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Prof. Russell Hardin receives Olney Medal
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Dec '10
American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists - AATCC will honor University of Georgia professor Ian Russell Hardin with the Olney Medal for outstanding achievements in the field of textile chemistry.

Hardin's research has focused on developing environmentally-friendly alternatives like enzymes to replace conventional chemicals used in textile processing. In addition to improving the cleanup of textile effluents and improving water quality, the results of Hardin's research should save energy and reduce costs for textile manufacturers.

In addition, Hardin's research has provided international impetus in this field, affecting the textile industry's environmental profile around the world. Hardin's laboratory was the first to publicly report evidence that pectinase enzymes could effectively substitute for the conventional alkaline scouring of fabrics.

Hardin researched white rot fungi to decolorize textile waste water. Hardin has also collaborated with scientists involved in assessing chronic toxicity of textile effluents. Their work has shown the need for revision of standard effluent toxicity protocols.

Presentation of the Olney Medal is a highlight of AATCC's International Conference. Hardin will receive the Olney Medal at an Awards Luncheon at noon on Thursday, March 24, at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S. C., USA. Hardin will deliver the traditional Olney Medal Address, "The Organic Ties Between Biology and Textile Chemistry: Fungi, Enzymes, and Green Chemistry," on Thursday morning, March 24, at 8:15 a.m., during the Association's 2011 International Conference.

Established in 1944 in honor of Louis Atwell Olney, the founder and first president of AATCC, the Olney Medal recognizes outstanding achievement in textile or polymer chemistry or other fields of chemistry of major importance to textile science. The award consists of a gold medal, a scroll, and an honorarium.

AATCC's 2011 International Conference will be held March 22-24 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S. C., USA.

AATCC is the world's leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 60 countries throughout the world.

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists - AATCC


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