Shen Dillon has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the American Ceramic Society's Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars. The award recognizes outstanding scientists who are conducting research in academia, industry, or government-funded laboratories.
Ken Schweizer has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 American Chemical Society Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids. The award recognizes his distinguished contributions to the understanding of the chemistry and physics of liquids.
Andrew Ferguson has been selected for the ACS Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry for Fall 2015. He is one of four awardees named by the Computers in Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes Ferguson's use of physical chemistry motivated computational models in the rational design of hepatitis C virus vaccines.
Jianjun Cheng has been selected as an ACS-POLY fellow. Only 0.1% of the membership are chosen by a selection committee to receive this honor each year. He will be recognized at the spring ACS national meeting in Denver.
Jay Fleischman has been selected for the 2014 Cargill Global Scholars program. The program provides scholarships and leadership development opportunities to undergraduates from around the world studying in a field relevant to food, agriculture, and risk management. It is a highly selective program, and Fleischman was the only student chosen from the U of I.
Canan Dagdeviren, Ph.D. student in the Rogers research group, has received the $20,000 Illinois Innovation Prize. The Innovation Award is given to "one student who stands out as a passionate innovator and entrepreneur, who is working with world-changing technology and is seen as a role model for others."
Qian Yin, PhD student in the Cheng group, has received a Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellowship. The fellowships are for female engineering graduate students who are conducting research in the general field of medical imaging at the Beckman Institute.
MatSE senior Stephanie Nemec has been selected for the Knights of St. Patrick Class of 2014. Nemec is president of Material Advantage at the University of Illinois.
Andy Ferguson has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his proposal "Teaching Machines to Design Self-Assembling Materials."
Jim Zuo has been named a 2013 Fellow of the American Physical Society "for major contributions to the development of electron nanodiffraction and coherent diffraction for quantitative atomic structural analysis, and to their applications in fundamental understanding of nanoscale structural physics in solids, solid interfaces and surfaces."
Chunjie Zhang, PhD student in the Braun group, won the Materials Research Society Graduate Student Gold Award for his paper, "Hydrogel Sensor Materials for Continuous Glucose Monitoring." James Pikul, co-advised by Paul Braun and Bill King (MechSE), also received a Gold Award for his paper, "High Power Primary Lithium Ion Micro Batteries." There were more than 260 students nominated for this award, with about 30 finalists and 9 winners.