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Congratulations to Dr. Peter Smirniotis for receiving the 2014 Lawrence K. Cecil Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)! The Cecil Award is AIChE’s highest recognition for achievements in the Environmental area. Dr. Smirniotis was selected for his contributions to environmental protection, specifically his work on photocatalytic cleaning, titled “Protecting our Environment with Catalysis and Reaction Engineering.” He will receive the award during the annual AIChE meeting in November 2014
Dr. Chia-Chi Ho Promoted, Selected for ELATE Fellowship
Congratulations to Dr. Chia-Chi Ho who was recently promoted from Associate Professor to Professor in Chemical Engineering, effective August 15, 2014. Dr. Ho was also selected to participate in the ELATE fellowship, a prestigious professional development program for women in the STEM fields. ELATE is a one-year, part-time program that focuses on developing personal and professional leadership skills, promoting change initiatives at universities, and managing resources and finances to enhance organizations.
Dr. Angelopoulos Becomes Program Chair of Chemical Engineering
Dr. Anastasios Angelopoulos has taken over as the program chair of the Chemical Engineering program, beginning in the Fall 2014 semester. Dr. Angelopoulos is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering who specializes in the field of colloid and surface chemistry. He holds numerous patents in these areas. His current research interests include how nanotechnology interfaces with electrocatalysis for sustainable energy products and the development of membrane catalysts for medical diagnostics. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Tufts University and his PhD. from Princeton University. Dr. Angelopoulos’ teaching at UC has been recognized by a Research Experiences for Undergraduates Mentor Award from the National Science Foundation as well as the prestigious Neil Wandmacher Teaching Award for Young Faculty in 2012. Congratulations to Dr. Angelopoulos on this new role!
Dr. Junhang Dong has stepped down as Graduate Director of the Chemical Engineering Program after years of outstanding service. We owe a debt of gratitude both to him and to Professor Joo-Youp Lee, who has kindly agreed to take over as the new graduate program director.
Dr. Anastasios Angelopoulos has received a grant totaling $399,785 from the National Science Foundation for his project titled “Sustainable Synthesis of Bismuth-Based Core-Shell Nanoparticles for Alternative Energy Applications.” The primary objective of this research is to develop safe, sustainable, and scalable chemical syntheses that produce metal nanoparticles (NPs) having bismuth as their core component. Read more.
Dr. Junhang Dong’s Sensor Project Wins UCR Award The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) awarded Dr. Junhang Dong and his group $399,666 for their project on developing sensors for coal-based power plants. Dr. Dong’s project was one of six selected by the DoE’s University Coal Research Program (UCR). The 36-month research project will focus on developing a new type of low-cost, robust metal-ceramic sensor for high-temperature applications. The sensors will be tested for real-time distributed monitoring of temperatures up to 1000°C in gases relevant to coal-based power plants. Read more.
Siva Nagi Reddy Inturi, a PhD student working with Dr. Peter Smirniotis, received the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (CRE) Travel award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He was selected for his work titled “Novel One-step Synthesis of N-doped TiO2 by Liquid Flame Aerosol Method (LFSP) for Visible Light Photocatalysis of Organic Pollutants.” This impressive accomplishment includes a $400 award and an invitation to the AIChE Annual Meeting in Atlanta, November 16-20, 2014. Congratulations!