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Prof. You was recently notified of his selection for another national award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) this year. AIChE is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 50,000 members from over 110 countries. In addition to the 2017 AIChE Sustainable Engineering Research Excellence Award, Prof. You also receives the 2017 AIChE Environmental Division Early Career Award. This award is presented by AIChE to honor an individual with outstanding contributions in Environmental Chemical […]

Another National Award from AIChE this year


Prof. You has been selected to receive the 2017 AIChE Sustainable Engineering Research Excellence Award (formerly named “Research Excellence in Sustainable Engineering Award”). This award is presented annually to recognize an individual with significant contributions to research activities on sustainability, and it is most prestigious award given by AIChE honoring sustainability research. Prof. You was recognized for “fundamental contributions to sustainability analysis and optimization methods as well as applications to advanced materials, process manufacturing and energy systems.” The award will […]

AIChE Sustainable Engineering Research Award


PEESE graduate student Daniel Garcia was recently awarded the Presidential Fellowship, which is the most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students by Northwestern University. This highly competitive award is funded by the President of the University. Daniel has previously received Ryan Fellowship (2013-2015), ISEN Cluster Fellowship (2015-2016) and two Honorable Mentions by NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2014 and 2015). Congratulations, Daniel!

Daniel awarded NU Presidential Fellowship



Jiyao Gao, a PEESE graduate student, was selected to receive a Sustainable Engineering Forum Student Paper Award from AIChE this year. These student paper awards are presented to graduate students who published the best technical papers that describe results related to engineering and sustainability. Jiyao is one of the three Student Award recipients this year, and he will receive $500 for travel expenses associated with attending this year’s AIChE annual meeting, plus a certificate of recognition. The committee made the […]

Jiyao wins AIChE SEF Student Paper Award


Minbo’s recent paper “Comparative Techno-Economic and Environmental Analysis of Ethylene and Propylene Manufacturing from Wet Shale Gas and Naphtha” (Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2017, 56 (14), pp 4038–4051), was selected to feature on the cover of May 2017 issue of Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. The top graphic of the following cover art is taken from our publication in this issue.  

I&EC Research Cover


In the recent M.Eng. graduation ceremony, two PEESE M.Eng. students were recognized with distinguished awards by the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Imran Yasin received the 2017 Outstanding M.Eng. Project Award (one student per year). Imran’s project is on “Application of Data Mining Principles for making predictive model for high Product Quality” with application to bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing. He also recently presented his research at the M.Eng. retreat on the theme of “Leading the Way in Professional Engineering Education: […]

Awards to Imran and Ivy



Two graduate students from Prof. José María Ponce-Ortega’s group, Aurora de Fátima Sánchez-Bautista and José Ezequiel Santibañez-Aguilar, visited PEESE last year. Their research work on pollution trading to improve the sustainability of energy systems was selected to feature on the cover of the March 2017 issue of ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. The upper left graphic of the following cover art is taken from our publication in this issue.

Another ACS-SCE Cover


Prof. You was recently invited to become a member of AIChE Journal Consulting Editors Board. AIChE Journal editorial team made the invitation to acknowledge Prof. You’s expertise and stature as a prominent chemical engineering researcher. AIChE Journal is the flagship journal of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Besides, Prof. You joins the Editorial Board of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, a high-impact journal published by American Chemical Society (ACS) on sustainability and green chemistry.

Joining Editorial Boards of AIChE Journal and ACS-SCE


In the recent updated list of “Top cited AIChE Journal papers from 2015”, the No. 1 and No. 2 most cited articles are both from PEESE. Please follow the link below for the full list of “top cited papers” at the AIChE Journal website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1547-5905/homepage/MostCited.html#cited15 In the earlier “top cited” list, the No. 1 top cited AIChE Journal papers from 2012 and from 2013 are also both authored by PEESE researchers.  The lists are available in the following webpages of […]

No. 1 most cited AIChE J. articles from 2012, 2013, ...



