Dr. M. Samy El Shall’s research partnership with Academic-Industrial has resulted in an award as well as a patent application from a joint research project coming out of his lab in combination with Afton Chemical, local research industry member.
The award board for the Society of Automotive Engineering Award for Research on Automotive Lubricants has chosen a joint research team of Dr. M. Samy El-Shall and Afton Chemical to receive the SAE Award for Research on Automotive Lubricants for their outstanding technical paper (No. 2008-01-2460) entitled “Friction and Film-formation Properties of Oil-Soluble Inorganic Nanoparticles.”
This award recognizes the authors of the best paper relating to the adaptation of lubricants and lubricated automotive systems or components presented at an SAE meeting. It also may recognize an individual for distinguished accomplishments in research on automotive lubricants. Established in 1986, the award consists of a certificate and a bronze medal. The presentation of this award is scheduled to take place during the 2009 SAE Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants Meeting scheduled for Nov. 2 to Nov. 4 at the Hyatt Grand Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.
Abstract for USPTO Application# 20080164141
A method for producing metal-containing nanoparticles. The method includes combining a metal organic compound selected from metal acetates, metal acetyl acetonates and metal xanthates with an amine to provide a solution of metal organic compound in the amine. The solution is then irradiated with a high frequency radiation source to provide metal nanoparticles having the formula (Aa)m(Bb)nXx, wherein each of A and B is selected from a metal, X is selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulfur, selenium, phosphorus, halogen, and hydroxide, subscripts a, b, and x represent compositional stoichiometry, and each of m and n is greater than or equal to zero, with the proviso that at least one of m and n is greater than zero.
Dr. M. Samy El-Shall was awarded the Distinguished Research Award at the September 2009 meeting of the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society. The Distinguished Research Award is given to a member of the Virginia Section whose research in chemistry has made significant contributions in advancing knowledge in his or her field of research.
El-Shall presented a talk titled, “CNN: Clusters, Nanoparticles and Nucleation – From Astrochemistry to Nanocatalysis.”
Professor Hani M. El-Kaderi was awarded the Single-Investigator and Small-Group Research fund ($570,000 for three years) from DOE Basic Energy Sciences to develop low density nanoporous organic polymers for use in clean energy applications. El-Kaderi’s research team is exploring new synthetic routes to develop multifunctional materials with tunable textural and electronic properties, which have potential application in gas storage and separation as well as photovoltaics. Only 95 projects from universities and DOE national labs were selected for awards.
Dr. M. Samy El-Shall was recently awarded $100,000 NSF grant to organize an Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) on “Nanomaterials and Nanocatalysis for Energy, Petrochemicals and Environmental Applications.” The ASI will be held March 27–April 5, 2010 in Cairo, Egypt. It will include 10 to 12 professors and research leaders, 15 graduate students and five postdoctoral scholars from the U.S. and an approximately equal number of Egyptian participants. The ASI will provide education and training for both U.S. and Egyptian graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the state-of-the-art, cutting edge research areas of nanomaterials and nanotechnology with specific focus on nanocatalysis research for energy, petrochemicals and environmental applications.
Dr. M. Samy El-Shall was awarded a five year $590,000 NSF grant to study the kinetics of polymer-forming ion-molecule reactions, investigate the structures of these organic products in the gas phase and in preformed clusters, and develop new methods for studying the structural properties and chemistry of organic molecules produced by catalytic polymerization of molecular vapors on nanoparticle catalyst supports. NSF–0911146
Syed Mohammed Karim, a junior at VCU, has been named a Goldwater Scholar, the premier national scholarship for undergraduate math, science and engineering students.
Chemistry professor named Fellow of the American Physical Society
Dr. Alenka Luzar, professor of chemistry, has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Luzar was selected by her peers in the field of chemical physics for her “elegant and pioneering contributions to the fundamental theory of aqueous interfaces, dynamics of hydrogen bonds in condenses phase systems, phase behavior of confined water and kinetics of aqueous self-assembly.”
Dr. Everett Carpenter was the PI awarded $590,552 for the VCU Department of Chemistry to acquire an x-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS) with an ion sputtering system and direct imaging capabilities. The research to be undertaken will expand the understanding of nanoparticle and film surfaces with both materials and biomedical applications. This was an NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program award. NSF-0820945.