Published February 23, 2022
UB CBE alumnus Jayant Singh, MS 2002, PhD 2005 has been awarded the Herdillia Award For “Excellence in Basic Research in Chemical Engineering” by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE). He has also been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI). NASI is the oldest science academy of India.
While at UB in SUNY Distinguished Professor David Kofke's research group, his research focused on studying the effects of molecular association on the properties of fluid interfaces.
Recallig his time at UB, Singh said "I was lucky to have Dave as my advisor. I vividly recall numerous discussions with him in person and over emails, even at midnight. He always emphasized choosing the problem carefully. Dave has been an outstanding advisor and amazing human, brilliant yet humble, extremely patient, and open to attempting new problems, especially if there is an opportunity to develop a disruptive new method or theory. While my primary work was developing new methods to calculate interfacial properties more accurately, I also undertook a problem on virial coefficient calculation using molecular simulations, which led to the development of an innovative technique, Mayer Sampling. While there was no formal collaboration after I graduated from UB, Dave has continued to provide guidance and advice whenever I have asked".
Singh continued his journey to understand molecular behavior at the nanoscale, building upon his learning at UB. More recently, he has shown a universal nucleation behavior under shear flow which was published in the journal Physical Review Letters (Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 195702, 2021). More details of recent contributions are at https://cnislab.com