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Science & Technology Award Descriptions & Sponsors

Charles Goodyear Medal

Sponsored by Rubber Division, ACS

  • The purpose of this award is to perpetuate the memory of Charles Goodyear as the discoverer of the vulcanization of rubber by honoring individuals for outstanding invention, innovation or development which has resulted in a significant change or contribution to the nature of the rubber industry.
  • The award consists of $6,000, a gold medal, framed certificate, gratis lifetime Rubber Division, ACS membership and $1,000 for expenses incurred incidental to attending the awards ceremony, as well as two nights complimentary lodging at the meeting where the award will be received.
  • The recipient is expected to deliver a lecture covering the background, development, implementation and commercialization of the invention or innovation pertinent to the award.
  • The award was established by Rubber Division, ACS in 1941, as a part of its continuing effort to honor scientists and engineers who are recognized as having made an outstanding invention, innovation or development which has resulted in significant change or contribution to the nature of the rubber industry. This award is supported solely by Rubber Division, ACS.
  • The recipient(s) shall have been the principal inventor(s), innovator(s) or developer(s) of a significant change or contribution to the rubber industry. The award is open and not restricted to Rubber Division, ACS membership.

Melvin Mooney Distinguished Technology Award

Sponsored by Lion Elastomers

  • The purpose of this award is to perpetuate the memory of Melvin Mooney, the developer of the Mooney Viscometer and other testing equipment, by honoring individuals who have exhibited exceptional technical competency by making significant and repeated contributions to rubber science and technology.
  • This award consists of $3,000, an engraved plaque, and gratis lifetime Rubber Division, ACS membership. The recipient will also receive $500 for travel expenses incurred in attending the awards ceremony meeting.
  • The award was established by Rubber Division, ACS in 1983 as the Award for Technical Excellence as a part of its continuing effort to recognize Rubber Division, ACS members/affiliates who have made repeated contributions to rubber science and technology. In 2007, Lion Elastomers assumed sponsorship.
  • The recipient shall have made repeated innovative contributions to rubber science and technology. The award is open and not restricted to Rubber Division, ACS membership.

Lion Elastomers is a leading manufacturer of synthetic rubber. The company operates world-class EPDM and SBR production facilities in Geismar, Louisiana and Port Neches, Texas. Lion Elastomers have emphasized and maintained a solid, trusting and dependable relationship with our customers. Lion’s Sales, Customer Service, Technical and R&D organizations are ready to serve your development, application and commercial requirements.

George Stafford Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching & Research

Sponsored by Cabot Corporation

  • This award perpetuates the memory of George S. Whitby, head of the rubber laboratory at The University of Akron and for years the only individual who taught rubber chemistry in the USA, by honoring outstanding international teachers of chemistry and polymer science and recognizing innovative research.
  • The award consists of $3,000, an engraved plaque and $500 for travel expenses in attending the awards ceremony meeting.
  • This award was established by Rubber Division, ACS in 1986 as a part of its continuing effort to honor teachers and academic scientists for distinguished innovative and inspirational teaching and research in chemistry and polymer science. This award is currently sponsored by Cabot Corporation.
  • The recipient shall have made outstanding contributions to chemical and/or polymer science education or research, including the training of professional rubber or polymer chemists: the dissemination of reliable information about chemistry to prospective chemists, to members of the profession, to students in other fields, and to the general public; and the integration of chemistry and polymer science into our educational system. The activities recognized by the awards may lie in the fields of teaching (at any level), organization and administration, influential writing, standards of instruction, and public enlightenment. This award is open and not restricted to Rubber Division, ACS membership.

Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) is a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. The company is a leading provider of rubber and specialty carbons, activated carbon, inkjet colorants, cesium formate drilling fluids, fumed silica, and aerogel. For more information on Cabot, please visit the company’s website at: http://www.cabotcorp.com.

Sparks-Thomas Award

Sponsored by ExxonMobil

 
  • The purpose of this award is to perpetuate the memory of William J. Sparks and Robert M. Thomas, chemists, who developed butyl rubber, by recognizing and encouraging outstanding scientific contributions and innovations in the field of elastomers by younger scientists, technologists and engineers.
  • The award consists of $4,000, an engraved plaque and $500 for travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony meeting.
  • The award was established in 1986 and is supported by the ExxonMobil Chemical Company.
  • The recipient shall have made an outstanding contribution to the science and technology of elastomers. Special consideration may be given to areas that have not been recognized recently. Recognition will also be given to originality and independence of thought, and to the technological impact of the nominee's contribution. The nominee may be a citizen of any country and must be within 25 years of earning a baccalaureate degree. This award is open and not restricted to Rubber Division, ACS membership.

ExxonMobil Chemical has been at the forefront of technology and innovation in the rubber industry since inventing and patenting butyl rubber in 1937. Today they market high-quality synthetic rubber worldwide and are a global leader in butyl technology, services and products. Let their technology-driven focus and commitment to improve processes and products help you to meet your supply requirements and to grow profitably. Benefit from access to their global marketing and product expertise, as well as state-of-the-art technology centers.

Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award

Sponsored by the Ralph S. Graff Foundation

  • This award is to honor significant contributions to the advancement of the chemistry of thermoplastic elastomers.
  • This award includes $4,000, and engraved plaque and $500 for travel expenses incurred in attendance at the awards ceremony meeting.
  • This award was established by Rubber Division, ACS in 1991 as a part of its continuing effort to recognize the contributions of scientists in the field of thermoplastic elastomers. This award is currently sponsored by the Ralph S. Graff Foundation.
  • The recipient shall be any chemical researcher and must have made an outstanding contribution if the field of thermoplastic elastomer chemistry. Particular emphasis is placed on innovations that have yielded significant new commercial or patentable materials. Patentable innovations in process chemistry for the production of new thermoplastic elastomers will also be eligible for this award. This award is open and not restricted to Rubber Division, ACS membership.

Fernley H. Banbury Award

SPONSORED BY ENDURICA, LLC

  • This award perpetuates the memory of Fernley H. Banbury, the inventor and developer of the internal mixer that bears his name, by honoring innovations of production equipment widely used in the manufacture of rubber or rubber-like articles of importance.
  • The award consists of $3,000, and engraved plaque and $500 for travel expenses incurred in attending the awards ceremony meeting.
  • This award was established by Rubber Division, ACS in 1986 as a part of its continuing effort to recognize the contributions of scientists and engineers in developing production equipment, control systems and instrumentation widely used in the manufacture of rubber or rubber-like articles on importance. This award is currently sponsored by Rubber Division, ACS for 2017. We are currently seeking a sponsor for 2018.
  • The recipient shall have been the principal inventor(s) of innovative production equipment, instrumentation, control systems, or developed improved processing technologies, widely used in the manufacture of rubber or rubber-like articles of importance. This award is open and not restricted to Rubber Division, ACS membership.

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