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05-28-2014

Clarkson University Professor Evgeny Katz Receives Lifetime Research Achievement Award

Evgeny Katz, the Milton Kerker Chaired Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science in Clarkson University’s School of Arts & Sciences, has been awarded Clarkson's Lifetime Research Achievement Award.

Clarkson President Tony Collins (left) presents the Lifetime Research Achievement Award to Prof. Evgeny KatzThe Lifetime Research Achievement Award is granted annually to recognize research by a tenured faculty member who is recognized internationally for a body of work that exemplifies the highest level of research accomplishment and has made a significant impact on their chosen field of study.

An esteemed scientist, Katz has received numerous awards, including two Kaye Awards for Scientific Innovations (1995 and 2004); and the Humboldt Scholarship, which gave him an opportunity to work at the Technical University of Munich.

His research interests are biocomputing; biosensors; biofunctionalized nanomaterials for bioelectronic and biomedical applications; bionanoengineering; bioelectronics & optobioelectronics; and bionanotechnology for bioelectronic applications.

Ranked as one of the world’s top 100 chemists by Thomson Reuters, Katz has been inducted into Clarkson’s Million Dollar Club for attracting more than $1 million of external funding for his research activities in the last five years. He has received awards from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and private industry.

Katz and his research team of Ph.D. candidates, post-doctoral researchers and undergraduate students work in his Laboratory of Bioelectronics and Biotechnology at Clarkson, where they are exploring chemical building blocks for technologies that combine biology and nanotechnology.

He explains, "We can program the chemical system in the same way engineers can program computers."

A gifted scholar, Katz is an expert in colloid science, nanomaterials and bioelectronics. He holds more than 20 international patents and has written or co-written 380 articles for scholarly journals, book chapters and conferences. His H-index (reflecting the citation rate) reached the value of 74, meaning that his 74 papers (from total number of papers 380) have been cited at least 74 and more times. The total citations of his work are above 18,000. He has taught and conducted research at the world’s top universities in Russia, Spain, Germany and Jerusalem.

Amid all the international acclaim, Katz counts his blessings in the number of his students who have gone on to their own success.

He says, "One of my driving forces is not only doing science, but 'making' people. If I know my students are successful in doing research, in publishing papers, in getting good jobs, this is what makes me the most happy.”

Evgeny Katz joined Clarkson University in 2006, coming from The Institute of Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the A.N. Frumkin Institute of Electrochemistry, Moscow. He received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in chemical engineering from D.I. Mendeleyev Chemical Engineering University, Moscow, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

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Photo caption: Prof. Evgeny Katz has been awarded Clarkson's Lifetime Research Achievement Award. Above, Clarkson President Tony Collins (left) presents the award to Katz.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/lifetime-2014.jpg.]

[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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