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  • Welcome to Srija and Ugo!

    The group is thrilled to welcome two new first-year PhD students: Srija Chakraborty and Ugochukwu (Ugo) Ikegwu! Ugo is also co-advised with Prof. Victor Zavala. We’re thrilled to have them both – learn more about …

  • New papers + highlights in Nature and Science!

    Several new papers have come out from the group lately, including: Medium-chain lipid conjugation facilitates cell-permeability and bioactivity – a new paper in JACS to which ByungUk contributed Expanding plastics recycling technologies: Chemical aspects, technology …

  • Reid promoted to associate professor with tenure!

    Reid has received tenure and been named the Hunt-Hougen Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering! We are tremendously grateful to all group members, colleagues, collaborators, and mentors, past and present, who contributed to the …

  • Jonathan defends his PhD thesis!

    Dr. Jonathan Sheavly is the newest PhD recipient from the Van Lehn group!!! Jonathan defended a thesis entitled “Multiscale Modeling for the Design of Responsive Soft Materials.” Many congratulations to Jonathan – we wish him …

  • New paper by Lisa!

    Lisa’s new paper, entitled “On the integration of molecular dynamics, data science, and experiments for studying solvent effects on catalysis,” was just published in Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering! The paper reviews the group’s recent work …

  • New paper in JCP!

    A new paper from Atharva and Brad – “Identifying nonadditive contributions to the hydrophobicity of chemically heterogeneous surfaces via dual-loop active learning” – has been published in the Journal of Chemical Physics! They develop an …

  • ByungUk joins the group!

    We’re happy to welcome ByungUk Park as a new group member! ByungUk is a first-year student in the Biophysics Program – we look forward to his contributions!

  • Carlos and Josh join the group + group climbing!

    We’re happy to welcome Carlos Huang-Zhu and Josh Richardson as new group members! Carlos and Josh are both first-year CBE students and we look forward to their contributions. To celebrate, the group visiting Boulder’s Climbing …

  • Reid receives 2021 CoMSEF Young Investigator Award

    Reid was named the winner of the 2021 CoMSEF Young Investigator award! He is cited “for the development and application of computational techniques to understand the interfacial properties of functionalized nanomaterials and their interactions with …

  • Samartha defends her PhD!

    Congratulations to the new Dr. Samartha Patel for defending her PhD today! Samartha will be moving to New York to work in the protein biochemistry group of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. We wish you all the best, …

  • Reid discusses plastic recycling

    Reid presented at the “Wednesday Night @ The Lab” public outreach program on plastic recycling, and particularly on the work ongoing in UW-Madison’s Center for the Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics (CUWP). Check it out here!

  • Farewell lunch for Brad

    The group got together for lunch to wish Brad and his family the best as they plan for their move to Boston. Best of luck at Roivant, Brad, we’ll miss you!

  • Brad defends his Ph.D.!

    Our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Bradley C. Dallin who successfully defended his PhD thesis today! Brad will next be joining Roivant Sciences in Boston to work on their computational drug discovery platform. We wish you …

  • Farewell brunch for Alex

    The group was able to take advantage of the high vaccination rate in Dane County to indulge in a going-away brunch for Alex. Alex will be joining the Materials Science team at Schrödinger, Inc. in …

  • Alex defends his Ph.D.!

    Many congratulations to Dr. Alex Chew, who is the first student from the group to defend his Ph.D.!!! We’ll miss Alex greatly as he transitions to a new role as a senior scientist at Schrodinger …

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