Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division

2001 Awardees for the Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering, sponsored by the Eastman Kodak Company

 

 Prof. Anne Hiltner, Dr. Steve Chum

 

Prof. Anne Hiltner of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Dr. Steve Chum of Polyolefins R&D of The Dow Chemical Company are winners of the 2001 Award for Cooperative Research in Polymer Science and Engineering presented by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE). The award was announced by Dr. Loren Hill, Chairman of the PMSE Cooperative Research Award Committee. It has been presented yearly since 1992, when it was endowed by a gift from the Eastman Kodak Company to PMSE.

The 2001 award is based on joint research between Dr. Hiltner, Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Polymer Research at CWRU, and Dr. Chum, a Research Fellow at Dow, that was initiated in 1992 with a goal of understanding structure/property relationships of new polyolefin copolymers made possible by use of Dow metallocene catalysts, which are also referred to as single-site, constrained geometry catalysts. New copolymers of ethylene with styrene and ethylene with octene have been studied. Introduction of styrene reduces the crystallinity characteristic of polyethylene such that the crystalline/amorphous ratio can be controlled in copolymers of various monomer ratios. Detailed analyses of the effects of copolymer structure variation on both linear and nonlinear viscoelastic behavior have been published recently. Collaboration has resulted in seventeen joint publications. Evaluators of the nomination were impressed by the scientific contributions of this work and by commercial successes stimulated by the joint effort.

Professor Hiltner has long been an effective leader of cooperative university/industry applied research. She was one of the first Directors of a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), and she is currently the longest serving I/UCRC Director. Dr. Chum is recognized in academia and industry as an authority on semi-crystalline polymer systems. Among his honors are the ACS Brazosport Section award for scientific achievement and recognition as a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

The awards, which each include a $1500 prize, will be presented at PMSE's awards luncheon at the Spring 2001 American Chemical Society meeting in San Diego.

For more information, contact Dr. Loren Hill, Chairman, PMSE Cooperative Research Award Committee, Telephone: 413-596-4463, lorenwhill@msn.com.

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