BUFFALO, N.Y. – Mark T. Swihart, a chemical engineer and
director of a University at Buffalo nanotechnology research
initiative, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Jacob F.
The medal, given annually by the Western New York section of the
American Chemical Society (ACS), honors individuals from the
Buffalo Niagara region for outstanding work and service in the
fields of chemical engineering or chemistry. The society has
presented the medal since 1931, making it the oldest award of its
kind in the nation.
A UB faculty member since 1998, Swihart is a professor of
chemical and biological engineering in the School of Engineering
and Applied Sciences.
He will be presented with the medal in “recognition of his
pioneering research in the field of inorganic nanoparticle
synthesis and processing, and for his outstanding record of
accomplishment in scholarship, teaching, and service in the field
of chemistry in Western New York” at a ceremony on Sept. 17,
according to ACS.
Swihart serves as director of UB’s Integrated
Nanostructured Systems initiative, which guides the
university’s nanoscience and nanotechnology research. His
work centers primarily on:
- the synthesis, surface modification and applications of
- chemical nucleation and growth of aerosol particles.
- detailed chemical kinetic, fluid dynamic and aerosol dynamic
modeling of high temperature vapor phase materials processing.
Primarily funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air
Force Office of Scientific Research and industry, his research may
help improve optoelectronics such as light-emitting diodes and
solar cells, and it could have imaging applications useful in
medicine, environmental research and other fields.
Additionally, Swihart serves as co-director of the New York
State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics. Its mission is
to coordinate and expand UB’s research at the intersection of
materials science and informatics and to make that expertise more
accessible and more valuable to industry, particularly in the
Buffalo Niagara region. UB plans to partner with government,
industry and other universities, as well as serve as an incubator
for startup technology companies.
Swihart is a past recipient of the J.B. Wagner Young
Investigator Award from the High Temperature Materials division of
the Electrochemical Society and the Kenneth Whitby Award from the
American Association of Aerosol Research. He has been selected four
times as "Professor of the Year" by undergraduates in his
department and he has been honored by the McNair Scholars program
and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.
He has co-authored more than 120 peer-reviewed journal
manuscripts and three book chapters. He is co-inventor on five U.S.
patents and has served as an advisor to about 40 master’s and
doctoral students, and more than 70 undergraduates.
Swihart was raised in rural Indiana, near Goshen. He earned a
bachelor’s of science degree in chemical engineering from
Rice University in 1992, and a PhD in chemical engineering from the
University of Minnesota in 1997. He resides in Amherst with his
wife Wendy and three children.