Recent News

March 2014: Dr. Zhen Wang joins our group as our newest postdoctoral research associate. Welcome!

March 2014: Zhun received a very competitive award from the China Scholarship Council ("Chinese Government Award For Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad"). Excellent! (link)

January 2014: We welcome Sarah Munday, Wilfred So, Karim De Vol, and Peter Milling (all CHBE'ers) to the group this Spring!

December 13, 2013: Sravani Gullapalli successfully defended her Chemical Engineering PhD thesis on "Advanced Synthesis Techniques and Characterization of Functional Semiconductor Nanomaterials" Congratulations!

October 3, 2013: Our Scientific Reports paper led by Prof. Biswal ("Inexpensive Method for Producing Macroporous Silicon Particulates (MPSPs) with Pyrolyzed Polyacrylonitrile for Lithium Ion Batteries") was chosen to receive the Best Applied Paper in 2012 Award from the South Texas Section of AIChE!)

October 2013: Varun Shenoy Gangoli won the Best-in-Flight award (category: 'Engineering for Natural Resources') at the 2013 RCEL (Rice Center for Engineering Leadership) Screech elevator pitch competition. (link)

September 2013: Prof. Wong received an honorary guest professorship at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China).

September 2013: We welcome Ms. Olivia Tati (CHBE sophomore) into the group this Fall!

September 2013: We are delighted to have Dr. Marwan M. Batiha join our group as a Fulbright Scholar from Al-Hussein Bin Talal University (Jordan). Welcome!

August 2013: Zhun was selected to receive a CRE (Catalysis & Reaction Engineering) Division Travel Grant for the upcoming AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

August 2013: Dr. Huifeng Qian was awarded the 2013 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Prizes for Young Chemists. Congratulations!

June, 2013: Zhun Zhao received the 2013 Richard J. Kokes Award for the 23rd North American Catalysis Society (NACS) meeting. Wonderful!

April 27, 2013: Zhun Zhao was recognized with a Best Poster Award (second time winner) for his poster presentation on "Hydrogen Generation from Formic acid at Room Temperature using Pd-on-Au Catalysts" at the 2013 Spring Symposium of the Southwest Catalysis Society. Congratulations!

May 11, 2013: Sumedh Warudkar was selected as the sole graduate student to receive the Neil deGrasse Tyson Commencement Speaker Award. Wonderful!

April 2013: Our very own Colin Shaw and his team received much attention for their work on 'space coffee.' Nicely done! (link)

April 15, 2013: Sumedh Warudkar successfully defended his Chemical Engineering PhD thesis on "Re-engineering the Alkanolamine Absorption Process to Economize Carbon Capture." Congratulations!

April 2013: Sumedh Warudkar has been recognized for his service to the university and to student life with two awards: the 2013 Sallyport Award and a Rice University Service Award. Congratulations!

April 2, 2013: Lori Pretzer successfully defended her Chemistry PhD thesis on "Synthesis, Structure, and Catalytic Properties of Versatile Au-Based Nanocatalysts." Congratulations!

February 2013: Zhun Zhao was awarded an Edgar O'Rear Travel Grant from the Rice IBB to attend the 23rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting. Congrats! (link)

December 2012: Sravani Gullapalli's "Happy Nano Days!" image was selected as the winner of the Smalley Institute's NanoArt imagery contest. (link)

December 2012: We welcome Dr. Ho-Jeong Chai (Korea Research Insitute of Chemical Technology, Korea) into the Group!

December 2012: Mr. Hassan Alasiri and Mr. Yinhong Cheng join our group as first-year Chemical Engineering PhD candidates. Welcome!

November 2012: Zhun Zhao was awarded a 3rd place prize in the 2012 Centennial Ken Kennedy Institute Research Nugget Competition for his project "Studying nanocatalysts for improved H2 production". Congratulations! (link)

November 2012: We welcome Dr. Marcelo Machido Viana (UFMG, Brazil) and Mr. Kai Zhou (Tsinghua University, China) as visiting scholars this Fall!

October 2012: We welcome Mr. Colin Shaw (Century Scholar, 2012-2013) into the group this Fall!

October 4, 2012: Our ACS Catal. paper on "Kinetics Analysis of Palladium/Gold Nanoparticles as Colloidal Hydrodechlorination Catalysts" received the Best Fundamental Paper in 2011 Award from the South Texas Section of AIChE. Congrats!

June 2012: Dr. Huifeng Qian joins our group as an Evans Attwell Postdoctoral Fellow. A hearty welcome!

April 20, 2012: Zhun Zhao was recognized with a Best Poster Award for his poster presentation on "Modulating palladium-on-gold catalysis for glycerol oxidation with Pd surface coverage" at the 2012 Spring Symposium of the Southwest Catalysis Society. Congratulations!

April 13, 2012: Jason Grider was recognized with a Best Poster Award (1st place in Sustainability Division) for his poster presentation on "Role of Surfactants in Formation of CdSe Hollow Nanoparticles" at the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium (RURS 2012). Congratulations!

April 13, 2012: Juyan Azhang was recognized with a Poster Award (3rd place in Engineering Division) for his poster presentation on "Improved Metal/Semiconductor SWNT separation through agarose gel column chromatography" at the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium (RURS 2012). Congratulations!

April 2012: Li Chen was selected to participate in the ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy, to be held at Colorado School of Mines in June.

March 12, 2012: Prof. Wong's "nanoreporters" project with Profs. Tour and Tomson was written up in C&EN (link).

March 2012: Ms. Meiriane Faria Soares joins our group as a visiting scholar from the Departamento de QuĂ­mica at UFMG (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil). Welcome!

January 2012: We welcome Mr. Taye Zewdu from Spain and Mr. Sean Kim (CHBE, BS '13) into the group!

January 2012: Professor Wong joins the Editorial Board of the journal Applied Catalysis B: Environmental.

January 2012: Zhun Zhao was awarded a research grant from the very competitive Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program. Congrats!