2014 Distinguished Young Scholars Seminar

The Department of Chemical Engineering has held the “Distinguished Young Scholars Summer Seminar Series” annually since 2011. Each year, a panel of ChemE grad students invites a distinguished group of postdoctoral researchers and graduate students selected from the large pool of national applicants to visit Seattle to present their research at the department’s summer seminar. The top speaker chosen by the panel will also receive $500.

Seminars are held on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. in PAA A102, with a social time to follow the seminar in the Benson Hall lobby.

2014 Schedule of Speakers:

Date   Speaker and Lecture Title
July 7 Fuquan Tu
University of Pennsylvania

Using stimuli-responsive Janus particles as dynamically tunable solid surfactants to study differences and similarities between Janus particles and amphiphilic molecules. 

July 14 Simon Pang
University of Colorado-Boulder

Rational design of heterogeneous catalysts for selective hydrogeneration of multifunctional molecules, aided by fundamental surface science investigations. 

July 21 Julianne Holloway, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania

Designing materials that mimic the native structure or biological signaling inherent in orthopedic tissues in order to improve treatment following injury. 

July 28 Kevin Solomon, Ph.D.
University of California – Santa Barbara

Developing sustainable biorefineries in traditional and non-model microbes through the use of systems and synthetic biology.

August 4 Albert Keung, Ph.D.
Boston University

Synthetic approaches to control cell fate and function. 

August 11 Brent Nannenga, Ph.D.
Howard Hughes Medical Institutes

Overcoming barriers in structual biology through novel method development. 

August 18 Amir Haji-Akbari, Ph.D.
Princeton University

Computer-aided molecular engineering of crystallization in pursuit of more potent functional materials, cleaner sources of energy and better climate. 

August 25 Heather Mayes
Northwestern University

Harnessing computational chemistry to reveal reaction mechanisms that convert cellulose to renewable fuels and chemicals.

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