AkzoNobel, American Chemical Society Honor Internationally Renowned Chemist with Inaugural North America Science Award

 AkzoNobel, American Chemical Society Honor Internationally Renowned Chemist
                  with Inaugural North America Science Award

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Jan. 29, 2013

CHICAGO, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Today, AkzoNobel, the
world's largest paints and coatings company, and the American Chemical Society
(ACS), the world's largest scientific society, announced Carnegie Mellon
University Professor Krzysztof (Kris) Matyjaszewski, Ph.D. as the winner of
the inaugural AkzoNobel North America Science Award for his cutting-edge
polymer chemistry research.

The AkzoNobel North America Science Award was created to recognize outstanding
scientific contributions by an individual in the fields of chemistry and
materials research conducted in the U.S. or Canada. The AkzoNobel Science
Award was first presented in the Netherlands in 1970 and then extended to
Sweden (1999), China (2010) and the U.K. (2012).

AkzoNobel established the North America award in 2012 in collaboration with
ACS to recognize individuals helping to create a more sustainable future
through scientific research. The company has a deep commitment to
sustainability and has integrated it into every area of its business.

"We have honored individuals for their innovative contributions to scientific
research for more than 40 years with the AkzoNobel Science Award," said Graeme
Armstrong, Executive Committee Member for Research, Development and Innovation
for AkzoNobel. "We are privileged to recognize Professor Matyjaszewski and
will continue to acknowledge those who are undertaking big, innovative
research that can deliver Tomorrow's Answers Today."

From his discovery of the atom radical transfer polymerization (ARTP), an
innovative process of the way macromolecules are made, to educating students
and industrial scientists on the new procedures for the polymeric material
development, Professor Matyjaszewski continues dedicating his efforts to
deliver leading-edge research that will help advance the field of polymer
chemistry. Polymer chemistry, also known as macromolecular chemistry, is the
area of chemistry that generates advances in everyday products and materials
such as building materials, furniture, paints and plastics.

"We recognize the outstanding work that Professor Matyjaszewski has
accomplished when it comes to cutting-edge scientific research in the field of
polymer chemistry," said ACS President Marinda Li Wu, Ph.D. "We are fortunate
to have dedicated professionals like Professor Matyjaszewski who are
visionaries and leaders in their field."

Professor Matyjaszewski will receive a $75,000 cash award and a certificate of
recognition. He will be officially honored for his achievements at the ACS
245th National Meeting and Exposition, being held April 7-11 in New Orleans,
La.

Professor Matyjaszewski is the J.C. Warner University Professor of Natural
Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science and the
Director of the Center for Macromolecular Engineering. He has been cited in
scientific literature more than 50,000 times, making him one of the most cited
chemists in the world. He is also one of the leading educators in the field of
polymer chemistry, having mentored more than 200 postdoctoral fellows and
graduate students.

In addition to the AkzoNobel North America Science Award, Professor
Matyjaszewski has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2011
Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
and the ACS 2011 Applied Polymer Science Award.

Professor Matyjaszewski received his doctorate from the Center of Molecular
and Macromolecular Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1976 and
completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida in 1977.

About AkzoNobel
AkzoNobel is a Global Fortune 500 company and is consistently ranked as one of
the leaders on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. With operations in more
than 80 countries, its 55,000 people around the world are committed to
excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today™. AkzoNobel supplies
industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and is passionate
about developing sustainable answers for its customers. The AkzoNobel
portfolio includes well-known brands, such as Glidden, Dulux, Sikkens,
International and Eka.

About American Chemical Society (ACS)
The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by
the U.S. Congress. With more than 164,000 members, ACS is the world's largest
scientific society and a global leader in providing access to
chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed
journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C.,
and Columbus, Ohio.

SOURCE AkzoNobel

Website: http://www.akzonobel.com/us/