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12-18-2003

Sergiy Minko Named Egon MatijeviC Chair Of Chemistry At Clarkson University

Sergiy Minko, an expert in colloid science and former senior scientist at the GW Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden, Germany, was recently named the Egon Matijević Chair of Chemistry at Clarkson University.

The appointment of Minko is the latest development in Clarkson’s distinguished 40-year history as a major center for colloid and fine particle science research.

Since arriving at Clarkson, Minko has established the Nanostructured Materials Group, an interdisciplinary research group that focuses on the fabrication and study of synthetic and biomaterials at nano scale. The group’s special interest is in materials for biomedical application, sensors and molecular electronics.

Minko’s own research and expertise in materials science focuses on the areas of smart/responsive polymer materials, smart colloids, nanostructured thin polymer films, formation of nanowires and nanoparticles, adhesion, wetting, adsorption regulations, and single molecule devices.

Minko received his doctoral degree in organic chemistry from Lviv Polytechnic University in 1983 and a doctorate of science in macromolecular chemistry in 1993 from the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the National Academy of Sciences in Ukraine. Minko is a member of the American Chemical Society and has 14 patents and more than 100 professional publications.

The endowed Egon Matijević Chair was created last year through a $2 million gift from Charles and Lucia Shipley to honor Clarkson University’s Victor K. LaMer Professor of Chemistry Egon Matijević for a lifetime of professional achievement in the field of colloid chemistry. The endowment of a chair in his name recognizes Matijević's pioneering work in monodispersed colloids and fine particle science and his enormous contributions as a brilliant teacher who has shaped many lives.

Clarkson’s expertise in colloid and fine particle science and engineering emerged in the early 1960s under the leadership of Matijević and fellow particle scientist Milton Kerker. Their pioneering work in the synthesis and characterization of colloidal matter established both as leaders in the field, and attracted additional outstanding scientists to Clarkson. The work at Clarkson also gained the attention of others using colloids, including government agencies and industry. By 1965, the Clarkson Institute of Colloid and Surface Science was established, the first of its kind in the United States.

In 1987, Clarkson engineers under the guidance of Clarkson University Distinguished Professor William Wilcox began to focus on the application of the science and show industry that important colloids could be produced at industrial scale. The Institute evolved into the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), designated a New York State Center for Advanced Technology in 1989.

Today, CAMP’s small-particle scholars include faculty members from chemistry, physics, biology and all departments of engineering. Their research efforts continue the tradition of applying colloid technology to solve the practical needs of humanity.

 

[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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