throughput techniques to identify materials whose internal structure changes shpae in response to external stimuli such as heat or light. The international research team has received a $2.9 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to design nanomaterials whose internal structure changes shape in response to stimuli such as heat or light. [read more]
Congratulations to Matt Schwippert who, along with 7 UB Bulls teammates, will travel to Omaha to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials against approximately 1800 swimmers. Schwippert is a native of East Aurora, NY, and will race in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke events. Right now he's performing undergraduate research with Dr. Carl Lund, and his long term career goal is to own and run his own brewery and restaurant. Matt holds 4 varsity records at UB, and he's a 6 time MAC champion. He competed at the US senior nationals during the two previous summers, and in 2010 qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke.
Congratulations to David Kofke and Andrew Schultz. They have been selected to receive the 2012 David Himmelblau Award for Innovations in Computer-Based Chemical Engineering Education "for the development of the etomica modules, a community-developed suite of interactive simulations to help students understand the molecular origins of macroscopic behaviors." The award is given by the Computing and Systems Technology Division of the AIChE and recognizes an individual or group making new and novel contributions to computer aids for chemical engineering education.
Thanks again to Dennis Prieve, who visited UB CBE recently as our 2012 Ruckenstein Lecturer, and congratulations to Eli Ruckenstein on his retirement. Dr. Ruckenstein remains at UB CBE as an Emeritus Distinguished Professor.
View a slide show of event photos:
Mark Swihart is co-author of a pioneering study to gauge the toxicity of quantum dots in primates has
found the tiny crystals to be safe over a one-year period, a hopeful outcome for
doctors and scientists seeking new ways to battle diseases like cancer through
nanomedicine. [read more on UB Reporter]
This research is also featured in Chemical and Engineering News and nature nanotechnology
Best wishes to all CBE graduates--Kate Shaul, CE PhD graduate, delivers the engineering commencement farewell:
View photos from the UB CBE Commencement Reception, held in the UB Student Union Flag Room on Saturday, May 12:
Offering a master's degree and a doctoral degree, the program will rely on
existing faculty members' expertise and new forward-leaning researchers. Its
pending creation coincides with surging interest in the field, due largely to
advances in nanotechnology and a renewed attention to manufacturing. [read more]
Karl Barber, an Albany native, graduated from UB CBE with a degree in chemical engineering and French. Barber was a Presidential Scholar at UB and chairman of the Society for Biological Engineers for UB’s chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
Barber has performed research in protein engineering since 2010 and currently is investigating the development of temperature sensitivity in a split mini intein. Last summer, he pursued an internship in neurobiology at University Laval in Quebec City, making use of a light-sensitive protein to study interneurons in the hippocampus of mice.
In 2011, he received the AIChE Outstanding Junior Award for the Western New York chapter. He also enjoys studying French-Canadian linguistics and culture.
Barber will use the Fulbright grant to study the molecular basis of the death of mutant photoreceptors in neurons at McGill University in Montreal. His work will have important implications in the study of inherited diseases related to retinal degeneration. Barber also plans to volunteer at a mental hospital to emphasize the human aspect of neuroscience.
Barber was a member of the Honors College at UB. He will study for his doctorate in molecular biology at Yale University after his Fulbright award in the fall of 2013.
Eli Ruckenstein, SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UB and one of the
world's most influential chemical engineers, has been elected to the 2012 class
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and
most prestigious honorary societies. [read more]
The Western New York legislative delegation informed President Satish K.
Tripathi on Tuesday that UB will receive a state designation for a Center of
Excellence in Materials Informatics and be awarded $200,000 in funding to
establish the center. [read more]
Charles F. Zukoski has been named provost and executive vice president for
academic affairs at the University at Buffalo, following an international search
launched in September. [read more]
Monday, April 23, 2012 11:45a.m.
UB Center for the Arts Screening Room
Reception immediately following lecture
Dr. Prieve is Gulf Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and President of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists.
In his classic 1905 paper on Brownian motion, Einstein realized that by separately measuring mobility m and diffusion coefficient D of the same particle, one could obtain the value of Avogadro's number from RTm/D, where R is the universal gas constant and T is temperature. In 1920 Perrin performed such experiments and obtained a good value for Avogadro's number. This success laid to rest any remaining doubts about the molecular theory of matter. Today we write Einstein's relation as D = mkT (k is Boltzmann's constant) and substitute m obtained from Stokes equation. As a rigid sphere approaches a rigid wall, Brenner (1961) showed that wall hindrance causes m to approach zero. Does Einstein's equation still hold such that D approaches zero also? In this talk I will show direct measurements of D and m obtained using Total Internal Reflection Microscopy. Both quantities are found to be a few percent of their bulk values when the gap between the spherical particle and the wall is a few percent of its radius.
Congratulations to Dan Salem for winning the national Goldwater Scholarship award! The purpose of this foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. The award can offset tuition and other educational expenses, up to $7500.
The fourth annual Ruckenstein Lecture is scheduled for Monday, April 23rd in the UB Center for the Arts Screening Room at 11:45. Dr. Dennis Prieve will present his lecture "Effect of Severe Wall Hinderence on Brownian Motion and Mobility: is the Ratio Still kT as Predicted by Einstein?" A reception will follow the lecture in the Center for the Arts Atrium.