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Dr. Alexander V. Neimark, Research Director of TRI/Princetonís Center for Modeling and Characterization of Nanoporous Materials, was recently named a 2004 Guggenheim Fellow for his work on "Equilibrium and Phase Transitions in Nanoscale Systems." This prestigious award is handed out annually by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to professionals in the fields of science, humanities, and creative arts. According to Dr. Gail Eaton, President of TRI, "Having a Guggenheim Fellow on the research staff contributes to TRIís reputation as a world renowned center of scientific research."
Each year Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to individuals who demonstrate an exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Fellowship winners in 2004 include 185 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from over 3,200 candidates. Past recipients include Ansel Adams, Aaron Copland, Langston Hughes, Henry Kissinger, Isamu Noguchi, Linus Pauling, Paul Samuelson, Martha Graham, Philip Roth, Derek Walcott, James Watson, and Eudora Welty. For more information on the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and Fellowship, visit www.gf.org.
Through the assistance of the Guggenheim Fellow program, Dr. Neimark plans to develop novel statistico-mechanical approaches to the theoretical study and molecular simulation of the behavior of fluids confined to nanopores. The results of this project may find many practical applications in the modeling and guided design of different nanotechnologies. "This award demonstrates TRIís dedication to the advancement of science. It will help TRI maintain the competitive edge in establishing new research programs in the nanotechnology area," states Dr. Neimark.
Dr. Neimark is a recognized expert in theoretical foundations of porous materials characterization and modeling of adsorption and capillary phenomena. He has developed several new methods for pore structure analysis; in particular, he pioneered the application of modern methods of molecular simulation and the density functional theory to the characterization of micro- and mesoporous solids. Dr. Neimark is the author of the monograph "Multiphase Processes in Porous Media" and more than 150 research papers; he holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, and a D.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Moscow State University. For more information on Dr. Neimark and his research, visit www.triprinceton.org/aneimark.
TRI/Princeton was founded in 1930 by an act of US Congress as the Textile Research Institute to help the American textile industry stay competitive. Over the decades, TRI has evolved into a full-service independent research and testing facility, specializing in porous materials, textiles and fibers, hair, polymers, and films. TRI now provides research solutions to a wide variety of domestic and international industrial companies, governmental organizations, and academic institutions.
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