The 2023 Catalyst

The Catalyst is the annual newsletter of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University at Buffalo, mailed each fall and also available in digital format.

NIH awards over $15 Million to the

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Seven Chemical and Biological Engineering faculty members have

secured $24 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health

(NIH) over the last seven years. The NIH comprises 27 institutes and

centers that aim to develop fundamental knowledge about living

systems, and apply that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life

and reduce illness and disability.

Professor Gang Wu has received $3 million as part

of the Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Shot

University at Buffalo researcher Gang Wu became interested in solving

the problem of air pollution when he was a graduate student in the 1990s.

On May 22, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded his lab $3

million to continue his work doing just that.

The 2023 UB CBE Graduate Research Symposium

The 26th annual event featured over 80 student research posters, lectures from 2 PhD student candidates and a keynote from prominent alumnus

Hemant Dandekar, PhD 1991.

Symposium Photo Gallery
View the Lectures

UB CBE Continues to Build Faculty Strength

through New Hires in Clean Energy

Assistant Professor Kaihang Shi joined UB CBE this fall as the department’s 2023 Clean Energy faculty hire. His postdoctoral research was performed with Professor Randall Snurr at Northwestern University. At UB, Shi will launch his own research group in the area of computational engineering of nanoporous

materials for energy, healthcare, and sustainability.

Aurora Munguia-Lopez will join the department in fall 2024. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Upon joining, she will be able to take advantage of immediate opportunities to collaborate with RENEW, ISE, CSEE, faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Law School, the School of Management, and faculty being hired in UB’s new Sustainability & Clean Energy cluster.

Assistant Professor of Teaching Maura Sepesy joined this fall. She will serve as an instructor for undergraduate courses, and contribute to essential departmental undergraduate activities such as preparation for ABET accreditation, advisement, ensuring student award success, diversity enhancement, and external educational grant support.

Faculty Recognitions

Amit Goyal shortlisted for Global Energy Prize

Amit Goyal, SUNY Empire Innovation Professor and SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, is among 15 scientists from across the world shortlisted for the 2023 Global Energy Prize.

Thundat named SUNY Distinguished Professor

Thomas Thundat, SUNY Empire Innovation Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the UB RENEW Institute, is an internationally renowned scholar known for developing micro- and nanomechanical chemical and biological sensors.

Stelios Andreadis named AAAS Fellow

SUNY Distinguished Professor Stelios Andreadis has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals.

Student Achievement

PhD student Nicholas Glover received the AIChE CAST Directors' Award

Congratulations to Nicholas Glover, a PhD student in the Ford Versypt research group, for his outstanding achievement at the 2023 AIChE Annual Meeting. Glover was honored with the prestigious 2023 CAST Directors' Award, recognizing his exceptional poster in the Computing & Systems Technology Division session.

Emmanual M. Nsengiyumva received a distinguished NSF fellowship to study at UB

Nsengiyumva earned a PhD this summer from UB under the supervision of Paschalis Alexandridis, UB Distinguished Professor. He will join NSF’s Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (MPS-Ascend) program, which awards 20 to 50 fellowships annually. Professors Chong Cheng and Haiqing Lin will serve as co-mentors to Nsengiyumva during his three-year program.

CBE student chosen for important Department of Energy research program

Lili Rassouli, a PhD candidate, was among just 87 graduate students selected from applicants across the United States to conduct research that address critical energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges at national and international scales at a Department of Energy (DOE) facility.

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