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05-24-2007

Clarkson University and Top Science Magazine Honor Professor and Researcher's 50th Anniversary

The Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, one of the most prominent and respected publications in the field of colloid and surface science, has honored Egon Matijevic, the Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid & Surface Science at Clarkson University, for his decades of achievement in advancing the fundamental understanding, knowledge and application of colloids.

Volume 309 of the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science was dedicated to Matijevic, in recognition of his enormous contributions to the colloid field. The "Matijevic" issue featured articles by renowned colloid scientists Milton Kerker (Clarkson Professor Emeritus) and Professor Nikola Kallay (University of Zagreb, Croatia) detailing Matijevic's six decades of colloid research. Articles by acclaimed scientists from around the globe completed the special volume, including submissions from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Croatia, Germany and Serbia, Spain, France, and Japan, among others. Cambridge University Professor Sir John M. Thomas also submitted a reprint of an article he authored titled "Egon Matijevic and the Royal Institution." The paper highlighted a Faraday Evening Discourse presented by Matijevic in 1989 and his further participation in the Faraday discussion at the Royal Institution in 1991.

The dedication of the Journal to Matijevic was announced at the Century Club in New York City by Arthur T. Hubbard, a co-editor of the Journal. The presentation was attended by friends, University officials and alumni - many of them former students. The attendees were also gathered to celebrate Matijevic 50th year as a full-time professor at Clarkson University.

"There was a special reason for a Festschrift to be published in this Journal because Egon Matijevic has been a faithful contributor to the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science for more than half a century," explained Hubbard during his remarks at the presentation ceremony. (In academia a Festschrift is a book honoring a respected academic and contains original contributions by the honored academic's close colleagues). "Indeed, the first of his papers appeared in 1954 and was followed by 156 articles on different topics but all related to his favorite subject of colloids. We sincerely hope that he will continue his research, which is very likely since he just submitted his next manuscript to the Journal," Hubbard continued. The Festschrift is the first in Hubbard's 15-year tenure as a journal co-editor. He is also reasonably certain that Matijevic's feat of 156 published articles in the Journal is unmatched.

"For the past 50 years, Egon has left an indelible mark on Clarkson through his leadership in research and his dedication to teaching," remarked Tony Collins, Clarkson University president. "Many of his former students have been able to attend these 50th anniversary events and reminisce how Egon was a demanding professor who held them to the highest standards, but who was always fair and encouraged them to learn. Egon and his wife, Bozica, often had students in their home and helped enhance their social awareness and formal table etiquette with a program they dubbed FLAIR: Fun Living and Intellectual Recreation. Many of his students have commented that improving their social graces helped in their business careers."

Matijevic'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 color filters, printer inks and paper whiteners. His research interests include colloid stability, interactions of colloids with complex solutes, adsorption from solutions, inorganic precipitations, monodispersed inorganic and polymer colloids, particle adhesion, colloid aspects of ceramics, interfacial aspects of corrosion, aerosols, medical diagnostics of fine particles, nanostructures, chemical mechanical polishing, and many other research areas. Matijevic began his career 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 and 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. Matijevic; has published 566 papers and holds 16 patents. Although he no longer teaches undergraduate students, he still supervises doctoral students and maintains a hectic research and lecturing schedule offering courses worldwide. Matijevic has delivered more than 60 plenary and keynote lectures at meetings and symposia in dozens of countries.

PHOTO CAPTION: Egon Matijevic, the Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid & Surface Science at Clarkson University, was honored by the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science recently for 50 years of pioneering the advancement and understanding of colloids. Matijevic was presented with a special April issue of the Journal dedicated in his name.

[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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