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2023 Arthur K. Doolittle Award Winner to Danielle Mai

The Arthur K Doolittle Award recognizes an outstanding talk presented during a PMSE symposium at each of the Fall and Spring ACS National Meetings.  The award has two awardees, one per meeting.  Originally established by the Union Carbide Corporation as the Carbide Award, its name was later changed due to Arthur K. Dootlittle’s contribution to the ACS Division of PMSE, the field of polymeric materials, and financial contributions from royalties of his book, Technology of Solvents and Plasticizers.  All oral PMSE presentations are eligible for nomination by symposium organizers on the basis of content with emphasis on originality, impact, and development of new concepts in polymeric materials. Recipients are selected by an anonymous panel of judges appointed by the PMSE Doolittle Award Committee.  We are pleased to announce the winner of the Doolittle Award from the Spring 2023 ACS meeting, Professor Danielle Mai.

Danielle Mai
Stanford University

“Gelation Dynamics During Photocrosslinking of Polymer Nanocomposite Hydrogels”

Danielle J. Mai is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. She earned her B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois. During her postdoc at MIT, Dr. Mai was named an Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow and ACS PMSE Future Faculty Scholar. The Mai Lab engineers biopolymers, which are the building blocks of life. Specifically, the lab integrates precise biopolymer engineering with multi-scale experimental characterization to advance the development of sustainable materials and to enhance fundamental understanding of soft matter physics. Dr. Mai’s work was recently recognized through the AIChE 35 Under 35 Award (2020), American Physical Society DPOLY/UKPPG Lecture Exchange (2021), and Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award (2022).