17 Aug 2010
Prof Molly Stevens at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Materials, Imperial College London has been awarded the Polymer International (PI) - IUPAC Award for Creativity in Applied Polymer Science or Polymer Technology. She received the prize at 43rd IUPAC World Polymer Congress (Macro2010), in Glasgow in July 2010, where the award presentation was part of the opening ceremony of the conference. The award was given after a short introduction by Prof Kurt Geckeler, editor in chief of Polymer International. As part of the prize Prof Stevens delivered the keynote lecture at Macro2010's Polymers for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine symposium.
The award winner is selected by members of a scientific committee representing Polymer International and the IUPAC Polymer Division to recognise the outstanding contribution of a young scientist to polymer science. The prize is presented every two years at the IUPAC World Polymer Congress. Prof Stevens is the second winner of the IUPAC - Polymer International Award, the first winner being Prof Zhenan Bao at Stanford University (USA).
Prof Stevens' research focuses on developing novel approaches to tissue engineering, much of which makes use of novel polymer composites and nanomaterials. These materials are likely to prove very powerful in the engineering of large quantities of human mature bone as well as other vital organs. As well as leading a large multidisciplinary group at Imperial College London, Prof Stevens is also the co-founder of BioCeramicTherapeutics. In addition to the PI - IUPAC prize, her work has been recognised by a number of awards including the Rosenhain Medal and Prize (2010) and the Norman Heatley Award (2010). She is the recipient of numerous grants including a European Research Council individual investigator grant for pioneering biomaterials research as applied to biosensing and regenerative medicine.
Polymer International publishes on new developments in all branches of macromolecular science and technology. The journal covers original research on biopolymers, polymer chemistry, polymer physics and industrial polymer science.
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