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Two-million Dollar Endowed Chair To Honor Clarkson Chemistry Professor
Charles and Lucia Shipley have donated $2 million to Clarkson University for an endowed chair to honor Victor K. LaMer Professor of Chemistry Egon Matijević for a lifetime of professional achievement in the field of colloid chemistry.
The gift from the Shipleys was announced at a formal dinner at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting held in Boston. The dinner followed a special symposium held in honor and recognition of Matijević’s pioneering work in monodispersed colloids and fine particle science and engineering.
“Egon Matijević is a positive thinker who radiates optimism and enthusiasm and whose resourcefulness and creativity inspire confidence in others,” said Charles Shipley. “He takes pride in pursuing and achieving the previously impossible. Egon’s knowledge and experience have helped the Shipley Company in so many ways since our association commenced in 1970, from helping us win a patent suit to improving a unique colloidal product that is still in use.”
Shipley noted that the establishment of this endowed chair in Matijević’s name recognizes not only an outstanding and creative scientist, but also a brilliant teacher who has shaped many lives.
Charles and Lucia Shipley are long-time friends and supporters of Clarkson. Both entrepreneurs, the Shipleys founded and built the Shipley Company into a multi-million dollar international corporation that has made significant discoveries in the field of specialty chemicals for the electronics industry. The company’s early involvement in microelectronics and semiconductors has resulted in many technological innovations and numerous domestic and foreign patents. The Shipley family foundation endows a Clarkson fellowship in chemistry, underwrites the Shipley Distinguished Lecture Series, and named the Shipley Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the School of Business.
Matijević is currently the Victor K. LaMer Chair of Chemistry at Clarkson. During his 45-year career at the institution he has left an indelible mark through his leadership in research and his dedication to teaching. Matijević’s former students remember him as an entertaining and effective lecturer who held his students to high standards.
Matijević’s research focuses on synthesizing minute particles with precise shapes, sizes and composition, and studying their properties. Through his synthesis techniques, he can create particles that meet specific requirements, and the effects of his groundbreaking research are far reaching. Some applications are medical, such as drug particles of uniform size that deliver a medication more quickly and consistently or asthma medication that aerosolizes more effectively. Some applications take advantage of the diverse optical properties of different particle sizes, shapes and composition, and involve pigments for a variety of applications, such as color filters, printer inks and paper whiteners. Other work in which Matijević has been involved includes developing materials for multilayer capacitors, improving materials used in the production of computer chips, and mitigating water and air pollution.
Matijević arrived at Clarkson in 1957 as a post-doctoral fellow. In 1965 he established the Institute of Colloid and Surface Science, the first of its kind in the U.S. He has received many honors nationally and internationally. He is the only individual to receive all three major awards of the American Chemical Society in his field of colloid chemistry: The Kendall Award (1972), the Langmuir Distinguished Lecturer Award (1985), and the Ralph K. Iler Award (1993). He was also honored with the Thomas-Graham Award in 1985, the highest prize of the oldest colloidal society in the world, Germany’s Kolloid Gesellschaft.
Matijević has published 550 papers and holds more than 12 patents. Although he gave up teaching undergraduates a decade ago, he still maintains a busy schedule lecturing and offering courses worldwide. He has delivered as many as 60 plenary and keynote lectures at meetings and symposia in dozens of countries.