For the fourth time, Quadrant, an international supplier of high-end thermoplastics and composite plastics, awarded its Quadrant Award to recognize outstanding research work being conducted on polymers and plastics. This was the fourth iteration of the international award.
Quadrant's contest was open to university graduates who had written a doctoral thesis in the field of "Materials and processes related to engineering and high-performance plastics and composites" between October 1, 2008, and September 30, 2010. The first prize of €15,000 was won by the Japanese researcher Tadashi Kajiya, who wrote his thesis at The University of Tokyo, Japan, and is now pursuing post-doctoral studies at the Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes of the Université Paris Diderot, France.
The second prize, worth €7000, went to Swiss scientist Norman Lüchinger, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). He is currently in charge of materials development at Nanograde, a spin-off company of the ETH which he co-founded while working on his PhD. The company develops and produces high-performance additives for polymer applications, thin films, coatings and others....