CLEMSON — Clemson University professor emeritus Alan Elzerman has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for the class of 2013.

Fellows are selected by their peers for exceptional contributions to their profession and for outstanding service to the ACS community. ACS is a congressionally chartered independent membership organization that represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

Elzerman has devoted his life’s work to developing the science and public policy of environmental chemistry and sharing that knowledge through the classroom and professional service. He taught classes on environmental engineering chemistry, advanced environmental chemistry and introductory environmental science.

Elzerman was chairman of Clemson’s environmental engineering and Earth sciences department for 12 years. He was also the director and principal investigator for Clemson’s Sustainable Universities Initiative (SUI), which encouraged and supported people involved in sustainability activities to make Clemson a model institution. Many of Clemson’s current sustainability initiatives began in SUI.

Elzerman’s research focuses on analyzing the chemicals in environmental systems, such as aquifers, and studying their sources and fate.

Elzerman is a former chairman for the American Chemical Society’s environmental chemistry division, which has more than 5,000 members. He has served on the National Water Quality Task Force, which advised on the monitoring and regulation of drinking water contaminants.

Elzerman holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Williams College and a Ph.D. in water chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

— Samantha Warren


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