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Debenedetti Delivers Ruckenstein Lecture

On April 19, Pablo Debenedetti, Class of 1950 Professor and Vice Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, delivered the Eli Ruckenstein Lecture at the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY). The lecture series was initiated in 2009 to honor the work of SUNY Distinguished Professor and National Medal of Science recipient Eli Ruckenstein. Debenedetti’s lecture, entitled “The Theory of Hydrophobicity: Some Recent Developments on a Venerable Topic”, discussed his recent work at Princeton on
the behavior of water near geometrically and chemically complex protein surfaces; the interplay of kinetics and thermodynamics in controlling surface-induced evaporation, and its possible role in biological self-assembly; and the collapse mechanisms of hydrophobic polymers in water.