CRC for Polymers Prize


The Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers is a collaborative research venture bringing together 24 partners, drawn from Government research laboratories, universities, industrial manufacturers and end users, our network unites Australia’s leading polymer researchers to create real world solutions. 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 an agreed major national conference*. 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 the year 2016.

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.

Further information and Application forms may be obtained from

The Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers,

8 Redwood Drive, Notting Hill, Victoria 3168.

Phone: 03 9518 0400, Email:

Competition entries can either be emails in soft copy PDF format to the email above, or if students prefer to send hard copies, two copies of your thesis should be submitted to the above address. All applications should include the application form (PDF).

The closing date for this competition is Monday 12 December 2016.

* The CRCP will provide funding for the prize winner to an agreed conference.  Organisation and payment for the conference prize needs to occur before June 30 2017.

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


Winners 2015


Ms Molly Rowe – 1st place winner – The University of New South Wales 

‘Beetlejuice: Rational Synthesis of Hydrophobic copolymers with high glass transition temperatures and their uses in micropatterned surface coatings for atmospheric water capture’.


Mr Leo De Waal – Runner up winner - The University of Queensland 

‘FRP strengthening options for existing pre-stressed concrete bridge deck units’.

Past Award Recipients

  • Joint 1st prize winners: Mr Fanyi Li, Monash University and Mr Lewis Chambers, the University of Queensland
  • Highly Commended Prize: Ms Danielle Taylor, University of Western Sydney.
  • 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
  • Shu Lam, The University of Melbourne
  • Yaqi Tang, Monash University
  • Steven Harris Wibowo, The University of Melbourne
  • Amanda Pearce, The University of Queensland
  • Robert Brooke, Flinders University
  • Samantha Passmore, University of Queensland
  • Jessica Tom, University of Sydney
  • Adrian Widjaya, University of Melbourne
  • Johannes Arend van Hensbergen, University of New South Wales
  • Jing Ming Ren, University of Melbourne
  • Andrew J Inglis, University of New South Wales
  • Kelly Tsang, Monash University
  • Shannon Little, University of Wollongong
  • Jennifer Hodgson, Australian National University
  • Kylie Varcoe, University of Queensland
  • Hugh Chaffey-Millar, University of New South Wales
  • Karina George, QUT
  • Simon Angus, University of New South Wales
  • Jeffrey Castro, University of Sydney
  • Elissa Dymke, University of Wollongong
  • Ben Muir, Monash University
  • J McNicol, Australian National University
  • M Griffiths, University of Sydney
  • A Mayr, Monash University