The 2010 DSM Performance Materials Award is granted to Professor Han Meijer of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Polymer expert Meijer receives the award 'for outstanding achievements in research related to the properties, processing and engineering of polymers.'
The international judging committee praises Meijers extraordinary contributions to materials science. Prof. Meijer has combined creative computer models with well thought-out experiments. Meijer has been professor of polymer technology at the department of Mechanical Engineering at TU/e since 1989.
Prof. Meijer, who worked for DSM before joining TU/e, thinks that his work of the last twenty years at the university has won him the prize. “The research we conduct is always aimed at what’s important for companies. Our work has to be relevant. Therefore this feels not only as an award for me, but for the whole research group.”
Prof. Meijer will receive the award, and 50,000 Euros, on July 12, at the IUPAC Macro 2010 Congress in Glasgow, UK. He does not yet know what he is going to spend the money on.
DSM, a Dutch producer of pharmaceuticals, healthcare and nutrition products, grants the DSM Performance Materials Award every two years. (Source: www.tue.nl)