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Tiny particles, big machines by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research Video by Danielle Alio, Office of Communications Sometimes the largest instruments are needed to view the tiniest particles. Students in the course “Laboratory Techniques in Materials Science and Engineering” (MSE 302) are learning how to use large and sophisticated pieces of equipment to probe materials that are several times smaller than the width of a human hair. The instrume
In a paper published June 26, 2017 in Nature Chemistry,  Clifford P. Brangwynne, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and his co-workers have described the formation of liquid droplets forming inside living cells. Co-authors of the article include postdoctoral associate Ming-Tzo Wei, former CBE graduate student Marina Feric *16, Rohit Pappu, a biomedical engineer at Washington University in St. Louis, and also Rodney Priestley, Associate professor o
Rodney D. Priestley, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Associate Director of the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Owens Corning Early Career Award from the Materials Engineering and Sciences Division (MESD) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).  The award “recognizes outstanding independent contributions to the scientific, technological, educational or service areas of materials science and engi
Kimberly Shepard, who is this year’s Porter Ogden Jacobus Honorific Fellow from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, is the subject of a video interview highlighted on the Princeton University homepage.
In their meeting this past weekend, the Trustees of Princeton University approved the promotion of Rodney D. Priestley to Associate Professor with continuing tenure, effective July 1, 2015.  Congratulations, Rod!
Assistant Professor Rodney D. Priestley has been selected by the School of Chemical Engineering of Purdue University to deliver the Mellichamp Lecture on Oct. 28, 2014. The title of Prof. Priestley’s lecture is "Engineering Structure and Properties in Polymer Thin Films and Nanoparticles.”  Purdue University established the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Lecture in Chemical Engineering in 2013 "to recognize the work of a distinguished young researcher in any a
The list of 100 Most Influential African-Americans published by the news web site “The Root” includes Prof. Rodney Priestley in position #88. The list includes notable African-Americans in politics, entertainment and sports as well as academia, e.g., NJ Senator Cory Booker (#3),  pop star Beyoncé (#4), and U.S. World Cup team goalkeeper Tim Howard (#32).
Rodney D. Priestley, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been named a 2014 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar.  This program of the Dreyfus Foundation supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences through an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.  Institutions are limited to only one nomination annually; a total of 15 awards were made in 2014.  Nominees are selected for awards based on their scholarly resear
Rodney D. Priestley and Clifford P. Brangwynne, both Assistant Professors of Chemical and Biological Engineering, have been named 2014 Sloan Fellows:  Priestley in the field of Chemistry, Brangwynne in Computational & Evolutionary Molecular Biology.  The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation established the Fellowships in 1955 to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded “in recognition of d
Rodney Priestley, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), as announced today in a White House press release.  The PECASE award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government upon science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.  At a Washington ceremony in 2014, 102 individuals will receive the PECASE award, a
An article in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, describing work from Princeton CBE, was among the journal’s three most-read articles for September 2013.  The article, entitled “Core-Shell Fe3O4 Polydopamine Nanoparticles Serve Multipurpose as Drug Carrier, Catalyst Support and Carbon Adsorbent”, is based on work conducted in the laboratory of CBE Assistant Professor Rodney Priestley by postdoctoral fellows Rui Liu and Yunlong Guo, CBE senior thesis student
At the 12th International Conference on Laser Ablation (COLA 2013), held last week in Ischia, Italy, fourth-year CBE Ph.D. student Kimberly Shepard was recognized with an Outstanding Presentation Award, consisting of a certificate and 150 Euro.  Kim's thesis work, advised by Professor Rodney Priestley, focuses on the use of Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation to deposit amorphous polymer films with unique properties. Congratulations, Kim!
Rodney Priestley, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Lecture Exchange between the Polymer Physics Group of the Institute of Physics (UK-PPG) and the Division of Polymer Physics of the American Physical Society (DPOLY).  Established in 2009 to strengthen ties between DPOLY and the UK-PPG, and awarded every two years to one recipient each from the US and the UK, the Polymer Lecture Exchange allows each of the partner societies
Rodney Priestley, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, was selected as one of “12 rising academic stars who have emerged as leaders in their respective disciplines” nationwide, by the magazine Diverse:  Issues in Higher Education.  An article in the January 3, 2013 issue of Diverse features extensive quotes from Priestley and coworkers regarding his background, interests, and career philosophy.  Click to read either the text-only article, or the
Rodney Priestley, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has received the Howard B. Wentz, Jr. Junior Faculty Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), as announced at the SEAS-wide faculty meeting on May 14.  The award of $40,000 in unrestricted research funds is “intended to recognize and assist promising junior faculty members”.  Priestley’s research focuses on glassy behavior in polymers, glass formation, adaptive materi
A team led by Rodney D. Priestley, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has demonstrated the formation of ultrastable glassy polymer films, as reported in the April issue of the journal Nature Materials.  Using a novel technique dubbed “Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Deposition” (MAPLE), the team deposited films of the common amorphous polymer PMMA (often known by the tradenames Plexiglas® or Lucite®), which show a glass transition temperature (softe
Assistant Professor Rodney Priestley has just been named an Air Force Young Investigator, for his work on Characterization of Nanostructured Polymer Films.  This Young Investigator Program (YIP), sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), recognizes scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.  The o
Rodney Priestley, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Priestley’s project, entitled “Formation of Stable Polymer Glasses”, will explore Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) as a route to produce low-energy, ultra-stable glassy polymer films. The work aims to provide guidelines for the development of polymer glasses with unmatched the
Rodney Priestley, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded a 3M Nontenured Faculty Grant to pursue research on "Exceptionally enhanced molecular packing of amorphous and semi-crystalline polymers".
Rodney Priestley, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been honored with the 2009 Quadrant Award First Prize.
We are very pleased to announce that Rodney D. Priestley will be joining the Department of Chemical Engineering as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2009.