News & Highlights

Publication in Nature


Letter Published in NatureWebsite-Image

This work examines the inhibition of pathological crystallization, focusing on calcium oxalate monohydrate (the principal component of human kidney stone disease). Here we present a new mechanism of crystal growth inhibition (strain-induced dissolution) and identify a compound that has the potential to be a new treatment of calcium oxalate kidney stones. Coauthors of this manuscript include Jihae Chung (UH, first author), Yanni Mpourmpakis (Univ. Pittsburgh), and John Asplin (Litholink Corporation). For details, see the Nature website: Abstract


Inaugural Mellichamp Emerging Leader Lecture


Identifying New Paradigms in Crystal Engineering for Energy and Biomedical Applicationsmellichamp_lecture

Prof. Rimer gave the inaugural Duncan & Suzanne Mellichamp Emerging Leader Lecture at the University of California at Santa Barbara (Link). This award was given by the Department of Chemical Engineering through the generous donation of Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp. The abstract of this lecture and Prof. Rimer’s biography are posted on the UCSB website (Link). Details of Prof. Mellichamp’s impressive career and contributions to the field of chemical engineering can be found in the following news article: Link

 

 


Artwork selected for cover of Chem. Eur. J.


chemeurj_coverOur article was featured on the cover of the November 2016 issue of Chemistry – A European Journal. This work was a collaborative effort between the University of Houston (Rimer and Grabow) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Motkuri).

To read more about this article, visit the following website:  Link

To access the coverart, visit the following website: Coverart Link

The authors were featured by the journal in the cover profile (Link). In this feature, the journal asks the authors questions pertaining to the most significant result of this study, the inspiration for the cover artwork, and the current topics being studied by each of the PIs.


Recent News

Prof. Rimer Receives Award from AIChE
Prof. Rimer is the recipient of the 2017 FRI/John G. Kunesh Award from the AIChE Separations Division. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the academic, scientific, technological, industrial, or service areas involving separations technologies. Prof. Rimer will receive the award at the annual meeting in Minneapolis and will deliver a plenary talk entitled “Search of New Paradigms for Crystal Engineering: Old Tricks, Novel Discoveries, and Future Challenges.”

Paper Accepted in Chem. Eur. J.
Katy’s paper on antimalarial drug activity was accepted for publication in Chemistry – A European Journal. This work was performed in collaboration with Prof. Peter Vekilov. Congrats Katy!

Paper Accepted in Cryst. Growth Des.
Jihae’s paper on solute/modifier speciation in calcium oxalate crystallization was accepted by Crystal Growth & Design. Congrats Jihae and Ricardo!

Netherlands Catalysis Award
Prof. Rimer was the inaugural recipient of the Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion (MCEC) Lectureship Award. The award was presented by Prof. Bert Weckhuysen at Utrecht University. Prof. Rimer was invited to give presentations at all of the MCEC sites, including the University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology.

  • Interview of Prof. Rimer by MCEC [Link]

Paper Accepted in PNAS
Katy’s paper on the identification of antimalarial drug action on hematin crystallization was accepted for publication in PNAS. This work is a collaboration with Prof. Peter Vekilov. Congrats All!

  • Cullen College news article [Link]

SWCS Poster Award
Madhuresh was a recipient of the Best Poster Award from the 2017 Southwest Catalysis Society Spring Symposium. Congrats Madhuresh!

Dissertation Award
Katy is the recipient of the 2017 UH Cullen College of Engineering Best PhD Dissertation Award. Congrats Katy!

MRS Poster Award
Yunwen received first place in the poster award competition at the 2017 UH Materials Research Society Student Chapter Symposium. Congrats Yunwen! For more information read the UH News Article [Link]

PhD Dissertation Defenses
Katy and Jihae both successfully defended their PhDs. Congratulations to the two new doctors to graduate from the group. Congrats Katy and Jihae!

Review Article Accepted
Bryan’s invited review article was accepted for publication in Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension. This article will appear in the special issue on Mineral Metabolism. Congrats Bryan!

