UH Chemical Engineering Professor Demetre Economou has been selected as the 2002 recipient of the Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award "for distinguished contributions to scientific knowledge and its applications." The award, given by the Houston chapter of the organization, includes a $2,000 prize.
Economou will also give the Sigma Xi lecture to the University community this fall.
Economou's research focuses on plasma science and technology as applied to etching and deposition of thin solid films for microelectronic device fabrication, environmental remediation, and surface modification of materials, (e.g., biomaterials). He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986. He is a John and Rebecca Moores Professor and the Associate Chairman of the Chemical Engineering department.
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, which was founded in 1886, is a nonprofit organization of nearly 75,000 scientists and engineers who were elected to the Society because of their research achievements or potential. Sigma Xi has more than 500 chapters at universities and colleges, government laboratories and industry research centers.
In addition to publishing the popular magazine American Scientist, Sigma Xi awards grants annually to promising young researchers, holds forums on critical issues at the intersection of science and society, and sponsors a variety of programs supporting honor in science and engineering, science education, science policy and the public understanding of science.