Doctoral Student Honored at 2019 American Physical Society Meeting

by Torie Wells on March 14, 2019

Liwen Chen, a doctoral student in the department of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer, recently won the prestigious Frank J. Padden Jr. Award from the 2019 American Physical Society March Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The award is given to a graduate student for “Excellence in Polymer Physics Research.”

She received this honor after presenting an oral presentation titled “Close-packed Structures of Block Copolymer Micelles Induced by the Size of Crystallites,” which explored the importance of the size of crystal domains in polymorphism of materials.

“Polymorphism is an important characteristic of crystalline materials for numerous practical applications, such as microelectronics and drugs. But control of polymorphism of materials still remains one of the most challenging problems in materials research,” said Sangwoo Lee, Chen’s thesis adviser, and assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer.

Lee said that Chen’s research and findings “will benefit the design of material processing procedures for control of crystal structures and material functions.”