Meet the Winners of the 2018 Langmuir Lectureship Award

Professors Kathleen Stebe of University of Pennsylvania and Orlin Velev North Carolina State University are the winners of the 2018 Langmuir Lectureship Award,  Langmuir and the ACS Division of Colloid & Surface Chemistry announce. The award recognizes individuals working in the interdisciplinary field of colloid and surface chemistry. “This year’s Langmuir lecturers are outstanding scientists who display remarkable creativity in using fundamental research in colloid and interface science to develop new materials and devices,” says Langmuir Editor-in-Chief, Françoise Winnik.

About the Winners

Professor Kathleen Stebe has served as Deputy Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania since 2012. Her research focuses on directed assembly in soft matter, including particles interacting by capillarity on interfaces, and particle assembly in complex fluids, liquid crystals and lipid bilayers. “Professor Stebe’s insights have produced new paradigms to understand, control, and exploit fluid interfaces far from equilibrium, touching fields from materials assembly to microfluidics and biology. She conducts elegant experiments supported by analysis and simulations that clearly demonstrate new concepts,” says Winnik.

Professor Orlin Velev holds the INVISTA chaired professorship of NC State University.  His record of innovative research in colloid science is remarkable through its depth and its outreach in the area of nanomanufacturing devices endowed of electrical and photonic functionalities, biosensors, microfluidics, and responsive materials. “His acumen in fundamental research is respected worldwide.  His research is of great importance for emerging technologies of which several are already exploited industrially,” says Winnik.

The award winners will present their research during a  dedicated symposium and award ceremony during the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Boston. To learn more about the laureates, check out their recent articles:

Professor Kathleen Stebe

Elastocapillary Driven Assembly of Particles at Free-Standing Smectic-A Films
Langmuir, 2018, 34 (5), pp 2006–2013
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b03351

All-Aqueous Assemblies via Interfacial Complexation: Toward Artificial Cell and Microniche Development
Langmuir, 2017, 33 (39), pp 10107–10117
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b02237

One-Step Generation of Salt-Responsive Polyelectrolyte Microcapsules via Surfactant-Organized Nanoscale Interfacial Complexation in Emulsions (SO NICE)
Langmuir, 2018, 34 (3), pp 847–853
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b01526

Curvature-Driven Migration of Colloids on Tense Lipid Bilayers
Langmuir, 2017, 33 (2), pp 600–610
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b03406

Professor Orlin Velev

Fabrication of Photoreactive Biocomposite Coatings via Electric Field-Assisted Assembly of Cyanobacteria
Langmuir, 2017, 33 (21), pp 5304–5313
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b00335

Synthesis and Characterization of Biodegradable Lignin Nanoparticles with Tunable Surface Properties
Langmuir, 2016, 32 (25), pp 6468–6477
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b01088

Smart Nonaqueous Foams from Lipid-Based Oleogel
Langmuir, 2015, 31 (50), pp 13501–13510
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b03660

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