Bo Zhang to join faculty as Assistant Professor

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Bo Zhang to the UW. Dr. Zhang earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 2006 under the direction of Professor Henry White, with whom he invented the nanopore electrode and the nanopore membrane. These are both excellent platforms from which to study molecular transport at the nanometer-scale. Dr. Zhang is currently a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Andy Ewing at The Pennsylvania State University, where he is developing electrochemical arrays and nanometer-sized electrodes to measure and image secretions from single neuronal cells in culture.

Dr. Zhang will begin his research program here in June in the area of the development and bioanalytical applications of nanometer-scale materials and devices. For more information about his research program, please visit his faculty page or contact him directly at zhang@chem.washington.edu.

Gojko Lalic to join faculty as Assistant Professor

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Gojko Lalic to the UW. Dr. Lalic is an expert in the field of organic synthesis, particularly in the areas of enantioselective synthesis and metal-catalyzed reactions. He has worked in four premier laboratories, two led by Nobel Laureates. Dr. Lalic performed undergraduate research with the late Professor Derek Barton at Texas A&M University, and later earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2004 under the direction of Professor Matthew Shair. After two years as a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Robert Bergman at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Lalic returned to Harvard to work with Professor E. J. Corey.

Dr. Lalic will begin his research program here in July, focusing on the development and detailed study of new transition metal-catalyzed transformations that will find application in organic synthesis. For more information, please visit his faculty page or contact him directly at lalic@chem.washington.edu.

Graduate student Alejandro Briseno receives multiple awards

2008 ICI Student Award in Applied Polymer Science Symposium (Finalist): This Award, which is sponsored by ICI and administered through the Joint Polymer Education Committee of the ACS Divisions of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) and Polymer Chemistry (POLY), is given annually for the best paper presented at the ICI Award Symposium as part of the PMSE program at the Fall ACS Meeting.

2008 Frank J. Padden, Jr. Award (Finalist)- The Award honors a graduate student for “Excellence in Polymer Physics Research.” The student must be a member of the DPOLY, must be working toward the Ph.D. degree. The winner will be selected based on quality of the research, the presentation, and response to questions.

Xerox Technical Minority Fellowship- In demonstration of our commitment to the academic success of minority students and to the cultivation and recruitment of qualified minority employees in technical fields, scholarships are available in the amount $1,000 – $10,000).

2008 Materials Research Society (MRS) Travel Award- The award in the amount of $500 is to assist in travel expenses to attend the Spring MRS meeting in San Francisco.