Young-Shin Jun

Professor Jun named a fellow by the American Chemical Society

Young-Shin Jun, professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering, has been named a fellow by the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society. She is the first recipient from the McKelvey School of Engineering and the third at Washington University in St. Louis. Jun is one of 70 members of the society to be named […]

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Solving the plastic problem

Most of the plastic we use today is petroleum-based and nonbiodegradable, creating more waste to crowd oceans and landfills. To address this daunting problem, Arpita Bose, an assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, and her laboratory have spearheaded research on bioplastics. Her lab is among the first in the world to use microbial electrosynthesis […]

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3D printing: A model for sustainable construction?

Could 3D printing change the way buildings are made? That was the question explored by a team of Washington University in St. Louis students from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the School of Engineering & Applied Science. With support from the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES), the team […]

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The high price of cheap fashion

80 billion pieces of new clothing are purchased each year around the globe. The majority of these products are assembled in LMICs (low and middle income countries), while the United States consumes more clothing and textiles than any other nation in the world. Researchers from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis assert […]

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McDonnell Scholar Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition

McDonnell Scholar Po-Cheng Lin delivered a winning presentation at the Three Minute Thesis competition during the McDonnell Academy 7th International Symposium in Beijing, China. One of the highlights at the Symposium was the 3MT® Competition, featuring 15 students from McDonnell partner universities. The judges narrowed the winners to one student per theme, and the audience selected […]

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Giant filter towers to clean the air? A WashU expert weighs in

“The Smog Project,” designed by Dubai-based architecture firm Znera Space, is an ambitious proposal to clean the air in Delhi, one of the world’s most polluted cities. The project proposes a series of 328 feet-high air filtration towers, each producing more than 353 million cubic feet of clean air per day. The towers would suck […]

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New research gives precise look at underground CO2 abatement process

New research by scientists at Washington University in St. Louis sheds light on what happens underground when CO2 is injected into basalt, illustrating precisely how effective the volcanic rock could be as an abatement agent for CO2 emissions. The research, led by Daniel Giammar, the Walter E. Browne Professor of Environmental Engineering in the School of […]

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WashU researchers rethink the world’s energy sources

Washington University in St. Louis researchers have received a $3.9 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE). The grant is to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels — energy sources made from plants or microbes. Researchers at the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering & Applied Science are seeking to make biofuels whose production would […]

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McDonnell Academy 7th International Symposium

35 Premier universities united to address the world’s most critical problems of the 21st century at the McDonnell Academy 7th International Symposium, cohosted by Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, October 11-14, 2018. The meeting created space for joint investigation on complex global issues, drawing on a diversity of perspectives from multiple countries and disciplines. It offered […]

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Global collaborations, holistic solutions

Washington University hosts forums for India, Greater China Washington University in St. Louis’ commitment to finding collaborative, creative solutions for far-reaching global problems is deep and wide-reaching. Of particular concern is the environment, and making the necessary choices to ensure the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat is safe, […]

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