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Nov 1, 2018

This year’s recipient of the Henkel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Science & Engineering is Aleksandr V. Zhukhovitskiy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Henkel awards scholar for research in collaboration with the American Chemical Society

Henkel Corporation has announced that Aleksandr V. Zhukhovitskiy, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been named this year’s recipient of the Henkel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Science & Engineering at the 2018 American Chemical Society symposium.

For 28 years, Henkel has sponsored this award in partnership with the American Chemical Society to support and foster research and innovations in the field of polymer science. At its heart, Henkel is a company whose products are derived from science, research and innovation, and the company places an emphasis on partnering with organizations and researchers who further the development of important scientific advancements. The highly competitive award recognizes an outstanding academic who has done extensive research on the graduate level in polymer science and engineering.

At the symposium the American Chemical Society, Coordinator of the award (left) Prof. Mahesh Mahanthappa from the University of Minnesota and Dr. Charles Paul (right), Vice President of Technology, Adhesive Technologies, join to recognize the award recipient Aleksandr V. Zhukhovitskiy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

At the symposium the American Chemical Society, Coordinator of the award (left) Prof. Mahesh Mahanthappa from the University of Minnesota and Dr. Charles Paul (right), Vice President of Technology, Adhesive Technologies, join to recognize the award recipient Aleksandr V. Zhukhovitskiy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“Open Innovation and collaboration with external research partners are enablers of Henkel’s innovation strategy,” explains Dr. Michael Todd, Global Head of Innovation and Henkel’s sponsor of the award. “Working with organizations such as the American Chemical Society provides Henkel with insights into future technologies that may play a role in shaping our development projects of the future.”

Nominees are judged based on their contribution to the thesis research, the quality and level of innovation demonstrated, and the impact of the research on the science of synthetic polymers or biopolymers. Zhukhovitskiy’s research was especially applicable to adhesion promotion and gel adhesive technologies. As the winner, Zhukhovitskiy received a $2,000 honorarium, commemorative plaque, and expense-paid travel to the symposium. Read more about the award and past recipients.