Melvin Mooney Award
Anil K. Bhowmick is the recipient of the Melvin Mooney Distinguished Technology Award for his contributions in the rubber science industry including polymer nanocomposites, thermoplastic elastomers, sustainable materials and technology, adhesion science, failure and degradation of rubbers and rubber technology.
Bhowmick is a research professor for the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston. He previously was the professor of Eminence and Inae chair professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India, as well as the founder director at the Indian Institute of Technology in Patna, India.
He is a member of the editorial board of the eight international research journals; associate editor of Rubber Chemistry and Technology, a journal published by the ACS Rubber Division; guest editor of Frontiers issue 2019, Rubber Chemistry and Technology; and co-editor of the special issue of Polymer and Composite Characterization of the Journal of Macromolecular Science (USA).
He is the recipient of 14 awards in the rubber industry—including two from the Rubber Division—and has 21 patents in India, Germany, Japan and the U.S., more than 590 research papers, seven books published from the U.S. and United Kingdom, two co-authored books from the U.S. and 26 chapters in international books.
Lion Elastomers sponsors the Melvin Mooney award.
Kristi L. Kiick, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and distinguished professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware, has been named the 2022 winner of the Bioelastomer Award from the ACS Rubber Division.
The Bioelastomer Award recognizes significant contributions to the advancement of biomaterials in the field of rubber science and technology. It is sponsored by Versalis Americas Inc.
Kiick has advanced bioelastomers with her development of a palette of useful biomaterials based on resilin, a rubber-like protein found in insects that exhibits "low-stiffness, high-extensibility and efficient energy storage."
"Dr. Kiick has utilized state-of-the art gene editing and the protein synthesis machinery of E-coli to incorporate non-traditional amino acids, crosslinking units and biologically active units into resilin-like polypeptides to engineer both the mechanical and biological properties of the matrix for applications in regenerative medicine," said Roderic P. Quirk, professor emeritus of polymer science at the University of Akron.
Kiick's has published more than 178 papers in professional journals, with her works having been cited 10,400 times.
Kiick has received 24 patents, the Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award, the DuPont Young Professor Award, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award and the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
She has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and is a fellow of both the Association for the American Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Inventors.
Kiick was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom in 2020.
Her efforts have centered on collagen—developing a fundamental understanding on the unique phase behavior of protein- and peptide-based materials and how this information can be exploited for benefit in cardiovascular disease, wound-healing, tendon repair and treatment of various arthroses.
"She has been recognized at all levels for research excellence, leadership, service and mentoring," said Matthew L. Becker, Hugo L. Blomquist Distinguished University Professor at Duke University, in his nomination letter for Kiick. "Dr. Kiick is now at the stage of her career where she is starting to translate these innovations into pre-clinical and clinical applications."
These applications include approaches to vocal fold repair and regeneration and vascular regeneration.