Graduate student who models electrolytes wins 2020 Merck Research Award

Thursday, Aug 20, 2020
by Scott Lyon

Graduate student Shuwen Yue has received a 2020 Merck Research Award from the American Chemical Society's Women Chemists Committee. Yue was one of eight award recipients, each of whom received a $1500 stipend and delivered a talk during a half-day symposium at the ACS national-virtual meeting on August 16.

The award recognizes Yue's work developing machine learning models to study the thermodynamics of water and various salts in water-based solutions. These models give scientists a clearer understanding of how electrolytes behave in fluids over time, with major impacts on environmental interventions, biophysics and chemical engineering separations.

Now entering her fifth year, Yue is advised by Athanassios Panagiotopoulos, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and a leading expert in the computational study of fluids and materials.

Yue completed her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and chemistry at the University of Alabama. She served for two years as Princeton's Graduate Engineering Council president, and in 2019 received a Hack '69 Graduate Award from the Princeton Environmental Institute. She is a Francis Robbins Upton Fellow in Engineering.