GCI faculty members take part in Distinguished Lecture Series

This October the Board of Regents announced their selection of the 2019 Distinguished University Professorships where five faculty members from across the university were selected. 

Global CO2 Initiative (GCI) faculty affiliate, Nicholas Kotov was selected as one of the five. Kotov is the Irving Langmuir Distinguished University Professor of Chemical Sciences and Engineering. He also is the Joseph B. and Florence V. Cejka Professor of Engineering, and professor of chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, and macromolecular science and engineering in the College of Engineering.

At GCI, Kotov’s research focuses on conceptual foundations and technical realization of biomimetic nanostructures and is part of the Blue Sky Initiative team working on the next generation of antimicrobials. 

Friday, December 4th Kotov will take part in the Distinguished University Professorships Lecture Series for Fall 2020. During this virtual lecture, Kotov will discuss, “Nanostructures in Nature.” This lecture will address the role of organic and inorganic nanostructures in the world around us, as well as the technological and humanitarian impact of this knowledge. 

Kotov will be joined by another GCI faculty affiliate, Victor Li, who is the James R. Rice Distinguished University Professor of Engineering, E. Benjamin Wylie Collegiate Professor of Civil Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering.

Li was honored with his distinguished professorship in 2018 and will be joining the virtual conference to speak on, “Harmonizing our Built and Natural Environments with Bendable Concrete.” At GCI Li leads the research group that invented the world’s most ductile concrete in use in tall buildings and long bridges today. His research is also funded by the Blue Sky Initiative at U-M.