By Cameron Chai
AkzoNobel has partnered with the American Chemical Society to launch a new science award in order to honor researchers at research institutes and universities, who play a significant role in materials science and chemistry research.
The AksoNobel North America Science Award has been instated in order to honor excellent scientific research work by scientists in the areas of materials research and chemistry carried out in Canada or the US. The winner of the award will be declared in February 2013 and will be the recipient of a cash award worth $75,000. Nominations will be accepted from March 28 to July 6, 2012 through the ACS website.
The areas of materials science and chemistry covered by this award and the needed funding will be provided by AkzoNobel, while ACS will autonomously manage the award process and choose the award recipient. This partnership between a large global paint and coating company and ACS, a large scientific society, proves how nonprofit organizations and firms can collaborate in order to honor persons who create a sustainable future by scientific research.
The ACS’ 245th National Meeting and Exposition from April 7 to 11, 2013 will witness the award presentation in New Orleans, Louisiana where the ACS honors over 60 engineers and scientists with its national awards numbering around 56.
Certain areas for which the award is administered include development and design of novel routes for the transformation and synthesis of molecules, techniques for assembling the same into macromolecular structures, functionalization and modification of polymers, study in the nano and micro structure of materials, design, development and processing of soft solids and complex fluids etc.