Georgia Tech professor to give Lindsay Lecture talk Wednesday

Martha Grover, associate professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will discuss her research Wednesday (Sept. 22) as part of the 2010 Fall J.D. Lindsay Lecture Series at Texas A&M University.Georgia Tech's Martha GroverGrover's presentation, "Microstructure Design of Inorganic Materials Using Process Systems Engineering," is scheduled from 3-4 p.m. in Rm. 106 of the Jack E. Brown Building. Her presentation is sponsored by the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering.Grover says the micro and nanostructure of inorganic materials often dominates their function, relative to the properties of the bulk single crystal material. Grain boundaries in metal oxide thin films are critical for ion transport in a fuel cell electrolyte, and the surface area and faceting of transition metal nanoparticles determines their catalytic activity. Because these grain boundaries and dispersed phases are non-equilibrium structures, she notes, the final material is in a metastable state that is often highly dependent upon the process recipe and process conditions.Her presentation will describe an alternative approach to microstructure optimization, using the principles and tools of process systems engineering.Joining Georgia Tech in 2002, Grover heads a research program dedicated to understanding, modeling and engineering the self-assembly of atoms and small molecules to create larger scale structures and functionality. Her approach draws on process systems engineering, combining modeling and experiments in applications including surface deposition, fluid-phase crystallization, polymer reaction engineering and neural cultures.Grover received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her master's degree and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.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.