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Geiger Named Klotz Professor

Professor’s research helps the Navajo people

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February 9, 2011 | by Jasmine Rangel

EVANSTON -- Franz M. Geiger, associate professor of physical chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, has been named the Irving M. Klotz Research Professor in Chemistry.

Geiger’s current research focuses on the special roles that surfaces and interfaces play in tropospheric and soil chemistry and their implications for climate change and environmental pollution. His research activities in the areas of environmental chemistry, catalysis, biophysics and energy science enable him to identify the overarching principles that allow us to understand, control and predict how the physical chemistry of surfaces and interfaces impacts nature. Geiger’s National Science Foundation-funded outreach activities on uranium contamination on the Navajo Indian reservation were recently featured in the new book “Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed” by investigative reporter Judy Pasternak.

Geiger has earned several awards and honors for his work as a professor and scientist, including a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Northwestern Undergraduate Chemistry Council, an NSF CAREER Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. He also was named a Searle Teaching Scholar and serves on the advisory boards to the Journal of Physical Chemistry and the Telluride Science Research Center. Geiger’s work is funded by numerous directorates at the NSF and the U.S. Department of Energy, along with private institutions and companies. He has published nearly 70 manuscripts and has been invited to speak at more than 150 meetings, conferences and university in the United States, Europe and South America.

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