Dr. Jiri Janata, professor of materials science and bioengineering at the University of Utah, has been awarded the Heyrovsky Medal from the International Society of Electro-Chemistry at its 1990 Congress in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Janata was honored for research excellence. The award was established in honor of Professor Jaroslav Heyrovsky, winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Janata studied under Heyrovsky at Charles University in Prague.In addition to his joint professorships, Janata is director of the U.'s HEDCO Microengineering Facility in the College of Engineering. The laboratory supports a wide range of research projects in micromachining, the fabrication of complex integrated circuits and the processing of new materials.

Janata specializes in electroanalytical chemistry and the development of chemical-sensing probes known as CHEMFETs, or chemically sensitive field effect transistors. His work involves the merging of two advanced technologies: solid-state integrated circuits and electrochemistry.

A native of Podebrady, Czechoslovakia, Janata joined the U. faculty in 1973. He previously worked for ICI, Ltd. in England, and taught at Charles University in Prague, where he graduated summa cum laude with a master's degree in 1961 and a Ph.D. in 1965.