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K-State Today

August 21, 2019

Anthony named interim department head of chemical engineering

Submitted by Mary Rankin

Jennifer Anthony, interim department head, chemical engineering

Jennifer Anthony, associate professor, has been named interim department head of the Tim Taylor Department of Chemical Engineering, effective July 22.

The post had previously been held by James Edgar, university distinguished professor and Tom H. Barrett University Faculty Chair, who accepted a temporary position as a program manager at the National Science Foundation, Division of Materials Research, Electronic and Photonic Materials program in Alexandria, Virginia.

Anthony received her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering with an environmental program emphasis from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and completed both master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Notre Dame. She was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology before joining the Kansas State University faculty in 2005.

Her research primarily involves novel materials such as nanoporous molecular sieves and ionic liquids with a focus on the role of solvent in molecularly designing materials for specific applications. These efforts include a variety of experimental methods designed to aid understanding of their fundamental properties and to investigate potential applications for the materials.

Anthony has co-authored more than 25 publications, together receiving more than 3,000 citations. She and her research group have given more than 70 presentations at local, national and international conferences. She also currently serves as coordinator of the Peer Review of Teaching Program for the K-State Teaching and Learning Center and as academic co-adviser for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Student Chapter at Kansas State University.