CEMS alumnus Thomas H. Epps III receives NOBCChE 2020 Percy L. Julian Distinguished Award

Sept. 2, 2020 - Thomas H. Epps III (PhD ChE '04) has received the 2020 Dr. Percy L. Julian Distinguished Lecture and Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). The award recognizes significant contributions in pure and/or applied research in science or engineering and is NOBCChE's most prestigious award. Epps will be honored at an award ceremony on September 25, 2020.

Epps is the Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware with a joint appointment in Materials Science & Engineering and an affiliated appointment in Biomedical Engineering. He also serves as Director of the new Center for Research in Soft matter & Polymers (CRiSP). His research interests include nanostructured assemblies for targeted drug delivery and gene therapy, polymeric materials for bio-separation and ion-conduction membranes, nanostructured soft materials from biobased feedstocks, and polymer films for nanotemplating.

Professor Epps has received several honors and awards including: the John H. Dillon Medal from APS (2016); the Owens-Corning Early Career Award from AIChE (2015); named a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences (2014); the Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award (2014); the Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professorship at MIT (2012); the Thomas & Kipp Gutshall Professorship at UD (2012); the UD Alison Society, Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholars Award (2011); the DuPont Young Professor Grant Award (2010); the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2009); the Air Force Young Investigator Award (2008); the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award (2007), and a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (2007), among others.

Epps will give a CEMS Centennial & Jubilee Lecture, "From Biomass Waste to Performance-Advantage Polymers: Efficient Routes to Lignin Valorization," on September 22 at 1:25 p.m. CEMS alumni and friends who wish to view the lecture live on Zoom should register at

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