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Dhanesh Chandra Named 2013 University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor.

UNR Professor Dhanesh Chandra recognized at Honor the Best ceremony for outstanding research and teaching achievements.

Prof. Chandra, a metallurgical and materials professor at the College of Engineering, is an international researcher known for his work on X-ray diffraction and hydrogen storage.   He was chosen by faculty peers and University Foundation members and will receive an annual stipend for three years to further his professional endeavors. 

The Foundation Professor award was established in 1983 to recognize and salute University professors for their exemplary achievements. Recipients are selected by a committee of faculty peers and Foundation members and chaired by the University provost. They receive an annual stipend for three years to further their professional endeavors and their names will be engraved in the granite pillars of the University’s Honor Court. 

Since joining the University’s faculty in 1987, he has built a well-respected laboratory for the University utilizing thermodynamic and crystallographic modeling to guide his research. He has published more than 95 peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings and has edited three books. Chandra’s research is in the advanced areas of energy storage and conservation; such as low pressure solid state hydrogen storage, organic crystals for thermal energy storage and others. He has completed several research projects for federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Defense. 

He was awarded the Mackay School of Mines Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991 and the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award in 2000. 

“Dhanesh has brought a number of advanced laboratory facilities to the University, which are used by his post-doctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students,” said Alan Fuchs, chair of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. “The state-of-the-art instruments make his laboratory one of the most advanced X-ray facilities at the University and put him in a good position for strong collaborations with U.S. Department of Energy.” 

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