UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA Santa Barbara, United States
Professor Craig J. Hawker, FRS is Clarke Professor and holds the Alan and Ruth Heeger Chair of Interdisciplinary Science at UCSB where he directs the California Nanosystems Institute and the Dow Materials Institute. He came to UCSB in 2004 after eleven years as a Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. Professor Hawker’s research activities focus on synthetic polymer chemistry and nanotechnology, integrating fundamental studies with the development of nanostructured materials for advanced properties and functions in microelectronics and biotechnology. This work has led to over 450 peer-reviewed papers and 60 patents with Professor Hawker helping to establish a range of start-up companies - Relypsa, Intermolecular, Olaplex, Tricida. For his pioneering studies, Professor Hawker’s recent honors include the 2013 American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry, the 2012 Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry and an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society in 2011. Professor Hawker has been honored with election to the Royal Society as well as being named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Date of birth: December 12, 1951 (Kyoto, Japan)
Title: Professor, Dr. Eng.
Affiliation: Department of Polymer Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8510, Japan
- Professor of Polymer Chemistry, Kyoto University
- Member, The Science Council of Japan (SCJ)
- Titular Member, Polymer Division, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
- Former President (2008–2010), The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ)
- BS (1974) and MS (1976), Department of Polymer Chemistry, Kyoto University;
- Ph.D./Dr. Eng. (1979), Kyoto University (in Polymer Chemistry; Thesis Advisor: Professor Toshinobu Higashimura)
1992 - Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (for FY1991)
1999 - Divisional Research Award of the Chemical Society of Japan (for FY1998)
2002 - Arthur K. Doolittle Award (American Chemical Society, PMSE Division) (for 2001)
2012 - MacroGroup UK Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Polymer Science [Royal Society of Chemistry, The Pure and Applied Macromolecular Chemistry - Group (Macro Group UK)] (for 2012)
2013 - SPSJ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Polymer Science and Technology
2014 - NIMS Award on Strong Future of Soft Material [NIMS: National Institute for Materials Science]
2015 - Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon [by the Emperor Hiroshito and the Prime Minister of Japan (Shinzo Abe); presented by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports]
2016 - Alexander von Humboldt Research Award [The Humboldt Foundation, Germany]
2017 - Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry [The Franklin Institute, U. S. A.]
(a) Living and precisely controlled polymerizations: Radical and cationic.
(b) Cationic polymerization and the chemistry of carbocations
(c) Radical polymerization and transition metal catalysis
(d) Precision polymer synthesis via living polymerizations
Martina Stenzel studied chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, before completing her PhD in 1999 at the Institute of Applied Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Germany. She started as a postdoctoral fellow at UNSW in 1999 and is now a full Professor in the school of chemistry as well as co-director of the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD)
Martina Stenzel published more than 240 peer reviewed papers mainly on polymer and nanoparticle design. Her research interest is focused on the synthesis of functional nanoparticles for drug delivery applications. She is in particular interested in combining synthetic polymers with nature’s building such as sugars and proteins to create biocompatible and bioactive carriers for delivery of a range of drugs. She is especially passionate about developing synthetic strategies to deliver metal-based drugs.
She is scientific editor of Materials Horizons and serves currently on a range of editorial boards. She received a range of awards including the 2011 Le Fèvre Memorial Prize of the Australian Academy of Science.
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