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    Research Roundup

    July 02, 2021

    Carlos Weiler Epling lab.jpg

    Carlos Weiler, a Ph.D. student in William S. Epling’s Environmental Catalysis Lab, readies a reactor to run experiments simulating diesel engine aftertreatment systems.

    The Department of Chemical Engineering’s work to build research strengths with great people has never shown more than in the past year. Whether developing new materials for applications in medicine, energy or national security, understanding cell behavior that leads to disease, or addressing environmental challenges, faculty and Ph.D. students are relentlessly pursuing new knowledge to make the world better. 

    Here is a brief roundup of recent awards, plus links to stories on these projects.

    2021 ChemE Graduate Awards Announced

    April 30, 2021


    Congratulations to the recipients of this years chemical engineering graduate student awards, Kevin Chang, Kevin Gu (pictured), Luke Huelsenbeck, Lu Yang and Mara Kuenen. Find award details here.

    Chem-E Shines at Annual UVA Engineering Graduate Student Research Symposium

    April 08, 2021


    Chemical engineering cleaned up at this year’s UVA Engineering Research Symposium (UVERS), taking three of the top prizes. Naomi Miyake won first prize and the People’s Choice Award in the podium presentation competition, while Devanshi Gupta and Bev Miller won first and second respectively in the poster session. UVERS is the Graduate Engineering Student Council’s annual event to highlight the research achievements of the UVA Engineering graduate student body.

    Miyake is a student in Bob Davis’ catalysis lab, Gupta works with Gary Koenig’s research group on advanced materials for energy storage solutions and Miller is a student in Steven Caliari’s biomaterials lab.

    Noted Catalysis Expert and Former Chemical Engineering Chair Bob Davis Named AIChE Fellow

    March 26, 2021

    Robert J. Davis, William Mynn Thornton Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the institute’s highest grade of membership.

    Fellows are selected by a committee and approved by the AIChE board of directors. The honor affirms the high esteem with which colleagues and peers view the candidate’s professional achievements and accomplishments. New fellows may be recognized at the 2021 Virtual Spring Meeting in April or the 2021 Annual Meeting in Boston in November.

    Davis, who chaired the University of Virginia Department of Chemical Engineering from 2002 to 2011, is well known for his work in catalysis and reaction engineering. He has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the Wilhelm Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and has a distinguished record of service and scholarship in his areas of expertise.