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

Transitioning to Summer Does Not Mean We Are Slowing Down

Although many think about relaxing times during our summer months, our students and faculty are ramping it up ! This summer, our chemical engineering students and faculty are presenting a record breaking number of talks at the World Biomaterials Congress, are organizing conferences (such as Boston Biomaterials Day on June 30th, the 11th International Conference on Medical Applications of Novel Biomaterials and Nanotechnology in Italy, and the 4th Annual Workshop on Micro- and Nanotechnologies for Medicine in Boston), appearing on national media talking about innovation in their labs, renovating our front office and unit operations lab, and winning grants from the American Heart Association and more. Please join me in reading this latest Newsletter in which one can clearly see that summer time is research time in chemical engineering at Northeastern ! 

Thomas Webster
Professor and Department Chair, Chemical Engineering
Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering
Faculty Organized Upcoming
Northeastern Biomaterials Day 
Thursday June 30, 2016
Curry Student Center Ballroom and McLeod Suites
Submit abstracts by May 30

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

Professor Laura Lewis Awarded $200K NSF Grant

ChE & MIE Professor Laura Lewis was awarded a $200K NSF grant for "Sustainable Permanent Magnets For Advanced Applications".

Chemical Engineering Celebrates New Collaboration with Wenzhou Institute of Biomaterials and the Longwan District (Wenzhou, China) 

On April 5, delegates from the Wenzhou Institute of Biomaterials and Engineering and City Officials from the Longwan District traveled from Wenzhou, China to Northeastern for a special campus visit and welcoming ceremony. Wenzhou is a city in southeastern Zhejiang province in the People's Republic of China. The day included tours of the Su Translational Nanomedicine Group and the Webster Nanomedicine Lab, meetings with faculty, and an afternoon exploring Boston.

Wenzhou Institute of Biomaterials and Engineering (WIBE) is a newly established institute of the Chinese Academy Science (CAS),  and was officially co-founded by the CAS, the Zhejiang provincial government and the Wenzhou municipal government in 2011. With goals of transforming science and technology, WIBE has four main research fields: material, medicine, medical devices and translational Medicine. Additionally, WIBE has newly created divisions of Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine, Innovative Drug, and Medical Devices. Read more...

PhD Student Ece Alpaslan Awarded International Nanotoxicology Congress Travel Award 

Ece Alpaslan received a travel award for the 8th International Nanotoxicology Congress which will be held June 1-4, 2016 in Boston MA.  Ms. Alpaslan has a podium presentation on June 3 at a special session on Nanoceria: Benefits and Risks, titled “Effect of pH-Varied Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles on the Growth of Gram-Positive and Negative Bacteria”. 

Prof. Ryan Koppes Awarded NSF I-Corps Grant

ChE Assistant Professor Ryan Koppes was awarded a $50K NSF I-Corps grant for his "Thermally drawn nerve guidance channels".

Prof. and Chair Thomas Webster Elected as Fellow for the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering 

The International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering has elected 58 new Fellows (FBSE) who will be inducted at the 10th World Biomaterials Congress on May 18, 2016.

Thomas Webster, Professor and Department Chair, Chemical Engineering and Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering is elected as a Fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering for his design, synthesis and evaluation of nanophase materials for use in various biomedical applications.

The International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE) is the body that brings together national and multi-national groups dedicated to the advancement of biomaterials, surgical implants, prosthetics, artificial organs, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.


Prof. Nasim Annabi Receives a Prestigious Grant from the American Heart Association to Engineer Highly Vascularized Cardiac Tissues

Nasim Annabi is an Assistant Pro­fessor in the Department of Chemical Engineering with expertise in biomaterials development and soft tissue engineering.

The overall goal of this proposal is to create a new generation of vascularized myocardial patch that can be used in repairing the injured heart tissue. Transplantation has been a long thought strategy of treatment for cardiac injury. One of its major bottlenecks in engineering the artificial cardiac tissue is the creation of vascularized tissue, which is suitable for immediate perfusion to meet the high metabolic demand of the cardiac cells and to prevent development of a necrotic core. This innovative proposal is seeking a way to engineer vascularized cardiac tissues by combining unique biomaterials, biological growth factors, and advanced bioprinting technologies to develop 3D functional vascular networks with controlled architectures. This exciting integrative approach is the first such an effort to develop 3D engineered cardiac tissues with functional vasculature. The successful execution of the proposed technology will enable unprecedented fabrication of perfusable and integratable multicomponent thick tissues, and will significantly impact on the biofabrication technologies.

Recent Publications
Expediting the transition from replacement medicine to tissue engineering
By: Arthur J. Coury
REGENERATIVE BIOMATERIALS  Volume: 3   Number: 2   Pages: 111-113 Published: JUN 2016

Regulators of Metastasis Modulate the Migratory Response to Cell Contact under Spatial Confinement
By: Daniel F. Milano, Nicholas A. Ngai, Senthil K. Muthuswamy, Anand R. Asthagiri
BIOPHYSICS JOURNAL   Volume: 110   Issue: 8   Pages: 1886–1895   Published: APR 2016

In situ spray deposition of cell-loaded, thermally and chemically gelling hydrogel coatings for tissue regeneration
By: Meryem O. Pehlivaner Kara and Adam K. Ekenseair
Published: MAY 2016 (available online)
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