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07-16-2014

DSM Presents Materials Sciences Award 2014

Royal DSM announced that Prof. Jian Ping Gong, Professor of the Faculty of Advanced Life Science, Hokkaido University, Japan has been awarded the DSM Materials Sciences Award 2014 in recognition of her exceptional contributions to the advancement of double-network hydrogels and materials sciences.

The DSM Materials Sciences Award is part of DSM’s Bright Science Awards Program, and is presented in cooperation with IUPAC, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. DSM bestows the Materials Sciences award every two years in recognition of outstanding scientific work by an established scientist that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the materials sciences field.

Dr. Marcel Wubbolts presents Prof. Jian Ping Gong with the DSM Materials Sciences Award 2014 (figure: Royal DSM)

Dr. Marcel Wubbolts presents Prof. Jian Ping Gong with the DSM Materials Sciences Award 2014 (figure: Royal DSM)

An international judging committee, chaired by Dr. Marcel Wubbolts, Chief Technology Officer of DSM, selected Professor Gong from among the candidates proposed via a public call for nominations. Professor Gong received the award – which carries a cash prize of EUR 50,000 – from Dr. Wubbolts at the IUPAC World Polymer Congress 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand on July 8.

Professor Gong’s work on the mechanical properties of extremely tough double-network gels is some of the most original materials sciences research that has taken place over the past years, and has generated significant interest and recognition in the international scientific community. In addition, her innovative work on the friction of hydrogels – which was driven by artificial cartilage applications – belongs to the best work ever done in the field.

Prof. Gong obtained her Bachelor's degree in physics from Zhejiang University, China, and her Master's degree in polymer science from Ibaraki University, Japan. In 1993, Prof. Gong became a faculty member at Hokkaido University, where she also received her Doctor of Science for studying polyelectrolyte hydrogels – she was appointed full professor at the university in 2003. Aside from the DSM Materials Sciences Award, Prof. Gong has received various other prestigious scientific accolades, including the Chemical Society of Japan’s Award for Creative Work in 2011. Professor Gong holds 41 patents or patent applications, and has published 291 papers. She also serves on the editorial and advisory boards of Biointerphases, Asia Materials, Soft Matter, Macromolecules, and Polymer.

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