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Science & Technology Award Americas

Awarded annually and open to PhD students, this award is about recognizing and rewarding excellence in innovative PhD research in polymer technology. The award will be presented at the Fall National ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) Meeting in Boston (MA), U.S. on Wednesday, 22 August 2018. Please note: the call for nominations has now closed.
DSM Science & Technology Award Americas

2018 theme: Hybrid Polymer Materials in Emerging Applications

The theme for the 2018 award is Hybrid Polymer Materials in Emerging Applications. Nominations had to relate to PhD research on topics including but not limited to synthesis, characterization and material property assessment of multicomponent polymer systems enabling advanced functions in all applications. For example, multi component polymer systems and nanocomposites; liquid crystal polymer composites; graphene polymer composites; organosilicon hybrid polymers and networks and polymer-decorated nanoparticles. The nominees will be judged based on both the connection to the theme and the quality of the scientific research.

As in previous years, we have teamed up with the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) to invite nominations for this year’s award which forms part of DSM’s Bright Science Awards program. Nominations were open to current PhD student and those who recently obtained their PhD at a university in Americas.

Previous winner

In 2017 we granted the award to Catherine Mulzer from Cornell University, USA, for her research on Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) as a technology platform for energy storage.

The Prize

The winner will receive €5,000 in cash and the three runners-up will each a €1,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominations were open to current PhD students and those who recently obtained their PhD at a university in the Americas.
  • Candidates could not have defended their PhD thesis before 1 January 2017.
  • The nominated work had to be focused on innovative research - fundamental or applied - in the general area of Hybrid Polymer Materials in Emerging Technologies, as described above.

Selection and Judging

From the total number of nominations now received, four candidates will be selected for the final judging round that will take place on Tuesday, 21 August 2018 at the Fall American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Boston (MA), US. These four candidates will be invited to present their research results in a short lecture during a special DSM - ACS POLY Symposium to be held at this ACS Meeting. A judging committee comprising members from the DSM and ACS POLY community will select the winner at the commencement of the symposium.

Award Presentation

The award will be presented at the Fall National ACS Meeting in Boston (MA) during the regular ACS POLY Award Reception on Wednesday, 22 August 2018. Each of the four finalists will receive $1,000 to cover associated travel and conference registration costs.


  • Candidates had to be nominated by their PhD supervisors (one nominee per supervisor). Nominations had to be accompanied by the following supporting documents:
  • A graphical abstract (defined by POLY) of the candidate’s lecture topic.
  • A list of all accepted publications including DOI.
  • Copies of key publications (maximum 3) in full length (not including supplementary files).
  • The candidate’s complete curriculum vitae, including (expected) date of PhD defense.
  • A personal letter of recommendation prepared by the PhD supervisor.

Nominations are now closed.