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UB engineer honored by peers in local chemical organization

A University at Buffalo professor of chemical and biological engineering is being honored by the local chapter of the American Chemical Society.

Mark T. Swihart, who is director of a nanotechnology research program at UB, is the recipient of the 2013 Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal, which honors outstanding service and work in the areas of chemical engineering or chemistry by a Western New Yorker.

The society has presented the medal annually since 1931, making it the oldest award of its type in the country, according to the university.

Swihart, who has worked at UB since 1998, directs the school's Integrated Nanostructured Systems Materials initiative, which manages nanotechnology and nanoscience research on campus.

He receives most of his research funding from the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and industry. Swihart's work could lead to advances in optoelectronics such as light-emitting diodes and solar cells, and the research may have useful imaging applications in medicine, environmental research and other areas, according to UB.

---Stephen T. Watson

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