Air Products Recognizes Two University Professors with Its 2011 Faculty Excellence Award

Aug 22, 2011, 14:13 ET from Air Products

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Aug. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products (NYSE: APD) has named Dr. Cheol Seong Hwang of Seoul National University and Dr. Adelio Mendes of the University of Porto as winners of its 2011 Faculty Excellence Award. The program recognizes outstanding faculty in technology areas strategic to Air Products' long-term growth. The two winners will each receive an unrestricted grant for their institutions to further their research -- Dr. Hwang for semiconductor memory technologies and Dr. Mendes for gas separations involving membranes and adsorption processes.

"Air Products is pleased and honored to recognize and support the research of Dr. Cheol Seong Hwang and Dr. Adelio Mendes," said Monty Alger, Air Products vice president and chief technology officer. "The research contributions of these scientists are aligned with Air Products' current and future areas of technology interest in our electronics and gas separation businesses. Recognizing and supporting these contributions are part of our effort to stay connected with the technology community outside of Air Products."

Dr. Hwang's research activities cover a wide variety of topics in semiconductor memory and logic device fabrication. His research has focussed on fabrication of ultra-high capacitance density capacitors for DRAM, high-k gate dielectric research, resistance switching memory, phase change memory, cross-bar arrays and thin film transistors for their applications in future 3D stacked memories. He earned a Ph.D. in the Department of Inorganic Materials Science and Engineering from Seoul National University in 1993 and was in a guest scientist position for his postdoctoral research work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology the following year. Dr. Hwang is currently a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Seoul National University and has published over 330 peer-reviewed journal articles, filed 60 patents and conducted many invited presentations at international conferences.

Dr. Mendes has research interests in the areas of membrane and adsorbent-based gas separations, carbon molecular sieve membranes, fuel cells, dye sensitized solar cells, photoelectrochemical cells for hydrogen production, photocatalysis, catalytic membrane reactors, and steam reforming. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Porto in 1993 and is presently Associate Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Porto. Dr. Mendes has published more than 130 peer-reviewed journal articles and filed applications for 18 patent families.

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