Christopher Williams has been named the interim director of the Macromolecules Innovation Institute. Abby Whittington will serve as the director of the interdisciplinary macromolecular science and engineering Ph.D. program.
The Macromolecules Innovation Institute has named Camden A. Chatham, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in macromolecular science and engineering, and David A. Dillard, the Adhesive and Sealant Science Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, as this year’s recipients of the Garth L. Wilkes Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards.
The theme of this year’s conference, which will be held at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, is “Macromolecular Materials Discovery at the Intersection of Science, Engineering, and Society.”
The Nov. 4 workshop, hosted by the Macromolecules Innovation Institute, will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to learn from Virginia Tech faculty who already use machine learning in their research.
Feng Lin, an assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Science and an affiliated faculty member of the Macromolecules Innovation Institute, led efforts along with researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Purdue University, and European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France.
Researchers have developed a process to chemically attach nanoparticles of anti-cancer drugs onto attenuated bacteria cells, which they have shown to be more effective than the passive delivery of injections at reaching cancer sites.
Virginia Tech mechanical engineers and chemists are researching methods to apply a nano-textured biofilm on such items as urinary catheters. The research could lead to products that lower the instance of device-associated infections.
Tim Long, a professor of chemistry at Virginia Tech, and Tim Showalter, a radiation oncologist at UVA’s Cancer Center, are testing a gel that could be used during radiation treatment for cervical cancer.
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Virginia Tech's Macromolecules Innovation Institute have developed a new process to 3D print one of the most-desired materials in the electronics and aerospace industries.
Chemistry professor Feng Lin is working on developing better-performing and safer batteries. Lin’s work covers the gamut of chemistry and materials science battery research, looking at micro-scale and basic science aspects, as well as macro-scale and applied science.
Because of its strength - graphene is one of the strongest materials ever tested on Earth - and its high thermal and electricity conductivity, 3D printed graphene objects would be highly coveted in certain industries, including batteries, aerospace, separation, heat management, sensors, and catalysis.
After working more than three decades in industry, Turner came to Virginia Tech in 2004 to serve as the first director of the Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute, now known as the Macromolecules Innovation Institute.