NACS Travel Award
Wei was one of the recipients of the 2017 Kokes Award to attend the 25th North American Catalysis Society meeting in Denver, CO. Congratulations Wei!

  • News article written by the Cullen College of Engineering: [Link]

Chemistry Joint Appointment
Prof. Rimer received joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry. [Link]

RSC Journal Advisory Board
Prof. Rimer was invited to join the Advisory Board for Molecular Systems Design & Engineering published by RSC. For more information about the journal, visit the website: [Link]

Paper Accepted in ChemCatChem
Ming-Feng and Yunwen’s paper on Ag-ZSM-5 dehydroaromatization of ethylene has been accepted for publication in ChemCatChem. This work is a collaboration with Prof. Lars Grabow and was an invited contribution to the special issue on Catalysis for New Energy Technology. Congrats to all!

Angew. Chemie Paper Selected as VIP and Front Cover2017_angewchemieinted_cover
Manjesh’s paper was accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie International Edition as a Very Important Paper (VIP) selection. The artwork for this paper was also selected for the front cover. This work is part of a collaboration with Prof. Michael Tsapatsis (U. Minnesota) and other institutions. Congrats Manjesh and other coauthors!

AIChE Journal Advisory Board
Prof. Rimer was invited to join the Advisory Board for the AIChE Journal published by Wiley. For more information about the journal, visit the website: [Link]

Paper Accepted in J. Catal.
Our collaborative work with Prof. Aditya Bhan’s group (U. Minnesota) on SSZ-13 catalysts in MTH reactions was accepted for publication in the Journal of Catalysis. Congrats Manjesh!

Megan Defends her PhDketchum_defense
Megan Ketchum successfully defended her PhD dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Ketchum and good luck starting your new position at GlaxoSmithKline!

Artwork Selected for Cover of Angew. Chemie Int. Ed.
The collaborative work between Minnesota, UH and others (Shete et al.) on 2D zeolite growth will be featured on the front cover of  Angewandte Chemie.

 

2016 Owens Corning Award
Prof. Rimer received the Owens Corning Early Career Award from the Materials Engineering & Science Division (MESD) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). This award recognizes outstanding independent contributions to the scientific, technological, educational, or service areas of materials science and engineering. Prof. Rimer presented a plenary award lecture at the 2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.img_3929

University of Houston News Article: Link

Cullen College of Engineering News Article: Link

 

Poster Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places
Graduate students Yufeng, Wei, and Rui won Research Excellence Awards at the Chinese-American Chemical Society Southwest Chapter meeting. Congrats guys!

Artwork Selected for Cover of Chem. Mater.no spine minimum. half size. Editor: Tara JEM: Esther RTP: Cathy Fisher
The Up & Coming Perspective Article (Olafson et al.) will be featured on the cover of  Chemistry of Materials.

Paper Accepted in Cryst. Growth Des.
Megan’s paper on biomimetic assays for antimalarial drug screening was accepted in Crystal Growth & Design. This work is a collaboration with Prof. Peter Vekilov. Congrats Megan!

Travel Award
Yufeng was the recipient of a Cullen Graduate Fellowship Travel Award to attend the 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting. Congrats Yufeng!

Director of AIChE MESD
Prof. Rimer was elected to the AIChE Materials Engineering & Science Division executive committee.

ACS Section Awardacs-hightower-award
Prof. Rimer received the 2016 Joe W. Hightower Award from the ACS Greater Houston Section. This award recognizes meritorious contributions to education, research, and community service. Prof. Rimer will be recognized by the ACS Section at their Fall Banquet in October.

Poster Award
Jihae Chung was a recipient of the Best Poster Award for the 31st Organization for Chemical Engineering Graduate Students (OChEGS) Symposium. Congrats Jihae!

Katy Receives WIC Travel Award
Katy Olafson was selected for a Women’s Initiatives Committee (WIC) Travel Award for the 2016 AIChE Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Congrats Katy!

Rimer Recognized as Up & Coming Researcher
Prof. Rimer was selected by the ACS journal Chemistry of Materials for their Up & Coming perspective series. His article on nonclassical crystal growth inhibitors was accepted for publication. Coauthors include Katy, Bryan, and Rui. Congrats everybody!

