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03-06-2013

Sitaraman Krishnan Receives Tenure & Promotion to Associate Professor at Clarkson University

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Sitaraman Krishnan has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

Sitaraman KrishnanAfter graduating from Lehigh University with a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, he was a postdoctoral researcher and a research associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. Krishnan joined Clarkson in 2007.

His research interests are in the science and engineering of novel materials, focusing on nanostructured and stimulus-responsive polymer-based materials. Krishnan has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, nine patent applications, and more than 40 oral or poster presentations at national conferences.

Krishnan's publications have spanned a wide range of topics in advanced materials research, from fundamental investigations of molecular self-assembly in liquid-crystalline polymers, proton diffusion mechanisms in ionic liquids, particle nucleation mechanisms in multiphase polymerization reactions, and statistical theory of gelation, to applied research in the areas of marine antifouling coatings, stimulus-responsive microgels for controlled release, materials for lithium-ion batteries, PEM fuel cells and solar cells, and the industrial processes of emulsion polymerization and chemical mechanical planarization.

At Clarkson, Krishnan has been a principal investigator of research projects for companies such as GE, New World Pharmaceuticals, and Energy Materials Corporation, and of projects for federal and state agencies, such as the Army Research Office and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. He has mentored 12 graduate students, as well as several undergraduate students at Clarkson.

Courses taught by Krishnan include advanced chemical engineering thermodynamics, applied phase and chemical equilibria, chemical reactor analysis, mass transfer, polymer materials, biomaterials and biomedical applications, and introduction to research and graduate study.

Krishnan is the faculty advisor for the Delta Chapter of the Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honors Society and a member of the Undergraduate Research Committee in the Coulter School of Engineering.

He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the Society of Plastics Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.

He has served as a reviewer for approximately 20 professional journals, and for funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Romanian National Council for Development and Innovation.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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