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20 CEBC Researchers Attend National Engineering Conference

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) was well represented at the American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) national conference in Nashville, TN, this November.  Twenty CEBC researchers were among the more than 4,000 attendees at the meeting. 

The CEBC contingent included six faculty members, four postdoctoral researchers, eight graduate students, and two undergraduates.  There were 13 oral presentations and three research posters. 

“For a first-timer like me,” said Faisal Baksh, CEBC graduate student, “the size was immense; the level of scholarship, intense; …and the food for thought, plenty.  Overall, it was awesome!”

Three students from last summer’s NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Kansas also attended the conference, including Jesse Lowe (left), Héctor Camareno Ojeda (middle), and Justin Borchers (right).  Héctor, a chemical engineering student from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, won second place in the poster competition for his research at CEBC.

Research Presentations at AIChE:

  • Interfacial Mass Transport in the Ionic Liquid/1-Octene System, by Azita Ahosseini, Jerzy Petera, Laurence R. Weatherley, and Aaron M. Scurto
  • High-Pressure Transport Properties and Phase Equilibria of Imidazolium Ionic Liquids with CO2 and R-134a, by Azita Ahosseini, Wei Ren, and Aaron M. Scurto
  • Improving Performance of K-MoS2 Catalysts for Syngas Conversion to Higher Alcohols: Effect of Supports & Synthesis Methods, by Faisal Baksh and Raghunath V. Chaudhari
  • Hydrotreating of C9 Oxygenates Under Supercritical Reaction Conditions, by Héctor J. Camareno Ojeda, Jackson W. Ford, and Bala Subramaniam
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Immobilized Pd Complexes On Mesoporous SBA-15 as Novel Catalysts for Carbonylation Reactions, by Raghunath V. Chaudhari and Bibhas R. Sarkar
  • Continuous Homogeneous Hydroformylation of 1-Octene with in Situ Membrane Filtration for Separation of Soluble Polymer Bound Rhodium Complexes, by Jing Fang, Ranjan Jana, Kirk Snavely, Jon Tunge and Bala Subramaniam
  • Solvent Engineering for Biorefining Catalysis and Separations, by Jackson W. Ford, Bala Subramaniam, Raghunath V. Chaudhari, and Charles A. Eckert
  • Continuous Supercritical-Phase Hydrogenations of Biomass-Derived Compounds, by Jackson W. Ford, Bala Subramaniam, and Raghunath V. Chaudhari
  • Biphasic Biocatalysis with Ionic Liquids: Partitioning and Bacterial Toxicology, by Satya A. Gangu, Lawrence R. Weatherley, and Aaron M. Scurto
  • Homogeneous Liquid Phase Epoxidation of Light Olefins: Mass Transfer Investigations, by Madhav Ghanta, Hyun Jin Lee, R. V. Chaudhari, Daryle H. Busch, and Bala Subramaniam
  • Development and Modeling of a Novel Spray Reactor for p-Xylene Oxidation to Terephthalic Acid, byBala Subramaniam, Fenghui Niu, Xiaobin Zuo, and Daryle Busch, Department of Chemistry
  • Kinetics of Pd Catalyzed Carbonylation of Olefins and Alcohols: Comparison of Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysts, by Yuanchun Li and Raghunath V. Chaudhari
  • Design of Supported Metal Nanoparticulate Catalysts for Hydrogenation of Biomass Derived Polyols, by Debdut Roy, Bala Subramaniam, and Raghunath V. Chaudhari
  • Bimetallic Ru-Re Catalysts for Hydrogenolysis of Polyols: Activity and Selectivity Studies, by Debdut S. Roy, Justin K. Borchers, Arely A. Torres, Raghunath V. Chaudhari, and Bala Subramaniam
  • Laminar Solid Acid Catalysts for the Production of Biofuels From Algal Lipids, by Griffin W. Roberts and Susan M. Stagg-Williams
  • Solubilities of CO and H2 in Neat and CO2-Expanded Hydroformylation Reaction Mixtures Containing 1-Octene and Nonanal up to 353.15 K and 9 Mpa, by Zhuanzhuan Xie, William Kirk Snavely, Aaron M. Scurto, and Bala Subramaniam

CEBC Calendar

March 4, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Allyn Kaufmann, US Whitespace & Innovation Lead
"Serial Innovation in Consumer Heathcare - Intersection of Chemistry and the Consumer"

March 10, Wednesday - Mandatory Safety Meeting 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Mandatory for all CEBC researchers working at 1501 Wakarusa

March 25, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Nikola Juhasz, Global Technical Director, Sustainability
Sun Chemical Corporation, Carlstadt, NJ
"Sustainability of Packaging Industry"

April 1, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Sagar Sarsani, Project Leader
Sabic, Sugarland, TX
"Chemical Industry R&D Career Pathways"

April 12 & 13, Monday & Tuesday - Spring Advisory Boards Meeting
& Project Evaluations

1:00-3:00 p.m. each day, via Zoom
Click here to register

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