December 8, 2010: The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering awarded a Best Teaching Assistant Award to Benny Kadali. Congratulations!
Fall 2010: We welcome Mr. Juyan Azhang (CHBE, sophomore) and Nicole Lu (CHBE, sophomore) and into the group!
September 2010: We welcome Ms. Joni Arentz (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) into the group!
July 2010: Apoorv Bhargava received a Louis J. Walsh Scholarship in Engineering from the Brown School of Engineering! Congrats!
June 2010: Dr. Wong gave an invited lecture on "Harnessing the Catalytic Properties of Metallic Nanoparticles to Clean Contaminated Water" at the first Gordon Conference on Noble Metal Nanoparticles.
June 2010: Nikos Soultanidis and Juan Velazquez presented posters at the Gordon Conference on Catalysis.
June 2010: We welcome Mr. Forrest Dukes (HHMI IBB Intern) and re-welcome Mr. Jon Taylor (NSF IGERT Summer Undergraduate Researcher) into our group this summer!
May 2010: Professor Wong will be promoted to full Professor, effective July 1, 2010.
April 2010: Dr. Hitesh Bagaria received the "Favorite Instructor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering" Award from the graduating seniors this year. Wonderful!
April 2010: Sravani Gullapalli was selected to participate in the ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy, to be held at the Colorado School of Mines in July.
March 27, 2010: Dr. Hitesh Bagaria and Professor Wong hosted a show-n-tell at the Children's Museum of Houston (2009 Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks "Best Museum in Houston"!) on microcapsule self-assembly in celebration of NanoDays 2010. (photos)
March 2010: Kim Heck's paper on "Deactivation Resistance of Pd/Au Nanoparticle Catalysts for Water-phase Hydrodechlorination" is a Top-10 paper of J. Catal. from Oct. to Dec. 2009.(Link)
February 2010: Micromeritics awarded an Instrument Grant (for an AutoChem II Catalyst Characterization System) to the Wong research group through the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department.(Link)
January 2010: We welcome Mr. Naoki Nitta (CHBE, junior) and into the group!
January 2010: Professor Wong begins his appointment on the Editorial Advisory Board for Chemistry of Materials.
2009: Apoorv Bhargava received a
Rodd/Selman Scholarship in Engineering
from the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. Very nice!
2009: Mr. Varun Shenoy Gangoli
and Mr. Zhun Zhao join our group as
first-year Chemical Engineering PhD candidates. Ms. Hyun Song joins our group as a 3rd
year student majoring in Chemical Physics. Welcome, all!
15, 2009: Gautam Kini was
awarded an Edgar O'Rear Travel Grant from the Rice IBB.
1, 2009: Kim Heck and Dr. Wong
(with collaborators Profs. Halas, Scuseria, and
Janesko) received the Best Fundamental Paper in 2008 Award from the South Texas Section
of AIChE, for their JACS paper on in situ spectroscopy work using Pd-coated gold
2009: Monica He joins our group
as a Century Scholar. Welcome!
2009: We welcome Ms. Shujing Li (Nankai University, China) into the group!
July 15, 2009: Prof. Wong Professor Wong received an IBB Hamill Innovations Award (link) with Prof. Gonzalez (CHBE) and Prof. Silberg (BCB) for their project "Synthesis and characterization of bionanoparticles for light-triggered control of protein function." They also received support from the Faculty Initiatives Fund.
2009: We welcome Ms. Margaret
Watkins and re-welcome Mr. Luca Pasquali and Mr.
Sriram Chandrasekhar to the group!
2009: Our nanoparticle-assembled
capsules work is featured in a new television
episode of "DragonflyTV"! This Emmy-awarding winning children's science program is shown
on PBS stations and on the web (http://pbskidschannel.org/dragonflytv/show/selfassembly.html).
The encapsulation/release of food dyes using safe self-assembly chemistry is demonstrated.
