CBE Seminars | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Spring 2024

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's Colloquium Series will take place on Fridays in Spring 2024.

  • Friday seminars will typically be held from 10:45 am - 12 pm in Maker EventSpace (6 MetroTech Center - 1st floor)

Justin Bui
University of California, Berkeley

Continuum Modeling to Resolve Multiscale Phenomena in Bipolar Membranes: From Fundamental Physics to Application in Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

Friday, January 19, 2024

Aisulu Aitbekova
Harry Atwater Group at the California Institute of Technology

Converting CO2, water, and sunlight into liquid fuels: Towards affordable solar fuels and chemicals

Friday, January 26, 2024

Fanglin Che
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Machine Learning Boosted Multi-Scale Simulation for Electrified Chemical Processes

Friday, February 2, 2024

Bradley Biggs
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Recovering Waste through Biomanufacturing for Sustainable Chemical Synthesis

Friday, February 9, 2024

Selin Bac Bilgi
University of Southern California

Navigating the Complexities of Computational Catalysis: From Atomically Dispersed Catalysts to Cost-Effective Rate Calculations

Friday, February 16, 2024

Pavel Kots
Evonik Corporation

Advancing Towards a Circular Economy through Catalytic Upcycling of Plastic Waste  

Friday, February 23, 2024

Mahla Poudineh
University of Waterloo

Advanced Sensing Technologies for Healthcare Automation 

Friday, March 1, 2024

Robert Langer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Biomaterials and biotechnology: From the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering

*Morawetz Lecture*

Friday, March 8, 2024

Warren D. Seider 
University of Pennsylvania

Thermoeconomic Analysis of sCO2 Power Cycles 

Friday, March 15, 2024

Jae W. Lee
Korean Advanced Institute of Sci and Tech (KAIST)

Mesoporous Carbon Host and Nanofiber Interlayer Derived from CO2 for Inhibiting Shuttle Behaviors in Lithium-Sulfur Batteries 

Monday, March 25, 2024

Elizabeth J. Biddinger
City College of New York

Integrating Kinetics of Electrochemical Hydrogenation and Hydrogenolysis of Furfural with its Side Reactions 

Friday, April 5, 2024

Allie Obermeyer
Columbia University 

Engineering Cellular Compartmentalization in Bacteria 

Friday, April 12, 2024

Dong Meng
NYU Dentistry

Polymer Behavior in Mixed-Solvent Solutions

Friday, April 19, 2024

Claudia Avalos
New York University

Lighting Up Magnetic Resonance

Friday, April 26, 2024

Prem Premsrirut
Mirimus Inc.

The Silent Echo: The aftermath of infections 

Friday, May 3, 2024

Timothy Whitehead
University of Colorado, Boulder 

Controlling Life with Small Molecules 

Friday, May 10, 2024

Fall 2023

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's Colloquium Series will take place on Fridays in Fall 2023.

  • Friday seminars will typically be held from 10:45 am - 12 pm, MakerSpace (6 MetroTech Center - 1st floor)

Erika La Plante
The University of Texas at Arlington 

Mineral-Water Interactions and their Applications to Climate and Sustainability

Friday, September 15, 2023

Harry Deckman
University of California, Berkeley

Agro Sequestration: A scalable, economical, and verifiable method for stable sequestration of agricultural fixed carbon

Friday, September 22, 2023

Katsuo Kurabayashi
New York University

Integrated Nanoplasmonic Biosensors for Critical Care Medicine

Friday, October 6, 2023

Arthi Jayaraman
University of Delaware, Newark DE

Linking computational techniques to experiments for design-structure-property relationships in soft materials

Friday, October 13, 2023

Wilson A. Smith
University of Colorado - Boulder

Engineering the Electrochemically Driven Capture and Conversion of Atmospheric CO2

Friday, October 20, 2023

Lola Eniola-Adefeso
University of Michigan

Leveraging the Natural Cellular and Biomolecular Interactions in Blood for the Design of Targeted, Anti-Inflammatory Particle Therapeutics

Friday, October 27, 2023

Bradley Bundy
Brigham Young University

Distributed and On-demand Production of Magistral Biotherapeutics and At-home Biosensors from Shelf-stable Cost-effective Reagents Open configuration options

Friday, November 3, 2023

Dharik S. Mallapragada
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Energy Initiative

A Systems Perspective on the Market and Technological Factors Impacting the Role for H2 in Future Low-Carbon Energy Systems

Friday, November 17, 2023

Jean Tom
Chemistry Process Development at Bristol Myers Squibb

Innovations in the Development of Small Molecule Pharmaceuticals

Friday, December 1, 2023

Saad Bhamla
Georgia Institute of Technology

Curiosity-driven Science: How insects urinate and how BBQ lighters help mRNA/DNA vaccine delivery

Friday, December 15, 2023

Spring 2023

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's Colloquium Series will take place on Thursday and Friday in Spring 2023.

