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New faculty increase CEBC research breadth

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Juan Bravo-Suarez, assistant professor in chemical engineering, complements on-going expertise at CEBC in catalyst development and surface science. He also adds in-situ vibrational spectroscopy. A former CEBC research associate, he also served as a lab manager for ADM before joining the KU faculty.

Marco Caricato, assistant professor in chemistry, brings expertise in electronic structure calculation that complements CEBC’s already strong molecular simulation capabilities. Before joining the KU faculty, he served a four-year postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University, followed by four years as a research scientist at Gaussian, Inc.

Franklin Tao, an internationally known rising star in catalyst synthesis and surface characterization, left the University of Notre Dame to join KU with joint appointments in chemistry and chemical engineering. Tao’s research focuses on probing the characteristics of catalyst surfaces at working conditions. Roughly 1,400 square feet of lab space was extensively renovated to accommodate his specialized equipment, including an x-ray photoelectron spectrometer and a high temperature scanning tunneling microscope.



CEBC Calendar

November 7, Tuesday - CEBC Industry Colloquium
Brandon Emme, Cellulose Team Leader, ICM, Inc.
"From Moonshining to Molecules: How ICM is moving farms to biotech"
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., 1501 Wakarusa Drive, Building B seminar room
10:00 a.m. discussion with students

November 8, Wednesday - Mandatory Lab Safety Meeting
All researchers at 1501 Wakarusa Dr. must attend

9:00 a.m. in Building B seminar room

December 5, Tuesday - CEBC Industry Colloquium
Dr. John Warner, President & Chief Technology Officer, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
"Title TBA"

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Spahr Auditorium, 2 Eaton Hall, 1520 W. 15th Street

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