Dr. David S. Sholl

Chemical Engineering @GT School Chair


BIO

From Australia to Atlanta


David Sholl is the John F. Brock III School Chair in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. He joined Georgia Tech in January 2008 as the Michael E. Tennenbaum Chair and GRA Eminent Scholar in Energy Sustainability. Prior to his appointment at Georgia Tech, David was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University for 10 years. David grew up in Australia and received his undergraduate degree in Theoretical Physics from the Australian National University. He then received a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he worked with Prof. Rex Skodje from the Department of Chemistry.


EDUCATION

David's Academic History and Research Interests


  • Postdoctoral Research - Pennsylvania State and Yale University
  • M.Sc. and Ph.D. - University of Colorado
  • B.Sc. (Hons) - Australian National University

His research group has published in the areas of computational materials modeling, porous materials for carbon capture applications, membranes for gas separations, and heterogeneous catalysis. Sholl has published more than 320 papers with over 13,000 citations and has given more than 200 invited conference talks and seminars. He is currently a senior editor for Langmuir (an American Chemical Society journal). Sholl has served as the research and thesis advisor to more than 80 students at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral levels.


INVITED TALKS

David may be presenting at a university, conference, or workshop near you.


  • Parr Lecture, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering - University of Illinois, Champaign, IL (September,2018)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar - UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (March,2018)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar - South Dakota School of Mines (March,2018)
  • Plenary Lecture, 2018 US DOE Basic Energy Sciences Separation Science PI Meeting - Gaithersburg, MD (February,2018)
  • Material Informatics Seminar, National Institute of Standards - Gaithersburg, MD (February,2018)
  • New Vistas in Molecular Thermodynamics, Humboldt Kolleg - Berkeley, CA (January,2018)
  • NAS Committee on Reproducibility and Replicability in Science - Washington DC (December,2017)
  • Sustainable Engineering Forum Plenary Session, AIChE Annual Meeting - Minneapolis, MN (November,2017)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar, MIT - Boston, MA (October,2017)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar, Tulane University - New Orleans, LA (September,2017)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar, Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS (September,2017)
  • Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Seminar, University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS (September,2017)
  • Sandia National Laboratory - Albuquerque, NM (August,2017)
  • ORNL Materials Informatics Workshop, Oak Ridge National Lab - Oak Ridge, TN (August,2017)
  • ASEE Summer School for Chemical Engineering Faculty - Raleigh, NC (August,2017)
  • Keynote Lecture, Australian CCS Research Conference - Melbourne, VIC, Australia (June,2017)
  • AINST Distinguished Seminar, University of Sydney - Sydney, NSW, Australia (June,2017)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar, University of New South Wales - Kensington, NSW, Australia (June,2017)
  • Department of Physics Colloquium, University of Queensland - Brisbane, QLD, Australia (June,2017)
  • CSIRO and University of Monash Department of Chemistry - Clayton, VIC, Australia (May,2017)
  • Mieyungah Public Lecture, University of Melbourne - Melbourne, Australia (May,2017)
  • Tau Beta Pi Initiates Dinner talk, Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, GA (April,2017)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar, University of California Davis - Davis, CA (March,2017)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar, Colorado School of Mines - Golden, CO (January,2017)
  • Robin H. Stokes Lecture, University of New England - Armidale, NSW, Australia (December,2016)
  • Plenary Lecture, Fundamentals and Applications of Advanced Porous Materials Conference - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (December,2016)
  • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Seminar, University of Delaware - Newark, DE (December,2016)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Seminar, Cal Poly Pomona - Pomona, CA (November,2016)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar, Texas Tech - Lubbock, TX (November,2016)
  • Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholars Annual Meeting - Atlanta, GA (October,2016)
  • Symposium on Supramolecular Assemblies and Metal-Organic Frameworks, SERMACS - Columbia, SC (October,2016)
  • University of Houston Honors College Seminar - Houston, TX (October,2016)
  • School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Seminar, Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, GA (September,2016)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar, University College Dublin - Dublin, Ireland (September,2016)
  • International Zeolite Membrane Meeting 2016 - Dalian, China (August,2016)
  • University of Seoul Seminar - Seoul, Korea (August,2016)
  • Seoul National University Seminar - Seoul, Korea (August,2016)
  • Board for Chemical Sciences and Technology, National Academy of Sciences - Irvine, CA (August,2016)
  • Gordon Conference on Membranes - New London, NH (August,2016)
  • Gulf Coast and Latin America Scientists Association Seminar Series, Dow Chemical - Freeport, TX (May,2016)
  • Savannah River National Laboratory - Aiken, SC (May,2016)
  • Symposium on Design, Synthesis and Applications of Advanced Porous Materials - Pacifichem, Honolulu, HI (December,2015)
  • Symposium on Data Mining and Machine Learning Meets Experiment and First-principles Simulation for Materials Discovery - Pacifichem, Honolulu, HI (December,2015)
  • Symposium on Safety in the Academic Research Laboratory - Pacifichem, Honolulu, HI (December,2015)
  • Department of Chemical, Petroleum and Materials Engineering Seminar - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (October,2015)
  • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Seminar - University of California Riverside (October,2015)
  • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Seminar - University of California Irvine (October,2015)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar - University of Houston, Houston, TX (October,2015)
  • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Seminar - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (September,2015)
  • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Seminar - University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (September,2015)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar - Northeastern University, Boston, MA (August,2015)
  • Multiscale Porosity From Laboratory To Industrial Application, 2nd Micromeritics Workshop - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (August,2015)
  • School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Seminar - Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (August,2015)
  • US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship - Atlanta, GA (July,2015)
  • DOE BES Catalysis Contractors Workshop - Annapolis, MD (July,2015)
  • Gordon Research Conference on Hydrogen Metal Systems - Stonehill College, MA (July,2015)
  • Workshop on Metal-Organic Frameworks, Telluride Scientific Research Conference - Telluride, CO (June,2015)
  • CECAM Workshop on Defects and Disorder in Metal-Organic Frameworks - Chimie ParisTech, Paris, France(June,2015)
  • 3M Tech Talk - Minneapolis, MN (May,2015)
  • UOP Technical Seminar - (May,2015)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar - University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (May,2015)
  • Symposium on Genomic Approaches to Materials, 249th ACS National Meeting - Denver, CO (March,2015)
  • Symposium on Environmental Applications of Metal-Organic Frameworks, 249th ACS National Meeting - Denver, CO (March,2015)
  • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Seminar - The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (March,2015)
  • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Seminar - University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (February,2015)

AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS


David's various awards include:

  • Parr Lecturer, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois - (2018)
  • "Highly Prolific Author" recognition, Journal of Physical Chemistry C - (2017)
  • AIChE Gary Leach Award, AIChE - (2015)
  • Elected Chair, Gordon Conference on Nanoporous Materials - (2015)
  • Early Career Achievement Award, Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum, AIChE - (2010)
  • DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award - (2008)
  • MESD Plenary Session speaker, AIChE Annual Meeting - (2007)
  • COMSEF Plenary Session speaker, AIChE Annual Meeting - (2006)
  • CAST Plenary Session speaker, AIChE Annual Meeting - (2002)
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award - (2002)
  • E. Kears Pollock/PPG Industries Grant for Young Faculty - (2002-2005)
  • Alfred P. Sloan fellow - (2001-2003)
  • George Tallman Ladd Award for Excellence in Research, Carnegie Institute of Technology - (2000)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award - (2000-2004)
  • Faculty Fellow, National Energy Technology Laboratory - (2000-2007)
  • APS Division of Chemical Physics Travel Award - (1996)
  • University of Colorado Graduate School Research and Creative Work Award - (1995)
  • Honorable mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship - (1991)
  • University of Colorado Doctoral Fellowship - (1991)
  • University Medal, Australian National University - (1991)
  • Education Abroad Scholar, University of California - (1988-1989)
  • National Undergraduate Scholarship, Australian National University - (1987-1991)

MEDIA

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