Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering News

UT-ORNL Breakthrough Aims to Improve Tech Gadgets, TVs


Phones, tablets, computers, and even televisions use touchscreen technology, which relies on substances that contain rare and costly elements. Now, thanks to a breakthrough led by UT’s College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, that problem could soon be in the past.

Zawodzinski Keeps Focus on Research Amid Mounting Honors

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Tom Zawodzinski, joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Electrical Energy Conversion and Storage, has earned one of the highest honors in his field—being named a fellow of the American Chemical Society’s Polymer Science Division.

National Science Foundation Selects Trinh for CAREER Award

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Cong Trinh, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UT, has become a nationally recognized researcher for his work on bioengineering processes capable of turning waste products into commercial goods.

Breakthrough Involving Students Could Alter Tech, Mining Worlds

A trio of students from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering recently got the chance to work with scientists from around the country on a process that might make it easier and less expensive to obtain rare earth elements.

Eastman Engineers Help Get Unit Ops Lab Running


The growing partnership between the College of Engineering and Eastman became a working arrangement last week—literally. A team of engineers from Eastman came from Kingsport to help install equipment and experiments in the Eastman Unit Ops Laboratory in the Nathan W. Dougherty Engineering Building.