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Dr. Anson Ma

Dr. Anson Ma joined the University of Connecticut (UConn) as an Assistant Professor in August 2011. He is a faculty member in both the Polymer Program (Institute of Materials Science) and the Chemical Engineering Program (Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering). He is currently the team leader of the Complex Fluids Laboratory, focusing on understanding the complex flow behavior and processing of various complex fluids (e.g., foams, emulsions, nanoparticle suspensions, and biological fluids).

Dr. Ma obtained his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2009 after completing his B.Eng. (2003) and M.Phil (2005) degrees at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Before arriving at UConn, Dr. Ma spent two years at Rice University (TX, USA), where he was named the J. Evans Attwell-Welch Fellow – a postdoctoral fellowship bestowed by the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and the Welch Foundation to the best young nanoscientists. He was an honorary scholar of the Cambridge Overseas Trust and the recipient of a number of scholarships including the Croucher Foundation Scholarship (Hong Kong) which supported his doctoral studies at Cambridge. Dr. Ma received a Distinguished Young Rheologist Award from TA Instruments in 2012, an NSF CAREER award in 2013, the 2015 Arthur B. Metzner Early Career award by the Society of Rheology, a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award in 2016, and an Excellence in Research and Creativity: Early Career Award from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)-UConn Chapter.

Dr. Ma has been actively engaged in professional and outreach activities. He was the co-chair of the “Carbon Nanotube and Graphene” as well as the “Polymer Rheology and Processing” technical sessions at the 2012 AIChE annual meeting in Pittsburgh. He was a guest editor for the International Journal of Material Forming and a co-organizer for the ECCOMAS thematic conference on multiscale modeling (@Part 2009). In 2007, while a PhD student at Cambridge, Dr. Ma successfully raised funding from several nanotechnology companies and universities to organize a symposium dedicated to the science and applications of carbon nanotubes. The symposium brought together over 150 carbon nanotube researchers and catalyzed the establishment of an official carbon nanotube society in Cambridge (CAMCNTSO), of which Dr. Ma remains an honorary advisory board member.

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Selected Awards & Honors

  • 2017 -Excellence in Research and Creativity: Early Career Award, American Association of University Professors (AAUP)-UConn Chapter
  • 2016 - Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 3M Corporation
  • 2015 - Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award, Society of Rheology
  • 2013 - NSF CAREER Award
  • 2012 - Distinguished Young Rheologist, TA Instruments
  • 2012 - UConn Junior Faculty Fellowship (summer)
  • 2009 - J. Evans Attwell-Welch Fellowship, Rice University
  • 2007 - Messel Travel Bursary, The Society of Chemical Industry
  • 2006 - Fellow, Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • 2005 - Croucher Foundation Scholarship
  • 2005 - Honorary Scholar, Cambridge Overseas Trust
  • 2005 - Fellow, Cambridge Overseas Society
  • 2005 - Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS) Scholarship

Professional Activities

  • 2016 - Technical Council, NextFlex - national flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing institute
  • 2014 - Editorial Board, Nano Open
  • 2014 - Chair, Area 22A Carbon Nanomaterials & Carbon Nanomaterials Graduate Student Award Session, AIChE 2014 Annual Meeting, Altanta, GA, USA (16 - 21 Nov. 2014)
  • 2014 - Editorial Board, Austin Chemical Engineering
  • 2013 - Editorial Board, Journal of Chemical Engineering and Process Techniques
  • 2013 - Editorial Board, Research Journal of Nanotechnology
  • 2013 - Co-chair, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum; Co-Chair, Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Absorption and Transport Processes, AIChE 2013 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA (3 - 8 Nov. 2013)
  • 2013 - Editorial Board, Journal of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering
  • 2013 - Editorial Board, Journal of Energy and Chemical Engineering
  • 2012 - Chair, Technical session on Blends and Composites, 84th Society of Rheology (SoR) meeting, Pasadena, CA (10 – 14 Feb 2013)
  • 2012 - Co-chair, AIChE 2012 Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (28 Oct. – 2 Nov. 2012) Technical sessions on:
    • 22A03 Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Absorption and Transport Processes
    • 08A07 Polymer Processing and Rheology
  • 2009 - Co-organizer, European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS) Thematic Conference – @Part 2009, Nantes, France (21 – 23 Oct 2009)
  • 2008 - Guest Editor, International Journal of Material Forming, Springer
  • 2007 - Founding Chairman, Cambridge CNT Symposium on the Science and Applications of Carbon Nanotubes and Related Structures
  • 2006 - Founding President, Carbon Nanotube Club

Previous Positions

  • 2009 – 2011 - J. Evans Attwell-Welch fellow, Rice University (USA)
  • 2008 – 2009 - Technical Consultant, Paramata Ltd. (UK), Nanoholdings LLC (USA)
  • 2003 - Summer Intern, CLP Research Institute (Hong Kong)
  • 2001 - Summer Assistant, Air Products Asia Inc. (Hong Kong)
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