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09-29-2006

Evgeny Katz Named Milton Kerker Endowed Chair of Colloid Science at Clarkson University

vgeny Katz has joined Clarkson University as the Milton Kerker Endowed Chair of Colloid Science. He comes to Clarkson from The Institute of Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The Milton Kerker Endowed Chair in Colloid Science was created in 2003 in honor of Professor Emeritus Milton Kerker, who made an unparalleled contribution in elevating the stature of Clarkson's School of Science during 42 years of service, from 1949 to 1991. Kerker also served as dean of the Departments of Physics and Mathematics and launched the Department of Biology at Clarkson. He was a world-renowned authority on aerosols and light scattering. Funding for the chair was provided by an endowment established by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to support colloid research.

Katz received his B.Sc and M.Sc degree in Chemical Engineering from D.I. Mendeleyev Chemical Engineering University, Moscow, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the A.N. Frumkin Institute of Electrochemistry, Moscow. He is an expert in colloid science, nanomaterials and bioelectronics and has authored or co-authored 320 articles for scholarly journals, book chapters and conferences. Katz holds more than 20 international patents. He has taught and conducted research at the world's top universities in Russia, Spain, Germany and Jerusalem.

Even at the beginning of his scientific career, Evgeny was among the most promising scientists of my generation, says fellow Russian Aleksandr Simonian, associate professor in the Materials Research and Education Center of Auburn University. We both participated in scientific meetings and conferences in the former Soviet Union and the USA. I know his extraordinary scientific works in the area of colloid science, bioelectrochemistry, biosensors, and surface modifications.

Evgeny is known and highly respected throughout the world for his work in colloid chemistry and bioelectrochemistry, remarked Thomas Young, provost at Clarkson University. His breakthrough contributions in multiple areas of colloid science, bioelectrochemistry, surface chemistry, biosensor and fuel cell technology have helped attract attention, researchers and funding to these important areas of science. By establishing the Milton Kerker Endowed Chair, Young continued, the Coulter Foundation gave Clarkson the opportunity to attract the very best and brightest from the field of colloid science, and in bringing Dr. Evgeny Katz to Clarkson, we have done so.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.
[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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