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Greener chemicals are in demand.  Our graduates are too.

Graduate students work at CEBC through chemistry and chemical engineering departments at the University of Kansas. Since 2003, more than 60 students have been involved in our research programs.  Just as sustainable chemicals are in demand, our students are sought by chemical companies as both interns and employees.  Join us.

Invent a greener future

You can make a world of difference by changing how chemicals are manufactured.  Join CEBC to invent waste-preventing catalysts and novel ways to save energy, minimize hazards, and use renewable materials.  Our students focus their efforts at the frontier of catalysis research, discovering novel technologies that protect the planet and compete economically. By joining CEBC, you will participate in teams across disciplines with mentors from different departments and oftentimes chemical companies. With this unrivaled training, you will be prepared for a future job market where "green" catalysis and engineering are in high demand, as highlighted in this article in the journal Nature.  Example research projects include:

  • Revolutionary spray reactor for oxidation reduces substrate burning in production of plastic precursors.
  • A novel approach to hydroformylation -- adding aldehydes to chemical intermediates -- for a greener, cheaper route to numerous products, such as detergents, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, etc.
  • Use nanotechnology to make drop-in replacements for petrochemicals from renewable feedstocks.
  • Cost-effective and durable catalysts for ethylene oxidation to lessen the environmental impact of this $30 billion/year chemical building block for detergents, antifreeze, plastics, etc.
  • Computational modeling methods to optimize chemical processes and speed commercialization of new technologies as part of the NSF/EPA Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis program.

Partner with Chemical Companies

To launch innovations from lab to marketplace, CEBC partners with chemical companies (>20 total), giving our students an unparalleled education experience.  Twice a year, CEBC faculty and students discuss their research progress with industry partners at a formal one and half day Industry Advisory Board meeting. These frequent interactions with company representatives help students gain insight into corporate research and development. Oral and poster presentations sharpen communications skills. Most important, students leave the program with excellent networking contacts for future employment.

Gain a Competitive Edge

Why choose CEBC?  According to Tom Binder, Vice President for Research at Archer Daniels Midland, "The reason is simple: the CEBC is an internationally recognized leader in catalytic technologies."  In addition to research, by joining CEBC you will:

  • Engage in innovative courses, workshops, conferences
  • Spur innovation at world-class facilities with >$4 million in equipment
  • Develop patentable innovations
  • Train with internationally renowned faculty and staff
  • Learn how to assess the environmental and economic impact of new technologies
  • Enhance employability by networking with chemical companies
  • Cultivate proper lab skills with advanced safety training in line with industrial practices
  • Be supported financially by assistantships/scholarships

Collaborate in Teams

Since 2003, CEBC has been building connections across disciplines--from theoretical to applied--bringing chemists and engineers together to catalyze discovery and speed commercialization.  These collaborations provide an ideal training ground and a competitive advantage. 

How to join CEBC? 

Graduate students become affiliated with CEBC by first applying to a specific department at The University of Kansas (KU), either the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.   Steps in the procedure:

  1. Select a department based on your career goals and interests:
    Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
    Chemistry
  2. Apply for admission to the department you have selected. Consult the department websites above for specific instructions for the application procedure.
  3. State your interest in affiliating with CEBC in the application materials, such as your letter of interest, resume, or application form.
  4. After becoming admitted to KU, choose to work with a faculty mentor affiliated with CEBC.

If you have any questions, please contact Claudia Bode, Education Director, University of Kansas, bode@ku.edu; (785) 864-1647.


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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