For the second time in its 31-year old history, the ISPAC Governing Board decided to support extraordinary graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with a ‘ISPAC Student Travel Award’ to make it possible to attend the annual International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization. It was decided to give out 6 awards worth a free registration for ISPAC 2018 and a cash price of 500 USD as a support for the travel costs. The organizers of ISPAC 2018 are proud to report that the announcement of the travel award was very well received and students/postdoctoral fellows from 6 different countries applied. A review panel of established international academics assessed all applications and presented their votes. The international panel highlighted the excellent quality of all applications which made it quite challenging to select the five best applications.
It is a pleasure and privilege for the panel and the conference chairmen to thank all applicants for their fine work and to congratulate them for their achievements. They are happy to announce the 2018 recipients of the ISPAC Student Travel Award:
Gagandeep Kaur – Texas A&M University, USA
"Selective Cell Adhesion on Peptide-Polymer Nano-Fiber Mats"
Jan-Hendrik Arndt – Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
"Asymmetric flow field flow fractionation – a novel approach for routine analysis of polyolefins"
Vidya Narasimhan – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
"One-pot synthesis and characterization of “designer” delivery systems for controlled release of therapeutic agents"
Yan Liu – University of Twente, The Netherlands
"Functional electrospun membranes featuring grafted polymer brushes: The characterization challenge"
Ashna Rajeev – Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
"Influencing liquid crystalline gel formation in cellulose ionic liquid solutions by adding water and nanoparticles"
Jessica Desport – LIST: Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg
"Valorisation of multi-dimensional analytical approaches to unlock complex products characterization. The particular case of apolar commercial synthetic polymers"
Congratulations on behalf of the review panel, the ISPAC Governing Board, the conference chairs, Ron Jones, Kathryn Beers, Willem deGroot and the Organizing Committee. A big ‘Thank you’ also to those that did not win. We hope to see you all in Bethesda and look forward to discuss your research with you.