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Egon Matijevic distinguished Croatian-American expert in colloid chemistry
Recognized by the scientific community world wide being the recipient of numerous prestigious awards
Professor Egon Matijević, distinguished Croatian-American scientist, with his latest book
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Clarkson University's Egon Matijević to be honored at age 90 by American Chemical Society symposium
POTSDAM - Egon Matijević, 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 in Philadelphia, Pa., next week.
The symposium, "Half a Century of Fine Particles Science: A Symposium in Honor of Egon Matijević 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, Matijević's is a world-renowned scientist with numerous patents and innovations to his name.
"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. Matijević'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. Matijević to receive the honor of this recognition by the American Chemical Society."
The symposium is being organized by Matijević'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.
Matijević, who celebrated his 90th birthday in April, is active as a full-time member of the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science at Clarkson.
Matijević 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.
Professor Egon Matijević in 2012
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, Matijević has instructed 15,000 undergraduate students and advised more than 50 Ph.D. candidates, 50 M.S. students, and 130 postdoctoral scholars. Matijević 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.
Matijević'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, Matijević 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.
This year''s celebrity Egon Matijević was born in the Croatian village of Otočac ninety years ago. He was educated in Croatia where he started his extraordinary scientific carrier. After postdoctoral studies in England Matijević moved to USA where he joined Clarkson College of Technology (present Clarkson University) at Potsdam (NY). Egon stayed with Clarkson contributing significantly to the University especially within the Department of Chemistry both in teaching and in research in the field of colloid chemistry. As a colloid chemist Egon was involved in examining physicochemical properties of colloids and interfaces, in several aspects of application and especially in developing new methods of preparation of well defined uniform particles. At present his main focus lies in the application of colloidal systems in medicine. Egon Matijević is a prominent scientist and his achievements were recognized by the scientific community world wide being the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.
Egon Matijević, his personality and achievements Dedicated to Professor Egon Matijević on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
Nikola Kallay Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Horvatovac 102a, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
This year’s celebrity Egon Matijević was born ninety years ago in the Croatian town of Otočac. He was educated in Croatia, where he started his extraordinary scientific career. After postdoctoral studies in England, Matijević moved to the USA, where he joined Clarkson College of Technology (presently Clarkson University) in Potsdam, N.Y. Egon has stayed with Clarkson contributing significantly to the University, especially within the Department of Chemistry both in teaching and in research in the field of colloid chemistry. As a colloid chemist Egon was involved in examining physicochemical properties of colloids and interfaces, in several aspects of application and especially in the development of new methods for the preparation of well defined uniform particles. At present, his main focus lies in the application of colloidal systems in medicine. Egon Matijević is a prominent scientist and his achievements have been recognized by the scientific community worldwide, being the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. The enthusiasm and spirit of Egon Matijević is exceptional and we wish him to continue enjoying science and the art of living for many years to come.
Professor Egon Matijević in 1998, during the ceremony of receiving the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Zagreb. On the left Professor Branko Jeren, the then Rector of the University of Zagreb.
Professor Egon Matijević speaking at the University of Zagreb, during the ceremony of receving the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa in 1998.
Clarkson University's Egon Matijevic Honored by Canton-Potsdam Hospital
Egon Matijevic, the Victor K. LeMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science at Clarkson, is an internationally celebrated colloid chemist and academic. The University hosted a series of receptions throughout the country in 2007 to allow Matijevic's friends, colleagues and former students the opportunity to celebrate his 50 year milestone as a teacher, scientist and mentor.
The idea of honoring Matijevic for his five decades of teaching and advancing the knowledge and application of chemistry was suggested to the hospital's board of directors by hospital physicians who were eager to recognize him for his groundbreaking research relating to medical applications. Matijevic's ability to synthesize minute particles with precise sizes and composition has special relevance to the medical field because it enables pharmaceutical manufacturers to develop medicines that can be delivered to patients more quickly and consistently. Matijevic receives honors from CP Hospital
The 86-year-old professor held even non-scientists spellbound as he demonstrated to the audience just how beneficial, beautiful and sometimes deadly the microscopic particles that are all around us can be. His presentation was titled "The Good, Bad and Ugly."
Before presenting Matijevic with the proclamation of his appointment from the board of directors, Marlinda LaValley, hospital vice president of administrative services, read a letter signed jointly by David B. Acker, the hospital's president and CEO and Edward S. Mucenski, board chairman, thanking him for his many decades of pioneering research in colloid chemistry, community involvement and support of the hospital. Both Acker and Mucenski were unavoidably out of town on hospital business.
Dr. Alexandru Stoian, a cardiologist, referred to Matijevic as a great man and shared some of the highlights of a career that has spanned more than five decades. He had a copy of Matijevic's resume with him when he went to the podium to speak and said, "You can point to any decade since the 1950s and find groundbreaking accomplishments in colloid science and chemistry pioneered by Matijevic. Earlier in the evening Matijevic quipped that his friend's job was to keep his heart going, while his job was to was to teach Dr. Stoian about wine.
Dr. George Mina, an orthopedic surgeon, offered that Matijevic was not only a world-class scientist, but a pretty fair cook. He related how Matijevic took over the food preparation on a couple of occasions to save the evening, even though the get togethers weren't even at his home.
Matijevic was born and educated in Croatia. He began his teaching career at Clarkson in 1957. In addition to numerous Honorary Ph.D.s and citations, he is the only individual to receive all three major awards of the American Chemical Society in his field of Colloid Chemistry. Matijevic is also the recipient of the Graham Award, the highest prize bestowed by the oldest colloid society in the world.
