Promotions and new faculty in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to announce faculty promotions and new hires for the 2020 academic year.

Ruilan Guo has been promoted to Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor. Guo joined the faculty in 2012. Her research interests include the design, synthesis, and characterization of polymer materials, focusing on polymer membranes for energy-efficient gas separations and ionic polymers for clean energy and water purification.

Jason Hicks has been promoted to the Tony and Sarah Earley Collegiate Associate Professor of Energy and the Environment. Hicks applies concepts from materials science, inorganic chemistry, and chemical reaction engineering to create new materials for sustainable energy processes. He also works to develop liquid chemicals and fuels from renewable sources, such as non-food based biomass. Hicks joined the faculty in 2010.

New faculty member Nosang Myung is the Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His research focuses on the creation and use of nanoengineered materials for a variety of applications, including sensors, optoelectronics, energy harvesting, and environmental remediation. He comes to Notre Dame from the University of California at Riverside where he served as chair of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.

Yichun Wang joins the department as an assistant professor. She studies the interfaces found in nanotherapeutics, extra cellular and multicellular systems, and biomimetic materials to better advance healthcare and environmental applications in material science and biomedical engineering. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan

“The challenges we have faced this past academic year make us even more excited about the coming year, as students come back to campus,” said William F. Schneider, the Dorini Family Chair of Energy Studies and department chair.

“Our faculty are very active with both research and educational initiatives, pursuing work in relation to COVID-10 as well as many other areas critical to society.

“These well-deserved promotions and the addition of two more outstanding faculty to our department bode well for the future.”

— Nina Welding, College of Engineering