PEESE researchers recently co-authored an article in Science Advances. The title of the paper is “In silico discovery of metal-organic frameworks for precombustion CO2 capture using a genetic algorithm.” It worth noting that one of the co-authors, Prof. J. Fraser Stoddart, was award the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry early this month, one week before the paper was officially published online.    

Science Advances paper


The cover of the June 2016 issue of ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. features our recent work on robust design selection of cost-effective bioconversion product and process network processing pathways under uncertainty. The top graphic of the following cover art is taken from our publication in this issue (see J. Gong, D. J. Garcia, and F. You; DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b00188).

ACS Journal Cover Feature


Prof. You was recently appointed as Associate Editor of Computers & Chemical Engineering, the flagship journal of Process Systems Engineering. As an Associate Editor of the Journal, Prof. You handles submissions in the areas of Optimization and Energy Systems Engineering.

Associate Editor of Comput. & Chem. Eng.



Dajun recently accepted an offer of Operations Research Scientist from Amazon.com. After completing his PhD in summer 2016, Dajun will move to Seattle and join a group of 30+ PhDs, including a number of chemical engineers, to optimize the supply chain and inventory management of the largest e-retailer in the U.S. Besides, Dajun recently received the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Student Abroad with a $6,000 cash prize. Congratulations, Dajun!

Dajun to join Amazon


Prof. You recently received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER award is the most prestigious recognition given by the NSF to teacher-scholars early in their academic careers. The awarded research project, titled ‘A Computational Framework for Multiscale Optimization of Sustainability for Process Supply Chains,’ aims to incorporate sustainability principles systematically and effectively into the design and optimization of process systems. Below is a story from Cornell Research on this award: https://research.cornell.edu/research/environmental-issues-and-process-industries    

NSF CAREER Award


Prof. You was recently invited to join the Editorial Advisory Board of Computers & Chemical Engineering, the flagship journal of the Process Systems Engineering field. A list of current editorial board members are available here.

Joining C&CE Editorial Board



Dr. Chang He was recently appointed as a “Bai Ren” Associate Professor at Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China). The faculty fellowship provides him with a competitive salary and a generous start-up package. Our heartfelt congratulations to Chang for this well deserved position!

Chang’s Bai Ren Fellowship


Congratulations to Jian on his recent publication titled “Perovskite Photovoltaics: Life-Cycle Assessment of Energy and Environmental Impacts” in Energy & Environmental Science! EES has an impact factor of 20.523, making it the #1 ranking journal in three ISI Web of Science subject categories: Chemical Engineering, Energy & Fuels, and Environmental Science. Besides, this paper was selected as a cover of July 2015 issue of Energy & Environmental Science. This work is covered/highlighted by a number of news media that include, […]

Journal cover and media coverage of perovskite paper


Jiyao’s recent paper “Shale Gas Supply Chain Design and Operations toward Better Economic and Life Cycle Environmental Performance” published in ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. has drawn some media attentions. These include, but are certainly not limited to, the following ones: Northwestern News R&D Magazine ScienceDaily Phys.org Big Ten Network Manufacturing Net

Shale gas paper in the news



A recent book edited by Prof. You was recently published by Elsevier. This book titled “Sustainability of Products, Processes and Supply Chains: Theory and Applications” presents recent method developments and applications on the interface between sustainability and process systems engineering. The 25 chapters of this book are contributed by 90 leading researchers and experts in this area from 21 countries. These chapters cover a variety of topics, including energy systems design, CO2 capture and utilization, sustainable/energy supply chain optimization, and […]

Sustainability book published


Yunfei recently accepted a offer from ExxonMobil, and will move to Texas later this month to start his new job as a senior engineer. Congratulations, Yunfei!

