Assistant Professor Geoff Geise won a New Directions grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. The grant will support experimental efforts by the Geise Research Group to study polymeric materials, which could enable advanced water purification and/or clean energy technologies by investigating fundamental dielectric permittivity properties of hydrated polymers. The study will probe important molecular-scale interactions that control which molecules pass through or are rejected by polymer membranes. The grant also will further the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund’s mission of advancing scientific education by supporting graduate student education in chemical engineering.