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Vol. 30 No. 5
September-October 2008

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Craig Hawker Wins DSM Performance Materials Award

Craig J. Hawker, professor of chemistry, biochemistry, and materials, and director of the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, has been awarded the DSM Performance Materials Award 2008 in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the advancement of the materials sciences. Hawker is one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of polymeric performance materials. His fundamental and applied research and his dedication to innovative science have earned him a high reputation and a large following in the academic world.

Craig Hawker (right) receives the award from Professor Joseph Put, Chief Technology Officer of DSM.

An international judging committee, chaired by Joseph Put, chief technology officer of DSM, selected Hawker from among several candidates shortlisted by an international nomination committee. Hawker received the award—which carries a cash prize of
EUR 50 000—from Put at the IUPAC Macro 2008 Congress in Taipei (Taiwan) on 30 June 2008. Speaking on the occasion, Put said “A real paradigm shift took place in synthetic chemistry in the past 15 years, which resulted in the building up of well-defined large functional systems mimicking biological systems. This was made possible by a combination of very well-controlled chemistry, noncovalent interactions and biotechnological approaches. Professor Hawker played a vital role in this development, both by opening up new synthetic pathways and by looking into possible applications in microelectronics and biomedical.”

Craig Hawker was born in Australia, where he received his early education and graduated in chemistry with a First Class Honors degree from the University of Queensland in 1984. He went on to study at Cambridge University in the UK, where in 1988 he obtained his Ph.D. From 1988 to 1990 he worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Cornell University.

Hawker started his professional career as a Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow at the University of Queensland in Australia, a position he held from 1990 to 1993. In 1993 he went to the USA again to take up the position of research staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. Since 2004 he has held his current positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research group there is doing pioneering work on novel polymers and nanostructured materials for application in areas as diverse as electronics and biomedical and has focused on the interface between organic and polymer chemistry with emphasis on the design, synthesis, and application of well-defined macromolecular structures in biotechnology.

Hawker has been honored with a large number of international awards, including the 2000 Young Scientists Award from IUPAC and the 2005 ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science from the American Chemical Society. He is editor of the Journal of Polymer Science Polymer Chemistry and serves as a consultant to many U.S. and international companies.

At the presentation ceremony in Taipei, Hawker gave an award lecture on “Design of Performance Polymers for Microelectronic and Biomedical Applications.”

The DSM Performance Materials Award forms part of DSM’s Innovation Awards Program and was presented for the first time this year in cooperation with IUPAC. DSM grants the award every two years in recognition of scientific work that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the materials sciences, with special emphasis on polymeric materials.

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