Author: John Burnett-Larkins

Robust microbes – with business potential – is the mission in the Jarboe Research Group

To the average outsider looking in at scientific research it’s easy to think that “science is science.” But in reality, especially in today’s world, scientific researchers need a partnership with something else – a good head for business. “At the university level, it’s one thing to do great science, but to help people, you have … Continue reading Robust microbes – with business potential – is the mission in the Jarboe Research Group

New chapter, same mission for Iowa State’s Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC)

There’s one thing Brent Shanks (pictured above) wants you to understand about the future of the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals, better known as CBiRC: “We have no intention of going away. We have a different way of looking at biobased chemical problems and how to address them, and there is a big demand for it.” … Continue reading New chapter, same mission for Iowa State’s Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC)

CBE By The Numbers

158 Bachelor’s degrees awarded in 2018 5 Master’s degrees awarded in 2018 10 Ph.D. degrees awarded in 2018 $9.9M in Research Expenditures in 2018 Average funding per faculty member: $469,698 231 undergraduate scholarships worth $465,000 impacting 163 students 7 graduate fellowships worth $120,000 impacting 7 students

Tiny components, big accomplishments for Nanovaccine Institute’s young scientists

The headlines and feature stories have become frequent for the Iowa State University-based Nanovaccine Institute, a multidisciplinary network of scientists devoted to transforming the development and delivery of vaccines and therapeutics that will fight deadly diseases worldwide. Led by Iowa State Chemical and Biological Engineering Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and Vlasta Klima Balloun Faculty Chair … Continue reading Tiny components, big accomplishments for Nanovaccine Institute’s young scientists

CBE’s Grad Seminar Series set to bring top lecturers to ISU

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s 2019-20 Graduate Seminar Series has begun, and will again provide a showcase of current chemical engineering research from some of the nation’s leading scientists. The seminars are part of the required curriculum for chemical engineering graduate students, but are open to all Iowa State graduate and undergraduate students, … Continue reading CBE’s Grad Seminar Series set to bring top lecturers to ISU

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ISU again bound for nationals in AIChE Chem-E-Car competition

Third place finish in regional sends ISU to national competition for fourth straight year; Martin Asama takes first in research posters For the fourth consecutive year, an Iowa State University team will be taking part in the national Chem-E-Car competition with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The Iowa State Department of Chemical and … Continue reading ISU again bound for nationals in AIChE Chem-E-Car competition

Top three finishers and Prof. mansell

CBE’s “Perfect Pitch” top research presenters are awarded

For the second consecutive year the clock and research presentations shared the spotlight for graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, in the Perfect Pitch competition. All chemical engineering graduate students who have completed their preliminary oral exams for their degrees presented their research projects to students, faculty and staff under a … Continue reading CBE’s “Perfect Pitch” top research presenters are awarded

Undergrad Brandon Vance will display research to Congress in Washington, D.C.

CBE major and Iowa Space Grant Consortium fellow researches creation of fuel for Mars missions Like many other middle school students, Brandon Vance went on a class trip to Washington, D.C. Now, as an undergraduate university researcher, he will be headed back to the nation’s capital with a spot in the prestigious Posters on The … Continue reading Undergrad Brandon Vance will display research to Congress in Washington, D.C.

Adding polymer will boost rubber use in pavement: Research led by CBE grad student

The ecological practice of using ground tire rubber (GTR) in paving products is not new. But the technique of adding a polymer to the mix to address a problem is – and it is yielding some promising results, as demonstrated in a just-published research paper authored by four researchers in Iowa State’s College of Engineering … Continue reading Adding polymer will boost rubber use in pavement: Research led by CBE grad student

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Research spotlight set for spring semester CBE Grad Seminar Series

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) is pleased to announce the new lineup of guest presenters for spring semester in its Graduate Seminar Series. Noted researchers and educators from institutions around the nation, including Iowa State, will make their way to Sweeney Hall throughout the semester to share their expertise in a variety … Continue reading Research spotlight set for spring semester CBE Grad Seminar Series

ChemE grad student Nelson tops in ISU 3-Minute Thesis® competition

Chemical engineering graduate student Rainie Nelson has taken first place in Iowa State’s final round of the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT)® competition, coordinated by the university’s Graduate College. Presenting “Shining a Light: The Power of Perovskites” with the three-minute clock ticking, Nelson garnered the highest score from a panel of judges rating presentations from eight ISU … Continue reading ChemE grad student Nelson tops in ISU 3-Minute Thesis® competition

Students, donors share the spotlight in CBE Awards Banquet

It was an evening of recognition for students and those who support them in the 2018 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Honors and Awards Banquet October 25. During the course of the program more than 70 department undergraduate and graduate students on hand were recognized as recipients of scholarships and fellowships in the 2018-19 … Continue reading Students, donors share the spotlight in CBE Awards Banquet

Andy Hillier, Jim Fay, Timothy Anderson

CBE’s Marston, PACE awardees honored by department

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has saluted two alumni guests as part of homecoming award ceremonies. Dr. Timothy J. Anderson, who received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Iowa State in 1973, and Jim Fay, who received a B.S. in chemical engineering from ISU in 1974, were both recognized. Anderson received the … Continue reading CBE’s Marston, PACE awardees honored by department

Big project, big grant for multi-departmental resonant sensor research group

CBE’s Nigel Reuel is PI in project with five professors from five departments, three colleges A consortium of young Iowa State university researchers has gone where few like them have gone before – as recipients of a large grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to mature and translate a platform technology with a global … Continue reading Big project, big grant for multi-departmental resonant sensor research group