Northeastern University Department of Chemical Engineering June Newsletter
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Letter from the Chair

Summer is Sizzling for Chemical Engineering at Northeastern

Summer is hot in Boston for Northeastern - and we are not just talking about the weather - with new conferences run by students and faculty, a record number of graduate and undergraduate students, and a faculty size which has doubled in four years. Please find in this issue highlights of recent student and faculty awards, ground breaking research published in peer-reviewed journals, new grants, and many examples of how our chemical engineering faculty and students are changing the world! We are also looking forward to the Fall and invite everyone to attend our ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil a new chemical engineering Front Office and Unit Operations Lab - and you can meet our four newest faculty. We also announce our Northeastern reception at AIChE in San Francisco on Tuesday night, November 15th where we hope to connect with our West Coast friends.

Thomas Webster
Professor and Department Chair, Chemical Engineering
Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering
Faculty Highlight
Edgar D. Goluch
DiPietro Associate Professor
PhD, University of Illinois

The goal of my research is to develop and employ instruments for the investigation of biological phenomena at the molecular and cellular level. I am primarily interested in micro-/nano-scale devices and sensors to study and manipulate bacteria, viruses, and biomolecules. 

Micro-/nano-fabricated devices can probe and measure biological systems in ways that are difficult or impossible to do using standard analytical techniques and instrumentation. The information obtained using these techniques provides a better understanding of biological function, and may elucidate the underlying causes of disease states. Application examples that my group is currently working on include biochemical sensors for point-of-care pathogen identification, techniques for visualization of biofilm dynamics, and devices for separation and isolation of bacterial cells.
Faculty Organized Upcoming
Boston Biomaterials Day
Thursday June 30, 2016
Curry Student Center Ballroom and McLeod Suites
Visit our website for more info

Micro-and Nanotechnologies for Medicine: Emerging Frontiers and Applications 
July 25- 29, 2016
65 Landsdowne St, Cambridge, MA

International Journal of Nanomedicine Achieves Highest Five Year Impact Factor Ever

Thomas Webster, Professor and Department Chair, Chemical Engineering and Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Nanomedicine and helped establish the journal in 2006.

The International Journal of Nanomedicine is a peer-reviewed medical journal covering research on the application of nanotechnology in diagnostics, therapeutics, and drug delivery systems throughout the biomedical field. The journal is published by Dove Medical Press.

Recently the journal announced its highest five year impact factor ever (5.034; last year impact factor: 4.320). The journal also established annual awards for scientists who publish in it, such as the Young Investigator Award and Distinguished Scientist Award.


PhD Student Negar Hamedani Golshan Accepted into 2016 IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School

Negar Hamedani Golshan, a 4th year chemical engineering PhD student, has been chosen to attend, with a full scholarship from NSF, the 2016 IEEE Summer School of Magnetics Society at Tohoku University in Japan. This application included a proposal and a letter of recommendation from her advisor, Prof. Katherine Ziemer. The IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School is held annually, involving lectures by international experts and poster presentations by participating graduate students from all parts of the world. The program covers fundamentals and advanced topics in magnetism. Support will be provided for approximately 75 students based on a competitive application. Read more...

Chemical Engineering Well Represented at World Biomaterials Congress in Montreal

World Biomaterials Congress is the largest gathering of Biomaterial Researchers charting the future of the field. Held in Montréal, Canada from May 17-22, the Department of Chemical Engineering was a leader with research, awards, and global collaborations.

Thomas Webster, Professor and Department Chair, Chemical Engineering and Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering played an integral role at WBC as the President of the US Society For Biomaterials. Professor Webster gave a keynote talk "15 years of commercializing medical devices using nanotechnology", chaired the session "New Frontiers Symposium: Multifunctional biomolecular interfaces for orthopaedic applications", and was inducted as a Fellow for the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering in a special ceremony.

 Read more....

Prof. Coury Facilitates Collaborative Biomaterials Interactions Between the US and China

Art Coury, University Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering has traveled to China three times since 2012. Most recently, he was in Chengdu in November 2015. Chengdu is the capital of southwestern China's Sichuan province. Members of the US and Chinese National Academy of Engineering had a meeting to discuss “Grand Challenges in Bioengineering. “ There were eight members of the US NAE and eight members of the Chinese NAE. Delegates made presentations and discussed research.

During the same trip, Prof. Coury travelled to Haikou for the biannual meeting of the Chinese Society For Biomaterials. The third China/U.S. Societies for Biomaterials joint workshop on “Regulation and innovation in Biomaterials” was held in Haikou and co-chaired by Prof. Coury and Professor Xingdong Zhang (President of Chinese Society for Biomaterials). “We visited South China University of Technology in Guangzhou and we visited some companies as well for possible collaborations,” Coury says.


Recent Publications
High Field Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy Investigation of N-15-Labeled Rosette Nanotubes: Hydrogen Bond Network and Channel-Bound Water
By: Fenniri, Hicham; Tikhomirov, Grigory A.; Brouwer, Darren H.; et al.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY   Volume: 138   Issue: 19  Pages: 6115-6118
Published: MAY 2016
Encapsulation of ferrocene by self-assembled rosette nanotubes: An investigation using statistical mechanical theory of molecular liquids
By: Yamazaki, Takeshi; Fenniri, Hicham
JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR LIQUIDS   Volume: 217   Special Issue: SI   Pages: 70-74 
Published: MAY 2016
AuCu@Pt Nanoalloys for Catalytic Application in Reduction of 4-Nitrophenol
By: Mehmood, Sadia; Janjua, Naveed Kausar; Saira, Farhat; Fenniri, Hicham
JOURNAL OF SPECTROSCOPY    Article Number: 6210794, 2016
Published: JUNE 2016
Hybrid Approach to Fabricated Nanowire-Nanoparticle Composites of a Co-W Alloy and Au Nanoparticles
By: E. Vernickaite, U. Bubniene,  H. Cesiulis, A. Ramanavicius, and E. J.  Podlaha
Published: MAY 2016
In situ spray deposition of cell-loaded, thermally and chemically gelling hydrogel coatings for tissue regeneration
By: Pehlivaner Kara, Meryem O.; Ekenseair Adam K. J.
Published: MAY 2016
Cytoprotective effects of cerium and selenium nanoparticles on heat-shocked human dermal fibroblasts: an in vitro evaluation

By: Yuan, Bo; Webster, Thomas J.; Roy, Amit K.
Published: APR. 2016
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