Materials Engineering at UB focuses on the study and fabrication of both soft and hard materials. Within these activities, we apply the core components of chemical engineering science: transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics/reaction engineering. This perspective allows us to take practical and quantitative approaches to materials research that are not as common in chemistry or materials science departments. UB CBE's faculty focuses on nano-technology, advanced polymers, catalysis, colloids, and self-assembly and crystallization phenomena. Their research is applied to transportation fuel production, fabrication of catalysts, drug delivery, oil dispersants (example: 2010 B.P. oil spill), semiconductors, and electronic display advancements.
UB CBE is playing a leading role in two new initiatives at UB: A graduate degree program in Materials Science and Engineering, and the New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics. The quantitative and analytical approach taken in our research naturally lends itself to the high-throughput synthesis, characterization, and analysis associated with Materials Informatics.
Students in the department have access to all the facilities and instrumentation needed to conduct novel groundbreaking research, including our Integrated Nanostructured Systems, the Center for Computational Research (CCR), South Campus Instrument Center, Chemistry Department Instrumentation Center, Biological Sciences Imaging Facility, School of Medicine’s Core Facilities.
Synthesis and application of
nanoparticles, reactor modeling, computational chemistry,
particle nucleation and growth
Molecularly engineered materials, self-assembly, interfacial phenomena, controlled crystallization, biomimetics
Dr. Swihart will receive the 2013 Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal, from the WNY section of the American Chemical Society for his fundamental discoveries in the field of nanoparticle synthesis and processing.
Molecular engineering of novel membrane materials for gas and vapor separations, such as CO2 capture from power plant syngas and flue gas, natural gas purifications, olefin/paraffin separations, and so on.
David Kofke and Andrew Schultz awarded for development of the etomica modules, a community-developed suite of interactive simulations helping students understand molecular origins of macroscopic behaviors. >>
Computational simulation of template-assisted self-assembly of magnetic core-shell nanoparticles into a tapered hexagonal closed-packed multilayed structure compared with corresponding image taken from the literature.