Two new assistant professors have been hired by the George R. Brown School of Engineering as part of Rice University’s strategic initiative to increase research competitiveness in the field of molecular nanotechnology.
Plans call for a $49 million reinvestment in the multi-disciplinary effort, a traditional area of strength for Rice. The initiative was approved by the Rice Board of Trustees in 2015. The new faculty members are:
Eilaf Egap, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering, earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Washington in 2011, when she became a postdoctoral fellow at MIT. Since 2014 she has been an assistant professor of chemistry at Emory University and in the Walter H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Her research focuses on developing well-defined macromolecular structures and technologies that address human health and alternative energy. She works with biomaterials, targeted imaging for early diagnostics and drug delivery, molecular engineering, nanomaterials and bio-integrated electronics.
Tom Senftle, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2010 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2015. Since then he has worked as a postdoctoral research associate in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University.
His recent research has focused on the ab initio design of semiconductors for photo-electrochemical applications. His interests include the development and application of hybrid simulation techniques for modeling multi-component catalytic systems at quantum and classical scales.