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 James L. White Innovation Award

The Polymer Processing Society invites nominations for the James L. White Innovation Award to honor outstanding researcher(s) or inventor(s) from both academia and industry, either as individuals or as a group, in the area of polymer processing and related fields. The award is for an innovative development in the field of polymer processing technologies with recent commercial impact. It aims to recognize originality, innovation and creativity among researcher(s) or inventor(s) in the science and technology of processing polymers and polymeric products. Candidates may come from any part of the world, but must either be PPS members or should have participated in recent activities of PPS. They may currently be working in industry, governmental or academic institutions or have retired from such. The award consists of a recognition plaque and $3000 check. 

Nominations are invited from PPS members and the polymer processing community at large. The nomination form (click here to download) should be completed in English.  To this form should be added:(a) a two-page summary of the candidate(s)' key contributions; (b) a curriculum vitae; (c) copies of the most significant publications, patents or reports (up to 5); and (d) evidence of technology transfer with supporting letters for the candidate(s) by the nominator and two co-nominators, who can evaluate the candidate(s)' research and innovation. (Co-nominators representing various geographical regions will be an advantage). While patents are used to support the application, the nominators are asked to comment on their use and significance. The deadline for submission of complete nomination packages is January 15th  midnight GMT of the current year.

Nominations will be judged by the James L. White Award Committee comprised of world renowned experts and the winner will be endorsed by the PPS Executive Committee.  The winner (individual or team) will be announced by March 31st of the year of the award and will be honored at the Award Ceremony during the upcoming PPS International Conference. The winner will present a Plenary Lecture at the same PPS International Conference. The awardee will also provide a review paper covering the research accomplishments  on a  topic leading to his/her receipt of the J.L. White award to be published in International Polymer Processing within one year following the award reception.

Complete nomination packages should be sent electronically by the first nominator to:

John Vlachopoulos
Professor Emeritus
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON Canada


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