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Penn State Professor Wins Top Chemical Engineering Award


A Pennsylvania State University professor has won the 2019 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum award for her research on metal nanocrystals, the university said in a release.

Kristen Fichthorn, Merrell Fenske Professor of Chemical Engineering and professor of physics was presented with the award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

The award recognized her efforts in “elegant elucidation of the thermodynamics and kinetic mechanisms of shape-selective nanocrystal growth in solution using quantum and classical theory and simulations.”

Metal nanocrystals have a potential for use as smart windows that can be tinted electronically and new methods of saltwater desalination.

“It is a great honor to be recognized for this work, which has been made possible by continued support from the U.S. Department of Energy and the efforts of talented graduate students and postdocs here at Penn State,” said Fichthorn.

She has earlier received awards by the university for her outstanding research and teaching and is also the recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship.

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