RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 24, 2020 ó Rigoberto ďGobetĒ Advincula has
been named Governorís Chair of Advanced and Nanostructured Materials at
the Department of Energyís Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the
University of Tennessee.
Advincula joins ORNL and UT as a polymer and materials scientist
with expertise in nanostructured materials ó leveraging the structure and
functionalities of materials on a near-atomic, nanometer length scale.
His career spans basic-to-applied research in characterizing and
developing new materials for areas including sensors, electro-optics,
biotechnology, biomedicine, energy production and advance
a near-atomic, nanometer length scale. His career spans basic-to-applied
research in characterizing and developing new materials for areas
including sensors, electro-optics, biotechnology, biomedicine, energy
production and advance manufacturing.
ďI am honored to join both ORNL and UT as a Governorís Chair and excited
to be able to contribute to the success and prestige of both
institutions,Ē Advincula said.
The Governorís Chair program fuels
a research partnership between UT and ORNL by attracting top talent to
advance key science areas.
Advincula makes the 15th addition to the elite group of scientists
working jointly at ORNL and UT to pursue innovative research in
manufacturing, materials science, biological sciences, energy sciences, nuclear
science and urban design.
Advinculaís hiring by ORNL underscores the labís initiative to push
materials sciences to new frontiers. He will lead the labís Macromolecular Nanomaterials
group at the Center for Nanophase
Materials Sciences, or CNMS, a DOE Office of Science User
Facility that specializes in the conception and design of new materials
for energy technologies and other critical applications. CNMS is one of
five DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers.
The group leader role positions Advincula at the forefront of a dynamic user program in
polymer and soft matter science enhanced by ORNLís leadership capabilities
in neutron scattering and high-performance computing.
ďThis appointment provides a wonderful opportunity for the CNMS and ORNL
to develop, understand, and optimize new polymer synthesis methods and to
perform world-leading fundamental research in polymer science,Ē said CNMS
director Karren More.
As a Governorís Chair, Advincula will serve joint appointments at ORNL
and UT, where he will serve in the Tickle College of Engineeringís
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Advincula is the third
Governorís Chair named to that department, joining Thomas Zawodzinski and Art Ragauskas.
ďOur joint efforts with ORNL have positioned us as leaders in many
fields, with advanced materials and polymers being of particular
importance,Ē said UT provost David Manderscheid.
ďDr. Advincula brings an expertise that will elevate us even
further, and I am eager to see the breakthroughs that lie ahead.Ē
Previously, Advincula was a professor at Case Western Reserve University,
with appointments in macromolecular science and engineering,
chemistry and biomedical engineering. Other past experience includes
positions at the University of Houston and the University of Alabama at
Advincula completed undergraduate studies at the University of the Philippines
and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Florida.
He is a fellow of the American Chemical Society, an elected member of the
National Academy of Science and Technology in the Philippines and
the current editor in chief of MRS Communications. His
accomplishments include more than 500 publications and 14 patents.