CRC for Polymers Prize

2014 CRC for Polymers Prize winners announced

This year, the CRC for Polymers Prize has been awarded joint winners:

  • Mr Fanyi Li, Monash university for his work on ‘Gelatin based photocuring and UV degradable hydrogel platform for cell sheet engineering’, and to
  • Mr Lewis Chambers, the University of Queensland for his work on ‘Photo-induced self-assembly of block copolymers’.

This year there was a number of high level entries and a highly commended prize was awarded to Miss Danielle Taylor from the University of Western Sydney for her work on ‘Characterisation of DNA-anticancer and model binding compound interactions by capillary electrophoresis, linear dichroism and circular dichroism’.

Congratulations to this year’s winners and thank you to everyone who entered the competition.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers is a collaborative research venture bringing together six companies, two Commonwealth Government research laboratories and eleven Universities.  Its research covers health therapies and delivery, water and food security and polymer solar cells.

The Centre sponsors up to two prizes for a report based on project work in any field of polymer science or engineering. The prize includes a cash component of $1,500 and financial support to enable attendance at the annual Australasian Polymer Symposium (35APS). The competition is open to all students who have completed a research project as part of the requirement for a Bachelors or Honours degree in a relevant area of engineering, materials science or chemistry during 2014.

The report may be the student’s final year project report or honours thesis. It is expected that the project report will be a concise, high-quality document of original, well presented science and technology. The research reported must have been conducted and written up by the applicant. A statement to this effect, signed by the student’s supervisor, should accompany the application.

The report will be reviewed for scientific merit, creativity, originality and presentation by a panel appointed by a nominee of the RACI Polymer Division Standing Committee. Competition entries (four copies of your thesis and four copies of the application form) should be submitted to the address below. The 2015 CRC for Polymers prize round will be announced in November 2015.

Further information: The Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers, 8 Redwood Drive, Notting Hill, Victoria 3168. Phone: 03 9518 0400, Email:

The CRC for Polymers reserves the right to withhold the prize if no applications of sufficient merit are received.

Past Award Recipients

2013 1st Prize: Adam Sutton, The University of Western Sydney
Highly Commended Prizes: Anna Gemmell, The University of Queensland, and
Edward Stephens, the University of New South Wales
2012 Shu Lam, The University of Melbourne
Yaqi Tang, Monash University
2011 Steven Harris Wibowo, The University of Melbourne
Amanda Pearce, The University of Queensland
2010 Robert Brooke, Flinders University
Samantha Passmore, University of Queensland
2009 Jessica Tom, University of Sydney
Adrian Widjaya, University of Melbourne
2008 Johannes Arend van Hensbergen, University of New South Wales
Jing Ming Ren, University of Melbourne
2007 Andrew J Inglis, University of New South Wales
Kelly Tsang, Monash University
2006 Shannon Little, University of Wollongong
2005 Jennifer Hodgson, Australian National University
2004 Kylie Varcoe, University of Queensland
2003 Hugh Chaffey-Millar, University of New South Wales
2002 Karina George, QUT
2001 Simon Angus, University of New South Wales
2000 Jeffrey Castro, University of Sydney
1999 Elissa Dymke, University of Wollongong
1998 Ben Muir, Monash University
1997 J McNicol, Australian National University
1996 M Griffiths, University of Sydney
1995 A Mayr, Monash University