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ORNL’s Davison, DePaoli elected AlChE fellows

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 18, 2016 – Brian Davison and David DePaoli of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been elected fellows of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

The fellowship is AIChE’s highest grade of membership and honors senior members who have made meaningful impacts to the chemical engineering profession.

Brian DavisonDavison is the chief scientist for the Systems Biology and Biotechnology Initiative as well as the science coordinator for the BioEnergy Science Center . In a career spanning 30 years of bioprocessing research, Davison has been involved in numerous biotechnology projects and received numerous accolades for his work, including a 1997 R&D 100 Award for an integrative process to develop industrial chemicals using Escherichia coli.

He has published more than 145 research publications and holds nine patents. Davison earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

DePaoli is a senior R&D staff member at ORNL’s Radiochemical Engineering Development Center, DOE’s center for the production of transuranic radionuclides for research, medical and industrial applications. The AlChE fellowship committee cited DePaoli as a “recognized expert in the areas of advanced separations and advanced materials development.”

David DePaoli

DePaoli's career awards include an R&D 100 Award in 2011 for mesoporous carbon electrode for desalination as well as the AIChE Robert E. Wilson Award in 2015 for significant contributions in the separations area of nuclear processing and radioactive waste treatment technologies. DePaoli, who earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee, holds seven patents and has authored 56 research publications.

AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 50,000 members from over 100 countries. ORNL’s researchers Davison and DePaoli were elected to receive this honor by AlChE’s board of directors, following recommendations from the professional society’s committee.

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