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Vol. 28 No. 2
March-April 2006

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Alexandra Navrotsky Awarded the 2006 Rossini Lecture

The recipient of the 2006 Rossini Lectureship Award, selected by the Board of Directors of Directors of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics (IACT), is Professor Alexandra Navrotsky of the University of California at Davis, director of the UC Davis Organized Research Unit on Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture and Technology. The highly esteemed award, made by IACT, is given in recognition of a significant contribution to the field of thermodynamics.

Navrotsky was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and the University of Chicago (where she received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physical chemistry). After postdoctoral work in Germany and at Penn State University, she joined the faculty in Chemistry at Arizona State University, where she remained until her move to the Department of Geological and Geophysical Sciences at Princeton University in 1985. In 1997, she became an interdisciplinary professor of ceramic, earth, and environmental materials chemistry at the University of California at Davis, and in 2001 she was appointed the Edward Roessler Chair in Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Her research interests have centered on relating microscopic features of structure and bonding to macroscopic thermodynamic behavior in minerals, ceramics, and other complex materials. She has made
contributions to mineral thermodynamics; mantle mineralogy and high-pressure phase transitions; silicate melt and glass thermodynamics; order–disorder in spinels; framework silicates and other oxides; ceramic processing; oxide superconductors; nanophase oxides, zeolites, nitrides, and perovskites; and the general problem of structure-energy property systematics. The main technical area of her laboratory is high-temperature reaction calorimetry.

The Rossini award is presented at the Biennial IUPAC Conference on Chemical Thermodynamics, where the recipient delivers the Rossini Lecture (see ICCT announcement p. 40). Recipients in the past decade have been Robert A. Alberty (1996), Stanley I. Sandler (1998), William A. Wakeham (2000), John M. Prausnitz (2002), and Jean-Pierre E. Grolier (2004).


For more about IACT, see CI, Jan-Feb 2004; for more about the Rossini lecture, see CI, Mar-Apr 2003.


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