Grove School’s Jeff Morris wins Europe’s top rheology award

Jeff Morris, director of the Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics in The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, is the 2022 recipient of the Weissenberg Award from the European Society of Rheology (ESR). He’s the first non-European to win the award and joins an elite group of rheologists who have been recognized in previous years.

The Society cited Morris, a professor of chemical engineering for: “ground-breaking work on the particle pressure and the underlying mechanism of suspension flow and discontinuous shear thickening, for novel work on the rheology of hydrate-forming emulsions, and for outstanding service to the rheology and fluid mechanics community.” 

Morris will receive the award April 26-28, at the Annual European Rheology Conference in Seville, Spain, where he will also deliver a plenary lecture. He will, in addition, become a member of the Weissenberg Committee for a three-year term (2022-2026).
This is the latest accolade for Morris, who’s research group in the Levich Institute has conducted significant research on rheologically-induced phenomena unique to mixtures, including bulk particle migration. In 2019, he received the American Physical Society’s Stanley Corrsin Award which recognizes an achievement of especially high impact and significance, a particular discovery, or an innovation in the field.

Earlier, Morris’ research had earned him the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ 2017 Shell Thomas Baron Award

About the Weissenberg Award
In commemoration of the scientific achievements of Karl Weissenberg, performed in several European countries, the European Society of Rheology decided in 1997 to create a “Weissenberg Award” for outstanding, long-term achievements in the field of rheology. The award was bestowed biannually until 2021, and is awarded annually now. And until 2021, only rheologists whose scientific activity was conducted mainly in Europe were eligible. It’s now open to all rheologists regardless of their geographical position. Rheology is the branch of physics that deals with the deformation and flow of matter, especially the non-Newtonian flow of liquids and the plastic flow of solids.

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