Research Spotlight

The latest research news from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Tulane Researchers Awarded Grant to Develop Smart Polymers September 19, 2014

Tulane researchers awarded grant to develop smart polymers The National Science Foundation has awarded a group of 14 Louisiana and Mississippi researchers – including four from Tulane University – up to $6 million to develop tools that will help strengthen the regional workforce and broaden opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Pesika Lab Awarded Grant JuLy 24, 2013

Dr. KhismatullinThe Pesika lab, in collaboration with Dr. Khismatullin (BME, Tulane) was awarded a research grant by the National Science Foundation to better understand the mechanisms involved in the lubrication of porous polymer-based surfaces or coatings with ultra-low coefficients of friction.

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Doctoral Student Wins Gates Foundation Grant Summer 2012

Lakhinder Kamboj

Lakhinder Kamboj, a doctoral student in Noshir Pesika’s laboratory submitted a winning proposal to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation netting a $100,000, Round 8 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant.

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Getting a Grip on Groundwater Pollution April 18, 2011

NanofexA team of Tulane engineers led by Vijay John is addressing the problem of groundwater pollution through the formation of NanoFex — a company with an innovative method to curb contaminants in groundwater using a technology John developed in his lab.

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W. Godbey Editorial Featured in Future Oncology March 2011

W.T. Godbey EditorialTo kill cancer cells is the ultimate objective of oncology researchers, but deciding exactly how to go about the task presents a wide array of logical approaches. Of the several routes one could take to achieve cancer cell death, perhaps one of the most poetic methods is to trick cancer cells into performing the task themselves by committing suicide.

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Engineering to Navigate Next Disaster February 23, 2011

Barataria BayEngineers from Tulane and Louisiana State universities teamed up to draft an article that explores key issues related to last year’s Gulf of Mexico Macondo well oil spill and proposes the need for predictive modeling tools to forecast and manage the next spill.

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Tricking Cancer Cells to Self-Destruct November 22, 2010

W.T. GodbeyTulane University researcher W T. Godbey has developed a treatment for cancer using a method that causes cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing surrounding healthy cells. While clinical trials with human patients are two to three years in the future, the treatment has been successful in animal models.

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Oil Spill Research Hits Tulane Labs September 10, 2010

Gulf Oil SpillTulane University scientists are among more than 150 recipients of National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research grants to study the impact of oil that spewed from the Macondo oil field into the Gulf of Mexico after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

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‘Good Science’ Takes on Oil Crisis September 8, 2010

Oil Crisis ConventionA group of academics, government scientists and industry representatives met in Rogers Memorial Chapel on the Tulane uptown campus on Thursday (Sept. 2) for the third in a series of “listening sessions” organized by the Unified Command of the Deepwater BP Oil Spill.

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Stuck Up May 20, 2010

Noshir PesikaShe's four years old, lives in a lab in the Boggs building and is among a family of reptiles inspiring development of a new reusable dry adhesive. She's a Tokay gecko named Nikki.

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Invited article featured on cover of Chemical Physics Letters January 18, 2010

Lawrence Pratt Chemical Physics LettersLawrence Pratt’s invited "Frontiers Article," featured on the cover of Chemical Physics Letters. “Ion selectivity from local configurations of ligands in solutions and ion channels,” published in Volume 485, Issue 1-3, January 18, 2010.

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Engineering Professor Wins Prestigious Early Career Award January 31, 2008

Hank AshbaughHank Ashbaugh, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Tulane, he has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and $431,000 in research funding for a five-year study.

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