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Materials Americas

Science & Technology Award Americas

Awarded annually and open to PhD students, this award is about recognizing and rewarding excellence in innovative PhD research in polymer technology. The award will be presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) national meeting, from 25-28 August 2019, in San Diego, California, USA.
From L to R Louis Pitet (Materials Scientist DSM), Dr. Yoonseob Kim (Winner), Diana Gerbi (Chair of the POLY division of the ACS) & Rolf van Benthem (Corporate Science Fellow DSM)

2019 theme: Polymers for a sustainable future

The theme for the 2019 award will be Polymers for a Sustainable Future. The theme spans Nutrition and Health, Climate and Energy, and Resources and Circularity. Submissions may include, and preferably connect synthesis, characterization, engineering, material property assessment and application. Nominees will be judged based on both the connection to the theme and their quality of the scientific research.

As in previous years, we team up with the American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry (ACS Poly). Nominations are open to current PhD students and those who recently obtained their PhD at a university in Americas.

The prize

The award carries a cash prize of $5,000. The three runners-up will each receive $1,000. On top of their prize, all the four finalists will receive an additional $1,000 to cover associated travel and conference registration costs.

Previous winner

In 2018 we granted the award to Yoonseob Kim, from the University of Michigan. Yoonseob was recognized for his research on stretchable electronic and photonic nanocomposites from self-organized nanoparticles. You can read his past winner story here.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominations are open to current PhD students and those who have recently obtained their PhD at a university in the Americas.
  • Candidates must not have defended their PhD thesis before 1 January 2018.
  • The nominated work must involve innovative research (fundamental or applied) in the area of Polymers for a Sustainable Future.

Selection and Judging

From the total number of nominations received, four candidates will be selected for the final judging round that will take place during the American Chemical Society (ACS) national meeting, from 25-28 August 2019, in San Diego, California, USA. These four candidates will be invited to present their research results in a short lecture during a special DSM – ACS POLY Symposium. A judging committee comprising members from DSM and ACS POLY will select and announce the winner at a special award ceremony during the ACS national meeting.

Nomination

  • Candidates must be nominated by their PhD supervisors (one nominee per supervisor).
  • Nominations need to be accompanied by the following documents, combined into a single PDF submission.
  • A graphical abstract of the candidate’s lecture topic.
  • A list of all accepted publications, including DOI.
  • Copies of key publications (max. three) in full length (not including supplementary files).
  • The candidate’s complete curriculum vitae, including (expected) date of PhD defense.
  • A personal letter of recommendation prepared by the PhD supervisor.

Nomination packages must be compiled into a single PDF document and submitted by e-mail to Kathy Mitchem (kathyl@vt.edu) (Subject: DSM Award), who can also be contacted for more information regarding the award.

Closing Date: 15 February 2019

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