Student from The U recognized for precious metals research

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Harrison Kibombo, a Ph.D. student at The University of South Dakota, is the recipient of a 2010 International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) Student Award for his research in the area of precious metals chemistry.

A native of Uganda, Kibombo will receive his award along with a prize of $4,000 at the IPMI’s annual meeting in Tucson, Ariz., this weekend. Kibombo was selected for his relevant research dealing with “Photocatalytic Reduction and Recovery of Precious Metals by Hydrothermally Synthesized Titanium-Silica Mixed Oxides Nanoparticles.”

Kibombo, pursuing research in the group of Dr. Ranjit Koodali of the USD Department of Chemistry, is one of five to receive IPMI Student Awards, which are a series of annual cash awards recognizing the work of undergraduate and graduate students in the field of precious metals. Other 2010 recipients include students from Penn State University, San Diego State University, Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For more information about the 2010 International Precious Metals Institute Distinguished Achievement and Student Awards program, go to www.ipmi.org/awards/index.cfm. More information about the USD Department of Chemistry is also available on the Web at www.usd.edu/chemistry.