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Associate Professor Sebastien Perrier wins Royal Australian Chemical Institute medal



2 December 2009

Associate Professor Sebastien Perrier, from the School of Chemistry, has won the 2009 Rennie Memorial Medal from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Associate Professor Sebastien Perrier, from the School of Chemistry, is presented with the 2009 Rennie Memorial Medal by Professor Bob Watts, President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
Associate Professor Sebastien Perrier, from the School of Chemistry, is presented with the 2009 Rennie Memorial Medal by Professor Bob Watts, President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

The medal was presented by Professor Bob Watts, President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, at an awards ceremony held on 27 November 2009 in Melbourne.

Awarded each year from 1931, the Rennie Memorial Medal is awarded to an outstanding chemistry researcher who has made an exceptional contribution towards the development of their branch of chemistry and has less than eight years of professional experience.

"Receiving the Rennie Memorial Medal is a great honour and I am very proud to follow on the impressive list of past awardees," said Associate Professor Perrier.

"It is a fantastic acknowledgment of my contribution to chemical science, and polymer chemistry in particular. I am also very proud to receive this award after having come to Australia only two years ago - it is great to receive such an acknowledgment from the Australian community.

"Most importantly, I see this award as a team award: it is the hard work of my research group that allowed us to make such an impact in the field. This award is as much theirs as mine!"

The Board of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute judge the award based on the research work published by candidates during the ten years immediately preceding the award.

When presenting the medal, Professor Bob Watts acknowledged Associate Professor Perrier's contribution to polymer chemistry through his key discoveries and publications, despite his young age. Professor Watts also highlighted the very high number of citations Associate Professor Perrier's work has received in recent years.

See photos from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute's 2009 National Awards Night at: www.raci.org.au/page/Awards/RACI-2009-National-Awards-Night.htm

Read more about the Rennie Memorial Medal at: www.raci.org.au/page/Awards/Index-of-Awards/National-Awards/Rennie-Memorial-Medal.htm


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