UW News

July 18, 2019

François Baneyx named director of UW’s CoMotion and Interim Vice Provost for Innovation

UW News

François Baneyx has been named the new director of CoMotion and Interim Vice Provost of Innovation at the University of Washington, Provost Mark Richards announced today.

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Francois BaneyxUniversity of Washington

Baneyx fills a position formerly held by Vikram Jandhyala, who died in March.

“François is a respected researcher, teacher and innovator with connections throughout academia and industry, as well as firsthand experience with startups,” Richards said. “I am confident that with his interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to his work and leadership, François will build upon CoMotion’s success and further propel the University’s culture of innovation.”

CoMotion is the UW’s collaborative innovation hub dedicated to expanding the economic and societal impact of the UW community. By developing and connecting to local and global innovation ecosystems, CoMotion helps innovators achieve the greatest impact for their discoveries.

Baneyx is the Charles W.H. Matthaei Professor of Chemical Engineering and an adjunct professor of bioengineering. His research lies at the confluence of engineering, biology and nanotechnology.

“I am honored to succeed Vikram at the helm of CoMotion and I look forward to helping our incredibly talented faculty and students innovate for the greater good,” Baneyx said.

Baneyx currently directs the Center for the Science of Synthesis Across Scales, a multi-institution Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. He previously served in a number of leadership positions at UW, including site director of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, director of the Center for Nanotechnology and most recently chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering. He is also the co-founder of Proteios, a UW spinoff. Baneyx is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Baneyx earned a doctoral degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, was a postdoctoral researcher at DuPont and joined the UW faculty in 1992.