The U.S. Department of Defense has selected a University of Michigan chemical engineer to receive a 2018 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship, which provides funds to conduct foundational research in core science and engineering disciplines that underpin future DoD capabilities.
Nicholas A. Kotov, the Joseph B. and Florence V. Cejka Professor of Chemical Engineering, is one of 11 faculty scientists and engineers nationwide selected for the 2018 fellow class, joining a cadre of 45 current Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows.
Kotov’s Fellowship project will focus on establishing a comprehensive framework of synthetic methods, computational tools, characteristic properties, and translational targets for the hierarchical engineering of chiral ceramics with nanoparticles as their basic engineering blocks.
The Fellowship seeks outstanding researchers to conduct transformative basic research in topic areas of interest to the DoD. Through the program, university researchers and students learn about DoD’s current and future challenges, and are introduced to some of the ongoing critical research. The program fosters long-term relationships between DoD and university researchers, and prepares them for possible entry into the defense and national security workforce.
Kotov has appointments in chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, materials science and engineering, macromolecular science and engineering, and the Biointerfaces Institute. He uses nanoscale fibers and particles to design and build materials that solve specific problems in biology, medicine, environmental science, chemistry, pharmaceuticals and any other field with a problem that captures his interest.