Every semester the Chemical Engineering faculty invite distinguished speakers for seminars. The seminars are open to all members of the Columbia University community.

Spring 2018

Tues. Jan. 23 11 a.m. Dr. Sijin Li, Stanford University Mudd 826
Fri. Jan. 26 11 a.m. Dr. Aditya Kunjapur, Harvard University Mudd 826
Tues. Jan. 30 11 a.m. Dr. Edward Kim, Colorado, Boulder Mudd 826
Fri. Feb. 2 11 a.m. Dr. Alexander Urban, Berkeley Mudd 826
Tues. Feb. 6 11 a.m. Dr. Jinhyuk Lee, MIT Mudd 826
Fri. Feb. 9 11 a.m. Dr. Antoni Forner-Cuenca, MIT Mudd 826
Tues. Feb. 13 11 a.m. Dr. Lauren Marbella, Cambridge Mudd 826
Fri. Feb. 16 11 a.m. Dr. Megan Butala, NIST Mudd 826
Tues. Feb. 20 11 a.m. Dr. John Blazeck, UT Austin Mudd 826
Tues. Mar. 20 4 p.m. Prof. Gerri Botte, Ohio University Mudd 644
Tues. Apr. 10 4 p.m. Prof. Darrell Velegol, Penn State Mudd 644
Tues. Apr. 17 4 p.m. Prof. Mayuresh Kothare, Lehigh University Mudd 644

Fall 2017

September 12, 2017

Bill Green, MIT

September 19, 2017

Rebecca Schulman, JHU

September 26, 2017

Kam Leong

October 10th, 2017

Mark Verbrugge, General Motors

October 17th, 2017

Prashant Kamat, Notre Dame

October 24th, 2017

Tim Whitehead, MSU

November 14th, 2017

Mark Barteau, Michigan

November 28th, 2017

Sheryl Erhman, UMD

Spring 2017

Rakesh AgarwalJanuary 19, 2017

Ting Zhu, Tsignhua University, China

Mirror-image genetic replication and transcription



Rakesh AgarwalJanuary 31, 2017

Charles Zukoski, University of Buffalo

Rheological Consequences of Localization



Rakesh AgarwalFebruary 14, 2017

Eranda Nikolla, Wayne State University

Molecular approaches toward the development of active and selective catalysts for energy and chemical conversion



Rakesh AgarwalFebruary 20, 2017 (Monday)

Tanmay Lele, University of Florida



Rakesh AgarwalFebruary 21, 2017

Bomyi Lim, Princeton University

Design principles and dynamic control of an animal embryo



Rakesh Agarwal

March 21, 2017

Linsey Marr, Virginia Tech University

Engineered Nanomaterials in the Atmosphere



Rakesh AgarwalMarch 28, 2017

Sanat Kumar, Columbia University



Rakesh AgarwalApril 11, 2017

Tunde Ogunnaike, University of Delaware



Rakesh AgarwalApril 18, 2017

Mark Blenner, Clemson University



Rakesh AgarwalApril 25, 2017

Stacey Bent, Stanford University

Designing catalysts using atomic layer deposition



Fall 2016

Rakesh AgarwalSeptember 13th, 2016

Oleg Gang, Columbia University

Towards Designed Nanoscale System via Self-Assembly


Rakesh AgarwalSeptember 20th, 2016

Chinedum Osuji, Yale University

Directing Self-Assembly in Nanostructured Soft Materials



Rakesh AgarwalSeptember 27th, 2016

Andre Taylor, Yale University




Rakesh Agarwal

October 4th, 2016

Paula Hammond, MIT



Rakesh AgarwalOctober 18, 2016

Brian Pfleger, University of Wisconson

Sustainability via Synthetic Biology- A Growing Role for Biotechnology in the Chemical Industry


Rakesh AgarwalOctober 27, 2016 (Thursday)

Shannon Boettcher, University of Oregon

Oxygen Electrocatalysis and Solar Water Splitting Interfaces



Rakesh AgarwalNovember 22nd, 2016

Ngai Yin Yip, EEE at Columbia




Rakesh AgarwalNovember 29th, 2016

Michael Jewett, Northwestern University

Repurposing Ribosomes for Synthetic Biology


Spring 2016

Rakesh AgarwalMay 3, 2016

Julie Champion, Georgia Tech

Engineering Protein Assembly to create Functional Materials




Rakesh AgarwalApril 26, 2016

Alexander Orlov, Stony Brook University

Exploiting 'unhappy' nano and subnano-particles and metastable phases for environmental and energy related catalysis





Rakesh AgarwalApril 19, 2016

Frank Doyle, Dean of Engineering, Harvard University

Engineering the Aritificial Pancreas

Abstract (PDF)



Rakesh AgarwalApril 15, 2016 (Friday)

Prof. Rachel Segalman

Designing Polymer and Hybrid Thermoelectrics

Abstract (PDF)



Rakesh AgarwalApril 12, 2016

Bruce Gates, Univeristy of California, Davis

Molecular Metal Catalysts on Supports: Organometallic Chemistry Meets Surface Science

Abstract (PDF)



Rakesh AgarwalMarch 24, 2016 (Thursday)

Ramesh Ramachandran, President, MEGlobal International FZE

Chemical Engineering -  What is the market looking for today?



