Daphne Wui Yarn Chan is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Chan’s research interests center around designing polymers to address global sustainability challenges. She earned her BS in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2013 and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2019. Under the supervision of Bradley Olsen at MIT, she developed strategies for designing engineering plastics from renewable protein feedstock and approaches for recycling waste tire rubber. From 2019 to 2022, she served as a postdoc with Marc Hillmyer at the University of Minnesota, where her research focused on self-assembled block polymers and their applications in ultrafiltration membranes.

Chan has earned several awards recognizing her research contributions, including the University of Minnesota’s President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship and the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design Fellowship.

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2019 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2013 BS, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

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Umscheid honored at oSTEM national conference

ChemE student Abigail Umscheid was awarded Best Undergraduate Poster at the Out in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (oSTEM) national conference. Umscheid, who works with ChemE's Daphne Chan, presented "Proteins as Renewable and Biodegradable Fillers in Polymer Composites."