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Peng Bai & Daniel O'Brien receive 2013 Overend Awards

Two Department of Chemistry doctoral students—Peng Bai and Daniel O'Brien—have received 2013 Overend Awards for Graduate Research in Physical Chemistry. The award honors outstanding physical chemistry graduate student researchers.

Peng is a fifth-year graduate student. His current research interests are using molecular simulations to understand adsorption in microporous materials and liquid-liquid phase equilibria. He is co-advised by Professor Ilja Siepmann, and Professor Michael Tsapatsis from Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

Daniel is a sixth-year graduate student in Professor Aaron Massari's laboratory. His research interests are in using nonlinear spectroscopy to deduce molecular structure at the the active interface in organic semiconducting thin film devices.

The Overend Award is named after Professor John Overend who was a physical chemist in the department from 1960 to 1984. The award was created in 1991 through the efforts of Professor Paul Barbara.

Pictured are the 2013 Overend Award for Graduate Research in Physical Chemistry honorees Peng Bai, left, and Daniel O'Brien, right.