Peppas Awarded Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ljubljana

Professor Nicholas Peppas and President of the Republic of Slovenia Dr. Danilo Turk at the honorary doctorate ceremony in SloveniaNicholas A. Peppas, chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and professor of chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and pharmacy, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Ljubljana Dec. 4 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Attendees of the official ceremony included the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr.  Danilo Türk, the President of the Slovenian Academy of Science, Prof. Jože Trontelj, and the Rector of the university, Prof. Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik. Other honorary doctorates included Donald Dublin, professor of statistics at Harvard University, and Adam Michnik, a Polish historian, essayist, and former dissident.

Peppas is considered the leading researcher in the field of biomaterials, drug delivery and controlled release. His leadership in these fields has led to numerous biomedical products and devices. The Korsmeyer-Peppas equation, the basic theoretical model for controlled release systems, is one is his most important developments to date. In 2007 Peppas received the Career Research Excellence Award from the University of Texas and has been awarded more than 100 international awards.

The University of Ljubljana is the oldest university in Slovenia and one of the top institutions in Eastern Europe. Founded in 1919, the university is based in the capital city of Ljubljana, and “provides instruction and training to prominent scientists and experts, capable of leading sustainable development, with a view to respecting the legacy of European enlightenment and humanism as well as human rights,” according to their website.

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