2009: We welcome Mr. Apoorv
Bhargava, Mr. Carlos D. Rueda (2009 HHMI IBB Intern), Mr. Clay
Calloway, and Ms. Isiana Rendon (2009 NSF IGERT Summer Undergraduate
Researcher) into our group this summer!
May 4-7, 2009: Gautam, Ramsey, Nikos, and Yu-lun gave presentations at the NSTI Nanotech Meeting in Houston, TX.
May 2009: Nikos Soultanidis received a Gerondelis Foundation Scholarship. Super!
2009: Dr. Jie Yu joins our Group
as a post-doctoral research associate! Her advisors
are Professors Wong and Mason Tomson (CEVE).
2009: Amy Liu and Lori Pretzer
were chosen to receive an Arthur L. Draper Award and
a Harry B. Weiser Teaching Award, respectively, from the Chemistry Department. Great!
24, 2009: Nikos Soultanidis was
recognized with a Best Poster Award for
presentation "Relating pentane isomerization activity to surface density and the acidic
properties of WOx/ZrO2" at the 2009 Spring Symposium of the Southwest Catalysis Society. Congratulations!
13-17, 2009: Benny and Yu-lun
gave presentations at the Spring Meeting of MRS in
April 7, 2009: Kimberly Heck successfully defended her Chemical Engineering PhD thesis on "Developing Gold-based Nanostructures to Study Catalytic Reactions in Water"!
2009: Yulun Fang was accepted
into the Eleventh National School on Neutron and
X-ray Scattering, to held in May and June at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Argonne
April 2009: Barney Cruz was accepted into the NanoJapan Program for this summer!
2009: Nikos Soultanidis received
a Hellenic Professional Society of Texas
January 2009: Dr. Sukit Leekumjorn joins our research group as a post-doctoral research associate.
December 16, 2008: Shyam Benegal receives the 2007 Kobayashi Fellowship Award in Chemical Engineering (named in honor of Professor Emeritus Riki Kobayashi), given annually for the best PhD thesis proposal.
December 2008: Juan C. Velazquez, Sravani Gullapalli, and Richard Lucas join our research group as first-year Chemical Engineering PhD candidates.
November 16-21, 2008: Kimberly Heck, Gautam Kini, Hitesh Bagaria, and Nikos Soultanidis gave oral presentations at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Good work!
November 2008: Lori A. Pretzer joins our research group as a first-year Chemistry PhD candidate.
October 2008: We welcome Mr. Stephen Goldrick (from University
College Dublin, Ireland) as a FAS Science Challenge Fellow into our
September 2008: Barney Cruz, Allen Liao, and Christopher Romanczuk
join our group as Century Scholars. Welcome!
September 2008: Ms. Xi Liang joins our group as a visiting chemical engineering graduate student from Tianjin University, China. Welcome!
July 2008: Grant Belgard receives a National Institutes of Health Oxford/Cambridge (OXCAM) Scholarship. Congrats! (http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=11218)
June 18, 2008: Professor Wong and collaborator Dr. Ching H. Tung (The Methodist Hospital Research Institute) received an IBB Medical Innovations Award. (http://cohesion.rice.edu/centersandinst/ibb2/about.cfm?doc_id=11133)
June 2008: Michael Wong, associate professor in chemical and
biomolecular engineering and in chemistry, is interviewed on KRIV-TV
April 2008: Quang Nguyen receives a Fellowship for the NSF IGERT
Training Program in Nanophotonics. His IGERT co-advisor is Professor
Naomi Halas. Congrats!
April 2008: Graduating senior Grant Belgard received a 2008 Outstanding Seniors Award from the Office of Student Activities and the Rice Student Association, and a Salsburg Award in Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry. Congrats!
April 16, 2008: Jie Yu successfully defended her Chemical Engineering PhD thesis on near-infrared-active nanoparticle-assembled capsules!