This is the first time Canton-Potsdam Hospital has made an Honorary Distinguished Academic Appointment to their Medical Staff.
ANNALES UNIVERSITATIS MARIAE CURIE-SKLODOWSKA, LUBLIN - POLONIA VOL. LVII, SECTIO AA, 2002
The 80 th Birthday of Professor Egon Matijevic
Doctor Honoris Causa of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University
The 80 th Birthday of Professor Egon Matijević
Professor Egon Matijevic. Born in 1922 at Otocak in Croatia. In 1944 he received diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Technical Faculty of the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Four years later he received there his Ph. D. degree. Next he completed there his habilitation in 1952. After leaving the University of Zagreb in 1956, he spent one year as a Research Fellow at Cambridge University, and next moved to Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. Since 1986 he is a Distinguished University Professor there. As of January 1, 2000, he is the holder of the Victor K. LaMer chair in colloid and surface science. So far Professor Matijevi6 has published over 550 papers, and registered 14 patents. He wrote 3 bool(s and was Editor of other 1 7 books. Having achieved a large international recognition, he was invited to deliver plenary or keynote lectures at more than 50 international conferences, organized in many countries (USA, Canada, France, England, Spain, Italy, Russia, Croatia, Hungary, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Puerto Rico, ...). In some of the countries Professor Matijevi6 spent longer time as a Visiting Professor delivering a series of lectures (Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Germany, England, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Australia, Argentina). His international scientific activities are also reflected by the memberships of various prestigious societes, including:
. Academy of Ceramics (Italy) . American Association for Crystal Growth . American Ceramic Society (honorary) . American Chemical Society . Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (foreign) . Croatian Chemical Society (Zagreb, Croatia) (Bozo Tezak Award) . International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists . Kolloid Gesellschaft (Germany) (lifetime honorary) . Materials Research Society . Sigma Xi (Clarkson Chapter Award, National Lecturer) . The Chemical Society of Japan, Division of Colloid Chemistry, (honorary) . The Materials Research Society of Japan, (honorary)
He served also as a member of Advisory Board of various international journals. (Croatica Chimica Acta, Chemistry of Materials, Colloid Journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Colloids and Surfaces, Langmuir, Colloid and Polymer Science, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science). During the period 1983-1989 Professor Matijevi6 served as the President of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists. On the list of the Ph. D. theses supervised by Professor Matijevi6 are 50 names, including Francis I. Mangravite who was the prize winner in 1972 - for the best Ph. D. thesis, selected by the American Water W orl(s Association.
Very impressive is the list of the scientists visiting his laboratory. These were 130 collaborators from all parts of the world. That list includes also Polish colleagues, who remember with a great sentiment their long-term visits to his laboratory. Professor Matijevi6 made also several visits to our Faculty of Chemistry in Lublin, before and after he received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa of our University in Poland. He received degrees of Doctor Honoris Causa from four Universities:
1977, Lehigh University, Bethlelem, Pennsylvania, USA 1990, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland 1992, Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, USA 1998, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Egon Matijević is the only scientist to receive all three awards of American Chemical Society (The Kendall, Iler, and Langmuir Lectureship). He is also the recipient of the Thomas Graham Prize, the highest recognition by the German Kolloid-Gesellschaft.
Throughout his carrer Professor Matijević has been a devoted teacher. Indeed, he taught the general chemistry course to generations of Clarkson freshmen. It is being said that one half of all living Clarkson alumini attended his classes!
Professor Wladyslaw Rudzinski Editor of Sectio AA of Annales UMCS
Educational Background: B. Chem. Eng., University of Zagreb, Croatia Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Zagreb, Croatia Dr. Habil, University of Zagreb
Honorary Dr. Sci. National University of San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina Honorary Dr. Sci. University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia Honorary Dr. Sci University of Zagreb, Croatia Honorary Dr. Sci Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York Honorary Dr. Sci Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland Honorary Dr. Sci Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Corresponding Member Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, Croatia Member, World Academy of Ceramics Thomas Graham Award, Kolloid Gisellschaft, Germany Bozo Tezak Medal, Croatian Chemical Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia Gold Medal American Electroplates Society Egon Matijević, Chair in Chemistry, Clarkson University
Awards of the American Chemical Society:
1993 Chemistry of Colloid Materials (Iler Award) 1985 Langmuir Distinguished Lecturer 1972 Colloid and Surface Chemistry ( Kendall Award)
Croatian Chemical Society, Zagreb, Croatia Kolloid Gesellschaft, Germany The American Ceramic Society Materials Research Society of Japan
Research Interests: 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 applications of fine particles; pigments; nanostructures, chemical mechanical polishing.
Selected Publications (from a total of 560): E. Matijević: Nanosize Precursors as Building Blocks for Monodispersed Colloids. Colloid Journal, 69, 29-38 (2007).
A. Zelenev and E. Matijević: Surfactant-induced Detachment of Monodispersed Hematite Particles Adhered on Glass. J. Colloid Interface Sci., 299, 22-27 (2006).
Z. Lu, N.P. Ryde, S.V. Babu and E. Matijević: Particle Adhesion Studies Relevant to Chemical Mechanical Polishing. Langmuir, 21, 9866-9872 (2005).
V.K.R. Gorantla, E. Matijević and S.V. Babu: Amino Acids as Complexing Agents in Chemical Mechanical Planarization of Copper. Chem. Mater., 17, 2076-2080 (2005).