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Science & Technology Award Americas

Awarded annually and open to PhD students, this award is about recognizing and rewarding excellence in innovative PhD research in polymer technology. The chosen field for 2017 is Advanced Polymers in Energy Storage Applications. Nominations have now closed.
DSM Science & Technology Award Americas

This year we have teamed up with the American Chemical Society (ACS) to invite nominations for the 2017 DSM Science & Technology Award Americas.

Nominations must relate to PhD research on topics including but not limited to polymers as components enabling advanced function in batteries and supercapacitors. For example, polymers and composites for solid electrolyte membranes, battery separators, electrode materials, or dielectric barriers are all relevant. Nominees will be judged based on both the connection to the theme and the quality of the scientific research.

Nominations are now closed.

Past winners

In 2016 we granted the award to Deborah Schneiderman for her PhD research on High Performance Degradable Polymers from Renewable Resources, which she conducted at the University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry, under the supervision of Marc A. Hillmyer.

Nominations are now closed.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must not have defended their PhD thesis before 1 January 2016.

The nominated work must be focused on innovative research – fundamental or applied – in the general area of Advanced Polymers in Energy Storage Applications.

Candidates must be nominated by their PhD supervisors (one nominee per supervisor). Nominations need to be accompanied by the following supporting documents, combined into a single PDF submission:

  • A graphical abstract (defined by POLY) of the candidate’s lecture topic.
  • A list of all accepted publications including DOI.
  • Copies of key publications (maximum 3) in full length (not including supplementary files).
  • The candidate’s complete curriculum vitae, including [expected] date of PhD defense.
  • A personal letter of recommendation prepared by the PhD supervisor.


The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000, each of the 3 finalists will receive a cash prize of $1,000 (tax-included).

Pre-selection and Judging procedure

From the total number of nominations received, four candidates will be selected to present their research during the DSM satellite symposium that will take place on Tuesday 22 August 2017 at the Fall ACS National Meeting in Washington DC.

These four candidates will be invited to present their research results in a short lecture during a special DSM – ACS POLY Symposium to be held at this ACS Meeting. A judging committee comprising members from the DSM and ACS POLY community will select the winner at the commencement of the symposium.

It is compulsory that all finalists attend the above-mentioned congress and seminar to present their research, in person, during the special DSM-ACS Symposium.

The Winner

The award will be presented at the Fall National ACS Meeting in Washington DC during the regular ACS POLY Award Reception on Wednesday 23 August 2017.