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3M Awards Help Make Possible Young University Professors’ Passion for Research

Jan 26, 2017

Ryan Lively, assistant professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Mark Losego, assistant professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering, have received 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Awards. Presented by 3M’s Research and Development Community in partnership with 3Mgives, the awards recognizes outstanding new faculty who excel in research, experience, and academic leadership. The award will allow Lively and Losego to conduct and showcase their scientific efforts to peers and technical employees at 3M Science and Engineering Faculty Day.

3M Non-Tenured Faculty Awards encourage the pursuit of new ideas among non-tenured university professors, giving them the opportunity to interact with their peers and 3M scientists. Science and Engineering Faculty Day presents the opportunity to 3Mers to stay in touch with the creative ideas that are stimulating some of the nation's brightest minds. 3M grants the awards as part of 3M’s support of innovative research in higher education. For over 25 years, the award has been given to help young faculty achieve tenure while teaching and conducting research. The company's Research and Development Community, in partnership with 3M's Corporate Giving Program, administer the award. Recipients are nominated by 3M researchers.

Lively came to Tech in 2013 after spending three years as a research engineer at Algenol Biofuels. His research group investigates fundamentals of adsorption and diffusion in hybrid polymeric and microporous materials to work towards rational design of fiber-based separation devices. He is a recipient of the 2013 NSF BRIGE Award.  Lively is developing a new separation process known as “organic solvent reverse osmosis” that enables effective differentiation of organic and isomer molecules

Losego joined Georgia Tech in 2014.  His research group uses advanced nanomaterials synthesis techniques to study transport phenomena in mesostructures and at organic-inorganic interfaces of relevance for solar, thermal, and electrochemical energy systems.  Losego’s work is primarily experimental and researchers in his group gain expertise in the chemical synthesis of materials (colloids, polymer brushes, SAMs), atomic layer deposition, electrochemistry, physical vapor deposition methods (sputtering, evaporation), and materials characterization.