ACS Global Outstanding Student and Mentor Awards in Polymer Science and Engineering Sponsored by CME

Purpose

The purpose of the award is to disseminate globally the latest knowledge of polymer research and to recognize at the ACS national meeting not just two winning students, one from USA and one from anywhere in the world, but also their mentors. Sponsored by the Chemical Marketing & Economics, Inc. (CME), the Awards co-organized by CME and the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division of the American Chemical Society recognize graduate students within one year to graduation or a recent graduate who has completed an outstanding thesis in polymer research accepted by a university during the three-year period prior to January 1 of the award year.

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Each of the two student award winners will receive a $7,500 cash prize and a commemorative plaque to be presented at the CME Symposium, and when possible in the PMSE Division Awards Reception, in the selected ACS National Meeting of the Award year. The mentor of the student will receive a plaque and be recognized in the promotional materials. The Award does not cover any expenses for the student or mentor who attend the meeting. An eligible mentor is the thesis advisor, the department chair, the university president, or an officer of the country’s chemical society. 

History

The inaugural Award was presented on April 1, 2019 as part of the 3rd CME NASA Symposium at the ACS 2019 Spring National Meeting. The next award is planned for the ACS Fall National Meeting in 2021. For more information on the symposiums go to: www.cme-stem.org

Nomination Process

The students and mentors to be recognized must have made significant contributions to polymer science and engineering. There are no fees to make a nomination. Present members of the Board of Directors of CME and PMSE, or the award selection committee members, and their respective staff and contractors, are ineligible for this award. The award committee of PMSE will select the recipient.

Nominations must be made by the university thesis supervisor or by others familiar with the nominee’s work. Nominating documents must be in English and include the nominee’s biography (full CV), a synopsis of the work, a letter of recommendation from the thesis advisor, up to two supporting documents (e.g. additional letters of recommendation from collaborators or thesis-relevant publications), and a passport valid for two years and eligibility for USA entry visa. Nominees will be judged by a selection committee for the quality and the impact of the research. 

A PDF file of the nomination package should be sent via email by October 31 prior to the award year to Honggang Cui at hcui6@jhu.edu (email). For more information, please contact: Honggang Cui, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 221 Maryland Hall, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, United States. Phone: +001-(410)-516-6878

Deadline for Application

October 31, 2020 – for consideration of the 2020 Award to be presented in the 262nd ACS National Meeting (Atlanta, GA)

October 31, 2021 – for consideration of the 2021 Award to be presented in the 263rd ACS National Meeting (San Diego, CA)

2021 Award Winner

The ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) and the Chemical Marketing & Economics Topical Group of the American Chemical Society (CME), are proud to announce the winners of the ACS Global Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Polymer Science and Engineering and the ACS Global Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in Polymer Science and Engineering.  The winners and their mentors will present their work at the “POLY: Fourth CME NASA Symposium: Chemistry for Resilient Human Space Exploration,” and will be recognized at the symposium afternoon session on August 23, 2021 (registration: www.cme-stem.org) as well as acknowledged at the PMSE/POLY Plenary Lecture and Awards Reception on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

Dr. Austin M. Evans

Austin M. Evans is currently exploring the interface of chemistry and physics as a postdoctoral research scientist working under the guidance of Latha Venkataraman and Colin Nuckolls at Columbia University. Austin completed his Ph.D. as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Northwestern University with William R. Dichtel, where he studied the polymerization of macromolecular sheets. Austin is passionate about scientific mentorship, which drove his multi-year involvement in the MORE@NU mentoring program.

Dr. Evans will present his work, “Two-Dimensional Polymers and Their Applications” in the “POLY: Fourth CME NASA Symposium: Chemistry for Resilient Human Space Exploration,” at the upcoming ACS meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Adam’s mentor is Professor William Ditchel.

