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Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
January 4, 2008
DeKalb, Ill. — Bogdan Dabrowski, a distinguished research professor in the Department of Physics at Northern Illinois University, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in recognition of his outstanding research in the area of materials science.
The distinction is awarded each year to no more than one-half of 1 percent of members of the APS, the leading organization of physicists worldwide. Dabrowski’s fellowship certificate will be presented during the annual APS meeting this March in New Orleans.
Dabrowski, of Bolingbrook, has been at NIU since 1990 and serves as director of the Laboratory for Materials Design within the Department of Physics.
His research integrates chemistry, physics and materials science and involves collaborations with Argonne National Laboratory and 30 other leading institutions in the United States and Europe. He has focused on understanding the crystal chemistry of complex materials, such as copper, manganese and other transition-metal oxides. Specifically, he examines the relationship between a material’s structural and physical properties, including conditions of formation.
Dabrowski’s work has applications in electronics, telecommunications, computers, energy storage and transportation and has resulted in two patents on new superconducting materials. His research also has attracted about $5 million in support from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the Office of Naval Research.
Dabrowski teaches a number of upper level and graduate courses, including mathematical methods for physicists, an introduction to engineering materials and methods of analytical mechanics. He will spend the 2008-09 school year on sabbatical working with collaborators in Europe.