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The 3rd edition of the Virginia Soft Matter Workshop was held at U.Va. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Organized by Prof. David Green and Prof. Geoff Geise and intended to foster communication and collaboration among soft materials researchers in the Commonwealth of Virginia, more than 80 representatives from U.Va., Virginia Tech, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and George Mason University participated in the day-long workshop held on Grounds. In addition to Prof. Geise and Prof. Choi, 9 chemical engineering undergraduate and graduate students presented their research in short soundbite presentations, and Prof. Gary Koenig (right) presented an invited lecture on his group's research efforts. Additionally, alumnus Daniel Sunday (ChE '06, '08g, '11g), currently a staff member in the Functional Polymers Group at NIST, presented an invited lecture. The workshop was made possible by generous funding from the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and the Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR) at the University of Virginia.

Prof. Geoff Geise's research on polymer membrane materials for water purification and desalination applications was featured in U.Va. Today.

Thank you to Accenture, Alcoa, Axalta, Capital One, Deloitte, DuPont, Evonik, ExxonMobil, Invista, Lilly, Merck, and Syngenta for making Fall Networking Night (organized by the U.Va. AIChE Student Chapter) a success!.

Fourth year undergraduate student Alexander Yang was awarded a 2015-2016 Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Scholarship by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). This award is presented annually to 15 AIChE undergraduate student members on the basis of academic achievement and involvement in student chapter activities. This year marks the third year in a row that a U.Va. student has been honored with the Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Scholarship (2014-2015: Mike Brown & 2013-2014: Colvin Wang).

Also, congratulations to the U.Va. AIChE Student Chapter for being selected as an Outstanding AIChE Student Chapter! This year marks the 3rd time the chapter has been recognized with this award (2015, 2013, and 2011). According to AIChE: The Outstanding AIChE Student Chapter award is, "presented annually to those Student Chapters that show an exceptional level of participation, enthusiasm, program quality, professionalism, and involvement in the university and community."

Assistant Professor Joshua Choi has been selected for a NASA Early Career Faculty Award. The highly competitive and prestigious award is given to outstanding early-career faculty who research space technologies that are high priorities for NASA missions. Only 8 awards nationwide were given this year. The $600K funding over three years will enable Choi research group to work on next generation solar cell technologies for future space missions. For more information about the award, see the NASA announcement.

The North American Membrane Society (NAMS) awarded Prof. Geoff Geise the 2015 Young Membrane Scientist award during the society's annual meeting held in early June. The NAMS Young Membrane Scientist Award is presented annually to outstanding individuals who are starting their professional careers in membrane science and technology.

Prof. Kyle Lampe's research on growing human cells in hydrogels to treat spinal cord injuries was featured in U.Va. Today. Read about his work and check out the video as well!

Congratulations to Jacob Monroe ('14) for winning an NSF graduate fellowship award. Jacob is currently a first year Ph.D. student at UC-Santa Barbara in chemical engineering. Also recognized by NSF as honorable mentions in the NSF GRF program is current student Natalie Scheiber, a first-year Ph.D. student in the department, and recent alumni Bailey Risteen ('14), a first year Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech in chemical engineering, and Carolyn Jensen ('14), a first-year Ph.D. student at NC State in materials science.

Prof. Josh Choi has won a Virginia Space Grant Consortium New Investigator Award, one of 5 researchers in Virginia receiving $10K to for research aligned with NASA's mission. This is the second year in a row a department member was awarded one of these grants, following Prof. Gary Koenig in 2014.

Congratulations to Joanna Adadevoh, a graduate student in Prof. Ford's group, for winning the 2015 Three Minute Thesis competition at U.Va. Colin Qi, a graduate student in Prof. Koenig's group, was also one of the eight finalists university-wide. Read more about Joanna and Colin's success!.

Earnest Jackson Oglesby Professor Bob Davis has been named the co-director of U.Va's $4 million collaboration with MAXNET Energy, a new initiative of Germany's Max Planck Society to advance research on new, renewable, environmentally friendly and economical energy sources. MAXNET Energy comprises seven Max Planck institutes, plus U.Va. and Cardiff University in Wales – the only external members. Membership is by invitation only from the Max Planck Society, and U.Va. is the only U.S. member. Within the consortium, researchers from U.Va. and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion will work collaboratively on developing processes for the clean and efficient production of energy as well as improved energy storage and distribution systems. Read more about this collaboration.

Graduate Student Joanna Adadevoh was profiled in a recent SEAS newsletter. She works in Prof. Roseanne Ford's research group investigating new techniques for bioremediation. Read more about Joanna here!.