ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry

Purpose

The ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry recognizes outstanding fundamental contributions and achievements in the field of polymer chemistry.

Honorarium

The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $1,000 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.

Sponsor

The award is sponsored by the ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

Eligibility and Nominations

The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background.  For detailed instructions on how to nominate, please the ACS award page for details.

2018 Award Winner: Dr. Grant Willson

The award is presented by the American Chemical Society, the largest scientific society in the world, and seeks to recognize outstanding fundamental contributions and achievements in the field of polymer chemistry.

Prof. Willson received the award for his research accomplishments and profound discoveries in synthetic methods of unique polymeric materials, which includes the development of a process that is now used to manufacture the world’s microprocessors and memory chips. His work has also helped manufacturers overcome physical obstacles involved in reducing the size of circuits in computer chips and has led to a five-fold increase in storage capacity of hard disk drives. Willson will be honored at the ACS Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in conjunction with the 255th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans.