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Science & Technology Award Americas

Royal DSM and ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) invite nominations for the DSM Science & Technology Award 2018. The Award accompanies a cash prize of $5,000. This prestigious award has been established to recognize and reward excellence in innovative PhD research related to polymer science and technology.
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 must 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. 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 are open to current PhD student and those who have 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 are open to current PhD students and those who have recently obtained their PhD at a university in the Americas.
  • Candidates must not have defended their PhD thesis before 1 January 2017.
  • The nominated work must 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 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 Washington DC 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 must be nominated by their PhD supervisors (one nominee per supervisor). Nominations need to be accompanied by the following supporting documents, combined into a single PDF submission.
  • 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.

Nomination packages must be compiled into a single PDF document and submitted by e-mail to Kathy Mitchem who can also be contacted for more information regarding the award.

Closing Date: 15 February 2018