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06-25-2008

Clarkson University Names Dan Goia CAMP Distinguished Professor

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In recognition of his achievements and continuing research in the field of colloid and surface science and his focus on the development of industrial applications, Dan V. Goia has been named the CAMP (Center for Advanced Materials Processing) Distinguished Professor at Clarkson University.D. Goia

As the CAMP Distinguished Professor, Goia will continue his active participation in CAMP, a New York State Center for Advanced Technology with a focus on research and education in partnership with industry. In particular, Goia's work will continue to provide research and development support for the core areas of CAMP, which include particle synthesis and processing; thin films and coatings; particle transport, deposition, and removal; and colloidal dispersions and processing. A gift to Clarkson University from Kodak created the CAMP Distinguished Professorship in 1995.

A professor in Clarkson's Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science, Goia obtained his master of science degree from the University of Cluj (Romania) in 1980 and his Ph.D. degree from Clarkson University in 1998. After a successful career in industry, Goia left his position as director for research and development in the Electronic Materials Division of Degussa Corporation to join Clarkson University in October 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.) for industrial applications.

Since coming to Clarkson, Goia's teaching has included courses and labs in the areas of analytical, inorganic, and materials chemistry at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Goia's experience as a researcher and manager in large corporations has proven to be a valuable source of insight and relevance to the development of skills that aid the professional development Clarkson's students.

Since his arrival in Potsdam, Goia has been very active in the Center for Advanced Materials Processing, including the initiation of interactions with government agencies and industrial partners from New York state, the U.S., Europe, and Asia. As an individual, during his short career to date at Clarkson, Goia has been instrumental in bringing over $ 3.8 million in external funding for research related to metallic particles, including such wide ranging applications as the development of fine particulate materials for IR radiation obscurance, the development of electrocatalysts for energy conversion and storage applications, development of highly dispersed Pt and Pt alloy nanoparticles deposited on various substrates, and the development of precious and base metal electrocatalysts for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC).

Clarkson's expertise in colloid and fine particle science and engineering emerged in the early 1960s under the leadership of Clarkson University's Victor K. LaMer Professor of Chemistry Egon Matijevic and former Clarkson Dean of Science and fellow particle scientist, Milton Kerker. Their pioneering work in the synthesis and characterization of colloidal matter established both as leaders in the field, and attracted additional outstanding scientists to Clarkson. The work at Clarkson also gained the attention of others using colloids, including government agencies and industry. By 1965, the Clarkson Institute of Colloid and Surface Science was established, the first of its kind in the United States.

In 1987, Clarkson engineers under the guidance of Clarkson University Distinguished Professor William Wilcox began to focus on the application of the science and show industry that important colloids could be produced at industrial scale. The Institute evolved into the Center for Advanced Materials Processing, designated a New York State Center for Advanced Technology in 1989.

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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