NICE group presents at AIChE 2017


The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.


The NICE group will be actively participating in the event on October 29 - November 3, 2017 in the Minneapolis Convention Centre, Minneapolis, US:


Ayomi Perera: Investigation of Factors That Induce Cristobalite Formation during Titanosilicate Synthesis and Their Potential Impact on Heterogeneous Catalysis and Nacre-Inspired Composite Gels for Biomedical Applications


Victor Francia Garcia: The Role of Particle Friction in the Stabilization of Pulsed Gas-Solid Fluidized Beds. from Surface Waves to Structured Bubble Nucleation


Kaiqiao Wu: Conditions for Pattern Formation in Pulsed Fluidized Beds


Panos Trogadas: Nature-Inspired Flow Fields for PEM Fuel Cells


Jerome Meng: Bio-Inspired Optimization of Nanochannel Geometry and Surface Chemistry to Improve Water Permeability of Track-Etched Membrane


Kasia Maksimiak: Full-Atom Molecular Simulations of Lysozyme Confined in Realistic Silica Mesopores – Insights in Conformation and Accessibility of Active Sites


Marc-Olivier Coppens: A Nature-Inspired Approach to Aid the Understanding and Improve the Performance of Fluidized Beds, and The Role of Surface Barriers As Dominant Transport Mechanism in Hierarchically Structured Zeolites-- Application to the Alkylation of Benzene with Ethylene (Presented by Sanjeev M Rao of Sabic), and Nature Inspired Chemical Engineering: Development of a New Course on an Emerging Topic (Presented by Daniel Lepek of the Cooper Union, and in collaboration with NICE group member Michele Lynch)


PSRI Lectureship Award in Fluidization

Prof. Marc-Olivier Coppens will receive the PSRI Lectureship Award in Fluidization, presented at the Particle Technology Award Lecture.




She will use ARCHER supercomputer for 6 months to study behavior of biomolecules confined in ordered amorphous silica through all-atom molecular dynamic simulations with explicit water and counter-ions.The simulations will provide a better understanding of the interplay between the adsorbed proteins and mesoporous materials which is necessary to improve drug delivery systems by improving stability and controlled release of the active drug at the site of interest.