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08-22-2016

Clarkson University's Selma Mededovic Thagard Delivers Invited Talk at Gordon Research Conference

Clarkson University Associate Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Selma Mededovic Thagard delivered an invited talk, titled "Electron-Based Reduction of Organic Molecules at the Plasma-Liquid Interface," at the 2016 Gordon Research Conference on Plasma Processing.

Selma Mededovic ThagardPlasma processing science is at the core of technologies for many applications, including plasma medicine and plasma water treatment. The conference highlighted the most cutting edge scientific advances in material synthesis, energy conversion and storage, as well as the interaction of plasmas with biological systems.

Thagard says her research will help scientists better understand chemical mechanisms and physical processes responsible for chemical transformations of dissolved organic molecules, which is important for further development of the aforementioned plasma applications.

The Gordon Research Conferences were initiated by Dr. Neil E. Gordon of the Johns Hopkins University, who recognized in the late 1920s the difficulty in establishing good, direct communication between scientists, whether working in the same subject area or in interdisciplinary research. The Gordon Research Conferences promote discussions and the free exchange of ideas at the research frontiers of the biological, chemical and physical sciences.

Scientists with common professional interests come together for a full week of intense discussion and examination of the most advanced aspects of their field. These conferences provide a valuable means of disseminating information and ideas in a way that cannot be achieved through the usual channels of communication -- publications and presentations at large scientific meetings.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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