Eilaf Egap, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering and chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been selected as a 2018 PMSE Young Investigator.
The distinction, bestowed by the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division (PMSE) of the American Chemical Society (ACS), recognizes young investigators in academia, industry and national laboratories who have made significant contributions to their field.
â€śI am really honored to get this distinction,â€ť she said. â€śTo be recognized by PMSE says we are making significant contributions in the field, and that is basically what you hope for as a scientist.â€ť
In August Egap will attend the ACS fall conference to present her work at a special symposium honoring the 2018 Young Investigators.
Egap was hired in 2017 as part of Rice Universityâ€™s strategic initiative to increase research competitiveness in the field of molecular nanotechnology. Her research centers on developing fundamentally new materials with novel photonic, electronic and optoelectronic properties, utilizing tools from polymer chemistry and materials science and nanoengineering to address challenges in energy conversion, sustainability and early diagnostics.
â€śPolymeric electronics is a relatively young field,â€ť she said. â€śItâ€™s seen tremendous growth. And magneto-electronics is basically a wide-open field in terms of new physics, phenomena and materials to be discovered and unraveled. I am really excited about these areas of research.â€ť