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03-04-2008

Dan Goia Promoted to Professor at Clarkson University

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Dan V. Goia has been promoted from associate professor to professor of chemistry and biomolecular science in the School of Arts & Sciences.

Goia obtained his master of science degree from the University of Cluj (Romania) and his Ph.D. degree from Clarkson. After a successful career in industry, he joined the Clarkson faculty in 2001. Prior to his move to Clarkson, Goia worked for more than 20 years in the research organizations of several companies involved in the development and manufacturing of fine particles (pigments, metals, ceramics, etc.). His latest position in industry was as R&D director in the Electronic Materials Division of Degussa Corporation.

For the past two decades, Goia's research has been focused on the preparation, characterization, and modification of micrometer and nanometer size simple and composite metallic particles for electronic, catalytic, metallurgical, optical, and medical applications. While at Clarkson, Goia has been particularly interested in the elucidation of the fundamental mechanisms governing the formation of highly dispersed uniform particles in homogeneous solutions. In this area he has authored 37 publications and 20 patents and enjoys worldwide recognition in both academic and industrial circles, as evidenced by his 40 invited lectures in the U.S. and abroad. Goia's research has been also recognized by the National Science Foundation, which has awarded him and his colleagues over $1.4 million for work related to fine particles.

Goia also plays an active role in teaching at Clarkson. His contributions include courses and labs in the areas of analytical, inorganic, and materials chemistry at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His experience as a researcher and manager in large corporations brings valuable insights in the development of skills that are meaningful for the professional development of students and their preparation for future careers.

Another important area of Goia's research is the development of electrocatalysts for energy conversion and storage applications. His research in this field secured a $540,000 multi-year grant from Degussa, OMG, and Umicore/Germany to develop highly dispersed Pt and Pt alloy nanoparticles deposited on various substrates. Professor Goia has also received $350,000 from NYSTAR and NanoDynamics for research involving the development of precious and base metal electrocatalysts for solid oxide fuel cells.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

[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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