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EUGENE, Ore. James E. Hutchison, a University of Oregon professor of chemistry, is the first to be appointed to the Lokey-Harrington Endowed Chair in Pure and Applied Chemistry. The position, which recognizes a University of Oregon faculty member who has made outstanding research contributions in materials science,is funded by part of the $74.5 million gift from Lorry I. Lokey announced in October 2007. The chair is named for Lokey and his companion Joanne Harrington.
Endowed chairs recognize scholarly achievements, and enable the faculty member to make greater contributions to his or her field and to the educational mission of the university. Part of the criteria for this chair was to recognize a professor whose research expertise includes green nanoscience and sustainability. Hutchison’s research focuses on nanotechnology and green chemistry.
He developed one of the first green-chemistry laboratory courses in the United States, which has become a model for other institutions. Green chemistry is the pursuit of methods that reduce or recycle undesirable chemicals in the production of the products needed by society. The goal is sustainability, where society can progress materially without exhausting resources and polluting the environment.
“Professor Hutchison is nationally known for his contributions in nanotechnology. He is also a pioneer in teaching and developing new methods in green chemistry,” said Michael Haley, head of the chemistry department. “His peers at other universities and national science institutes remarked, again and again, that he is a recognized leader in the world of materials science. We are honored to recognize his accomplishments with this endowed chair and provide him the opportunity to continue researching the technologies of the future.”
Hutchison is a member of the leadership team for the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) and is director of the Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative. He began teaching at the UO in 1994 and is the associate vice president for strategic research initiatives.