Prof. Pan Won Vilas Mid-Career Award

Prof. Xuejun Pan won the 2018 Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award (, one of the most prestigious awards granted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The award is supported by the  estate of Professor, Senator and Regent William F. Vilas ( to recognize the excellence of the awardee in research and teaching at the university.

Ning Li Won 2017 Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Ning Li (PhD student)! Ning won 2017 Louis and Elsa Thomsen Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Award (, because of his excellent academic performance and research productivity during his PhD career. The estate of Elsa Thomsen established the Louis and Elsa Thomsen Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship to support graduate students who demonstrate excellence in research in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Shu-ching and Yang Won 2017 UW AMIC Seed Program


Shu-Ching Yang (left) and Yang Liao (right) won the first open competition of UW AMIC (Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium, Industry Student Seed Program ( Their proposal “Fabrication of a Novel Functionalized Meso-Porous Material from Cellulose and Biomass for Heavy Metal Ions and Formaldehyde Gas Adsorption” has been funded for $10,196. The project is to fabricate renewable and biodegradable functionalized materials from cellulose, biomass, and chitosan in the forms of hydrogel and aerogel. The hydrogel and aerogel have unique properties such as large specific surface area, very high porosity, and special functionality. They can efficiently and selectively remove pollutants from water (such as heavy metal ions) and air (such as formaldehyde), respectively.