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DSM Performance Materials Award 2012 presented to Prof. Geoffrey Coates

June 26th, 2012 ›


Geoffrey Coates (center) flanked by Marcel Wubbolts (left) and Jos PutGeoffrey W. Coates, Tisch University Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (USA), has been awarded the DSM Performance Materials Award 2012 in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the advancement of polymer chemistry and the materials sciences. Professor Coates is one of the world's most original scientists in the fields of polymer chemistry, catalysis and novel materials. In addition to his innovative work in the field of CO2-based chemistry, he has had great success developing advanced catalysts for the synthesis of new polymer architectures.

An international judging committee, chaired by Dr. Joseph Put, former CTO of DSM, selected Professor Coates from among the nominations received via a public call for nominations. Professor Coates received the award from Dr. Marcel Wubbolts, DSM's Chief Technology Officer, at the IUPAC World Polymer Congress 2012 in Blacksburg, Virginia (USA) on June 25. Commenting on this year's award recipient, Dr. Wubbolts said: "It is the work of innovative scientists like Geoffrey Coates that is enabling real advances in science. And these advances are helping us to sustainably fulfill our mission of creating brighter lives for people today and generations to come."

The DSM Performance Materials Award, which was introduced in 2008, forms part of DSM's Bright Science Awards Program and is presented in cooperation with IUPAC, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. DSM grants the award every two years in recognition of scientific work that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the materials sciences.