Chemical Engineering

Industrial & Environmental Separations

Molecular Engineering of Surfaces: Applications in Environmentally Benign Catalysis, Separations, and Medicine

The rational design of complicated structures, from at- oms and molecules to macroscale entities, remains one of the most difficult challenges of today’s materials science and engineering. It is now becoming possible to design three-dimensional structures on multiple length scales from a few Å to ~100 nm by employing structure-directing agents or space-fillers. 

Renewable & Alternative Energy Technologies

Controlling Catalysts: Applications in Energy Technology and Diabetic Care

Dr. Angelopoulos’ most recent research has focused on electrocatalysts and polymetric catalysts, which affects both our energy technology and dia- betic care.

Connecting Research and Society: The Absorption and Ion-Exchange Laboratory

Dr. Stephen W. Thiel manages the Adsorption and Ion-Exchange Labor- atory, a group who seeks to understand the fundamentals of adsorptions and to develop applications in Energy and Environmental Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering. 

Medical Technologies

Designing Dynamic Solid-Liquid Interfaces

Dr. Carlos Co’s research focuses on the following three topics: Complex Glasses, Liquid-Core Capsules, and Cell-Biomaterials Interfaces

Progress in Patterns: Directing Cell Migration on Culture Dishes

Cell movement plays a pivotal role in a number of biological responses, including wound healing, tumor formation, and can- cer metastasis. Thus, to be able to guide and control the move- ment of cells has powerful implications in regenerating tissues dam-aged by injury or disease. Dr. Chia-Chi Ho and her re- search team are working to do just that, by finding a way to control the movement of cell mixtures simply and inexpensively, using strategically-designed patterns on culture dishes. 

The Future is Small: Nanoworld Paves the Way in Nanotechnology

Dr. Vesselin Shanov, along with Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor Dr. Mark Schulz, directs UC Nanoworld Laboratories, a nationally and globally recognized research base with members from a variety of disciplines, including engineering, physics, chemistry, and medicine. Their mission is simple: to produce new, trailblazing nano inventions and then turn them over to industry for commercialization. 

Soft Matter: A soft materials approach to functional bio-interfaces

Dr. Schaefer and his research group use this approach at interfaces to achieve membrane defouling, programmed cell release, surface immobilization of enzymes, and corrosion prevention. His group synthesizes surface-immobilized end-tethered polymers with the goal of understanding the relationship between synthetic chemistry, interface morphology, and performance.