People, papers and presentations

Rice professors Pedro Alvarez and Qilin Li have the most downloaded paper (on applications of nanotechnology in water and wastewater treatment) and one of the most-cited papers for the last five years (on ultrafiltration membranes) in the current listing at Water Research, a journal for water and science technology. Another of their papers, on antimicrobial nanomaterials, remains the most cited in the journal since 2008, according to records kept by Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Alvarez is the George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Li is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

A 2004 paper authored by Rice professors Enrique Barrera and Satish Nagarajaiah has been named one of the most-cited papers in the history of the journal Nanotechnology and is featured this month in the journal’s “Highlights from 25 Years” issue. The paper, “Nanotube Film Based on SWNT for Macrostrain Sensing,” pioneered the field of strain sensing and structural health monitoring using nanomaterials and led to more recent successes, including nanotube-based conductors and “smart paint” for structures. The journal features a video interview with Barrera and Nagarajaiah by Rice Public Affairs’ video producer Brandon Martin. Barrera is a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and chemistry. Nagarajaiah is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and of mechanical engineering and materials science and nanoengineering.

Tayfun Tezduyar, the James F. Barbour Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Rice, received the Computational Mechanics Award from the Japan Association for Computational Mechanics, the first time the honor has gone to a researcher from outside Japan. At the annual awards banquet Dec. 13, Kenji Takizawa, an associate professor at Waseda University in Tokyo and an adjunct associate professor in mechanical engineering at Rice, accepted Tezduyar’s award on his behalf and also received the Young Investigator Award of the Asia Pacific Association for Computational Mechanics.





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