Regents Professor Frank S. Bates and IPrime program leader is the winner of the 2016 Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award, sponsored by the Ralph S. Graff Foundation, honoring significant contributions to the advancement of chemistry of thermoplastic elastomers. From his early work aimed at understanding the fundamental thermodynamics of mixing in blended polymeric systems, Bates has demonstrated a mastery of both the chemical and physical aspects of polymer science. Bates and his collaborators have conducted research in numerous areas of polymer science and engineering, ranging from the intricate nanometer scale features of self-assembled block copolymers to the mechanical behavior of toughened plastics and multiblock thermoplastic elastomers. In recognition of this award, Bates will receive a commemorative plaque and financial stipend at the Rubber Division, ACS 189th Technical Meeting and Educational Symposium occurring on April 18-21, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.
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