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HOECHST CELANESE LAUNCHES MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR EFFORT WITH THREE LEADING RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES

 HOECHST CELANESE LAUNCHES MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR
 EFFORT WITH THREE LEADING RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES
 SOMERVILLE, N.J., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Hoechst Celanese Corporation today announced that it will launch a multi-million dollar collaborative research program with three leading U.S. research universities.
 Participating initially in the Hoechst Celanese program are The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Rutgers University in New Jersey.
 The program provides $1 million to each of the three universities over a three-and-one-half year period to fund a variety of research initiatives with faculty members and outstanding graduate and undergraduate students.
 The program at The University of North Carolina will focus on chemistry and materials and environmental science. At Rutgers, the program will support research primarily in materials science and neuroscience. North Carolina State University will establish a Hoechst Celanese Program in Environmental Science and Technology within the William R. Kenan, Jr. Institute for Engineering Science and Technology.
 "There is a growing interdependence between industry and universities," said Dr. Joseph H. Patterson, Hoechst Celanese Corp. executive vice president. "Companies are not able to develop expertise in every scientific discipline, and the universities have similar difficulty in finding support to develop scientists in a number of fields. This kind of partnership creates tangible benefits for both parties."
 "This multifaceted approach should greatly expand contacts between Hoechst Celanese and Rutgers on all levels for both faculty and graduate and undergraduate students. The funding is much more than a grant for a specific project; rather, it represents a commitment on the part of our two institutions to strengthen interaction for our mutual benefit," said Francis L. Lawrence, Rutgers' president.
 Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, University of North Carolina vice chancellor for research and graduate studies, said she is excited about the partnership and the opportunities it will bring to the university. "This is a very innovative agreement, and I believe it is one that will allow UNC-CH scientists and Hoechst Celanese scientists to get to know each other better and to build collaborations," Coleman said.
 Dr. Harold B. Hopfenberg, Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of the Kenan Institute at NCSU, said, "This new Hoechst Celanese Program at NCSU represents an enlightened respect for the prerogatives of the university scholar by Hoechst Celanese, and we're grateful to their management for their understanding, generosity, and their unconditional commitment to fund this initiative for at least three-and-one-half years."
 He added that the funds will allow NCSU to undertake major initiatives in environmental research as part of an anticipated university emphasis in those areas.
 The partnership at the University of North Carolina and Rutgers University will feature several key programs:
 -- The Innovative Research Program will provide funding to support exploratory research initiatives in broad areas of scientific interest.
 -- Hoechst Celanese Young Faculty Support will provide seed money to faculty members early in their careers to do research in chemistry, neurosciences, environmental sciences, computer science and applied science.
 -- Topical Workshops will encourage scientific interaction between the university and Hoechst Celanese scientists. These sessions should result in collaborative research efforts.
 -- The Seminar Exchange is designed to provide seminar speakers between the universities and Hoechst Celanese in research fields of common interest.
 -- Minority/Female Scholarships will be awarded each year to minority and female students for studies in scientific disciplines important to Hoechst Celanese.
 -- Hoechst Celanese Excellence Awards will be made annually to recognize outstanding research by graduate and undergraduate students.
 The program at North Carolina State University will support 10 Kenan fellowships and provide discretionary support for faculty directing 10 research projects addressing a wide range of environmental problems that include air pollution, water pollution, groundwater pollution and treatment of industrial effluent.
 Among the projects to be undertaken at NCSU are: modeling of artificial wetlands and bioremediation for advanced wastewater treatment, photocatalytic air purification, integration chemical water treatment, development of high performance polymer membranes for removing organic vapors from the air, removal and reuse of textile dyes and chemicals from wastewater effluents, and the development of special bimetallic catalysts for application in cleaning the environment.
 Hoechst Celanese Corp. is a Fortune 100 company with annual sales of about $6.8 billion. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hoechst AG of Frankfurt, Germany. Hoechst AG and its affiliates constitute the Hoechst Group, one of the world's largest multinationals, comprising more than 250 companies in about 120 nations. Hoechst Celanese has leading positions in chemicals, fibers and film, advanced materials and technologies, and the life sciences.
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