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Paluch to Receive 2013 AIChE Separations Division Research Award

Nina Welding • DATE: July 26, 2013

Andrew S. Paluch, recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame, receiving his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in April 2013, has been named the recipient of a 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award. Sponsored by the Separations Division of AIChE, the award will be presented during the annual awards dinner in November 2013.

The highly competitive award recognizes outstanding graduate students in consideration of outstanding work contributing to separations fundamentals or applications. Paluch was honored for his paper “Predicting the Solubility of Solid Phenanthrene: A Combined Molecular Simulation and Group Contribution Approach.” This specific work, and his research in general, focuses on developing general computational and theoretical methods that enable the more accurate prediction of the solubility of species such as drug molecules and pollutants in various solvents. His research interests include phase-equilibria thermodynamics, computational drug design, molecular simulation (Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics), solvation thermodynamics, solution theories and statistical mechanics.

In addition to this award, Paluch has published seven first-author peer-reviewed papers and has several more in preparation. He has given nine conference paper presentations and been awarded fellowships to present his research at the UCLA Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics workshop on Navigating Chemical Compound Space for Materials and Bio Design and a Gordon Research Conference on Computer Aided Drug Design. In 2009 he received an NSF fellowship to participate in the National Institute for Nanoengineering summer school at Sandia National Laboratories, and in 2011 he received an AIChE Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum Graduate Student Research Award.

Paluch is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, and AIChE. He has accepted a faculty position in the Department of Chemical, Paper, and Biomolecular Engineering at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and will begin teaching in fall 2013.