LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A professor emeritus at the University of Akron will be the next recipient of the Charles Goodyear Medal, the highest honor given by the ACS Rubber Division.
Roderic Quirk, an emeritus distinguished professor of polymer science at the University of Akron, was announced as the medalist during the first day of the Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference, being held Oct. 9-11 in Louisville.
Quirk is one of the most relevant authorities in the field of anionic polymerization research and has made "outstanding and unparalleled contributions to rubber science and industry," according to the letter nominating him for the medal.
The professor's research mainly has focused on anionic polymerization using alkyllithium initiators in hydrocarbon solution, technology that is used to produce butadiene, isoprene and styrene homo and block copolymers, the nomination said. The polymers are used in such applications as adhesives, engineering plastics impact modification, ABS and HIPS production, tires and oil viscosity index improvement.
Quirk, a native of Detroit, received a bachelor's in chemistry in 1963 from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his master's and doctorate in organic chemistry at the University of Illinois with Professor David Curtin, followed by two years of postdoctoral research with professor E.M. Arnett at the University of Pittsburgh's Mellon Institute.