  • Thursday seminars will be held from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm in the Jacobs Seminar Room (1 MTC, 19th Floor)
  • Friday seminars will be held from 10:45 am - 12 pm, location TBD

Dharik S. Mallapragada
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Advancing systems modeling to support the transition to a deeply decarbonized energy system

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Micah Ziegler
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Quantitative insights to accelerate the improvement of sustainable energy and chemical technologies

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Samantha McBride
Princeton University 

Designing interfacial phenomena for water, energy, and sustainability

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Jason Bates
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Teaching Old Electrocatalysts New Tricks: Merging Concepts from Thermal Catalysis and Molecular Synthesis

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Max Huelsey
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Controlling the local reaction environment to drive catalysis Open configuration options

Thursday, February 9, 2023

SriBala Gorugantu
Northwestern University

Unraveling reaction mechanisms of complex systems for sustainable process development

Friday, February 17, 2023

Elizabeth Hénaff
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Holobiont Urbanism: Microbial Metrics for the Multispecies City

Friday, March 24, 2023

Rajesh Khanna
New York University, College of Dentistry

Allosteric modulation of voltage-gated sodium channels: Opportunities for neuropathic pain drug discoveries.

Friday, March 31, 2023

John F. Brady
California Institute of Technology

The Mechanics of Active Matter

Friday, April 14, 2023

Kathryn A. Whitehead
Carnegie Mellon University

Lipid nanoparticles for RNA delivery: COVID-19 vaccines, chemistry, and beyond

*Morawetz Lecture*

Friday, April 21, 2023

Javad Shabani
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Towards realization of protected qubits using topological superconductivity

Friday, April 28, 2023

May Khanna
NYU College of Dentistry

Chemical biology, structure-based approach to targeting protein-protein and protein-RNA interactions for AD/ADRD therapeutics

Friday, May 5, 2023

Elodie Passeport 
University of Toronto

Fate of trace organic contaminants in green infrastructure

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Fall 2022

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's Colloquium Series takes place Fridays from 10:45am - 12pm.

Gaurav Giri

University of Virginia

Understanding and Controlling Metal Organic Framework Formation as Crystals

September 2, 2022

Shelly Peyton

University of Massachusetts

Mechanoresponsive and tissue-inspired soft networks and gels

September 9, 2022

Chris Johnson

Argonne National Laboratory

Using Light Energy to Accelerate Electrochemical Reactions in Li-ion Batteries

September 16, 2022

Juan-Pablo and Correa-Baena

Georgia Institute of Technology

Tailored interfaces in metal halide perovskites for efficient carrier transfer

September 23, 2022

Gerardine Botte

Texas Tech University

Electrochemical Technologies toward Sustainability and Circular Economy

September 29, 2022

Emily Day

University of Delaware

Bio-Nanoconjugates for Disease Management

September 30, 2022

Christina Li

Purdue University

Tuning Active Sites in Catalytic Nanomaterials through Colloidal Synthesis

October 7, 2022

Jayakanth Ravichandran

University of Southern California

Quasi-1D Hexagonal Chalcogenides: A Novel Materials Platform for Next Generation Infrared Opto-electronics

October 14, 2022

Yury Gogotsi

Drexel University

The Fascinating World of Two-Dimensional Carbides and Nitrides (MXenes)

October 21, 2022

Sanjaya Senanayake

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Enabling New Chemical Pathways over Metal-Oxide Interfacial Sites

October 28, 2022

1MTC 1930

Casey O’Brien

Purdue University

Catalytic Membranes for Integrated CO2 Capture and Conversion: Towards Artificial Carbohydrate Synthesis

November 4, 2022

Ayse Asatekin

Tufts University

Next generation membranes through polymer self-assembly

November 11, 2022

Aditya Mohite

Rice University

Halide perovskites for durable and high-efficiency photovoltaics and solar fuels

November 18, 2022

Day After Thanksgiving Day

November 25, 2022

Carmela Aruta


Tuning functional properties by strain and doping in oxide thin films for energy applications

December 2, 2022

Elizabeth Nance

University of Washington 

Nanotherapeutics for neonatal and pediatric brain disease

December 9, 2022

Yasemin Basdogan

California Institute of Technology

Machine Learning Guided Discovery of Polymer Membranes for CO2 Separation

December 15, 2022

Spring 2022

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's Colloquium Series takes place Fridays from 10:45am - 12pm in JAB475 or over Zoom.

