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Prof. John Matson Receives Powe Junior Faculty Award
(Sept. 9, 2014) Prof. John B. Matson has received a highly-competitive 2014 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
. This is the third consecutive year that a Chem faculty member from VT has won the award (Tijana Grove in 2012 and Amanda Morris in 2013). The $5,000 Powe Award, which is matched by Virginia Tech, will be used by the Matson lab to pursue new synthetic routes to bottlebrush polymers. These specialized polymers have unique mechanical properties and are currently being studied as new elastomeric materials for applications in vibration-damping materials, as well as synthetic mimics of the shock-absorbing biopolymers present in human cartilage. Through this work, the Matson lab will develop methods to simplify their synthesis through a strategy that combines two powerful polymerization catalysts. (more on Dr. Matson
Prof. D. Crawford Featured in C&E News
(Sept. 2, 2014) Recent NSF-funded work by Prof. Daniel Crawford
and his colleague, Dr. Benjamin Pritchard, in reducing the redundancy of developing software for quantum chemical calculations is featured in the recent issue of C&E News (8/25/14). Crawford, Pritchard, and their collaborators from Georgia Tech (C.D. Sherrill and E. Chow) are leading “Quantum Chemistry’s Modular Movement” via their research on the PANACHE (PArallel Numerical Approximations in CHemistry Engine) library, which is designed to accelerate the writing of new code for quantum chemical calculations. The work is also directly connected to Crawford’s NSF-supported efforts to develop a Software Institute for chemistry, materials science, and biomolecular simulation (www.s2i2.org
). Their work could enable chemists to eventually “pick and choose components when building software.” Read the full story here
Prof. Ed Valeev Receives Quantum Molecular Sciences Award
(August, 2014) Prof. Edward Valeev is the 2014 recipient of the Medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences (IAQMS
). The Academy membership consists of some of the most important scientists in the field worldwide and has included such famous quantum theorists such as John Pople, Robert Mulliken, Louis de Broglie, Erich Hückel, Linus Pauling, and Friedrich Hund. The Medal of the Academy is awarded annually to a "young member of the scientific community who has distinguished himself by a pioneering and important contribution.” Valeev's selection as this year’s winner puts him in a truly elite group of scientists that includes Roald Hoffmann, Bill Miller, and more
. Congratulations Prof. Valeev!
Prof. A. Morris to Discuss Hydrogen Vehicles at Nat'l ACS Meeting
(August 6, 2014) In her role as an “ACS Expert in Sustainable Energy,” Prof. Amanda Morris will be one of three national experts taking part in a press conference at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco to discuss Toyota’s first hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle—as well as the small-series production of hydrogen fueling stations, which are essential for this new transportation technology. The press conference will be held Monday, August 11, at 9 AM PST in the Moscone Center, North Building. Interested parties can access a live video of the event at the ACS Ustream channel
. For more information about this press conference, check out the ACS article here