Rakesh AgarwalMarch 22, 2016

Daven Henze, University of Colorado

Constraining sources of air pollution using air quality adjoint models and remote sensing observations

Abstract (PDF)



Rakesh AgarwalMarch 8, 2016

Jim Pfaendtner, University of Washington

Discovering Molecular Scale Driving Forces at the Nano/Bio Interface

Abstract (PDF)


Fall 2015

Thomas Truskett

September 8, 2015
Thomas Truskett, University of Texas at Austin

Inverse Design of Interactions for Assembly

Abstract (PDF)







Rakesh Agrawal

Septerber 15, 2015
Rakesh Agrawal, Purdue University

Towards a Solar Economy

Abstract (PDF)

Ignacio Grossmann

September 22, 2015
Ignacio Grossmann, Carnegie Mellon University

Role of Process System Engineering in Chemical Engineering

Abstract (PDF)


Jordan Peccia

September 29, 2015
Jordan Peccia, Yale University

The Indoor Microbiome, Allergies, and Asthma

Abstract (PDF)


Timothy J. Anderson

October 13, 2015
Timothy J. Anderson, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Reaction Pathway in Processing Photons and Students

Abstract (PDF)


Joan Brennecke

October 20, 2015
Gaden Lecture: Joan Brennecke, University of Notre Dame

Designing Ionic Liquids for CO2 Capture

Abstract (PDF)



Christopher N. Bowman

October 27, 2015
Christopher N. Bowman, University of Colorado Boulder

Clicking Polymers Together: Assembly of Complex, Controlled Polymer Structures from Efficient Chemistries

Abstract (PDF)

Christopher W. Jones

November 17, 2015
Christopher W. Jones, Georgia Tech

Marrying Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials with Polymeric Hollow Fibers for Applications in Catalysis and Adsorptive Separations

Abstract (PDF)


Christina Chan

November 24, 2015
Christina Chan, Michigan State University

Role of Soluble and Mechanical Cues in Mediating Stem Cell Differentiation

Abstract (PDF)


Jingguang Chen

December 8, 2015
In-Department Seminar: Jingguang Chen, Columbia University

Spring 2015

All seminars will be held in 825 Mudd at 4PM. Reception at 3:30 PM in the Chemical Engineering office (Mudd 801).

Benny Freeman

April 28, 2015
Benny Freeman, University of Texas Austin
Host: Chistopher James Durning / Sanat Kumar

Ion Sorption, Diffusion and Transport in Polymer Membranes

Abstract (PDF)

Dongeun (Dan) Huh

April 21, 2015
Dongeun (Dan) Huh, University of Pennsylvania
Host: Edward Leonard

Microengineered Physiological Biomimicry: Human Organ-on-Chips

Abstract (pdf)

James Rawlings

April 14, 2015
James Rawlings, University of Wisconsin
Host: Venkat Venkatasubramanian

Optimal dynamic operation of chemical processes: Assessment of the last 20 years and current research opportunities

Abstract (PDF)

Rakesh Agarwal

April 7, 2015
TBA, Columbia University

Sheeley Minteer

March 31, 2015
Sheeley Minteer, Universtiy of Utah
Host: Scott Banta

Enzymatic Bioelectrocatalysis for Energy Conversion Applications

Abstract (pdf)

Santanu Kundu

March 24th, 2015
Prof. Santanu Kundu, Mississippi State University

Large-strain Deformation Behavior of Swollen Polymer Gels

Abstract (pdf)


Phil Savage

March 10, 2015
Phil Savage, Penn State
Host: Ah-Hyung Alissa Park

Under Pressure and in Hot Water – Algae Conversion to Fuels and Chemicals

Abstract (pdf)

Michael Tsapatsis

February 17, 2015
Michael Tsapatsis, U. Minnesota
Host: Jingguang Chen / Ah-Hyung Alissa Park

Alex Bell

February 10, 2015
Alex Bell, UC Berkeley
Host: Jingguang Chen

Rakesh Agarwal

January 27, 2015
Rakesh Agarwal, Purdue
Host: Daniel Esposito

Towards a Solar Economy

Abstract (pdf)


Fall 2014

All seminars will be held in 644 Mudd at 4PM. Reception at 3:30 PM in the Chemical Engineering office (Mudd 801).

Jason D. Sarratt

September 9, 2014
Prof. Jason D. Sarratt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Host: V. Faye McNeill

Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation From the Heterogeneous Chemistry of Isoprene-Derived Epoxides: Implications for Air Quality, Climate and Public Health

Abstract (pdf)

Arindam Bose

September 16, 2014
Arindam Bose and Michelle Wang, Pfizer Worldwide R&D
Host: Scott A. Banta

The Science and Business of Biologics and Biosimilars

Abstract (pdf)

Ian WheeldonSeptember 23, 2014
Ian Wheeldon, University of California Riverside
Host: Scott A. Banta

Abstract (pdf)


Matt Lazzara

September 30, 2014
Matt Lazzara, University of Pennsylvania
Host: Jingguang Chen

Abstract (pdf)

David Rumschitzki

October 14, 2014
David Rumschitzki, City College of New York

New approaches to understanding the mechanism of nucleate boiling: Insights into an old problem.

Abstract (pdf)

Tom Edgar

October 21, 2014
Tom Edgar, University of Texas Austin
Host: Venkat Venkatasubramanian


Nicholas A. PeppasOctober 28, 2014
Nicholas A. Peppas, University of Texas at Austin
Host: Sanat K Kumar

Gaden Lecture


David Sholl

November 11, 2014
David Sholl, Georgia Tech
Host: Sanat K Kumar

Ben O’Shaughnessy

November 25, 2014
Ben O’Shaughnessy, Columbia University

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