April 4, 2008: Kimberly Heck was recognized for her award-winning poster presentation at the 2008 Spring Symposium of the Southwest Catalysis Society. She was one of four winners, chosen out of 17 posters in the competition. The title of her poster was "In-situ Detection of Surface Reaction Intermediates Using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)", which was co-authored with Professors Halas, Scuseria, and Wong and Dr. Janesko. Congratulations!
February 11, 2008: Subashini Asokan successfully defended her Chemistry PhD thesis on CdSe quantum dot/tetrapod production!
January 2008: Quang Nguyen joins our research group as a first-year Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD candidate. Welcome!
January 2008: Our paper on the highly selective CdSe tetrapod synthesis using cationic surfactants is one of the "Most accessed articles" of the journal Small in 2007.
January 2008: A picture of CdSe quantum dot suspensions from the Group is featured in a textbook (Chemistry, 5th Edition, McCurry and Fay). (picture)
January 2008: Sumedh Warudkar joins our research group as a first-year Chemical Engineering PhD candidate. Mr. Warudkar is co-advised by Prof. George Hirasaki. Welcome!
December 2007: Ramsey J. Smith joins our research group as a first-year Chemistry PhD candidate. Welcome!
December 2007: Grant Belgard was selected for a 2008 Marshall
Scholarship, which he will use for his graduate studies at University
of Oxford. Congratulations!
December 2007: Dr. Zhiqing Yuan joins our group as a visiting research scientist from the Shanghai Research Institute of Petrochemical Technology, SINOPEC, China. Welcome!
November 4-9, 2007: Kimberly Heck, Yu-lun Fang, Enrique Munoz, Shyam Benegal, and Gautam Kini all gave oral presentations at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Good work!
October 2007: Dan Nelson, a freshman at Rice, joins our research lab as a Century Scholar. Welcome!
October 2007: Smithsonian magazine has named Prof. Wong to its
list of "America's Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences: 37
October 2007: An tUasal Nicholas Nolan and Mark Boylan join our group as FAS Science Challenge Fellows. They are PhD graduate students in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. Céad míle fáilte!
September 2007: Xuejiao "Jessica" Tang joins our group as a visiting environmental chemistry graduate student from the College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai University in Tianjin, China. Welcome!
August 2007: Wen-Yin "Lynn" Ko joins our group as a visiting chemistry graduate student from the Department of Chemistry, National Chung-Hsing University, in Taichung, Taiwan. Welcome!
June 2007: Dr. Hitesh Bagaria (PhD, University of Alabama) joins our group as a postdoctoral research associate. Welcome!
June 17-22, 2007: The 20th North American Catalysis Society Meeting was held in Houston, TX (http://www.nacatsoc.org/20nam/), hosted by the Southwest Catalysis Society (SWCS). Kimberly Heck and Yulun Fang received Richard J. Kokes Travel Awards for this meeting.
May 2007: Professor Wong received early promotion to Associate Professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2007.
May 4, 2007: At the Chemistry Department Awards Luncheon this year, Subashini Asokan received the Harry Weiser Research Award (+ money!) for outstanding research by a Chemistry graduate student. Also, Amy Liu received an Engel Fellowship for undergraduate summer research.
March 2007: Mike Nutt's paper on "Improved Pd-on-Au Bimetallic Nanoparticle Catalysts for Aqueous-phase Trichloroethene Hydrodechlorination" is a Top-10 paper of Appl. Catal. B Env from Oct. to Dec. 2006. (link)
March 17, 2007: Jie Yu received a third-place award for her poster presentation ("Synthesis of Near-Infrared-Absorbing Nanoparticle-Assembled Capsules") at the annual graduate student poster symposium of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department.
February 25-27, 2007: Prof. Wong organized and ran the "Nanotechnology-enabled Water Treatment" (NeWT) Workshop, held in Houston, TX. Over 50 experts from around the world attended this three-day event. (web site)
February 2007: Professor Wong was selected to receive a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award.
