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NREL Scientist Selected for Major Award by the American Chemical Society

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Golden, Colo., Aug. 26, 1999 — A research fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will receive a major award for his extensive contributions to the advancement of surface chemistry. The 160,000-member American Chemical Society selected Dr. Alvin Czanderna for the Arthur W. Adamson Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Surface Chemistry.

The award recognizes his many research, teaching, writing and administrative accomplishments. During his 22-year career at NREL, Czanderna's research has focused on addressing surface science problems in multi-layered applied solar technologies, including photovoltaic (solar electric) modules, energy-saving electrochromic windows and solar reflectors used in electricity producing concentrating solar power systems. He recently established a new subfield of surface science dealing with interactions at metal-organic interfaces. Learn more details on his research accomplishments.

An internationally recognized surface scientist, Czanderna has educated thousands through his teaching and writing. He is an adjunct professor of chemistry, physics and engineering at the University of Denver and the author or co-author of more than 250 technical publications. He also is the editor of several books and has written review chapters on surface analysis. His administrative accomplishments at NREL and Clarkson University include executive leadership and policy implementation contributions. He earned a doctorate in physical chemistry from Purdue University in 1957.

Czanderna will receive the monetary award and deliver the keynote lecture for the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry at the American Chemical Society's National Meeting in San Francisco March 28, 2000. The Occidental Petroleum Corporation sponsors the award.

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