Small award

Chemist Yuri Lvov of Louisiana Tech's Institute for Micromanufacturing is Small Times' 2007 Innovator of the Year. Lvov's work has several very disparate applications. For instance, he has pioneered drug reformulation using polyelectrolyte nano-capsules, for stabilizing anticancer drugs. He has also used the same approach to improve cellulose microfibers from recycled paper through polyelectrolyte nanocoating, to boost quality. Lvov, who holds the Tolbert Pipes Eminent Endowed Chair on micro and nanosystems, said while he felt this achievement was a summation of his work, he expects to continue his research for many years. "Of course, I hope to do something more," Lvov said, "Many, many people were considered. This award means Louisiana researchers are moving forward."