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ESF Researchers Honored As Inventors

Dr. Israel Cabasso, Dr. Robert LaLonde, Mianji Zhang


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Three researchers from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) were among the inventors and entrepreneurs honored recently by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York.

The three were honored during a dinner that revolved around the theme of "Ideas-Innovation-Invention."

Dr. Israel Cabasso and Dr. Robert LaLonde were among 22 SUNY faculty members cited as outstanding inventors. They were honored because they received multiple patents, their inventions brought in considerable licensing income, or their inventions are seen as significant in other ways.
Cabasso is a professor of chemistry and director of the recently dedicated Michael M. Szwarc Polymer Research Institute at ESF. He holds 25 patents. For the past 12 years, his work has focused heavily on the development of applied electrochemistry, primarily for energy production and storage. Cabasso’s research has covered a wide range of polymer membrane science and technology and he has made significant contributions to the development of reverse osmosis (for example, desalination of water), ion exchangers, kidney dialysis, gaseous and organic liquids separations, and fuel cells.

LaLonde is an expert in the chemistry of natural products. He has received three patents for discoveries concerning the transformations of various natural, small molecules into new molecular structure types that have potential for use in drugs used in the control of cancer and fungal diseases.

Mianji Zhang, a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Chemistry. Zhang, who is doing research in LaLonde’s laboratory, is a co-inventor in one of LaLonde’s projects. Zhang was among the inventors honored for receiving their first patents in 2001.