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FALL 2023
Engineering Sciences Building Annex

WVU researchers look to low-tech organic materials for high-tech clean hydrogen fuel production

At WVU's Statler College, a group of engineers is betting on the combined promise of two paths to carbon-neutral power: hydrogen and biomass. GE Plastics Material Engineering Professor Debangsu Bhattacharyya is spearheading research that creates hydrogen energy from biomass feedstocks with the support of roughly $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Research News
Graduate student Negar Farhang Doost, undergraduate students Christopher Smith and Emma Walker, and Soumya Srivastava

WVU Engineer earns $1.2M to revolutionize detection, diagnosis of tick-borne diseases

A team led by a WVU biomedical engineer is working to ramp up and reimagine how medical professionals diagnose tick-borne infections such as Lyme disease. Srivastava’s project was recently awarded $1.2 million as a joint initiative between the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. 
Changle Jiang

WVU engineers seek to re-use waste plastics to make valuable petrochemicals

WVU engineers, led by research assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering and principal investigator of the project Yuxin Wang, hope to debottleneck the remaining challenges for recycling of single-use plastic packaging by upcycling them into petrochemicals. Funded by a $859,136 grant from the REMADE Institute, a public-private partnership established by the U.S. Department of Energy, and Braskem, the team aims to increase the recycling rate of single-use plastics by converting plastic waste into valuable aromatics that are used to create petrochemical materials.
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Faculty News
Winners of the Statler College's 2022-2023 outstanding teaching, advising, research and staff awards.

Statler College Announces teaching, advising, research and staff awards

Bhattacharyya and Bennewitz, faculty in the chemical and biomedical engineering department have been recognized as Outstanding Researcher and Educator of the Year.
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Academy News
Members of the Academy of Chemical Engineers gather for their annual meeting and banquet, on Friday, April 14, 2023, at the Erickson Alumni Center, in Morgantown, W.Va.

Academy Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet

The 2023-2024 Chemical Engineering Academy Scholars were announced and recognized at the annual Academy Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet on April 14, 2023. The 2023-2024 Academy Scholars are Dayne E. Gibson, Joshua M. Swecker and Ha Ngoc Ngan Tran.

Academy Inductees

Student Achievements
Student showing capstone presentation

Seniors shine as they present their capstones to the Statler College community

Senior chemical and biomedical engineering students presented their capstone projects to peers faculty and the Statler College community in April.
Student in cap and gown at graduation

Spring Commencement

During 2022-2023, 38 students received bachelors degrees in chemical engineering, 46 students received bachelors degrees in biomedical engineering, 4 students received masters degrees and 11 students received doctoral degrees. View the Ceremony | Recent Graduate testimonials Caiola-Daniszewski and Brown
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In Memoriam
Shannon Adams working with young children

In Remembrance Of

Chair's Message

Dear Alumni and Friends,

It is hard to believe that I am finishing my second year as department chairperson at WVU. Throughout this newsletter you’ll see why I am very proud of my students, staff and faculty.

The Department continues to grow and our research expenditures are over $5 million per year. Our NSF ranking on research expenditures has increased from 62 last year to 39 this year, placing us in the top 50 in the country for the first time. Significant research awards have been granted to multiple faculties including Drs. John Hu, Debangsu Bhattacharyya, Wenyuan Li, Oishi Sanyal, Fernando Lima, Yuxin Wang, Soumya Srivastava, Moriah Katt, Stephen Cain, and Margaret Bennewitz.

And even though the department and the university are undergoing significant changes through the Academic Transformation, I believe that this initiative will result in a stronger department in the future. This provides an incredible opportunity to take a leadership role in innovative and purposeful research and adopt a future-focused approach to address evolving work force needs. I expect that these changes will drive progress and prosperity in the region and provide a learning lab for our students to solve real-world problems impacting West Virginia and the world.

I look forward to sharing more accomplishments from our students, faculty, and staff with each of you next year!

Srinivas Palanki
Srinivas Palanki
Chair and Professor
Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
West Virginia University
srinivas.palanki@mail.wvu.edu | cbe.statler.wvu.edu
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