January 2007: Gautam C. Kini and Nikolaos Soultanidis join our lab as first-year Chemical Engineering PhD candidates. Mr. Kini is co-advised by Prof. Lisa Biswal. Welcome!
January 2007: Nurgul Akcin joins our group as a visiting chemistry graduate student from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey. Welcome!
October 2006: Gerard O'Sullivan joins our group as a FAS (Foras Aiseanna Saothair) Science Challenge Fellow. He is a PhD graduate student in the Chemistry Department at University College Cork, Ireland. Welcome!
October 2006: Amy Liu, a freshman at Rice, joins our research lab as a Century Scholar. Welcome!
October 5, 2006: Drs. Wong, Nutt, and Hughes received the Best Applied Paper Award in 2005 from the South Texas Section of AIChE, for their ES&T paper on Pd/Au nanocatalyst work. (View the newsletter here.)
September 14, 2006: Michael Wong received the Young Investigator Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum.
September 8, 2006: Michael Wong was named to the 2006 list of the 35 Top Young Innovators by MIT's Technology Review.
September 6, 2006: Michael Wong received a Best Presentation Award at GOLD 2006 Conference (held in Limerick, Ireland), for the "best new idea in gold catalysis."
August 28, 2006: Will Knowles successfully defended his Chemical Engineering PhD thesis on supported metal oxide catalyst fundamentals!
August 2006: Grant Belgard was chosen for a Schering-Plough Travel Grant, a highly competitive award that recognizes undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs for outstanding research and academic accomplishments in chemistry.
May 2006: Chris Barth and Grant Belgard joins our group this summer as NREU research assistants. Also this summer, Zhe Loy joins our group as a SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) research assistant. Welcome!
May 25, 2006: Alison Takemura, now a junior at Rice, was named a 2006 Morris K. Udall Scholar.
May 13, 2006: Mark Pond and Chris Barth graduated with their BS degrees in Chemical Engineering. Congratulations!
April 22, 2006: Michael Wong received the 2006 Hershel M. Rich Invention Award.
April 21, 2006: Michael Nutt successfully defended his Chemical Engineering PhD thesis on bimetallic nanoparticle enviro-catalysts!
April 19, 2006: Vinit Murthy successfully defended his Chemical Engineering PhD thesis on nanoparticle assembly of microcapsules!
April 18, 2006: Regina Yoo successfully defended her Chemical Engineering MS thesis on layer-by-layer assembly of microcapsule arrays! Prof. Laibinis was her co-advisor.
April 6, 2006: Suba Asokan received an Educational Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering from SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering).
March 2, 2006: Professor Wong gave an invited oral presentation on "(Passive and Active) Impact of Nanotechnology on the Environment" at the first India-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium held in Agra, India. This meeting was sponsored by the US National Academy of Engineering, Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, and IIT Kanpur.
January 2006: Vinit Murthy received the 2006 George Kozmetsky Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Nanotechnology, as selected by the Nanotechnology Foundation of Texas. (See March 13, 2006 issue of C&EN)
January 2006: Professor Wong was selected to receive a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award.
January 4, 2006: Professor Wong gave a plenary lecture entitled "Contribution of Nanotechnology to Rural Development: New Approaches to Groundwater Clean-up" at the 93rd Indian Science Congress held in Hyderabad, India.
October 2005: Grainne Duffy joins our group as a FAS (Foras Aiseanna Saothair) Science Challenge Fellow. She is a graduate student in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. Welcome!
October 11, 2005: Suba Asokan and Vinit Murthy were recognized for their poster presentations at the Associated Nanotechnology Congress. They received separate third-place awards for their research in quantum dots and nanoparticle-assembled microcapsules, respectively.
May 31, 2005: The paper "Designing Pd-on-Au Bimetallic Nanoparticle Catalysis for Trichloroethene Hydrodechlorination" was recognized as the third place winner of the 2004 Graduate Student Paper Award Competition of the AIChE Environmental Division. It was cited for outstanding research work in the application of chemical engineering to environmental problems. Graduate student Michael Nutt receives a plaque and a monetary award; the co-authors are Professors Joseph Hughes (Georgia Tech) and Michael Wong.
