177th Technical Meeting of the ACS Rubber Division TPE Award to Rudi Faust

It became a tradition that during the Spring Technical Meeting, Science and Technology Awards are presented to persons, which have achieved exceptional contributions to the field of rubber science and technology. Prof. Rudi Faust, University of Massachusetts Lowell, received the "Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award”. He spoke on the subject Syntheses and Characterization of Novel Biostable Polyisobutylene Based Thermoplastic Polyurethanes (see below). The recipient of the "Goodyear Medal” was Dr. Edward N. Kresge, ExxonMobil Chemical Company. He gave the address "Polyolefin Elastomers”.

Further awards:
  • "Melvin Mooney Distinguished Technology Award” to Prof. William (Wim) J. van Ooij, University of Cincinnati
  • "Sparks-Thomas Award” to Dr. James Busfield, Queen Mary University, London, UK
  • "George S. Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research” to Dr. Jacques W. M. Noordermeer, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands.

"The Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award”
This award is to honour significant contributions to the advancement of the chemistry of TPEs. It was established by Rubber Division in 1991. The award is currently sponsored by the Ralph S. Graff Foundation. It is open and not restricted to Rubber Division membership.

Past recipients
2009 - Judit E. Puskas
2008 - Richard J. Spontak
2007 - Dale J. Meier
2006 - Garth L. Wilkes
2005 - Maria Ellul
2002 - Anil K. Bhowmick, see RC&T Vol. 75 (2)
2001 - James McGrath, see RC&T Vol. 74 (3)
1996 - Charles S. Schollenberger, see RC&T Vol. 69 (3)
1993 - Geoffrey Holden, see RC&T Vol. 66 (3)
1992 - William K. Witsiepe, see RC&T Vol. 65 (3)
1991 - Aubert Y. Coran and Raman P. Patel, see RC&T Vol. 64 (3)

The 2010 recipient - Rudolf Faust
Dr. Faust received his Diploma in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Colloid Chemistry from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. Subsequently, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Polymer Science, The University of Akron, before joining the University of Massachusetts Lowell (formerly University of Lowell) in 1988. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Debrecen, Hungary, Université P. et M. Curie in Paris, and at the University of Mainz, Germany.
He has served in a variety of functions in the ACS and was the co-editor of ACS Symposia Series 665 and co-chair of the International Symposium on Ionic Polymerizations in Boston, in 2003. He served as Editor of Polymer Bulletin and currently serves as Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Macromolecular Science and Polymer Bulletin. In 2006 he received the prestigious Ralph Milkovich Memorial Lecturer award from the University of Akron.
His research interest is macromolecular engineering i.e., the preparation of well-defined polymers with controlled architecture, molecular weight, molecular weight distribution and end-functionalities. He pioneered living carbocationic polymerization, a terminationless and transferless process for the polymerisation of alkenes. Kinetic and mechanistic details of these living polymerizations have been investigated leading to new discoveries in initiator/coinitiator systems, and in reactivity control necessary for macromolecular engineering. Research is directed toward the synthesis, characterisation and properties of new speciality polymers; new thermoplastic elastomers based on block and graft copolymers, functional polymers by in situ functionalisation reactions, organic-inorganic hybrid materials, amphiphilic block copolymers for directed self-assembly of nanostructures and polymers for medical applications.
At the University of Massachusetts Lowell he has advised 15 Ph.D. students and 30 postdoctoral scientists. He has published over 200 papers and has19 patents. He is actively participating in a variety of projects in cooperation with the industry. His address was "Syntheses and Characterization of Novel Bio-stable Polyisobutylene-Based Thermoplastic Polyurethanes”. The abstract of this lecture is below.
Segmented thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers are one of the most important biomaterials. Polyurethanes offer a broad range of physical properties, including high tensile and tear strength, chemical and abrasion resistance, good processability, and protective barrier properties. However, the polyether soft segment of these polymers is highly susceptible to oxidative degradation. Polyisobutylene (PIB) is well known for its superior biostability and biocompatibility. This presentation will explore the synthesis, processing, mechanical properties and biostability of novel PIB based polyurethanes.