Professor Michael S. Wong

Dr. Michael S. Wong, Principal Investigator
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Professor of Chemistry (Joint Appointment)
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Joint Appointment)
Email: mswong(at)rice(dot)edu (4-page CV)

  • Guest Professorship, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (2013)
  • AIChE South Texas Section Best Fundamental Paper in 2011 Award (2012)
  • Guest Professorship, University of Houston (2012)
  • Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Editorial Board Member (2012 - present)
  • AIChE South Texas Section Best Applied Paper in 2010 Award (2011)
  • Graduate Student Association Faculty Teaching/Mentoring Award (2011)
  • Simmons Family Foundation Research Award (2011)
  • Promotion to Full Professor (2010)
  • Southwest Catalysis Society, Chair (2008 - 2010), Past-Chair (link)
  • AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum, Past-Chair (2011 - present) (link)
  • AIChE NSEF Awards Chair (2011 - present)
  • Journal of Nanomaterials, Associate Editor (2005 - 2011)
  • Chemistry of Materials, Editorial Advisory Board Member (2010 - present)
  • Faculty advisor for Phi Lambda Upsilon, chemical sciences honorary society (2003 - present) (link)
  • AIChE South Texas Section Best Fundamental Paper in 2008 Award (2009)
  • IBB Hamill Innovations Award (2009)
  • IBB Medical Innovations Award (2008)
  • Early promotion to Associate Professor with tenure (2007)
  • Smithsonian Magazine "37 Under 36" Young Innovator Award (2007) (link)
  • 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award (2006, 2007)
  • GOLD 2006 Conference Best Presentation Award, for "best new idea in gold catalysis" (2006)
  • AIChE South Texas Section Best Applied Paper in 2005 Award (2006)
  • AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Young Investigator Award (2006)
  • MIT Technology Review's TR35 Young Innovator Award (2006) (link)
  • Hershel M. Rich Invention Award (2006)
  • National Academy of Engineering Indo-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, Invited Speaker (2006)
  • Smalley/Curl Innovation Award (2005)
  • National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Symposium, Invited Participant (2004)
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2003)
  • National Academy of Engineering Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering (JAFOE) Symposium, Invited Participant (2002)
  • Rice Quantum Institute (RQI), Fellow (2002)
  • Robert P. Goldberg Grand Prize, MIT $50K Entrepreneurship Competition (2001)
  • Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award (2000)
  • MIT Chemical Engineering Edward W. Merrill Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (1997)

Dr. Michael S. Wong joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2001, and received a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry in 2002. Before coming to Rice University, he did post-doctoral research with Dr. Galen D. Stucky of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of California, Santa Barbara. Michael’s educational background includes a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice (“Practice School”) from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT (under the supervision of Dr. Jackie Y. Ying, “Supramolecular Templating of Mesoporous Zirconia-Based Nanocomposite Catalysts”). With the underlying theme of designing and engineering novel materials for catalytic and encapsulation applications, his research interests lie in the areas of nanostructured materials (e.g. nanoporous materials, nanoparticle-based hollow spheres, and quantum dots), heterogeneous catalysis, and bioengineering applications. He is particularly interested in developing new chemical approaches to assembling nanoparticles into functional macrostructures.

My two little ones... not so nano-sized! (~Oct 2013)