ACES: Association of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students

2014 Distinguished Young Scholars Seminar

Dr. Brent Nannenga

The 2014 winner for best DYSS seminar (selected by our students) is Dr. Brent Nannenga from Tamir Gonen’s group at the Janelia Research Campus at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His presentation was entitled Overcoming barriers in structual biology through novel method development.


Congratulations Dr. Nannenga!


2014 Schedule of Speakers:

Date   Speaker and Lecture Title
July 7 Fuquan Tu
University of PennsylvaniaUsing 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-BoulderRational design of heterogeneous catalysts for selective hydrogeneration of multifunctional molecules, aided by fundamental surface science investigations. 
July 21 Julianne Holloway, Ph.D.
University of PennsylvaniaDesigning 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 BarbaraDeveloping sustainable biorefineries in traditional and non-model microbes through the use of systems and synthetic biology.
August 4 Albert Keung, Ph.D.
Boston UniversitySynthetic approaches to control cell fate and function. 
August 11 Brent Nannenga, Ph.D.
Howard Hughes Medical InstitutesOvercoming barriers in structual biology through novel method development.
August 18 Amir Haji-Akbari, Ph.D.
Princeton UniversityComputer-aided molecular engineering of crystallization in pursuit of more potent functional materials, cleaner sources of energy and better climate. 
August 25 Heather Mayes
Northwestern UniversityHarnessing computational chemistry to reveal reaction mechanisms that convert cellulose to renewable fuels and chemicals.