Shih’s thesis focused on specially formulated chain-like molecules called polymers that can help flush contaminants from hard-to-reach crevices in underground aquifers. How these polymers move through porous rocks to dislodge pollutants — and why they are more effective in some settings than in others — is not well understood.

William Schowalter, whose engineering career spans seven decades, has left a lasting mark on the study of fluid mechanics. His profound contribution was recognized on Sunday, May 31, with an honorary degree from Princeton University, where he taught for several decades.

Sixteen scholars from across disciplines, including polymer scientist R. Konane Bay from chemical and biological engineering, have been named Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellows at Princeton. They join 12 fellows who were the first cohort selected to the program last year, with the aim of enhancing diversity in the professoriate.

The National Science Foundation has awarded unrestricted graduate research funding to four Princeton CBE students and recent alumni. They will receive an annual stipend and additional support for three years.

Three research endeavors aimed at fundamental challenges in health, information technology and water conservation have been selected for funding through the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.
David Graves has been appointed professor of chemical and biological engineering, and named to lead a new research enterprise at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He will explore plasma applications in nanotechnology for everything from semiconductor manufacturing to the next generation of super-fast quantum computers.
The American Chemical Society has honored Rodney Priestley with a 2020 Young Investigator Award, citing his pioneering contributions to polymer science. The ACS will hold a symposium in his honor in August.

Christos T. Maravelias has been named the Anderson Family Professor in Energy and the Environment and professor of chemical and biological engineering, effective September 1, 2020.

With the aim of accelerating solutions to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Princeton has awarded University funding for seven new faculty-led research initiatives with strong potential for impact, including one in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

The water bear, a micro-sized animal that can survive environments as extreme as the vacuum of space, could help doctors store high-value cells such as embryos and stem cells at room temperature instead of deep freezing them, which would greatly lower cost and risk. Research on this possibility is one of 11 projects awarded Innovation Research...

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