April 15, 2013 – February 4, 2013
Haoyu Liu, a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Macromolecular Science and Engineering (MACR) degree program under the supervision of Prof. Kevin Edgar, has been selected to receive the American Chemical Society's Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division (CELL) Graduate Student Award for 2012. This award is a prestigious international award, given to only one student each year, and recognizing "excellence in cellulose or renewable materials research". Liu is already an author of seven published papers and is a co-inventor on a patent application, as well as having presented papers at several international scientific meetings. His research, in collaboration with the group of Prof. Lynne Taylor at Purdue University, has uncovered a superior family of cellulose ω-carboxyalkanoate polymers for enhancing oral bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs, which can lead to lower doses, fewer patient side effects, lower drug costs, and can help to rejuvenate new drug pipelines.
This is the second consecutive year that a student from the Edgar Lab has won this prestigious award; Dr. Daiqiang Xu (Ph.D. Chemistry 2012, now a research scientist at Ashland Chemical) won the 2011 CELL Graduate Student Award.