Jee-Ching Wang, assistant professor of chemical and
biological engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla,
recently received a CAREER Award from the National Science
Foundation to support his work on modeling nanoparticle
CAREER Award is NSF’s most prestigious award given
to assistant professors in tenure-track positions.
The CAREER program recognizes and supports the early
career development activities of those teachers and
scholars who are to become the academic leaders of
the 21st century.
will receive $400,000 from the NSF over the course
of five years to investigate at the atomic scale how
nanoparticles self-assemble. The project, “Molecular-Based
Engineering of Nanoparticle Self-Assembly,” involves
using the multi-scale modeling approach to understand
what conditions are needed to get nanoparticles to
bind together in a predictable, ordered way. The research
will help bring the nanotechnology community one step
closer to manufacturing miniature, high-performance
devices, Wang says.
our computer simulations, we use very simple physics
or rules learned from nature about how atoms and molecules
behave and interact with each other,” Wang explains.
“We generate atoms and then let them follow those
few simple rules, so each atom behaves like a real
atom in a real system. We monitor them and then extract
useful information from the computer simulation. A
nanoparticle is an ideal target for computer simulation
because each atom matters in a nanoparticle.”
is incorporating his research expertise into a new
required undergraduate course, “Molecular Chemical
Engineering,” as well as a new elective course, “Molecular
Simulation in Engineering and Science.” These two
courses will help encourage students in biological
and chemical engineering to look at engineering systems
and problems from molecular perspectives, Wang says.
joined UMR in August 2000. He received bachelor’s
and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from
National Taiwan University before receiving a Ph.D.
in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.