Georgia Tech professor to give Lindsay Lecture Wednesday

David Sholl, professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology, will discuss his research Wednesday (Jan. 27) as part of the 2010 J.D. Lindsay Lecture Series at Texas A&M University.Sholl's presentation, "Accelerating Development of Membranes Using Materials Modeling: Metal Alloys and Metal Organic Frameworks," is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 106 of the Jack E. Brown Building. His presentation is sponsored by the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering.Sholl says membranes have the potential to play an important role in many energy-related chemical separations, but experimental development of new membrane materials is challenging and time-consuming. Materials modeling, he notes, can play an important role in this area by screening potential membrane materials in advance of experimental studies.His presentation will describe work by his research group on several classes of materials in this area, including metal organic frameworks as components in membranes for light gas separations and metal alloys as dense films for hydrogen purification.The Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Chair and GRA Eminent Scholar in Energy Sustainability at Georgia Tech, Sholl conducts research that uses computational materials modeling to accelerate development of new materials for energy-related applications, including generation and storage of gaseous and liquid fuels and carbon dioxide mitigation.He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers and has written a textbook on density functional theory, a quantum chemistry method that is widely applied through the physical sciences and engineering. In addition, Sholl is senior editor of the American Chemical Society journal "Langmuir," and associate director of Georgia Tech's Strategic Energy Institute.Sholl received his bachelor's degree in 1992 at The Australian National University. He then earned his master's degree and Ph.D. from The University of Colorado in 1993 and 1995, respectively.In honor of Professor J.D. Lindsay, Texas A&M's first chemical engineering department head, the department established the Lindsay Lecture Series to bring speakers to the university. Coming from both industry and academia, the lecturers are recognized for their accomplishments in the practice, teaching and/or research of chemical engineering. The series also allows the lecturers several days for visiting the university and the department and for exchanging ideas on teaching and research objectives and methods.Written by Ryan Garcia,