AkzoNobel North America Science Award

Sponsor: AkzoNobel

Purpose: To recognize outstanding scientific contributions in the fields of chemistry or materials science, carried out in the U.S. or Canada. The winner will have accomplished significant advances in one or more of the areas described below (see Eligibility), and the findings should have proven potential, significant sustainable, societal and/or user benefits.

Nature: The AkzoNobel North America award winner will receive a cash prize of $75,000 and an ACS certificate of recognition. The winner will receive up to $2,500 in reimbursements for travel expenses to attend the meeting at which the award will be presented. The award is presented biennially in odd-numbered years at the ACS Spring national meeting.

Eligibility: Guided by the principles and practices of sustainable chemistry, the award is made for scientific research in one of the following fields of the chemical or materials sciences:

  • The design and development of new routes for the synthesis and transformation of molecules (including monomers, oligomers and polymers); methods for their assembly into macromolecular structures; the modification and functionalization of polymers; and the understanding and control of the composition, architecture, stereochemistry and functionality of macromolecular systems.
  • Understanding of the micro- and nano-structures of materials which determine their morphological, mechanical, thermal, electronic, optical and transport properties; and the design, creation and processing of complex fluids and ‘soft’ solids derived from an understanding of the colloid science, rheology and molecular associations of the systems involved.
  • The adaptation of chemical transformations and their translation from the laboratory bench into production-scale processes; and the development and optimization of unit operations such as mixing, dispersion, emulsification, separation, purification as well as methods for modeling and controlling unit operations and overall processes.
  • Developments in the use of physical, chemical, and biological techniques and methods to characterize and understand the composition, structure and performance of materials, chemical products and processes.

The nominee will be recognized for acknowledged work completed in the U.S. or Canada. The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background.

Establishment & Support: AkzoNobel established support for the award in 2012. This award is independent of the ACS National Awards, so nominees will be eligible to win both the AkzoNobel North America Science Award and an ACS National Award in the same year.

Selection Process: Independent from AkzoNobel, the ACS President-Elect will assemble a five-member selection committee, composed of individuals having requisite scientific expertise to determine the impact that the nominee’s research has made in chemical or materials sciences and assure appropriate selection of the recipient for the award. A minimum of five nominations must be received by the deadline for a recipient to be identified.

Announcement: The AkzoNobel North America Science Award was officially launched on March 27, 2012, with a press conference at the ACS’s 243rd National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego. For more information about the award, its tradition and past recipients, visit www.AkzoNobel.com/scienceaward.

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