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K-State Today

August 9, 2017

Amama recipient of Tim Taylor Chair in Chemical Engineering

Submitted by Mary Rankin

Placidus Amama

Placidus Amama, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Kansas State University, has been named recipient of the Tim Taylor Chair in Chemical Engineering.

The award is created through a gift from Tim and Sharon Taylor, The Woodlands, Texas. Tim Taylor graduated from Kansas State University in 1975 with a degree in chemical engineering and is now president of Phillips 66.

As the Tim Taylor chair in chemical engineering, Amama will receive flexible funding annually to help cover needs such as doctoral student stipends, research equipment and supplies, professional travel or seed funding for new research projects.

Amama joined the faculty in the department of chemical engineering at K-State in 2013. He is a recent recipient of a $520,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, Program for his work on the coupling of carbon nanotubes and titanium dioxide, with the goal of enabling production of low-cost and large-area coatings of this material for efficient outdoor pollution control.

"Placidus Amama is among our most dynamic young faculty members," said Darren Dawson, dean of the College of Engineering. "He is most deserving of this type of support from our alumni such as Tim Taylor, who are invested in our college continuing to attract and retain the top people for our programs."