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08-16-2012

Clarkson University's Egon Matijevic to be Honored at 90 by American Chemical Society Symposium

Egon Matijevic, the Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science and Distinguished University Professor at Clarkson University, will be honored with a special symposium at the Fall American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia, Pa., next week.

Egon Matijevic, the Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science and Distinguished University Professor at Clarkson University, and his new book, Fine Particles in Medicine and PharmacyThe symposium, “Half a Century of Fine Particles Science: A Symposium in Honor of Egon Matijevic at 90,” is being held under the auspices of the ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry.

Renowned among Clarkson alumni as a maestro in the lecture hall and among his peers world-wide for his scientific virtuosity, Matijevic’s contributions are legendary. As a world-renowned scientist with numerous patents and innovations to his name, he has defied convention among his higher education peers and led the Clarkson faculty to always place students first.

"Clarkson University has had the honor and great fortune to serve as the home of Professor Egon Matijevic and his scientific research for 55 years," said Clarkson University President Tony Collins. "Dr. Matijevic's discoveries and international reputation in colloid and surface chemistry have brought great recognition to our University, while at the same time he has shared his great knowledge with thousands of our students. It is befitting for Dr. Matijevic to receive the honor of this recognition by the American Chemical Society."

The symposium is being organized by Matijevic's colleagues, friends and mentees -- professors S. V. Babu, Dan V. Goia, Sergiy Minko, and Richard E. Partch of Clarkson University, and Leszek Hozer of the Dow Chemical Company.

Many of Matijevic’s former collaborators, students, and research associates are expected to contribute to the special symposium, which is sponsored by Dow Chemical Company, BASF, the American Chemical Society Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, and Clarkson University.

Matijevic, who celebrated his 90th birthday in April, is active as a full-time member of the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science at Clarkson.

He recently edited and contributed a chapter to a new book, titled Fine Particles in Medicine and Pharmacy, which adds to his outstanding publications record of more than 600 articles, books, and book chapters. Matijevic still supervises doctoral students and maintains a hectic research and lecturing schedule worldwide.

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 colloid society in the world, Germany's Kolloid Gesellschaft.

As a mentor, Matijevic has instructed 15,000 undergraduate students and advised more than 50 Ph.D. candidates, 50 M.S. students, and 130 postdoctoral scholars. Matijevic has delivered more than 70 plenary and keynote lectures at meetings and symposia in dozens of countries worldwide.

He has received honorary degrees at universities worldwide, including Lehigh University, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, the University of Zagreb, the National University of San Martin, the University of Ljubljana, and Clarkson University.

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.

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.

Most recently, Matijevic has been focused on developing uniform drug particles. There is ample evidence that the effects of drugs depend not only on their chemical composition, but also on the physical state of the delivered medication. The latter condition is affected by the shape and size of the drug particle, which he has been able to control.

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[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/matijevic2012.jpg .]

Photo caption: Egon Matijevic, the Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science and Distinguished University Professor at Clarkson University, is being honored by a special symposium at the Fall American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia, Pa., next week. Above, Matijevic and his new book, Fine Particles in Medicine and Pharmacy.

[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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