2018 Rheologica Acta Publication Award

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A paper by Professor Thomas Mason and PhD student Ha Seong Kim has been selected for the 2018 Rheologica Acta Publication Award.

This paper, entitled “Entropic, electrostatic, and interfacial regimes in concentrated disordered ionic emulsions,” was published in the June 9, 2016 issue of Rheologica Acta. Mason was the senior corresponding author and Kim was the first author. Professor Frank Scheffold of the University of Fribourg in Switzerland was a collaborator and middle author. This paper presented a unified model for predicting the shear elasticity of concentrated emulsions stabilized by ionic surfactants.

The editors and editorial board of Rheologica Acta select one paper that has been published within the last three years for this award, which is given annually. The award was announced and presented at the Annual European Rheology Conference 2018 (AERC 2018) in Sorrento, Italy, April 17 – 20, 2018.

Mason (pictured above) holds a joint appointment in the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy, and he is a member of the California NanoSystems Institute. He has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and ten issued U.S. patents, eight of which are based on research at UCLA. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, and he has received a National Science Foundation Career Award.

Kim%2C%20Ha%20SeongKim (pictured right) is a fourth-year chemistry graduate student conducting research in Mason’s group. He earned his BS in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College and earned his MS in material science and engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kim’s PhD research is focused on rheological properties of emulsions and nanoemulsions as model soft colloidal materials. Rheology is the study of the deformation and flow of matter.

Mason’s group designs and fabricates novel colloidal architectures, particularly uniform dispersions of custom-shaped solid particulates and nanoemulsions, and studies their physical properties.

To learn more about Mason’s research group, visit this website.