KERKRADE, Netherlands—Koninklijke DSM N.V. awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in Materials Science to Doros Theodorou, professor in materials science and engineering at the National Technical University of Athens in Greece.
Theodorou received the award at DFYP 2018, the international conference on deformation, yield and fracture of polymers in Kerkrade, according to a DSM release.
An international scientific jury chaired by Marcus Remmers, DSM's chief technology officer recognized Theodorou's contributions to the field of molecular and meso-scale modeling of polymers, DSM said.
Theodorou and his team are enabling commercial science companies to bring game-changing and life-changing innovations like biomedical devices to market faster and more efficiently, Remmers said.
Theodorou's polymer modeling work began in 1985 with the publication of his papers on the topic of predicting the structure and mechanical properties of glassy amorphous polymers. His next plan is to intensify his research into coarse graining, the study of computational polymer modeling beyond the nano level, he said.
"It is truly a career highlight for me to win this lifetime achievement award, because I respect the work of DSM in materials science so much," Theodorou said. He gave an acceptance lecture at the conference on his work.
DSM grants the award every two years in recognition of outstanding work by an established scientist who has significantly contributed to advancing the materials sciences, DSM said. Award candidates can be put forward by nomination only. The Lifetime Achievement Awards carry a cash prize of about $62,000. An overview of previous winners can be found online.