Shelley Peyton
University of Massachusetts

Postponed to September 9, 2022*

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
Columbia University

Engineering human tissues for medical impact

February 18, 2022

Julie Rorrer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Catalytic Deconstruction and Upcycling of Waste Plastics

March 25, 2022

Yury Gogotsi
Drexel University

The Fascinating World of Two-Dimensional Carbides and Nitrides (MXenes)

April 1, 2022

Cesar A. Urbina Blanco
Ghent University

Understanding and tuning the reactivity of Solid Micellar Catalysts for CO2 utilization

April 8, 2022

Marcella Lusadri
BASF (zealots synthesis team)

Towards a "greener" route for acetic acid production via the carbonylation of dimethyl ether over small-power molecular sieves

April 15, 2022

Vijay Murugesan
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Beyond Lithium Batteries: Robust Material Designs and Testing

April 22, 2022

Chris Johnson
Argonne National Library

Using LIght Energy to Accelerate Electrochemical Reactions ini Li-ion Batteries

April 29, 2022 CANCELLED

Chinedum Osuji
University of Pennsylvania

Creating Useful Nanostructured Soft Materials by Directed Self-Assembly

May 6, 2022

Fall 2021

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's Colloquium Series takes place Fridays from 10:45am - 12pm over Zoom.

Daniel A. Heller
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center / Weill Cornell Medicine

"Nanomedicines for the Research, Detection, and Treatment of Cancer and Allied Diseases"

September 3, 2021

Michael A Filler
Georgia Tech

"The Chemical Engineering-ification of Electronics"

September 10, 2021

Pulickel Ajayan
Rice University

"Materials Science in Two Dimensions"

September 17, 2021

Delia Milliron
University of Texas Austin

"Plasmonic nanocrystals and their gel assemblies"

September 24, 2021

Thomas Epps
University of Delaware

"From Waste to Polymers: Creating Sustainable Materials from Biomass"

October 1, 2021

Kevin Roger
National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse

"How complex fluids dry? The interplay of water activity and permeability when solutions, dispersions, biological fluids and membranes meet open air"

October 8, 2021

Edward M. Bahnson
University of North Carolina

"Redox modulation and nanotherapies for the treatment of Bahnson Carolina cardiovascular disease"

October 15, 2021

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
Columbia University

"Engineering human tissues for medical impact"

*Postponed to February 18, 2022

Guido Mul
University of Twente

"Studying surface phenomena in electrochemical processes by IR and Raman spectroscopy"

November 5, 2021

Frances Arnold
California Institute of Technology

"Morawetz Lecture"

November 12, 2021

LaShanda Korley
University of Delaware

"Manipulating Architecture and Mechanics via Bio-inspired Design"

November 19, 2021

Marissa Caldwell

"Battery Technology for Medical Devices"

December 3, 2021

Ngoc Bui
University of Oklahoma

"Materials and Methods for Selective Ion Capture from Water"

December 10, 2021

Spring 2021

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's Colloquium Series takes place Fridays from 10:45am - 12pm over Zoom.

Joseph M. DeSimone
Stanford University

"Digital Approaches for Precision Drug and Vaccine Delivery and Treatments"

February 19, 2021

Chris Boyce
Columbia University

"Characterizing and Structuring Multiphase Granular Flows"

February 26, 2021

Mark Hersam
Northwestern University

"Fundamentals and Applications of Mixed-Dimensional Heterostructures"

March 5, 2021

Ashutosh Chilkoti
Duke University

"Translating Molecular Bioengineering from the Lab to the Patient"

March 12, 2021

Raffaella Buonsanti
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

"Colloidal chemistry for tunable and controlled electrocatalyst"

March 26, 2021

Mark Kushner
University of Michigan

"Leveraging Low Temperature Plasmas for Materials, Energy and Environment"

April 2, 2021

Shelley Minteer
University of Utah

"Electrocatalysis for Organic Electrosynthesis"

April 9, 2021

Jesús M. Velázquez
UC Davis

"Establishing Compositional Control in 2D and 3D Metal Sulfide Electrocatalysts to Drive CO2 and CO Conversion to Alcohols"

April 16, 2021

Carolyn Koh
Colorado School of Mines

"Gas Hydrates and their Role in Future Energy Needs & Mitigating Environmental Impacts"

April 30, 2021

Selma Mededovic
Clarkson University

"Plasma-based water treatment of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): reactor design challenges and physicochemical processes at the plasma-liquid interface"

May 7, 2021

Fall 2020

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's Colloquium Series takes place Fridays from 10:45am - 12pm over Zoom.


Nitash Balsara
UC Berkeley

Negative Diffusion Coefficients, the Pesko Condition, and Performance of Polymer Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries."

