Congratulations to the Class of 2014
Yushan Yan, Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Delaware, is known worldwide for using nanomaterials to solve problems in energy engineering, environmental sustainability and electronics. His early academic work focused on zeolites, porous rock with a well-defined, crystalline structure. At the atomic scale, their pore size is so precisely decided that zeolites can separate molecules with size differences of merely a fraction of an angstrom (one-tenth of a nanometer), making them useful to the chemical and petroleum industries as molecular sieves for separation and catalysis processes.
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has selected University of Delaware Dean of Engineering Babatunde A. Ogunnaike to receive the 2014 MAC Eminent Chemical Engineers Award. The award, given annually by the AIChE Minority Affairs Committee, recognizes outstanding chemical engineers for their role in fostering a diverse pool of talent in engineering and related disciplines. Ogunnaike shares the 2014 honor with Robert (Bobby) L. Satcher from NASA and Rosemarie D. Wesson of the National Science Foundation.
The University of Delaware has received $12 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue its Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI), an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) that is developing technologies to convert biomass to biofuels and chemicals. UD was one of 32 EFRCs selected for funding totaling $100 million to further fundamental advances in energy production, storage and use, DOE announced in a press release. CCEI is one of 22 centers selected for continued funding from among the original 46 EFRCs funded in 2009, and one of 23 university-led projects.
Feng Jiao, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Delaware, has received a highly competitive Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research to develop catalysts for converting greenhouse gases to useful chemicals. Earlier this year, Jiao developed a highly selective silver catalyst capable of electrochemically converting carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas — to carbon monoxide with 92 percent efficiency. He reported the findings in Nature Communications.
Stan Sandler is arguably one of the most decorated faculty members at the University of Delaware. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and he has received numerous awards, including being named one of the top 30 chemical engineering authors by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.