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Dr. Andrew Klein, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has passed away.

Dr. Andrew Klein, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, passed away on Sunday March 8, 2015 after a protracted battle against cancer. He was 78 years old. "Andy", as he was popularly referred to by colleagues and friends, was born in Hungary. He received his BS in Chemistry from City College New York in 1961, his MS in Physical Chemistry from Steven Institute of Technology in 1965 and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He worked with National Starch and later with GAF Corporation as Research and Development Manager and joined Lehigh University in 1979. He was a core member of Lehigh's interdisciplinary Emulsion Polymers Institute.

His research interests included colloid and surface chemical aspects of heterogeneous polymerization kinetics, related thermodynamics, engineering and applications. Specifically, he and his students investigated emulsion polymer morphology and scale-up of mixing in latex manufacturing.

In an academic career spanning 36 years, Andy advised or co-advised a total of 36 PhD students, 8 MS students, and numerous postdoctoral scholars and undergraduate students in his research program. Andy actively participated in the research programs of the Emulsion Polymers Institute and taught special topics in the annual short course on Emulsion Polymerization offered in the summer at Lehigh and in Davos, Switzerland. His research resulted in 125 publications and various conference proceedings and abstracts.

Andy is survived by his wife Virginia, son Earl, daughter Holly and grand children.

 

Posted March 12, 2015

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