Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Faculty and Students Present at 2016 Radtech Conference

The RadTech Technology Expo and Conference was held May 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency, O’Hare, Chicago. Billed as the world’s largest event dedicated to the educational, technical, and

scientific advancement of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technologies, it featured several faculty and graduate students in the UI College of Engineering Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.

Julie Jessop, associate professor, served on the RadTech 2016 Technical Conference Review Committee. 

C. Allan Guymon, Sharon K. Tinker Process Safety Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, presented a short course on Design of Experiments for UV/EB Scientists and Engineers. Guymon also presented a session on “Nanostructure hydrogels through photopolymerization in lyotropic liquid crystals.”

Sara Kaalberg, graduate research assistant, presented a short course on “Combining oxiranes and oxetanes to enhance kinetics and improve physical properties.” 

Jon Scholte, graduate research assistant, presented a session on “Controlled monomer architecture for property enhancement in photocured thin films.”

Sage Schissel, graduate research assistant, presented on "Dose rate effects in electron-beam initiated polymerization."

Chemical engineering students collaborated with Professor Brad Dicharry and his graphic art students in submitting posters for the RadTech 2016 competition.  Austin Smoldt-Saenz placed first and Maria Padron placed second. The College of Engineering's NEXUS Office helped facilitate the collaboration between the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Graphic Design Students.