Akron, Ohio--The ACS Rubber Division has named five winners of its science and technology awards, but for the second consecutive year selected no recipient for its highest honor, the Charles Goodyear Medal. The five award winners will be honored at the Rubber Division's 2005 spring 167th Technical Meeting in San Antonio Texas from 16 to 18 May, 2005. The winners are:
Dr. Kenneth Castner, Senior R&D Associate for The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, will receive the Melvin Mooney Distinguished Technology Award, Dr. Castner is particularly noted for his pioneering work in the area of nickel catalysed diene polymerisation for the synthesis of high cis-polybutadiene.
Dr. Mark Foster, Professor at the University of Akron, will receive the Sparks-Thomas Award, Dr. Foster is known for his pioneering work on polymer interdiffusion and the development of X-ray reflectometry, neutron reflectometry and scanning probe microscopy techniques to study interfaces and adhesion.
Dr. Richard Farris, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will receive the George S. Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research, Dr. Farris is known for his extraordinary teaching skills and research such as his experimental contributions involving highly filled systems where his suspension rheology experiments delineated a phenomenon known as the Farris Effect.
Dr. Renato Caretta, Senior VP and Director of Advance Research at Pirelli Pneumatici S. p. A., will receive the Fernley H. Banbury Award. Among his many innovations is a total manufacturing system for tyres, encompassing continuous compound mixing and processing equipment, software to manage all aspects and a tyre manufacturing system called Modular Integrated Robotized System.
Dr. Maria Ellul, Chief Scientist for Advanced Elastomer Systems LP, will receive the Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award, Dr. Ellul is highly recognized for identifying the synthesis of new EDPMs, polypropylenes and plastisers for thermoplastic elastomers and for developing new thermoplastic vulcanisate blends that are commercially used today.
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