Lifetime award voor TOP Scientist Bert Klumperman

Universiteit Stellenbosch heeft oud DPI onderzoeker Bert Klumperman "a Lifetime Award" toegekend voor zijn uitmundende bijdrage op het gebied van Wetenschap, Engineering en Technologie en Innovatie in Zuid Afrika.


Two of Stellenbosch University (SU)'s eminent scientists received national acclaim on Thursday (30 June 2016) for their outstanding contributions to their respective research fields.




Prof Bert Klumperman, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science, and Prof Michael Samways, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, won National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)/South32Awards. These awards recognise, celebrate and reward outstanding excellence in Science, Engineering, Technology (SET) and Innovation in South Africa.


Klumperman, who has been involved with SU since 1998, is regarded as a world leader in Polymer Science, especially for his work on nanomedicine and the use of polymers for biomedical applications in collaboration with colleagues from other faculties at SU. Over the past few years, several patent applications have been filed on inventions that emanated from Klumperman's research group. Some of these patent applications have received significant interest from companies for potential commercialisation.


Klumperman received an A-rating from the National Research Foundation and also won the Gold Medal of the South African Chemical Institute (2013) and the SASOL Chemistry Innovator of the Year Award (2015). He holds the SARChi Chair in Advanced Macromolecular Architectures, co-authored around 170 scientific publications and supervised many postgraduate students.


"I feel very honoured by receiving this Lifetime Award at the relatively young age of 53," Klumperman said. "We are busy setting up a Centre for Nanomedicine and in that I hope to continue my work for the next 15 or 20 years with great relevance to society."


De NTSF GreenMatter Award ging naar Professor Samways voor zijn bijdrage aan biodiversiteit.


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Judith Tesser
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