Chemical engineering

Airborne Viruses Can Spread on Dust, Nonrespiratory Particles

August 18, 2020
Influenza viruses can spread through the air on dust, fibers and other microscopic particles, according to new research from the University of California, Davis, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The findings, with obvious implications for coronavirus transmission as well as influenza, are published Aug. 18 in Nature Communications.

Going viral

June 24, 2020

Though viruses are known for causing diseases like COVID-19, UC Davis chemical engineers Karen McDonald and Priya Shah think they can be as beneficial as they are destructive. From producing and purifying drugs for humans in space to inspiring new tools for biotechnology, viruses are being re-engineered to help humans who are suffering from injuries or diseases.

Dr. Jennifer Nill receives the 2020 Zuhair A. Munir Award

February 24, 2020

Dr. Jennifer Nill is this year’s recipient of the Zuhair A. Munir Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the College of Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering in December 2019.

Cornell’s Lynden A. Archer discusses cost-effective and efficient storage of energy at the 2020 Winter Distinguished Lecture

February 03, 2020
Lynden A. Archer is the James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and David Croll Director of the Cornell Energy Systems Institute. Archer’s lecture, “Breaking Rules for Cost-Effective Storage of Energy,” focused on how rechargeable electrochemical cells based on earth-abundant metallic anodes offer the potential for transformative advances in cost-effective storage of electrical energy.

Fluid Mechanics Pioneer: Professor Emeritus Stephen Whitaker

September 27, 2019

By Aditi Risbud Bartl

Growing up in California’s Carmel woods, near Carmel-by-the-Sea, chemical engineering emeritus professor Stephen Whitaker began his path toward UC Davis as a chemistry major at UC Berkeley in the 1950s. He switched majors to chemical engineering in his sophomore year and was inspired by a new course on unit operations.

2019 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients and faculty awards

September 23, 2019

Each year, the UC Davis College of Engineering recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and community. Faculty members are nominated by their respective departments and selected by the college’s faculty awards committee. This year, five professors will receive awards honoring their accomplishments at the Celebration of Faculty Excellence awards ceremony and reception on October 10 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in the Shields Library Courtyard.