2020 Awards

The official award lectures will be held at the in-person ACS CSSS meeting  in 2021

Congrats to Prof. Sujit Datta for being awarded the 2020 ACS Unilever Award For Outstanding Young Investigator in Colloid & Surfactant Science!

Sujit S. Datta
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University
Associated Faculty, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Associated Faculty, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials
Associated Faculty, Princeton Environmental Institute
Sujit Datta is an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University. He is also Associated Faculty at the Andlinger Center for Energy & the Environment, the Princeton Institute for the Science & Technology of Materials, and the Princeton Environmental Institute. He earned a BA in Mathematics and Physics and an MS in Physics in 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his PhD in Physics in 2013 from Harvard, where he studied fluid dynamics and instabilities in porous media and colloidal microcapsules with David Weitz. His postdoctoral training was in Chemical Engineering at Caltech, where he studied the biophysics and materials science of the gut with Rustem Ismagilov. He joined Princeton in 2017, where his lab (dattalab.princeton.edu) studies soft and active materials in complex settings, motivated by challenges like clean oil/gas recovery, effective water remediation, and targeted drug delivery. Prof. Datta is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the Andreas Acrivos Award in Fluid Dynamics from the American Physical Society, the LeRoy Apker Award from the American Physical Society, the ACS Petroleum Research Fund New Investigator Award, the Alfred Rheinstein Faculty Award, and multiple Princeton Engineering Commendations for Outstanding Teaching.

Congrats to Prof.  Xiao Su for being awarded the 2020 Victor K. LaMer Award from the ACS Division of Colloid & Surface Chemistry for his dissertation on “Organometallic Redox-Interfaces for Selective Electrochemical Separations”

Xiao Su
Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering (Affiliate)
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology at Illinois (Affiliate)

Biography: Xiao Su is an Assistant Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He obtained his Bachelor in Applied Sciences in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2011. He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 2017, working under the supervision of Professor T. Alan Hatton from Chemical Engineering and Professor Timothy F. Jamison from Chemistry. During his doctoral studies, Xiao received the MIT Water Innovation Prize (2016) and the MassCEC Catalyst Award (2017) for his work on electrochemically-mediated water purification. In 2016, Xiao was also selected to participate in the Langmuir Graduate Student Oral Presentation Award session at the 90th ACS Colloid & Surface Science Symposium at Harvard.

He joined the faculty of UIUC in January 2019, and his research program pursues the molecular engineering of electrochemical interfaces for advanced separations and process intensification. Xiao is a recipient NSF CAREER Award (2019) to develop new separation processes for small molecule purification. Xiao is also programming co-chair of Area 1E: Electrochemical Fundamentals at AIChE, and a member of the working committee for CDI & Electrosorption conferences.