AKRON—Nominations are due by June 30 for the ACS Rubber Division's 2019 Science & Technology Awards, with winners announced at this fall's International Elastomer Conference and the awards given out at the association's 2019 spring technical meeting.
The most prestigious of the six awards is the Charles Goodyear Medal, sponsored by the Rubber Division itself, that perpetuates "the memory of Charles Goodyear as the discoverer of vulcanization of rubber." It honors individuals for outstanding invention, innovation or development which has resulted in a significant change or contribution to the nature of the rubber industry.
The other five awards are:
- The Melvin Mooney Distinguished Technology Award, sponsored by Lion Elastomers, to honor the developer of the Mooney Viscometer and other testing materials.
- The George Stafford Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research, sponsored by Cabot Corp., to honor the memory of the head of the rubber laboratory at the University of Akron and for years the only individual teaching rubber chemistry in the U.S.
- The Sparks-Thomas Award, sponsored by ExxonMobil, is given in memory of William Sparks and Robert Thomas, the chemists who developed butyl rubber. It recognizes younger scientists, technologists and engineers.
- The Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award, sponsored by the Ralph S. Graff Foundation; and
- The Fernley H. Banbury Award, sponsored by Endurica, that perpetuates the memory of the inventor and developer of the internal mixer that bears his name.
For more information and to nominate someone, visit rubber.org.