Fuentevilla Receives Best Paper AwardChBE graduate student Daphne Fuentevilla, advised by Professor Mikhail Anisimov, won the International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam (IAPWS) Student Award for an outstanding presentation at the 15th International Conference on the Properties of Water and Steam, held in Berlin in September 2008. Her presentation was titled "Thermodynamics of the critical behavior of supercooled water."
Anisimov was also in attendance as a session chair, as was ChBE Professor Emeritus Jan Sengers, who was invited to introduce a new standard for the viscosity of water and steam in the power industry. Fuentevilla is a member of their joint research group.
"The conference was a fantastic opportunity to meet some awe-inspiring scientists attending from more than 20 countries," says Fuentevilla. "I was particularly thrilled to have the opportunity to listen to a talk by Dr. Gene Stanley, a professor at Boston University and member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and discuss our overlapping research interests. Berlin is a beautiful city. The conference hotel was located directly across the Spree River canal from Museum Island, a UNESCO world heritage site."
Fuentevilla 's work on supercooled water has previously been published in Physical Review Letters, the highest-ranked journal in physics. (see Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 195702 ). She and Anisimov are currently editing a new paper on the topic for the journal.
Published September 25, 2008