Rafael Verduzco, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering (ChBE) at Rice University, has been elected vice chair of the User Executive Committee (UEC) of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
He will become UEC chair in 2019. The CNMS, opened in 2006, sponsors research focused on understanding and controlling electronic, ionic and molecular behavior at the nanoscale. The center provides state-of-the-art clean rooms, general laboratories, and wet and dry laboratories for sample preparation, fabrication and analysis.
Verduzco earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2007. For two years he was a postdoctoral associate in the CNMS at Oak Ridge, and joined the Rice faculty in 2009. In 2013 he received an NSF CAREER Award, and in 2012 the Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society.