AIChE Travel Award
Rui Li received a travel award from the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (CRE) division to attend the AIChE Meeting in San Francisco. Congrats Rui!

Katy Selected for GRS Talk
Katy Olafson presented her talk “Elucidating the Molecular Interactions between Antimalarial Drugs and Hematin Crystal Surfaces” at the Gordon Research Seminar in conjunction with the GRC Meeting on Biomineralization in Girona, Spain. Katy received a Cullen Fellowship Travel Grant from UH to attend this conference. Congrats Katy!

Letter Published in NatureNature_logo
Jihae’s paper was accepted for publication in Nature! The letter is available as an Advance Online Publication (AOP) at the Nature website [Link]. Congrats Jihae on this amazing work!

Manjesh Defends his PhD
Manjesh Kumar successfully defended his PhD dissertation. Congrats Dr. Kumar!

Article Published in Chem. Eur. J.
Matt’s paper on zeolite GIS synthesis was accepted for publication in Chemistry: A European Journal. This work was performed in collaboration with Dr. Radha Motkuri (PNNL) and Prof. Lars Grabow (UH). Congrats to Matt, Arian, and Marlon!

IZA Committee
Prof. Rimer was elected Co-Chair of the International Zeolite Association (IZA) Synthesis Commission.

AIChE Student Research Awardimg_1911
Katy was the recipient of the 2016 AIChE Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award. She received this competitive international award for her research on hematin crystallization, which is a project co-advised with Prof. Peter Vekilov. Katy received a plaque at the Separation Division’s Award Dinner held at the annual meeting in San Francisco. Congrats Katy!

Cullen College of Engineering News Article: Link

Future Faculty Program
Aseem and Thuy were accepted to the Future Faculty Fellowship (F3) program at UH. Congrats!

Article Published in Chem. Mater.
Matt’s paper on zeolite LTA and FAU nucleation was accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials. This work was performed in collaboration with Prof. Lee Penn’s group at the University of Minnesota. Congrats to Matt and Marlon!

Awarded NIH Grant
We received funding from NIH for our malaria project, which focuses on hematin crystallization. The grant was awarded to Prof. Vekilov (PI) and Prof. Rimer (Co-PI).

RSC Journal Advisory Board
Prof. Rimer was invited to join the Advisory Board for the new journal Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. For more information about the journal, visit the website: [Link]

Matt Defends his PhDIMG_1652
Matt Oleksiak successfully defended his PhD dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Oleksiak and good luck starting your new position at Shell Oil Company!

Mellichamp Lecture
Prof. Rimer was invited to give the inaugural Mellichamp Emerging Leader lecture at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The lecture, which is endowed by Prof. Duncan and Mrs. Suzanne Mellichamp, is a new annual keynote event within the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCSB. The lecture will be given in Fall 2016.

Undergraduate Scholarship
Zachery Baker received a PURS scholarship to conduct research in the area of biocrystallization. Congratulations Zach!

Article Published in MRS BulletinMRS-Bulletin_Cover
Prof. Rimer published an invited article in the MRS Bulletin issue on “Nucleation in Atomic, Molecular, and Colloidal Systems.” The article, which focuses on nucleation of open framework materials, was co-authored by Prof. Michael Tsapatsis (Univ. Minnesota). For details, check out the MRS website (Link).

New Group Member
Dr. Mariano Susman joined our group to work on the rational design of metal oxides. Welcome Mariano!

Undergraduate Fellowship
Mangalaa Dinivahi received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the University of Houston Office of Undergraduate Research. Congratulations Mangalaa!

NSF GRFP Awardlogo_NSFed to UH Student
Ricardo Sosa (senior undergraduate student in the Rimer Group) received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He will be pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering next year and this NSF GRFP award will be used to support his graduate studies. Congratulations Ricardo – this is fantastic news! For more details, see the following articles by the Cullen College (LINK) and the Honors College (LINK).

