Assistant Professor Position

The Department of Chemical Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. Click HERE for more information.

Upcoming Events
  1. Faculty Search Committee Review
    November 16th
    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    CESC Conf. Room

    November 19th
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    CHE 421
  2. AIChE Annual Meeting
    November 8-13th
    Salt Lake City, UT

The Dinesh O. Shah Professorship in Surface Science

After serving the University of Florida and our Gator Engineers for more than three decades, Dr. Shah legacy continues to shape the Chemical Engineering Department. Find out more about one of the department’s most important initiatives.

Click here for information on the Shah Professorship!

Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Award Finalist

Yin Fang, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been selected as the finalist for the MRS Graduate Student Award. All finalists will be presented either a Gold or Silver Award based on their special talk during the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting. Yin will be the second University of Florida recipient of this prestigious award in the past 14 years. He is going to give a talk on novel multi-stimuli-responsive shape memory polymers in Symposium Y during the meeting.

Kickstarter Campaign launched by Recent Grad

Rob Damitz (Ph.D. 2015) met two other Gator Engineers, Daniel Blood (Ph.D. MAE 2014) and Erica Gonzaga (B.S. BME 2011, M.E. ESSIE 2014), in a graduate entrepreneurship course where they conceptualized a clean water solution for people in need. Together they founded aqUV with a mission to provide clean drinking water across the globe with simple and sustainable solutions. The aqUV water purification system uses ultraviolet light treatment to kill over 99.99% of bacteria and over 99.9% of viruses in 3 to 5 minutes. aqUV purifiers can be powered entirely by solar energy, eliminating the need for grid power or replacement batteries. The trio recently launched their Kickstarter campaign for aqUV on September 14, 2015. The campaign will run until October 28, 2015. Read Press Release HERE.

Chemical Engineering Student Safety Council

In response to a recent awareness of the need for improved safety culture in university laboratories, the Department of Chemical Engineering has formed the Chemical Engineering (CHE) Student Safety Council (SSC). The membership of the council comprises the Laboratory Safety Managers from each research group in the department. Other graduate students are also invited to join the CHESSC. The goal of the CHESSC is to improve the safety culture in the department, making the research laboratories a safer place to work. Their first action was to create new safety training modules that emphasize hazards that are specific to chemical engineering laboratories. Members of the CHESSC presented some of their modules to incoming graduate students during our first annual graduate student safety orientation in August.

Professorships Announced

Members of our faculty have distinguished records of research and recently, four faculty members were awarded professorships. These professorships foster exceptional opportunities for teaching and research. Please click here to view the winners.

NMR observation of single-file diffusion of mixtures featured on the cover of Chemical Communications

The front cover of the last issue of Chemical Communications features high field diffusion NMR studies of single-file diffusion performed by PhD student Akshita Dutta under the advisement of Dr. Sergey Vasenkov and Dr. Kirk J Ziegler. Single-file diffusion (SFD) is the diffusion in narrow channels where molecules cannot pass one another. Recent theoretical and computational studies suggest that induction of SFD conditions in nanoporous membranes and catalysts can lead to a dramatic enhancement of the performance of these systems in separations and catalysis, respectively. The featured communication opens up experimental studies of such performance enhancement by reporting first experimental evidence of SFD in a mixture of different types of diffusing species. This work was performed in collaboration with the group of Dr. Russ Bowers, Chemistry Department, UF.

Research Articles make “Top Cited” Lists

The Editor in Chief of the Journals of Vacuum Science and Technology (JVST) A and B has just announced that two of Prof. Fan Ren’s research articles are both highly cited and have made the JVST A and JVST B top cited lists for 2014. An email blast was sent to thousands of people to recognize the highly cited articles. Additionally, Prof. Ren’s article in JVST B was selected as Editors’ Pick.

JVST A: Review of radiation damage in GaN-based materials and devices A 31, 050801 (2013). READ

JVST B: Dependence on proton energy of degradation of AIGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors B 31, 022201 (2013). READ

Smart Shape Memory Polymers Published in Nature Communications

Led by a Chemical Engineering graduate student Yin Fang, Prof. Jiang’s group has recently pioneered a new type of shape memory polymer that can be instantaneously triggered by applying an external pressure or by exposing to a large variety of vapors, such as acetone and toluene. The results have recently been published in Nature Communications (doi: 10.1038/ncomms8416) and Advanced Materials (doi: 10.1002/adma.201500835). Dr. Curtis Taylor from UF Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Dr. Vito Basile from National Council of Research, Italy are major collaborators of the work. DTRA, NASA, and NSF sponsored this discovery.

Research featured on the cover of Soft Matter

The cover of the latest issue of Soft Matter features research performed by doctoral candidate Mert Arca and Professors Butler and Ladd on the dynamics of DNA. The work examines the lateral migration of DNA during transport through a microfluidic channel by a combination of flow fields and electric fields. The results validate an improved model of DNA dynamics and indicate that the motion of DNA can be controlled for technological purposes using a very simple mechanism.READ MORE