March 2005: Alison Takemura and T. Grant Belgard were selected into the NREU summer research program. They joined the Wong research lab last Fall as Century Scholars.
March 2005: Mark Pond was chosen to be one of two Arnold and Mabel Beckman Scholars this year. Supported by this undergraduate fellowship program, he will carry out research in the Catalysis and Nanomaterials Laboratory and represent Rice University at the annual Beckman Scholars Program meeting.
February 25, 2005: Michael Nutt was recognized for his award-winning poster presentation at the 2005 Spring Symposium of the Southwest Catalysis Society. He was one of four winners, chosen out of 20 posters in the competition. The title of his poster was "Designing Pd-on-Au Nanoparticle Catalysts for Aqueous-phase Trichloroethylene Hydrodechlorination."
February 25, 2005: The Southwest Catalysis Society (SWCS) chapter of the North American Catalysis Society held the 2005 Spring Symposium at Rice University (click here for the program).
February 7, 2005: Prof. Wong was selected to receive the Smalley/Curl Fund for Innovation Award, from the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) at Rice University. Materials Today, April 2005 issue (pdf)
October 29, 2004: Subashini Asokan received the 2nd prize award for her poster presentation at NanoDays 2004, the third annual CBEN conference on nanotechnology and its applications to bioengineering and environment. The poster was entitled "Synthesis of High Quality CdSe Quantum Dots in Heat Transfer Fluids," and the co-authors were Ms. Alessandra R. Carreon (undergraduate), Zuze Mu (graduate student), Karl M. Krueger (graduate student), Dr. Alkhawaldeh, Prof. Colvin, and Prof. Wong.
September 2, 2004: Will Knowles and Michael Nutt were announced as co- recipients of the Rice University Chemical Engineering Department Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2003-2004. This marked the second time they received the Award (previously in 2002-2003).
August 6, 2004: Vinit Murthy received the Micron Technology Prize for Best Oral Presentation at the 18th Annual RQI Summer Research Colloquium. Out of 87 talks, his presentation was chosen for one of the two sponsored $500 awards. The title of his talk was "Nanoparticle Assembly via Counterion Condensation Induced Formation of Polyamine Soft Microclusters," and the co-authors included Rohit Rana, Jie Yu, and Dr. Wong.
July 28, 2004: Zuze Mu successfully defended his Chemical Engineering MS thesis on "Synthesis, Photostability, and Photocatalytic Properties of Water-Suspended CdSe and CdSe/CdS Quantum Dots." His thesis committee was comprised of Dr. Wong, Dr. Pasquali, and Dr. Mantzaris.
May-June 2004: Three undergraduates joined the Wong research lab as summer researchers: Lynh Jones (Rice U.; Chemical Engineering/CBEN fellow), Alessandra Carreon (Rice U.; Chemical Engineering/CBEN fellow), and Prasad Sarangapani (WPI; NREU fellow). Welcome!
October 13, 2003: Ammar Alkhawaldeh received a 2nd prize award for his poster presentation at Nanodays 2003, the second annual CBEN conference on nanotechnology and its applications to bioengineering and environment. The title of his poster was: "Nanomanufacturing: Scaling Up Liquid-Phase Production of Optically Active Nanoparticles", and the contributors list included Ammar, Dr. Ausman, Prof. Colvin, Prof. Mantzaris, Prof. Pasquali, Prof. Zygourakis and Prof. Wong.
June 2, 2003: Prof. Wong was selected to receive a 2003 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, sponsored by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).
March 7, 2003: The Catalysis and Nanomaterials Laboratory officially opened with a lab-warming party.
December 5, 2002: Chemical Engineering professor recognized as one of top young researchers," Rice News vol. 12, no. 15.