January 31, 2024 BATON ROUGE, LA – LSU Chemical Engineering Associate Professor Bhuvnesh Bharti and his former graduate student Jin Gyun Lee have been issued a patent for their technology which utilizes lignin nanoparticles to provide an eco-friendly method for oil spill cleanup. It’s the first patent awarded to an LSU College of Engineering faculty this year.
November 15, 2023 BATON ROUGE, LA – In 2022, the average global sea level reached a record high at 101.2 millimeters—four inches above 1993 levels. That same year, the National Weather Service recorded an all-time high of 13 “significant weather events.” Both of these statistics signal a greater challenge when it comes to the resiliency of coastal communities and their infrastructure, but it’s one a pair of LSU Engineering researchers are taking on through a nearly $500,000 National Science Foundation Future Manufacturing Award.
October 16, 2023 BATON ROUGE, LA – Tong Gao, a postdoctoral associate in the LSU Cain Department of Chemical Engineering, recently received a Louisiana Materials Design Alliance, or LAMDA, Seed Track 1C Postdoctoral Research Award.
October 4, 2023 BATON ROUGE, LA – In a recently published paper in Angewandte Chemie, LSU Chemical Engineering Associate Professor Kunlun Ding and his research group detail a new concept for recycling plastic waste.
September 21, 2023 BATON ROUGE, LA – Researchers from LSU’s Cain Department of Chemical Engineering and Tulane University’s Biomedical Engineering Department synthesized sub-100 nm gold nanoshells, i.e., particles with silica cores covered by a thin gold shell, and used them to improve the penetration depth of photoacoustic imaging. Gold nanoshells are promising candidates for biomedical imaging and cancer therapy, but synthetic challenges have limited their diameters to greater than 100 nm for more than 20 years. LSU chemical engineers synthesized 62 nm nanoshells and collaborated with Tulane biomedical engineers to demonstrate a 50% improvement in the photoacoustic imaging depth compared to current state-of-the-art nanoshells.
August 30, 2023 BATON ROUGE, LA – Researchers in LSU’s Cain Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE) and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) have developed an energy-efficient method for rapidly removing pharmaceuticals and other micropollutants from natural waters, like the Mississippi River. The result could help reduce the carbon footprint of reclaiming and reusing water in drought-prone areas.
August 23, 2023 BATON ROUGE, LA – In five years’ time, LSU Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor Jimmy Lawrence’s current project may enable patients to benefit from metal-free MRI contrast agents that are safer, more reliable, and chemically versatile. Indeed, these new contrast agents could prove crucial for the diagnosis and monitoring of damaged blood vessels, small tumors, and abnormal tissues.