April 17, 2008

Engineering professor and researcher honored with important 2008 American Chemical Society Award

Anne Hiltner
Anne Hiltner

Anne Hiltner, the Herbert Henry Dow Professor in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, has been named winner of the 2008 American Chemical Society Award in Applied Polymer Science, citing her for her "pioneering contributions in understanding the connections between hierarchical structure and properties of polymers, their blends and composites."

The award is sponsored by the Eastman Chemical Co. Hiltner was formally honored at the 235th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans.

Hiltner's work in exploring the structure processing property relationships in polymeric materials has made pioneering contributions in understanding the forced assembly process that brings together dissimilar polymers and other materials to produce hierarchical structures that are otherwise unattainable. She also has worked to develop effective industry/academic research cooperation, including assisting in the development (with Dow Chemical Co.) of a new commercially successful family of ethylene-based elastomers.

"I am honored to receive this prestigious award from the American Chemical Society," said Hiltner. "It is a validation of the choice I made years ago to study this important area of polymer and materials science."

Hiltner also serves as principal investigator and director of the university's first-ever National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center, the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS). The center, which is receiving a total of $19 million over five years and led by the Case School of Engineering, combines the technological and educational efforts of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, Fisk University, the University of Southern Mississippi and the Naval Research Laboratory. The center also has entered into an educational partnership with the Cleveland Municipal School District.

"CLiPS is designed to lead the nation with an integrated program of research and education through a distinctive microlayering and nanolayering process created at the Case School of Engineering during the last 20 years," said Eric Baer, Leonard Case Professor of Engineering in macromolecular science and engineering and co-principal investigator of CLiPS. "The CLiPS approach strategically integrates polymer science with research in nanotechnology, optics, laser physics, membranes, biomedical engineering and other scientific disciplines in the 'polymers plus' concept."

The lifetime of an NSF center is usually 10 years with a total funding of around $40 million.

"Congratulations to Professor Anne Hiltner on receiving the ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science," said Gary E. Wnek, the Joseph F. Toot Jr. Professor and chair of macromolecular science and engineering. "With this award, we celebrate preeminence in polymer science and engineering. Prof. Hiltner's work has broad impact and highlights the importance of polymers in the fields of medicine, energy, information technology, nanotechnology and the environment."

The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences.

For more information contact Laura M. Massie, 216.368.4442.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, April 17, 2008 10:13 AM | News Topics: Awards, Case School of Engineering, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Research, Science, features

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