Division of Polymers, Colloids & Interfaces (DPCI)
The Division of Polymers, Colloids & Interfaces (DPCI) has about 300 members from both academia and industry. The scope of activities and interests of the DPCI community are diverse and interdisciplinary and range from the synthesis and investigation of polymers and colloids, to the study of nanomaterials, soft and living matter as well as surfaces and interfaces.
The aims of the DPCI are
- to promote research and education in all aspects related to macromolecular science, colloids and soft matter.
- to foster and strengthen the community network.
- to inform members about the latest results and trends and provide a forum for discussion.
- to promote interaction between the different disciplines of macromolecular science, soft matter and colloids as well as between basic research and application and between academia and industry.
- to establish and maintain links with like-minded professional societies and institutions in Switzerland and abroad.
- Organize Polycoll, an annual conference with national and international experts
- Chair the Polymers, Colloids & Interfaces sessions at the SCS Fall Meetings.
- Collaborate with corresponding divisions of other countries to organize symposia and workshops on topics of current interest.
- Support and promote the activities of the SCS Materials Chemistry Network
- Publish the CHIMIA column ‘Polymers &Colloid Highlights’.
- Publish a CHIMIA issue on the topics Polymers, Colloids & Interfaces on a regular basis.
Prof. Esther Amstad, EPFL Lausanne
President, Soft Materials
Prof. Athina Anastasaki, ETH Zürich
Prof. Paolo Arosio, ETH Zurich
Dr. Daniel Benczedi, Firmenich
Materials Sciences and Technology
Prof. Bastian Brand, ZHAW Wädenswil
(Ion) chromatography, porous polymers, surface functionalisation
Prof. Christof Brändli, ZHAW Winterthur
Adhesives and Polymer Materials
Prof. Jonathan De Roo, University Basel
Polymer Chemistry and Materials
Dr. Sara Fornera, Sika
Prof. Holger Frauenrath, EPFL Lausanne
Macromolecular and Organic Materials
Prof. Harm-Anton Klok, EPFL Lausanne
Polymer design at nanoscale, biologically-inspired polymers
Dr. Dorina Opris, EMPA
Dr. Laurent Sagalowicz, Nestlé, Lausanne
Prof. Christoph Weder, Adolph Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg
Polymer Chemistry and Materials
Goal of the Award
Featuring rising stars in the field of Polymers, Colloids & Interfaces (PCI).
Requirements to apply for the Award
Having defended a PhD in the area of PCI within Switzerland between May of the previous year and end of April of the evaluation year (e.g. May 2023 - April 2024).
Candidates are nominated by the PhD adviser. The following documents have to be submitted:
- nomination letter from PhD advisor that states the contribution of the nominee to the paper attached to this nomination and puts it in perspective to the entire PhD thesis the candidate performed
- CV of the candidate
- the best first author paper of the thesis
- 0.5 page motivation letter of the candidate that states her/his contribution to the paper submitted to this nomination
Nominations have to be submitted to by May 1 of each year.
- Scientific quality and impact of the published work in the field of PCI
- Originality of the published work
- Creativity of the study design or uniqueness of the approaches and concepts employed in the published work
- Clarity of presentation
Scientists that work in the area of PCI.
Winner / Candidates not considered
The winner as well as all candidates that could not be considered are informed on a personal basis after the evaluation committee meeting (mail and/or letter from the DPCI president).
The winner gets a certificate and a prize money of CHF 1’000.
The winner must present an invited talk within the DPCI session of the SCS Fall Meeting.
The price is sponsored by Sika Technology AG