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Chemical engineering doctoral student recognized

Lamar University doctoral student Jiahua Zhu recently received two prestigious awards and international recognition for his research.

Zhu, who is studying chemical engineering at Lamar, has been selected by the People’s Republic of China as one of 495 international students for the “Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad.” This recognition includes a $6,000 award. The majority of the recipients are fourth, fifth or sixth year graduate students but Zhu is only in his third year.

In addition to that international recognition, Zhu received a scholarship sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Foundation. Named Thermoplastic Elastomers Interest Group, this scholarship includes a $1,500 award.

Students from all over the world apply for SPE scholarships. Zhu was the only student selected for the thermoplastic scholarship.

“This is a great honor,” said Zhu. “Most of the awardees are at the top of their field of study. These awards show that our research efforts are recognized by the Chinese Government and all over the world.”

Zhu received his master’s degree in chemical engineering from Nanjing University of Technology, China, in 2009. He has published several papers in scholarly journals including Energy & Environmental Science, Advanced Functional Materials, and Chemical Communication. In addition, Zhu is writing two chapters of a book based on environmental remediation, energy storage and conversion and micro-electronic device fabrication.

Throughout his college career, Zhu has done research with his faculty mentor John Guo, assistant professor of chemical engineering.

 “Zhu has been a hard working and creative student,” said Guo. “He has demonstrated great research novelty and achievements. These awards reflect his brilliance.”