Keith J. Stevenson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, will receive the 2006 Young Investigator Award, presented annually by the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC).

Stevenson received his BA in Chemistry from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington in 1989. Subsequently, he joined ATI Technologies, Inc. as an Analytical Chemist and focused on method development in the environmental testing of soil and water. In 1992, he left industry to pursue a Ph.D. in Physical/Analytical Chemistry at the University of Utah. Working under the direction of Prof. Henry. S. White, his graduate work focused on the development of electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (E-STM) and associated techniques for studying adsorption phenomena at solid/liquid interfaces. In 1997, he moved to Northwestern University to work with Prof. Joseph T. Hupp where his postdoctoral research activities included the study of mesoporous materials, the development of integrated scanning probe and optical imaging techniques, and the improvement of optical-based chemical sensors.

At the University of Texas at Austin, Stevenson's research concentrates on the creation of advanced functional electrode materials, as well as, on new microscopic tools for their characterization. From a more applied standpoint, this information is useful for the design and optimization of superior chemical technologies associated with the areas of chemical sensing, energy storage/conversion, separations, photonics, and device miniaturization. He is a recipient of a NSF CAREER award (2002), the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools New Scholar Award (2004), and is presently the Jack S. Josey Fellow in Energy Studies. He is also a member of the Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology and the Texas Materials Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.