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09-27-2006

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

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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 - 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

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."

Katz has received two Kaye Awards for Scientific Innovations (1995 and 2004); the Humboldt Scholarship, which gave him an opportunity to work at the technical University of Munich and several research awards. He is a member of the editorial boards for numerous scientific journals and senior editor of the IEEE Sensors Journal. He is also in the process of writing a new book about biofuel cells. Katz's research interests include biofunctional nanomaterials, bionanoengineering, bioelectronics & optobioelectronics, bionanotechnology for bioelectronic applications, biosensors, amplified DNA sensors and immunosensors, biofuel cells and biocomputing.

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.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson University has appointed Evgeny Katz the Milton Kerker Endowed Professor of Colloid Science. Katz is a renowned scientist who has taught and conducted breakthrough colloid chemistry at several of the world's top universities.

[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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