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Chemical Engineering Faculty Position

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware invites applications for an Assistant Professor position.

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BIOFUEL BREAKTHROUGH: PNAS paper reports new approach to methanol utilization

Oct. 24, 2016--Bio-fuels and bio-based chemicals have gained tremendous traction over the past decade as a means to produce alternatives to fossil fuels and to replace bulk chemical production methods that rely on petrochemicals. "Methanol, which can be produced inexpensively from natural gas or renewably through the reduction of carbon dioxide by hydrogen, can serve as a feedstock to produce biofuels, amino acids, and polymers," says the University of Delaware’s Wilfred Chen. "However, the initial reaction in the conversion of methanol to formaldehyde is highly reversible." To overcome this obstacle to methanol utilization, Chen teamed with Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis in the Delaware Biotechnology Institute to develop a biological approach that renders the process irreversible.

DRONING ON: UD’s Bingjun Xu awarded AFOSR Young Investigator grant

Oct. 21, 2016--The University of Delaware's Bingjun Xu is one of 58 scientists and engineers across the U.S. to receive a three-year research grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Program (YIP). The awards this year total $20.8 million.

INCUBATOR OPENS: DTP@STAR welcomes 12 start-ups to new space at STAR Campus

Oct. 14, 2016--Wagner is one of a dozen entrepreneurs occupying space in Delaware Technology Park’s new wet lab incubator on the STAR Campus, which celebrated its official opening Friday, Oct. 14, at an event attended by University, DTP, state and federal officials. The location, more easily stated as DTP@STAR, includes offices, individual labs outfitted to match the needs of startup companies, and shared spaces with equipment for use by all incubator tenants.

NEW BREW IN QUEST FOR BIOFUEL: Mixotrophy twist leads researchers to higher yields, lower emissions

Sep. 30, 2016--Researchers have identified a promising blend of bacteria and synthesis gas that, in laboratory tests, is producing much more acetone than other methods while avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions dilemma. The acetone is a proof-of-concept project with value of its own, but it also could lead to significant advances in the quest to produce biofuels – renewable, sustainable energy from sources that do not add to the planet's carbon pollution.

LITTLE HYBRIDS: NSF grant supports research on assembly of complex hybrid nanomaterials

Sep. 29, 2016--Funded by a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation, Jayaraman — along with UD’s Darrin Pochan, William Johnson from the University of Utah and Karen Wooley from Texas A&M — will address those challenges so that the potential of these materials can be realized in a broad range of applications.

RENEWABLE ENERGY LEADER: Vlachos appointed Ferguson Professor and UD Energy Institute director

Sep. 19, 2016--Dionisios G. Vlachos has been named the inaugural Allan and Myra Ferguson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware. He also has been appointed director of the UD Energy Institute.

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