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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Newsletter – Summer 2015

From the Director

James PetersenWe hope you enjoy the latest edition of our Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering newsletter. I find it rewarding and challenging to be leading the school in such exciting times of unprecedented growth. In the past five years, we have built our programs, moved into a new building on campus, equipped new labs, and developed our work in key strategic research areas. [more]


This cover of ACS Catalysis shows a palladium-iron catalyst and its ability to remove oxygen from m-cresol, which is a model compound for lignin. Cover artwork by Cortland Johnson, PNNL.New catalyst could improve biofuels production

Washington State University researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to making biofuels cheaply and more efficiently. [more]

Norbert KruseMurdock Grant to fund next-generation science at WSU

Washington State University researchers are a big step closer to making futuristic technologies a reality thanks to a $521,800 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. [more]

Haluk Beyenal and a grad student work with a fuel cell.Researchers develop unique waste cleanup for rural areas

Washington State University researchers have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas. [more]

Professor Su Ha and student Byeong Wan Kwon holding fuel cellSu Ha named top researcher

Su Ha has been named among the 3,200 top cited or influential scientific researchers in the world, according to Thomson Reuters. [more]


Monica Bomber, Amanda Scott and Troy Carpenter - members of the Go-KEFI teamMix of skills, viewpoints drives student-entrepreneur success

Students bring together their passion for learning with their motivation to create a successful startup through the Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurship Institute. [more]

Students from WSU’s student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers at a national chemical car competition in Atlanta, GeorgiaWSU student team participates in national chemical car competition

A group of WSU chemical engineering students traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, this year to participate in a national student conference and chemical car competition. [more]

And More…

Students win catalysis society awards
Scientist earns top national award for biofuels research
Alumni gift establishes endowed professorship in energy
Paul Smith receives Voiland School Alumni Award
Iglesia speaks at Lanning Lecture