Brij Moudgil, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, has been selected as a 2020 recipient of the KONA Award, presented to a researcher for lifetime achievement in the powder and particle science and technology field.
Dr. Moudgil served as Director of the UF Particle Engineering Research Center and is currently serving as Director of the Center for Particulate and Surfactant Systems. He has made notable contributions in advanced minerals and materials processing, photocatalytic degradation of hazardous microbes, bioimaging, diagnosis and therapies, micro-electronics and nanotoxicity. His KONA Award recognizes his work in interfacial engineering of particulate systems for enhanced performance.
“I was pleasantly surprised to receive the news of the KONA Award and felt humbled by this special honor,” said Dr. Moudgil.
Dr. Moudgil holds a Ph.D. in mineral engineering from Columbia University and fellowships in several major professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. He has been granted 31 patents and is the author or co-author of 13 books and more than 300 technical publications. He is a foreign fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and is a member of both the National Academy of Inventors and National Academy of Engineering.
Particles, powders and surfactant systems are vital to nearly every primary industry, including consumer products, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, oil and gas, chemicals and analytical instrumentation. Dr. Moudgil’s research focuses on generating knowledge and technology platforms for these industries to develop greener and more sustainable applications.
“Dr. Moudgil has made remarkable contributions to the field of powder and particle science and technology,” said Michele Manuel, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. “This is a well-deserved award and recognition for all that he has and continues to achieve in the field.”
The KONA Award is sponsored by the Hosokawa Powder Technology Foundation and consists of a plaque and cash prize. The award is presented at a symposium organized by the Council of Powder Technology, Japan.