Texas State faculty members honored by American Chemical Society

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
October 22, 2013

Gary Beall and Bert Powell

Gary Beall (left) and Bert Powell

Texas State University's Gary Beall, of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Bert Powell, of the Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization Program, are co-recipients of the American Chemical Society's Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering.

The formal presentation will take place at the National American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas in the spring of 2014.

The national award recognizes significant developments in polymer materials that involved academic and industrial cooperation. Past recipients include Bob Waymouth of Stanford University and IBM and Rod Quirk of the University of Akron and Phillips Petroleum. The citation of the award reads, "For seminal contributions to the science and engineering of nanoclay-polymer nanocomposites which defined the concept of polymer nanocomposites for the community and established the foundation for global industrial enterprises."

Beall and Powell share this award with Emmanuel Giannelis of Cornell University. The body of work that is being recognized is based on the collaboration between Beall and Powell, while they were in private industry, and Cornell.