AkzoNobel and the American Chemical Society have launched the North American Science Award, expanding the coating maker’s 42-year-old award program to North America for the first time.
A joint initiative by the world’s largest coating company and the world’s largest scientific society, the new biennial AkzoNobel North America Science Award will recognize a researcher in the United States or Canada for outstanding scientific contributions in the field of sustainable chemistry. The first award will be bestowed in April 2013 and will carry a $75,000 cash award.
Online nominations for the award opened Wednesday (March 28) and will close June 22.
The winner will be announced in February 2013 and honored during a special presentation at the ACS’s 245th National Meeting & Exposition in April 2013 in New Orleans.
AkzoNobel, also a major producer of specialty chemicals, and ACS said in a release that they were “working together to recognize the people who help to create a more sustainable future through scientific research.”
“While AkzoNobel is providing the scientific scope, nomination guidelines and funding for the award program, the ACS is independently managing the nomination process and recipient selection to establish independent integrity for the award,” the announcement said.
“The AkzoNobel Science Award has recognized people around the globe for their innovative contributions to scientific research for over 40 years,” said Dale Steichen, vice president of research, development and innovation for AkzoNobel in North America.
“… We are proud to now bring this unique award to North America and recognize the often-unsung heroes who are playing such a vital role in creating a more sustainable world.”
He added, “AkzoNobel has a proud and deep tradition of scientific discovery in North America dating back to the 18th century. The commitment to finding tomorrow’s answers today for our customers is still very much alive in the modern AkzoNobel of today.”
‘Creative Waves of Invention’
The AkzoNobel Science Award was first bestowed in the Netherlands in 1970. Originally known as the Akzo Award, it has since been renamed and extended to include Sweden (1999), China (2010) and the United Kingdom (2012).
“Materials are the substances that make up everything that we use, touch, see and experience in everyday life,” said Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Ph.D., ACS’ 2012 president.
“Research in materials science has triggered creative waves of invention and innovation, and prompted technological breakthroughs that once were inconceivable. AkzoNobel’s generosity and foresight will recognize those achievements and foster further progress in the years ahead.”