Professor William Ditchel

Prof. William (Will) Ditchel was born in Houston, Texas, but spent most of his impressionable years growing up in Roanoke, Virginia. He was an undergraduate student at MIT, then earned his PhD at UC-Berkeley under the supervision of Prof. Jean M. J. Fréchet. He next moved to Los Angeles for a joint postdoctoral appointment with Prof. Fraser Stoddart, then at UCLA, and Prof. Jim Heath, then at Caltech. Prof. Dichtel began his independent career in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University in 2008 and moved to Northwestern University in the summer of 2016 as the Robert L. Letsinger Professor of Chemistry.

Prof. Ditchel will present his work, “Synthesis Supramolecular Polymerization of Nanotubes Based on Protonation-Induced Assembly of Macrocycles” in the “POLY: Fourth CME NASA Symposium: Chemistry for Resilient Human Space Exploration,” at the upcoming ACS meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Prof. Ditchel’s mentee is Dr. Austin Evans.

Dr. Qi Zhang

Dr. Zhang obtained his BSc (2015) and PhD degree (2020) at East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST, Shanghai, China). He completed his PhD thesis about dynamic supramolecular materials in the group of Prof. He Tian (ECUST), which was awarded as the winner of IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists in 2020. In Nov. 2019, he joined the Feringa group as a visiting researcher and started his postdoc position since May, 2020. He will continue to pursue the intriguing chemistry of disulfide polymers in Feringa group under the funding of Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship.

Dr. Zhang will present his work, “The road to intrinsically dynamic materials: disulfide chemistry as a solution” in the “POLY: Fourth CME NASA Symposium: Chemistry for Resilient Human Space Exploration,” at the upcoming ACS meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Zhang’s mentor is Professor He Tian and his Co-Mentor is Professor Ben Feringa.

Professor He Tian

Prof. He Tian is member of the Chinese Academy of Science and Fellow of the TWAS – the World Academy of Science – for the advancement of science in developing countries. His current research interests include supramolecular machines and switches and development of interdisciplinary material science that determine the electronic and optical properties of materials. He serves now as Vice President of Chinese Chemical Society. Prof. Tian is now Associate Editors of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces and Science China: Chem. He has been listed as a Highly Cited Researcher in Chemistry (2014-2020 by Web of Science).

Prof. Tian will present his work, “Dynamic Assembling for Smart Materials” in the “POLY: Fourth CME NASA Symposium: Chemistry for Resilient Human Space Exploration,” at the upcoming ACS meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Prof. Tian’s mentee is Dr. Qi Zhang.

Professor Ben L. Feringa

Prof. Ben L. Feringa obtained his PhD degree at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands under the guidance of Professor Hans Wynberg. After working as a research scientist at Shell in the Netherlands and the UK, he was appointed in 1988 full professor at the University of Groningen and named the Jacobus H. van’t Hoff Distinguished Professor of Molecular Sciences in 2004. He was elected Foreign Honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is member and vice-president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. In 2008 he was appointed Academy Professor and was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands. In 2016 he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on molecular machines development. His research interests includes stereochemistry, organic synthesis, asymmetric catalysis, optopharma, molecular switches and motors, self-assembly and molecular nanosystems..

Prof. Feringa will present his work, “Molecular Motors for Responsive Materials” in the “POLY: Fourth CME NASA Symposium: Chemistry for Resilient Human Space Exploration,” at the upcoming ACS meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Prof. Feringa’s mentee is Dr. Qi Zhang.

2019 Award Winner

The ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering and the Chemical Marketing & Economics Topical Group of the American Chemical Society (CME), are proud to announce the winners of the ACS Global Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Polymer Science and Engineering and the ACS Global Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in Polymer Science and Engineering.  The winners and their mentors will present their work at the “Third ACS NASA Symposium:  Chemistry for Humanity’s Next Leap,” and will be acknowledged at the PMSE/POLY Plenary Lecture and Awards Reception scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Seunghyun Sim

Dr. Seunghyun Sim graduated from Seoul National University with B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biological Sciences in 2012.  She conducted her doctoral research with professor Takuzo Aida at the University of Tokyo and received her M.Eng. and Ph.D. in 2017.  Her thesis work focused on engineering protein-based supramolecular nanostructures and functions.  She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at California Institute of Technology in the laboratory of Professir David A. Tirrell.  Her current research interests include engineering composite biomaterial with supramolecular protein polymers produced by living bacterial cells. In 2018, Dr. Sim was selected as the inaugeral class of “PMSE Future Faculty Scholars” and presented her work at the Boston ACS meeting.

