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AkzoNobel Science Award Presented

Professor Martien Cohen Stuart, the winner of this year’s AkzoNobel Science Award, has officially been presented with his prize in the Dutch town of Haarlem.

Renowned for his research into the physical chemistry of soft condensed matter, the 60-year-old professor of physical and colloid chemistry received his award from AkzoNobel Board member Leif Darner.

Darner also gave a short speech, during which he talked about the importance of science and technology to AkzoNobel.

"As one of the world’s leading industrial companies, science and technology inevitably play a vital role at AkzoNobel," he said. "We don’t do things on a Hadron Collider scale, so we’re not building any six billion dollar particle accelerators, but we do try to create our own big bangs in the world of coatings and specialty chemicals."

Presentations were also given by Professor Alexander Rinnooy Kan, Chairman of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, and Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf, who is President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Widely recognized for his extensive theoretical knowledge and ability to convert discoveries into innovations, Professor Cohen Stuart’s work essentially deals with understanding how molecules organize themselves to give materials specific properties, such as softness, elasticity or transparency.

His prize included a check for €50,000.

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