University of California, Riverside

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Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

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 David Kisailus

David Kisailus Receives Young Scientist Honor

David Kisailus, the Winston Chung Endowed Chair of Energy Innovation and Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering has been named a Kavli Fellow.

Kavli Fellows are young scientists selected by the advisory board of the Kavli Foundation, members of the National Academy of Sciences and organizers of the Kavli/National Academy of Sciences Frontiers in Science Symposia series. The Kavli Foundation, which is based in Oxnard, supports scientific research, honors scientific achievement, and promotes public understanding of scientists and their work.  Read More

Harvey Blanch

CEE Distinguished Speaker Harvey Blanch

The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering will host a Distinguished Seminar Speaker, The Merck Professor of Biochemical Engineering, Dr. Harvey Blanch on Friday January 31, 2014.  Dr. Blanch's seminar title is: Biotechnology - Translating Modern Biology into Products and Processes.  The seminar announcement can be downloaded here.

 Ruoxue Yan

CEE Welcomes New Faculty Member Ruoxue Yan

Prior to arriving at UCR, Dr. Ruoxue Yan was a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she developed spectroscopic platforms to advance the fundamental understandings of the role of nanoscale interfaces in photocatalytic processes, such as artificial photosynthesis, at the molecular level. Dr. Ruoxue Yan received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 2010, with her doctoral research focusing on design, synthesis and fabrication of nano-materials for photonic applications.  Read More

Myung Sensor

New "Electronic Nose" Nano-Sensor Being Developed for Food Safety, Health

The “electronic nose” sensor developed by UCR's Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Nosang Myung, and being commercialized by Innovation Economy Crowd (ieCrowd), will be further refined to detect deadly pathogens including toxic pesticides in the global food supply chain, according to a recently signed product development and distribution agreement.  Read More


The 87th ACS 2013 Colloid and Surface Science Symposium at UC Riverside

Associate Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Sharon Walker is conference co-chair for the 2013 ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium at UCR.  The event takes place Sunday June 23rd to Wednesday June 26th and will feature Keynote speakers Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard University and Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, UC Irvine. 

87th ACS 2013 Colloid and Surface Science Symposium
Aqueous Pretreatment

Turning Plant Matter Into Fuel

Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Charles Wyman recently published a book that provides in-depth information on aqueous processing of cellulosic biomass which includes wood, grasses, and agricultural and forestry residues, for conversion into fuels.  Read More

 David Kisailus

Kisailus and Students Will Demonstrate Design by Nature at Riverside Metropolitan Museum

Assistant Professor David Kisailus and his students will share lessons learned from nature about the design of the next generation of materials during a special program at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum Saturday, May 18, from 1-4 p.m.  Read More

student news

Michelle Chebier

CEE Graduate Student Michelle Chebier Receives National Science Foundation Fellowship

First year Ph.D. student Michelle Chebier is one of eighteen graduate students at the University of California, Riverside that has received Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFs) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) this year.  The highly competitive fellowships are awarded to individuals early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Read More

Charles Cai

CEE Graduate Student Charles Cai Awarded 2013-2014 POC Award

4th year UCR CE-CERT graduate student Charles Cai’s (advised by Prof. Charles E. Wyman, Dr. Rajeev Kumar and Dr. Taiying Zhang) proposal was selected as one of this year’s POC 2013-2014 recipients, titled: “Co-Solvent to Promote Biofuel Precursor Production from Biomass”. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development announced the FY2013-2014 Proof of Concept for Technology Commercialization (POC) Award Program.  Read More

 Smog Team

BCOE Alumni Receive EPA Grant to Study Smog-Eating Tile

Recent graduates of the Bourns College of Engineeringreceived a $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a testing protocol for smog eating roof tiles. The former students are William Lichtenberg, Duc Nguyen, Carlos, Espinoza, Calvin Cao and Vincent Chen. They all graduated in June. They were advised by David Cocker, a professor of chemical and environmental engineering, and Kawai Tam, a lecturer at the Bourns College of Engineering.  Read More

Steven Herrera

Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Alumni Steven Herrera Advances to International Lecture Competition in Hong Kong

Steven Herrera, who earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in December and continues to work in the lab of David Kisailus, an Associate Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, will travel to Hong Kong in October to represent the United States at the 2013 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) competition. He will compete against students from Brazil, the United Kingdom and Ireland.  Read More


Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Corey Luth Receives ACS Division Environmental Chemistry 2013 Undergraduate Award

Luth is working under the guidance of Professor Sharon Walker in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering to research the fate and transport of various engineered nanomaterials released into aquatic environments. He was second author on a paper titled “Effects of Solution Chemistry on the Fate and Transport of Graphene Oxide in Saturated Porous Media” that was recently published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.  Read More

Ian Marcus

Ph.D. Alumni Ian Marcus Building Human Colon to Improve Water Quailty

To better understand how bacteria impact the environment a former University of California, Riverside graduate student spent nearly a year building a system that replicates a human colon, septic tank and groundwater and “fed” the colon three times a day during weeklong experiments to simulate human eating.  Read More


Team NOx-Out Score Two Wins at Environmental Design Competition

The team of BCOE students recently won two first place environmental design awards at the WERC: A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development competition in Las Cruces, N.M. They developed a device that replaces a lawnmower's muffler and reduces carbon monoxide by 87 percent, nitrogen oxides by 67 percent, and particulate matter by 44 percent. Read More

News Archive
In the Media
David Jassby's research on carbon nanotube-coated filters has been highlighted in Chemical and Engineering News.  Read more at C&EN.
David Kisailus's research on the mantis shrimp is featured on NBC Learn.
David Kisailus's research on the mantis shrimp has been featured in a number of publications recently.  Read the articles on: New Scientist, Eurekalert, Phys.Org, and Discover Magazine.
The Kisailus Lab presents Nature: The Best Engineer at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum

Kisailus Metropolitan Museum

The Press-Enterprise featured a story titled, "UCR develops sensory detection for smart phones," on the research of Nosang Myung, Professor and Chair of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
CEE Alumni Kent Johnson Featured on Discovery Channel's Mythbusters


Myung Lab Demonstrates Smartphone Tablet Integrated Nano Gas Sensor

Nanogassensor Youtube

The Press-Enterprise featured a story titled, "UC RIVERSIDE: Scientist wins air pollution research grant," on the research of Akua Asa-Awuku, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
David Kisailus on Building Materials that Mimic Nature


2012 CEE Research Brochure

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