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Komarneni honored for outstanding published research

Posted: September 15, 2011

Sridhar Komarneni, Distinguished Professor of Clay Mineralogy, has been chosen to receive the Marilyn and Sturges W. Bailey Distinguished Member Award from the Clay Minerals Society.
Sridhar Komarneni

Sridhar Komarneni

The award is the society's highest honor for scientific eminence as represented by publication of outstanding original research in clay science.

According to the organization, Komarneni's technical contributions to the areas of cation exchange reactions, waste disposal, ultrafine particles, and sol-gel chemistry have made a strong impact in the professional community.

The award will be presented at the 48th annual meeting of the Clay Minerals Society, Sept. 25-31, in Lake Tahoe, Nev.

With an 80 percent research and 20 percent teaching appointment, Komarneni teaches Soils 420, Remediation of Contaminated Soils, and Soils 519, Nature of Soil Minerals, a graduate-level course in soil science.

Komarneni earned his doctoral degree in soil chemistry and geochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his master's degree in soil chemistry from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, and his bachelor's degree from the Agricultural University, Bapatla, India.

He has published more than 510 refereed papers -- including five in Nature and three in Science -- holds 10 patents and has edited or written 13 books.

He has received numerous awards, such as election to the European Academy of Sciences (2002) and World Academy of Ceramics (2004). He was elected as a fellow to five professional societies, including the Royal Society of Chemistry (2002), the American Ceramic Society (1993) and Soil Science Society of America (1994).

The Institute for Scientific Information has recognized him as one of the most highly cited researchers in the materials field, with a current total of 8,570 citations and an h-index of 48.