The 2018 Hanwha-Total IUPAC Young Scientist Award, to be presented at Macro2018 in Cairns in July, has been awarded to Andreas Walther. The Hanwha-Total IUPAC Young Scientist Award (formerly Samsung-Total Petrochemicals-IUPAC Young Scientists Award) is dedicated to outstanding young scientists (not older than 40 years) and is sponsored by a grant from the aforementioned company. The prize was first awarded on the occasion of MACRO 2004 (Paris) and is granted biennially on the occasion of the IUPAC World Polymer Congress. The awardees are selected from the nominees by a Committee of the IUPAC Polymer Division.
Andreas Walther is a Professor for Functional Polymers at the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg (Germany). His research interests concentrate on developing and understanding hierarchical self-assembly concepts inside and outside equilibrium, and on using them to create active, adaptive and autonomous bioinspired material systems. He graduated from Bayreuth University in Germany in 2008 with a Ph.D. focusing on the self-assembly behavior and applications of Janus particles and other soft, complex colloids. After a postdoctoral stay with a focus on biomimetic hybrid materials at Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland), he returned to Germany in 2011, and established his independent research group at the DWI-Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen. In 2016 he was appointed to his present position in Freiburg. A. Walther has published close to 130 papers (h-index 49) and has recently been awarded the Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award (for Materials), the Reimund Stadler Young Investigator Award of the German Chemical Society, a BMBF NanoMatFutur Research Group, and an ERC Starting Grant. He is a senior fellow of the Freiburg and Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Studies.
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