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Recent collaborative work from the groups of CBE Professors Ilhan Aksay, Bob Prud’homme, and Rick Register has shown that functional graphene sheets (FGS) make effective multifunctional nano-fillers for several types of elastomers, simultaneously improving mechanical properties, reduce gas permeation, and impart electrical conductivity. This combination of property improvements is unavailable in any other filler, including carbon black and nanoclay, and result from the high aspect ratio an
The January 18 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly, mailed to all Princeton alumni, carried as an insert the Winter 2012 issue of the EQuad News, dedicated to “Exploring the Intersection between Engineering and Health”, in which several CBE faculty members were prominently featured.  An article on “Designing New Biological Molecules to Fight Bacteria and Cancer” described the experimental work in the group of Assistant Professor A. James Link on designing antimicrob
The January 2012 issue of Nature Materials reports on the expanding number of graphene-related patents.  Entitled "Exploiting Carbon Flatland", the article describes differences between universities' patenting activities and discusses the strength of university-industry collaborations in both the United States and South Korea.  A table of the "Top 10 ranking of university-related inventors" puts Professors Ilhan Aksay and Robert Prud'homme of the Chemical an
Third-year Ph.D. student Vikram Pansare and his advisor, Professor Bob Prud’homme, took home Third Place (and $5000 in flexible research funding) at Princeton’s 6th Annual Innovation Forum, held on April 7. Sponsored by the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, the purpose of the Innovation Forum is to showcase Princeton research that offers the potential to be commercialized. Pansare’s three-minute “elevator pitch” on “Multifunctional Targete
Block copolymer nanoparticles undergo rapid thermal cycling in a polymerase chain reaction (PCR), including temperatures that reach as high as 95 °C. The high temperature treatment causes the nanoparticles to disassemble since the core of the particles is held together only by non-covalent forces.
Vorbeck Materials Corporation (Jessup, MD) and the role of faculty from the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department in its founding and development are highlighted in a recent report from The Science Coalition on "Sparking Economic Growth -- How federally funded university research creates innovation, new companies and jobs" (April 2010).
John Lettow, ChE '95, president and co-founder of Vorbeck Materials in Maryland, uses the research of ChE Profs. Ilhan Aksay and Robert Prud'homme to produce commercial quantities of graphene for use in composite materials, electronics, and energy storage devices, among many other potential applications.
A description of the preparation and properties of graphene sheets published in 2006 in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B has been cited as one of the "most-read" papers for the past 12 months ending June 2009. The Princeton University research team, includes ChE Profs. Aksay, Prud'homme, and Saville (deceased).
An interdisciplinary team of scientists led by Princeton engineers has been awarded a $3 million grant to study how fuel additives made of tiny particles known as nanocatalysts can help supersonic jets fly faster and make diesel engines cleaner and more efficient.
The cover story in the March 2 issue of Chemical & Engineering is about graphene: a single atomic sheet of carbon considered to be "one of the hottest topics in materials science these days".
Robert Prud'homme, has been elected as the President of the Society of Rheology. His election makes him the third professor from Princeton to hold this office.
The research team of Professors Robert Prud'homme, Yannis Kevrekidis and Athanassios Panagiotopoulos has created particles that can deliver medicine deep into the lungs or infiltrate cancer cells while leaving normal ones alone.