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Clarkson University's Hopke Awarded Research Grant from Russia

Prof. Philip K. Hopke of Clarkson University was at a conference in the Netherland in October when he got word that he has been selected to receive one of five multi-year grants from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation for a project titled "The Empirical Kinetics of New Phase Embryo Formation and Materials Design at Subcritical and Near Critical Conditions.”

Philip K. HopkeHopke, the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor Emeritus, is a preeminent researcher in atmospheric and aerosol science who routinely travels the world to do scientific and consulting projects.

This newest project will reunite him with an old friend and fellow researcher, Prof. Michael Anisimov of the Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia. They'll work with a research team in Western Russia.

“Prof. Anisimov and I worked together in the late 1990s and early 2000s, studying how new particles form in the air,” Hopke says. “We got a National Science Foundation grant to study particle formation and completed some good work but didn't finish all we had wanted to do. So we have corresponded back and forth over the years. He recently mentioned the opportunity to apply for a grant and needed someone with a good international reputation to work with him. I agreed to join him.”

The project won't begin until the new year, but Hopke expects to spend at least six weeks a year in Russia doing basic studies of how vapors form to liquid droplets. It's the basis for important atmospheric processes that changes the nature of particles in the air, a field in which Hopke is renowned.

“I can provide leadership to the project,” he says simply.

During his more than 28 years at Clarkson University, Hopke served in multiple leadership roles, including as chair of the chemistry department, dean of the graduate school, founder and director of the Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES) and, most recently, founder and first director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE). In addition, he has provided substantial professional service and research contributions in the field of air quality and air resources.

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