Yunfei joins ExxonMobil


Our recent article on life cycle environmental and economic comparative analysis of solar panel manufacturing (Solar Energy, vol. 105, pp. 669–678, 2014) has been highlighted in Nature News (Nature, vol. 510, pp. 317, 2014). http://www.nature.com/news/seven-days-13-19-june-2014-1.15417#/trend This work is also covered by a number of media outlets that include, but are not limited to, the following ones: Argonne National Laboratory Headline Northwestern Press Release National Geographic Chemistry World New York Times Businessweek China Daily  

Paper featured in Nature



Prof. You was recently elected to chair the Programming Area 23C of the Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF) at AIChE for 2014-2015. Similar to his role as the 2016 CAST 10A chair, Prof. You will involve in the programming and will coordinate the sessions and program of Area 23C: “Sustainable Energy” of AIChE. Area 23C includes a number of sessions on engineering sustainability and sustainable energy systems.

Prof. You chairs Area 23C: “Sustainable Energy”


PEESE recently receives multiple recognitions from Computers & Chemical Engineering, the flagship journal in the Process Systems Engineering area. These recognitions include: Two Most Cited Articles in 2010-2012 (one on scheduling and control, and the other one on oil spill response planning) Two Most Downloaded Articles in 2012-2013 (one for the gasification paper, and the other one for the pyrolysis paper) A Reviewer Award.

Recognitions from C&CE


Prof. You was recently elected to be a programming chair for the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Division of AIChE. This is the first time that program coordinators are selected by a division-wide open voting process. Prof. You will involve in the programming and will coordinate the sessions and program of Area 10A: Systems and Process Design of the CAST Division in 2016. This area includes a number of conventional sessions on process and product design, as well as emerging […]

Prof. You elected to chair 10A: “Systems and Process Design”



Dajun Yue, a PEESE graduate student, was selected to receive the CAST Student Travel Award from the CAST Division of AIChE. All nomination packages were reviewed by a committee of 4 CAST Officers, and the competition was stiff. Dajun is one of the 5 CAST Travel Grant winners this year. The awards consist of $500 to support Dajun’s travel to attend the AIChE Annual Meeting, plus a ticket to the CAST Division Dinner at the Annual Meeting, where the recipients […]

Dajun receives CAST Student Travel Award


Prof. You was recently selected to be the recipient of 2013 Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Award. This award recognizes extraordinary early career scientist in energy research. One recipient per year was selected by a committee with members from both Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory. More details are available in the Northwestern University Press Release.

Prof. You receives Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Award


Belinda Wang, who will be graduating this November, has accepted a full-time position at Honeywell’s Buffalo Research Center as a Research Scientist. Honeywell is a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies to address tough challenges such as energy and sustainability. Belinda did her summer internship at Honeywell, and she is planning to start her full-time position there in early 2013. Congratulations, Belinda!

Belinda to start as a Research Scientist at Honeywell



Professor You was selected to be one of the 18 Searle Fellows for AY 2012 – 2013 at Northwestern University. The Searle Fellows program is a multi-disciplinary, year-long program for early career faculty. Established in 1999, the program aims to provide faculty with the expertise and knowledge to critically assess and solve problems in their courses. Participants design innovative approaches to teaching to advance their students’ learning and to develop their own teaching practice. The department chairs nominate the fellows […]

Prof. You selected as a Searle Teaching Fellow


Professor You was recently recognized as a Computers & Chemical Engineering Top Reviewer of 2011. Computers & Chemical Engineering is a major journal in Process Systems Engineering. The journal publisher appreciate Professor You’s contributions to this journal through the following citation: “Your thoughtful critiques and timely edits have allowed us to maintain our standards of publishing high quality articles and continue to serve the process systems engineering community.”

Prof. You recognized as a Top Reviewer of C&CE


Prof. You’s research on economic and uncertainty analysis for photovoltaics has been selected as the journal cover of the September, 2011 issue of Energy & Environmental Science, which has an impact factor of 20.523. The economic analysis model and stochastic simulation framework was developed by Prof. You. Other co-authors are Argonne researchers Seth Darling and Thomas Veselka, as well as Gartner Analyst Alfonso Velosa. Press Coverages: Chemistry World R&D Magazine My Solar News Electronics News Solar Knowledge Today’s Energy Solution

Paper selected as the journal cover of “Energy Environ. Sci.”