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05-11-2013

Clarkson University Professor Sitaraman Krishnan Receives Graham Faculty Research Award

Sitaraman Krishnan, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in Clarkson University's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, was awarded the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award during the University’s 120th commencement ceremony today.

Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) presents the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award to Sitaraman Krishnan.Krishnan's research interests are in the science and engineering of novel materials, focusing on nanostructured and stimulus-responsive polymer-based materials. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, nine patent applications, and more than 40 oral or poster presentations at national conferences.

After graduating from Lehigh University with a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, he was a postdoctoral researcher and a research associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. Krishnan joined Clarkson in 2007.

Krishnan's publications have spanned a wide range of topics in advanced materials research, from fundamental investigations of molecular self-assembly in liquid-crystalline polymers, proton diffusion mechanisms in ionic liquids, particle nucleation mechanisms in multiphase polymerization reactions, and statistical theory of gelation, to applied research in the areas of marine antifouling coatings, stimulus-responsive microgels for controlled release, materials for lithium-ion batteries, PEM fuel cells and solar cells, and the industrial processes of emulsion polymerization and chemical mechanical planarization.

At Clarkson, Krishnan has been a principal investigator of research projects for companies such as GE, New World Pharmaceuticals, and Energy Materials Corporation, and of projects for federal and state agencies, such as the Army Research Office and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. He has mentored 12 graduate students, as well as several undergraduate students at Clarkson.

Krishnan is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the Society of Plastics Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.

He has served as a reviewer for approximately 20 professional journals, and for funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Romanian National Council for Development and Innovation.

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Photo caption: Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) presents the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award to Sitaraman Krishnan.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/graham2013.jpg.]

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