CORVALLIS, Ore. - One of the leading solid state chemists in the world is joining the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University as the Milton Harris Professor of Materials Science.

Mas Subramanian, an internationally recognized expert on inorganic solid state materials, will also be the first Signature Faculty Fellow in the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, which is a major collaborative effort of OSU, other Oregon universities, agencies and private industry.

Subramanian, who recently worked as a fellow in DuPont Central Research and Development, has published more than 225 papers in professional journals, which in turn received more than 8,000 citations. His work has also yielded 51 patents that are in place or pending.

An expert in such fields as high-temperature superconductivity, thermoelectrics, magnetoresistive materials and solid state, fast ion conductors, Subramanian is a world leader in the discovery and development of new materials. He also developed a "combinatorial approach" to inorganic synthesis, a system to speed up research results in this field.

"Dr. Subramanian recognized the quality, opportunities and excitement surrounding the materials research and education programs at OSU," said Douglas Keszler, chair of the chemistry department. "We believe his enormous scientific talents and high-energy, visionary leadership will accelerate very powerful ONAMI collaborations for the benefit of all Oregonians."

A native of India, Subramanian received his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1982, and has received a wide variety of honors and recognition, including the Charles Pedersen Medal in 2004. He is an editor of two journals, Solid State Sciences and Progress in Solid State Chemistry.

David C. Johnson, a professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon and also an ONAMI leader, said that Subramanian's move to Oregon could help "make Oregon the best place in the world to study materials chemistry," and said that it will be a major step forward in making the research programs at OSU, the University of Oregon and other ONAMI partners "greater than the sum of the parts."

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