Sponsor: ExxonMobil Chemical
Citation: For fundamental advances in synthetic polymer chemistry.
Current position:Rashid Engineering Regents Chair of the departments of chemistry and chemical engineering, University of Texas, Austin
Education: B.S., chemistry, University of California, Berkeley; M.S., organic chemistry, California State University, San Diego; Ph.D., organic chemistry, UC Berkeley
Willson on what gets his creative juices flowing: “Solving problems that matter to others and discussing these problems with terrific graduate students that I have had the honor to work with.”
What his colleagues say: “Professor Willson is truly one of the top polymer chemistry innovators of our time and has made many important and impactful discoveries that emphasize the importance of synthetic polymer chemistry. Moreover, his numerous advances have resulted in technological developments with wide-ranging implications. There is no doubt that professor Willson is highly deserving of this award.”—Marc Hillmyer, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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