UD's Epps invited participant at EU-US Frontiers in Engineering Symposium
The University of Delaware’s Thomas H. Epps, III, is one of 30 early-career engineers nationwide invited to attend the 2013 European Union-United States Frontiers of Engineering Symposium to be held Nov. 21-23 in Chantilly, France.
Organized by the National Academy of Engineering and the European Council of Applied Sciences and Engineering, the symposium will focus on nanosensors, big data, the future of transportation, and wireless broadband. A total of 60 participants, 30 from the United States and 30 from Europe, will discuss their leading-edge research.
“It is an opportunity to share my research and to establish a professional network with emerging engineers, scientists and others across the globe conducting impactful research in fields outside of chemical engineering,” said Epps, the Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
A chemical engineer by training, Epps’ UD research focuses on designing, building and characterizing new polymers (long chain molecules containing many chemically bonded units). Currently, his group is studying polymers that self-assemble into periodic and nanometer-scale structures for applications including conducting membranes, surface templates and drug delivery carriers. Read more...
UD's Wagner to receive Thomas Baron Award at AIChE national meeting
Norman Wagner, Alvin B. and Julia O. Stiles Professor and former chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware, has been selected to receive the Thomas Baron Award at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) annual meeting Nov. 3-8 in San Francisco.
Given annually, the award recognizes outstanding scientific or technical accomplishments that have had significant impact in the field of fluid-particle systems or a related field.
Wagner, who directs the University’s Center for Neutron Science (CNS), is a world-renowned expert in the area of colloidal suspension rheology. He is credited with advancing understanding of fluid-particle systems comprised of colloidal dispersions and for developing new environments to study these systems under process flow.
This work has been so successful that these sample environments are now a standard part of the normal proposal process at the National Center for Neuron Research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. and the Institut Laue-Langevin, Europe's premier neutron scattering facility in Grenoble, France. Read more...
UD alumna is assistant professor at Tulane University
Julie N. L. Albert, a UD alumna, is now an assistant professor at Tulane University. Albert earned her doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 2011 under the advisement of Thomas H. Epps, III, Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Currently, Albert is studying the use of combinatorial methods to engineer nano- and micro-structured polymeric materials for cancer research, alternative energy, and other applications involving biological systems. Her previous research focused on developing gradient methods for exploring the effects of surface interactions on block copolymer thin film self-assembly and tailoring the chemical and mechanical properties of silicone elastomer networks for cell mobility studies and peptide assembly.
Kiick to discuss medical applications for protein resilin on NPR's Science Friday
The University of Delaware’s Kristi Kiick will appear on the National Public Radio weekly science talk show Science Friday on Aug. 9. Kiick, professor of materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering, will discuss her research on resilin, a rubber-like protein that occurs in nature and may have practical applications in medicine. Hosted by veteran science journalist Ira Flatow, Science Friday is broadcast live over public radio stations nationwide from 2-4 p.m. Eastern time. To tune into the broadcast, visit the website for a list of affiliated public radio stations or directions to listen online. Read more...
UD Undergraduates Participate in Summer Research Projects
A group of undergraduate students is spending their summer participating in research experiences with CMET faculty. Connor Hodges, Michael Karavolias, and Ellen Reed are working with Prof. Thomas Epps; Merideth Steepkamer is working with Prof. Eric Furst; Ryan Dudek, Ian LeBlanc, and Samuel Schenkman are working with Prof. Chris Roberts; and Tony Pallenta and Keyi Xu are working with Prof. Norman Wagner.