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AkzoNobel, American Chemical Society Honor Chemist with Inaugural North America Science Award

January 31, 2013

AkzoNobel and the American Chemical Society (ACS) announced Carnegie Mellon University Professor Krzysztof (Kris) Matyjaszewski, Ph.D. as the winner of the inaugural AkzoNobel North America Science Award for his cutting-edge polymer chemistry research.

The AkzoNobel North America Science Award was created to recognize outstanding scientific contributions by an individual in the fields of chemistry and materials research conducted in the U.S. or Canada. The AkzoNobel Science Award was first presented in the Netherlands in 1970 and then extended to Sweden (1999), China (2010) and the U.K. (2012).

AkzoNobel established the North America award in 2012 in collaboration with ACS to recognize individuals helping to create a more sustainable future through scientific research. The company has a deep commitment to sustainability and has integrated it into every area of its business.

“We have honored individuals for their innovative contributions to scientific research for more than 40 years with the AkzoNobel Science Award,” said Graeme Armstrong, executive committee Member for research, development andinnovation for AkzoNobel. “We are privileged to recognize Professor Matyjaszewski and will continue to acknowledge those who are undertaking big, innovative research that can deliver Tomorrow’s Answers Today.”

From his discovery of the atom radical transfer polymerization (ARTP), an innovative process of the way macromolecules are made, to educating students and industrial scientists on the new procedures for the polymeric material development, Professor Matyjaszewski continues dedicating his efforts to deliver leading-edge research that will help advance the field of polymer chemistry. Polymer chemistry, also known as macromolecular chemistry, is the area of chemistry that generates advances in everyday products and materials such as building materials, furniture, paints and plastics.

Matyjaszewski will receive a $75,000 cash award and a certificate of recognition. He will be officially honored for his achievements at the ACS 245th National Meeting and Exposition, held April 7-11 in New Orleans, LA.