In February 2014, the Executive Editorial Board of Polymer Internationaland the IUPAC Polymer Division announced that William Dichtel from Cornell University was the fourth winner of the Polymer International-IUPAC Award for Creativity in Applied Polymer Science or Polymer Technology.
William Dichtel’s research utilizes the tools of synthetic and supramolecular chemistry to provide unprecedented control of the structure and properties of organic materials and interfaces. He has pioneered a new approach to organize complementary organic semiconductors into networks ideal for optoelectronic performance, as well as making major contributions in the area of transforming conjugated polymers into specific carbon nanostructures, such as graphene nanoribbons, a form in which the graphene exhibits a useful bandgap. Dichtel has also contributed a general method to interface biopolymers to graphene noncovalently that prevents protein and antibody denaturation and preserves graphene’s desirable electronic properties.
Dichtel is currently an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University. Prior to joining the Cornell faculty, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the groups of Fraser Stoddart (then at UCLA) and Jim Heath (Caltech). His graduate research was supervised by Jean Fréchet at UC-Berkeley. Dichtel’s research has been recognized by several national awards, such as the National Fresenius Award from Phi Lambda Upsilon, the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and a Beckman Young Investigator Award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.
Dichtel will present the award keynote lecture at the IUPAC World Polymer Congress – MACRO 2014, 6-11 July 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
As the winner of the PI-IUPAC Award, Dichtel will receive USD 5000 plus travel and hotel accommodation expenses to attend MACRO 2014.
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