The Ninth Annual Gaden Memorial Lecture

The department held its 9th Gaden Lecture, named after the late Elmer L. Gaden Jr, who is widely known as the “Father of Biochemical Engineering”. The Gaden Memorial Lecture is an annual event examining the changing interface between chemical engineering, cognate sciences, and society.

Our speaker was Joan F. Brennecke, who is the Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and was the founding director of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame. She joined Notre Dame after completing her Ph.D. and M.S. (1989 and 1987) degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her B.S. at the University of Texas at Austin (1984). Her research interests are primarily in the development of less environmentally harmful solvents. These include supercritical fluids and ionic liquids.

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