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Jovan Kamcev Selected to Receive NSF Science and Technology Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) Outstanding Graduate Student Award for 2016

The National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) selected Jovan Kamcev to receive one of the Outstanding Graduate Student Awards for 2016. These awards are given to students who have made exceptional contributions to the Center in the areas of Research, Teaching and Mentoring, or Service to the Organization.

2016 North American Membrane Society (NAMS) Award Winners!

Jovan Kamcev won first place in his category of posters and one of three NAMS Student Fellowship Awards, the highest student award offered by The North American Membrane Society (NAMS). Michelle Dose and Josh Moon took second and third place for posters in their section. NAMS is the primary technical outlet for membrane research in the United States.

During the event, a close colleague and co-advisor, Dr. Don Paul, was recognized as an inaugural NAMS Fellow.

Benny Freeman Selected for a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award

Benny Freeman has been selected for a Fulbright Distinguished Chair award. Each year, there are approximately forty such awards from this program made possible through funds appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress and, in many cases, by contributions from partner countries and the private sector. Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, and it is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. The specific Fulbright Award Professor Freeman has been selected for is sponsored by CSIRO, Australia’s leading multidisciplinary research organization. The area of focus will be “More from Less: Disruptive Separations Technologies for Sustainable Chemical and Environmental Industries.”

The Chair will enable Professor Freeman to undertake research of importance to the bilateral relationship and includes a national public speaking lecture series within Australia.

Josh Moon Receives 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship

The fellowship selection is based on demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. The GRFP Fellowship period is for 5 years and financial support is provided for 3 years. In the words of Dean Evasius, NSF Division Director, Division of Graduate Education, “Your selection as an NSF Graduate Fellowship awardee is a significant accomplishment.”

Amanda Paine Wins Society of Plastics Engineers Poster Competition

Graduate student Amanda Paine won first place in a Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) poster competition recently held in Houston, Texas.

The competition was part of SPE’s 2015 International Polyolefins Conference. Paine’s winning poster, entitled “Oxygen Scavenging Polymers for Barrier Applications,” showcases her work in improving oxygen barrier properties in polymer packaging. Her research focuses on improving the shelf lives of foods and beverages by incorporating oxygen scavenging polymers into packaging materials.

Paine was also awarded an SPE scholarship at the conference. She is supervised by Professor Benny Freeman, the Richard B. Curran Centennial Chair in Engineering, and Professor Donald Paul, the Ernest Cockrell Sr. Chair in Engineering.

Amanda is a member of the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center including UT Austin and led by Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Amanda Paine

Posted on March 5, 2015

Jovan Kamcev Wins Advanced Membrane Technology Poster Competition in Italy

Jovan Kamcev, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and teaching assistant, recently won first place in an advanced membrane technology poster competition hosted in Siracusa, Sicily, Italy by the Engineering Conferences International (ECI) program.

Approximately forty students from twenty countries participated in the competition. Kamcev’s winning poster, entitled “Predicting Ion Sorption and Transport in Ion-Exchange Membranes” describes part of his research on the understanding of ion and water transport across charged polymers, and the development of structure/property rules that guide the preparation of high performance membranes for water purification and energy generation applications.

“One of the greatest challenges facing our society is obtaining adequate and sustainable supplies of energy and water. Membrane technologies provide energy-efficient ways to help mitigate some of these issues,” said Kamcev.

Kamcev is supervised by Professor Benny Freeman, the Richard B. Curran Centennial Chair in Engineering, and Professor Donald Paul, the Ernest Cockrell Sr. Chair in Engineering.

Jovan is a member of the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center including UT Austin and led by Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Jovan Kamcev

Posted on March 5, 2015