Geoffrey 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.
Photo: Geoff (center) with DSM CSO Marcel Wubbolts (left) and Jos Put (right)
Geoff has received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, which recognizes pioneering chemical technologies for pollution prevention. Given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the award highlights “scientific solutions to real-world environmental problems,” according to the EPA. Geoff was recognized in the academic category for developing a family of catalysts that convert carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide into polymers.
Photo: Geoff (right) with academic co-awardees Jim Hedrick (left) and Bob Waymouth (center)
Congratulations Yuki Jung for receiving the Bayer Teaching Excellence Award.
Dr. Peter Widger, Dr. Bryan Whiting and Dr. Henry Kostalik earned their PhD degrees and graduated this summer. Pete moved to the Boston area to work at EInk, Bryan moved to Austin to being teaching at Trinity University and Henry moved on to Minneapolis to begin work at 3M.
Christina “C” Cowman and Rachna Khurana passed their A-exams this month making them official PhD candidates.
Dr. Kevin Noonan will be beginning the 2011 Fall semester as a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and Dr. Brian Long will be enjoying the nice weather just south as he begins his career at the University of Tennessee. We look forward to seeing your next publications!
Geoff has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year, along with other well-known folks like Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Cornell’s President Skorton. The new class of academy fellows will be inducted October 1st in Cambridge, Mass. Founded in 1780, the academy is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Congratulations Geoff!