Article Accepted in ACS Catalysis
Arian’s paper on pathways of DME formation in ZSM-5 was accepted for publication in ACS Catalysis. This work is part of a collaboration with Prof. Lars Grabow. Congratulations Arian!

AIChE Best Presentation Award
Megan Ketchum received the 2015 Best Presentation Award in the session “Diagnostics, Treatment, and Theranostics” at the AIChE Meeting in Salt Lake City. This session was part of the topical conference “Chemical Engineers in Medicine”. Congratulations Megan! For details, see the news article posted by the Cullen College [Link]

Article Accepted in Chem. Mater.
Manjesh and Rui’s paper on zeolite L nucleation was accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials. Congratulations!

New Group Members
Three graduate students recently joined our group: Aseem Chawla, Thuy Le, and Yunwen Zhou. We also have three new undergraduate students: Zachery Baker, Mangalaa Dinivahi, and Diego Guala. Welcome to the group!

Undergraduate Scholarships
Matthew Patton received a PURS scholarship to conduct research on zeolite synthesis. Zachery Baker received a University of Houston Scholars Program scholarship to conduct research on biogenic crystallization. Congratulations!

PhD Defense
Arian Ghorbanpour successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Computational Modeling and Advanced Synthesis Techniques for the Improved Design of Zeolite Catalysts.” Arian is co-advised with Prof. Lars Grabow. Congratulations Dr. Ghorbanpour!

Highlight Selected for Cover of CrystEngComm2015_CrystEngComm_Cover
Katy and Megan’s highlight article on hematin crystallization was selected for the inside cover of the November 7th issue of Crystal Engineering Communications.

Awards for Best Poster and Presentation
Manjesh was a recipient of the Best Oral Presentation Award and Katy was a recipient of the Best Poster Award for the 30th Organization for Chemical Engineering Graduate Students (OChEGS) Symposium. Congrats Manjesh and Katy!

Article Accepted in JACS
Manjesh’s paper on SSZ-13 crystallization was accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. This work is a collaboration with Prof. Yuriy Roman at MIT. Congrats Manjesh!

Paper Accepted in Crystal Growth & Design
Katy and Megan’s paper on hematin crystallization was accepted for publication in the ACS journal Crystal Growth & Design. This work is a collaboration with Prof. Peter Vekilov at UH. Congrats everybody!

Tenure Promotion
Prof. Rimer has been promoted to Associate Professor (effective September 1, 2015). A sincere thank you to all of the group members (current and alumni) for your hard work over the past six years!

Gordon Research Conference
Two group members attended the 2015 GRC on Nanoporous Materials & Their Applications in Holderness, NH: Matt and Manjesh. Prof. Rimer was an invited speaker and both Matt and Manjesh were selected among the poster presenters to give talks.

  • The University of Houston published a news article highlighting the selection of three students in the Rimer Group for oral presentations at 2015 GRC Conferences (Katy, Matt, and Manjesh). For details, see the article on the Cullen College of Engineering website [Link].

Publication in ScienceScienceMagazine_Logo
Our review article on crystallization by particle attachment (CPA) was published in Science Magazine. Prof. Rimer is one of 15 co-authors on this article, which was the product of a DOE-sponsored workshop. For more information, visit the following websites:

Paper Accepted in ChemComm
Sahar’s paper on alkali metal modification of calcium oxalate crystallization was accepted for publication in Chemical Communications. Congrats Sahar and Bryan!

Winner of ACCGE-20 Photo ContestPhotoContest_Website
The 2015 American Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy had a photo contest sponsored by the Journal of Crystal Growth. Rui Li entered a photo of zeolite crystals and won first place in the category of Natural Untouched Photograph/Micrograph. Congratulations Rui!

  • The winning picture is featured on the American Associate for Crystal Growth website [Link]

Funding from NSF CBET
The Rimer Group received a grant from the National Science Foundation. This project is a collaboration with Prof. Lars Grabow focused on methane upgrading.

Highlight Accepted in CrystEngComm
Katy and Megan’s highlight article on hematin crystallization was accepted for publication in Crystal Engineering Communications. Congrats!

 


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