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Rensselaer professors Dordick and Interrante named ACS Fellows
Date:10/4/2010

Troy, N.Y. Two Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professors have been named 2010 fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) and the Howard P. Isermann '42 Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Jonathan Dordick and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Leonard Interrante were both recognized by the ACS for their "outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science, the profession, and service to the society."

"Both of these esteemed researchers and educators have had a major impact on their fields," said Rensselaer Provost Robert Palazzo. "Dr. Dordick is among the foremost biocatalysis and bioengineering experts in the world. His recent discovery of antibacterial coatings could protect thousands of people from harmful bacterial infections and his work to develop biochip technologies is transforming the way we view the modern drug discovery process.

"Dr. Interrante is both a polymer pioneer and successful entrepreneur. He has developed sophisticated new materials utilized in technologies around the world, including the Hubble Space Telescope. His pure silicon carbide-forming polymer is the only of its kind commercially available in the world, paving the way for an entirely new generation of high-temperature, high-strength ceramic composites."

The ACS honored the new fellows at the society's fall national meeting.

Dordick's research interests are in the areas of biocatalysis, bioengineering, and nanobiotechnology. He most recently developed a nanoscale coating for surgical equipment, hospital walls, and other surfaces that safely eradicates methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). He has also discovered a biochip that could eliminate animal testing in the chemicals and cosmetics industries, and drastically curtail its use in the development of new pharmaceuticals. The co-founder of EnzyMed Inc., a pharmaceutical discovery company, he is c
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