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Rachel Segalman Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Oct. 23, 2019

Congratulations to Professor and UCSB Chemical Engineering Department Chair and M-WET Associate Director Rachel Segalman on her induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a society dedicated to honoring excellence and leadership, working across disciplines and divides, and advancing the common good!

Sally Jiao - Windows on Walls

Oct. 23, 2019

GAP 1 Student Leader and UCSB Chemical Engineering graduate student Sally Jiao takes a closer look at the work being done at the Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Function, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), in her piece "Windows on Walls" featured in the Frontiers in Energy Research Newsletter.

Benny D. Freeman Gave PMSE/POLY Plenary Lecture

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Aug. 29, 2019

Benny D. Freeman gave the American Chemical Society PMSE/POLY Plenary Lecture at the PMSE/POLY Award ceremony and reception entitled, "Ion Solubility, Diffusivity, and Transport in Charged Polymer Membranes". He was presented with a plaque of appreciation by the PMSE and POLY Chair.

Christopher M. Bates Named PMSE Young Investigator

Aug. 29, 2019

Christopher M. Bates was named a PMSE Young Investigator at the American Chemical Society Fall 2019 PMSE Young Investigator Symposium in San Diego.

M-WET Students Receive EFRC "Student and Postdoc Team Science Competition Award"

Aug. 5, 2019

Segolene Antoine, Gosia Chwatko, Sally Jiao, and Rahul Sujanani have received an award for the Student and Postdoc Team Science Competition at the 2019 EFRC PI Meeting for their presentation on “Influence of Membrane Architecture on Fluid Transport”.

Mikayla Barry Awarded ALS Doctoral Fellowship in Residence

Aug. 5, 2019

Mikayla Barry has been awarded the ALS Doctoral Fellowship in Residence for the 2019-20 academic year. Mikayla is a Ph.D. student in Professor Rachel Segalman’s Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The World of Water Science: Cleaning Contaminated Water for a Wetter Future

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June 19, 2019

Rahul Sujanani - As civilization marches on, humanity struggles with a lack of suitably clean water and energy. These two are among the most important challenges we face, because solving them could mitigate other issues such as food scarcity, poverty, and poor health. Water and energy, however, are interconnected in a relationship known as the water-energy nexus; it takes copious amounts of energy to purify water on a large scale and a considerable amount of fresh water to produce energy.

Modeling the Future: Leveraging Theory to Analyze, Design, and Synthesize Novel Materials

June 19, 2019

Sally Jiao - A chef can spend a lifetime perfecting a recipe: adjusting the ingredients, creating the dish, sampling its flavors, making changes, and trying again. Similarly, a scientist can spend a lifetime perfecting a material. While the world can wait a few decades for the next groundbreaking risotto, the materials we need to solve today’s most pressing energy problems are required much sooner. A number of Energy Frontier Research Centers are exploring ways to leverage theory to create these material “recipes” faster.

Nate Lynd Receives ACS PMSE Arthur K. Doolittle Award

April 4, 2019

Nathaniel Lynd (The University of Texas at Austin) was awarded the American Chemical Society (ACS) Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division, Arthur K. Doolittle Award 2018, https://pmsedivision.org/doolittle-award/, for his outstanding talk "Mono(µ-oxo)-dialuminum (MOD) initiated polymerization of epoxides to new functional materials," presented during a PMSE symposium at the 2019 Spring ACS National Meeting in Orlando, Florida on April 3, 2019.