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: 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 Química 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!
December 2011: We welcome Ms. Li Chen as the newest first-year Chemical Engineering PhD candidate of our group!
December 2011: Sravani Gullapalli was chosen for a Best Teaching Assistant Award from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Congratulations!
December 2011: Lori Pretzer was awarded an Edgar O'Rear Travel Grant from the Rice IBB to attend the 2012 Spring ACS meeting.
November 17, 2011: Gautam Kini successfully defended his Chemical Engineering PhD thesis on "Bilayer Approaches for Nanoparticle Phase Transfer." Wonderful!
November 2, 2011: Nikolaos Soultanidis successfully defended his Chemical Engineering PhD thesis on "Solvothermal Synthesis and Supported Catalysis of Polyanion-derived Metal Oxide Nanoparticles." Congratulations!
October 2011: Dr. Jerimie Forsythe (PhD, LSU) joins our group as a postdoctoral research associate. Welcome!
October 2011: Ms. Hua Yang joins our group as a visiting scholar. Welcome!
October 6, 2011: Gautam Kini, Dr. Hitesh Bagaria, and Dr. Wong received the Best Applied Paper in 2010 Award from the South Texas Section of AIChE (AIChE-STS), for their JPCC paper on processing salt-water suspensions of surfactant-coated NPs and understanding how high-salinity water improves the chemical/colloidal stability of NPs.
September 29, 2011: Quang Nguyen successfully defended his Electrical and Computer Engineering MS thesis on "Water-phase Synthesis of Cationic Silica/polyamine Nanoparticles." Congratulations!
September 2011: We welcome Ms. Taryn Willett (CHBE, Century Scholar) into the group this Fall!
September 2011: Sumedh Warudkar and Prof. Wong are part of the Rice research team chosen by DOE to develop innovative new technologies that can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from power plants. (link)
August 5, 2011: A Houston Chronicle article about engineers and soft skills. Prof. Wong had some thoughts! (link)
July 2011: Dr. Hao Qian (Huaqiao University, China) joins our group as a senior visiting scholar. Welcome!
July 2011: Dr. Zac Schaefer (PhD, Penn State) joins our group as a postdoctoral research associate. Welcome!
June 2011: Zhun Zhao and Varun Shenoy successfully passed their PhD thesis proposal defenses. Congrats!
June 2011: We welcome Ms. Jean Kang and Mr. Kaoru Shibuya (both NanoJapan Fellows) into the group this summer! (link)
May 2011: An article from the Group ("Nanotechnology: A Guide to Nano-objects") is part of the special issue of AIChE's Chemical Engineering Progress on nanotechnology. (link)
May 14, 2011: Professor Wong received the 2011 Graduate Student Association Faculty Teaching/Mentoring Award.(link)
May 2011: We welcome Mr. Brandon Hautt (CHBE) and Mr. Sean Gelwick into the group!
April 2011: The group's work on catalytic nanoparticles was highlighted in the "Mover and Shakers" column of The Catalyst Review (April 2011). (link)
April 2011: Zhun Zhao and Nikolaos Soultanidis were selected to participate in the ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy, to be held at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in June.
April 15, 2011: Lori Pretzer was recognized with a Best Poster Award for her presentation on "Regulation of the Hydrodechlorination Catalytic Activity of Pd-on-Au Nanoparticles through Au Particle Size" at the 2011 Spring Symposium of the Southwest Catalysis Society. Congratulations!
April 13, 2011: Yulun Fang successfully defended his Chemical Engineering PhD thesis on "Understanding Structure-Property Relationships for Palladium-Gold Nanoparticles as Colloidal Catalysts!"
April 8, 2011: Shyam Benegal Kadali successfully defended his Chemical Engineering PhD thesis on "Engineering the Structural Properties of Self-assembled Polymer/nanoparticle Capsules!"
April 2011: Sravani Gullapalli was selected as a SCS Fellow by the Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS). She is working with Professor Biswal and her graduate student and SCS Fellow, Kung-Po Chao, on hybrid solar cell self-assembly.(link)(SCS link)
March 2011:We welcome Dr. Matthew Blankschien into our group! He was named the 2011-2012 Peter and Ruth Nicholas Postdoctoral Fellow, co-advised by Profs. Wong and Gonzalez.(link)
February 2011: Professor Wong is working with World Gold Council on gold-alloy nanoparticle catalysts to clean up contaminated water.(link)
February 2011: Hitesh Bagaria's paper on "Shell Thickness Control of Nanoparticle/Polymer Assembled Microcapsules" is a top-20-most-downloaded Chemistry of Materials article in the previous month.(link)
February 2011: Our paper on "A nanocomplex that is both tumor cell-selective and cancer gene-specific for anaplastic large cell lymphoma" with Dr. Zu (Methodist Hospital) is in the Top 10 most accessed articles of Journal of Nanobiotechnology in the last 30 days.(link)
January 2011: We welcome Mr. Jason Grider (CHBE, junior) and into the group!
January 2011: Apoorv Bhargava received the McCardell Scholarship and Chevron Scholarship from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He was also selected by the Department to receive the Texas Society of Professional Engineers' Outstanding Engineering Student Recognition Award. Nicely done!