Clarkson University professor named Egon Matijevic Chair of Chemistry
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 6:04 am

POTSDAM -- Silvana Andreescu has been named the Egon Matijevic Chair of Chemistry at Clarkson University.

Andreescu, who was named a full professor in May, has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science at Clarkson since 2005.

“Dr. Andreescu epitomizes everything we could wish for in a member of our faculty,” said Peter R. Turner, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, in announcing the news. “Her research has been both prolific and profound; she has successfully trained graduate students and postdocs, while also drawing many undergraduate researchers into her team; and she has been a dedicated and successful instructor, matching her high expectations for her students with their abilities and performance.”

Andreescu’s technical expertise is focused on analytical and bioanalytical chemistry, with special emphasis on biosensing technology for clinical and environmental monitoring. At Clarkson, she has designed a variety of sensing platforms that incorporate colloid and particle technology, enhancing detection capabilities and performance of these devices in a variety of measurement environments.

Andreescu's research projects include investigations of basic biochemical mechanisms at biointerfaces, bioimmobilization, biomimetic materials and biosensors.

Her recent research focuses on the development of portable nanoparticle-based technologies for point-of-care diagnosis and therapy.

She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and 13 book and encyclopedia chapters, has co-edited two books, and has delivered some 100 presentations at professional and academic conferences throughout the world.

Andreescu has received external research funding totaling more than $2 million from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Army.

The endowed Egon Matijevic Chair was created in 2002 through a $2 million gift from Charles and Lucia Shipley to honor Clarkson University’s Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science Egon Matijevic for a lifetime of professional achievement in the field of colloid chemistry.