September 4, 2020

Peter Green
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Enabling the Transition to a Future Low Carbon Energy System: Important Scientific and Technological Challenges.

September 11, 2020

Paulette Clancy
John Hopkins University

“From Messy Solution Processes to Better Solar Cells: A Bayesian Optimization-guided Study."

September 25, 2020

Bill Epling
University of Virginia

"Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) of NOx – How to Avoid Sulfur Poisoning.”

October 2, 2020

Eric Furst
University of Delaware

“Interactions, Microstructure, Elasticity, and Aging of Colloidal Gels.”

October 9, 2020 

Randy Snurr
Northwestern University

“Metal-Organic Frameworks as Tunable Platforms for Gas Storage, Chemical Separations, and Catalysis.”

October 16, 2020

Carlos Rinaldi
University of Florida

“Diffusion of Nanoparticles in Polymer Solutions and Biological Fluids."

October 23, 2020

Nigel Bunnett
NYU Dental

"The Inside-Out Signaling of Pain."

October 30, 2020

Mahesh Mahantappa
University of Minnesota

"Molecular Frustration, Symmetry Breaking, and an Escape to Infinity."

November 6, 2020

Stephanie S. Lee
Stevens Institute of Technology

"Nanoconfining Optoelectronic Crystals"

December 11, 2020

Spring 2020

10:30 am-Noon on Fridays
Room: JAB 473

Date Speaker Affiliation Title
Jan. 31 Dorthe Eisele CCNY A Paradigm Shift Inspired by Nature: Robust Frenkel Excitons Despite Extreme Heat Stress
Feb. 7 Kevin M. McPeak Louisiana State University Some Like it Hot: Chemistry with Above-Equilibrium Charge Carriers
Feb. 14 Alexander
UC Berkeley Materials Design Innovations Create Opportunities Abound
Feb. 21 No seminar   Board meeting is scheduled.
Feb. 28 Alan West Columbia U Studies of Transport Processes in Li-Ion Cathodes
Mar. 6 Steven Little Pittsburgh U Controlling “Controlled Release” to Make Medicine That Imitates Life
Mar. 13 Nitash Balsara UC Berkeley CANCELED Negative Diffusion Coefficients, the Pesko Condition, and Performance of Polymer Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries 
Mar. 20 No seminar   Spring recess
Mar. 27 Peter Green NREL CANCELED The energy transition and the status of advanced energy technologies
Apr. 3 Jennifer Curtis UC Davis Flow Behavior of Cohesive and Aspherical Particles in Hoppers and Shear Cells
Apr. 10 Thomas
U Texas Inverse methods for the design of self-assembling materials
Apr.17 Randy Snurr Northwestern U Metal-Organic Frameworks as Tunable Platforms for Gas
Storage, Chemical Separations, and Catalysis
Apr. 24 Paulette
Hopkins U
How Understanding a Messy Solution Process Can Make Better Solar Cells: A Bayesian Optimization-guided Route to Metal Halide Perovskite Design
May. 1 Eric Furst U Delaware Interactions, microstructure, elasticity, and aging of colloidal gels
May. 8 Carlos Rinaldi U Florida Diffusion of Nanoparticles in Polymer Solutions and Biological Fluids

Fall 2019

10:30 am-Noon on Fridays
Room: JAB 474

Date Speaker Affiliation Title
Sep. 13 Christopher Roberts University of Delaware Physical stability of therapeutic antibodies, and predictive approaches to antibody formulation and candidate design
Sep. 20 No seminar - -
Sep. 27 Anne Skaja Robinson Carnegie Mellon Engineering Approaches to Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease
Oct. 4 Matthew Panzer Tufts University Design of Polymeric Scaffolds for Nonaqueous Ionogel Electrolytes
Oct. 11 Nathalie Pinkerton Pfizer & NYU Developing Responsive Soft Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications
Oct. 18 Samira Azarin University of Minnesota Biomaterial-based approaches to study and control ovarian cancer
Oct. 25 Abraham Strook Cornell  TBA
Nov. 1 Nitash Balsara UC Berkeley Ohm's Law, Polymer electrolytes, and Lithium Batteries
Nov. 8 Michael Wong Rice  Designing Catalytic Converters for Clean Water
Nov. 15 Charles Musgrave UC Boulder Accelerating the Discovery of New Materials for Energy Applications Using Ab Initio and Machine Learned Modeling
Nov. 22 Fotis Sotiropoulos SUNY SB Dean’s Lecture. 1MTC 1930/1931
Dec. 6 Francesco Stellacci EPFL Hydrophobic Forces in Soft Materials
Dec. 13 Michael Harold University of  Houston Multi-functional Structured Catalysts for Emission Control