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Silvana Andreescu Named Egon Matijevic Chair of Chemistry at Clarkson University

Silvana Andreescu has been named the Egon Matijevic Chair of Chemistry at Clarkson University.

Silvana AndreescuAndreescu, who was named a full professor in May, has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science at Clarkson since 2005.

"Dr. Andreescu epitomizes everything we could wish for in a member of our faculty," said Peter R. Turner, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, in announcing the news. "Her research has been both prolific and profound; she has successfully trained graduate students and postdocs, while also drawing many undergraduate researchers into her team; and she has been a dedicated and successful instructor, matching her high expectations for her students with their abilities and performance."

The endowed Egon Matijevic Chair was created in 2002 through a $2 million gift from Charles and Lucia Shipley to honor Clarkson University’s Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science Egon Matijevic for a lifetime of professional achievement in the field of colloid chemistry. The endowment of a chair in his name recognizes Matijevic's pioneering work in monodispersed colloids and fine particle science and his enormous contributions as a brilliant teacher who has shaped many lives.

Andreescu received her master of science degree in biosensors from the University of Bucharest, Romania, and a joint Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Perpignan, France, and the University of Bucharest. She was also an NSF-NATO postdoctoral fellow in analytical chemistry at SUNY Binghamton from 2003 to 2005.

Her technical expertise is focused on analytical and bioanalytical chemistry, with special emphasis on biosensing technology for clinical and environmental monitoring. At Clarkson, she has designed a variety of sensing platforms that incorporate colloid/particle technology thereby enhancing detection capabilities and performance of these devices in a variety of measurement environments.

Andreescu's research projects include investigations of basic biochemical mechanisms at biointerfaces, bioimmobilization, biomimetic materials and biosensors.

Many of the sensors developed in her laboratory are used to understand fundamental molecular mechanisms in biological systems, to determine clinically important analytes associated with medical conditions and to address environmental challenges.

Her recent research focuses on the development of portable nanoparticle-based technologies for point-of-care diagnosis and therapy.

Andreescu is the recipient of a French government graduate fellowship, the NSF-CAREER award, and Clarkson University’s John W. Graham Research Award, and is a member of the Million Dollar Club at Clarkson.

She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and 13 book and encyclopedia chapters, has co-edited two books for McGraw Hill and Oxford University Press, and has delivered some 100 presentations at professional and academic conferences throughout the world.

She has mentored nine graduate students, three postdoctoral associates and more than 45 undergraduate students in research projects at Clarkson. She has provided international research opportunities in Europe to seven Clarkson undergraduate students through NSF-sponsored research and has co-directed the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in environmental science and engineering at Clarkson.

Andreescu has received external research funding totaling more than $2 million from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Army.  

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