Dr. Sim will present her work, “Engineering self-assembly of protein polymers for functional materials” in the “Third ACS NASA Symposium, Chemistry for Humanity’s Next Leap,” at the upcoming ACS meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Sim’s mentor is Professor Takuzo Aida.

Dr. Seunghyun Sim

Prof. Takuzo Aida

Prof. Takuzo Aida received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 1984, afterwords beginning his  academic career there.  In 1996, he was promoted to full professor and currently serves as Deputy Director for Riken Center for Emergent Matter Science at the University of Tokyo. He has received numerous awards for his work in polymer chemistry, including the “ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry” (2009), the “Purple Ribbon” (2010), the “Fujiwara Prize” (2011), the “Alexander von Humboldt Research Award” (2011), the “Leo Esaki Prize” (2015), the “Chirality Medal” (2017) and the “Japan Academy Prize” (2018).

Prof. Aida will present his work, “Particular noncovalent bondings for self-healable materials” in the “Third ACS NASA Symposium, Chemistry for Humanity’s Next Leap,” at the upcoming ACS meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Prof. Takuzo Aida

Bas van Genabeek

Bas van Genabeek obtained his M. Sc. degree (cum laude) in Chemical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2014. During his studies, he was awarded the “Young Talent Award” by the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities and the “Unilever Research Prize” for the best master thesis. In 2018, he finished his Ph.D. research on the synthesis and study of the phase behavior of block co-oligomers with no chain length distribution in the laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry at the TU/e, under supervision of Prof. Egbert (Bert) Willem Meijer and Prof. Anja Palmans. During his Ph.D. research, Bas was awarded the “Dutch Polymer Days Plenary Lecture Award”, the “Best Oral Presentation” at the Emerging Polymer Technologies Summit in Melbourne (2nd place) and the “LANXESS Talent Award” (DWI / RWTH Aachen). Currently, he is employed as a synthetic organic chemist for contract research organization SyMO-Chem in Eindhoven.

Dr. van Genabeek will present his work, “Dispersity under scrutiny: Exploring limits in block copolymer self-assembly” in the “Third ACS NASA Symposium, Chemistry for Humanity’s Next Leap,” at the upcoming ACS meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. van Genabeek’s mentor is Professor E. W. (Bert) Meijer.

Bas van Genabeek

Professor E. W. (Bert) Meijer

Prof. Meijer is a Distinguished University Professor in the Molecular Sciences, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and co-director of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Groningen with Hans Wynberg, he worked for 10 years in industry (Philips and DSM). In 1991, he was appointed as full professor of Organic Chemistry at TU/e and in 1999 in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.  Prof. Meijer is adjunct professor of Macromolecular Chemistry at Radboud University Nijmegen (since 1994) and distinguished visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 2008. Prof. Meijer is a member of many editorial advisory boards, including Advanced Materials and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Bert Meijer has received a number of awards, including the “Spinoza Award” (2001), the “ACS Award for Polymer Chemistry” (2006), the “AkzoNobel Science Award” (2010), the “International Award of the Society of Polymer Science Japan” (2011), the “Cope Scholar Award of the ACS” (2012), the “Prelog Medal” (2014), the “Nagoya Gold Medal” (2017) and the “Chirality Medal” (2018). He is a member of a number of academies and societies, including the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science, where he was appointed to Academy Professor in 2014.

Prof. Meijer will present his work, “Supramolecular polymerizations:  Chirality as a muse” in the “Third ACS NASA Symposium, Chemistry for Humanity’s Next Leap,” at the upcoming ACS meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Professor E. W. (Bert) Meijer