Prize Recipient

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Klaus Schmidt-Rohr
Iowa State University


"For his creative development of new NMR methods and their insightful use to elucidate polymer structure and dynamics."


Klaus Schmidt-Rohr received his diploma in Physics in 1989, and a Ph.D. "summa cum laude" in 1991, both from the University of Mainz, Germany, working with H.W. Spiess at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research. He became a staff scientist at the institute in 1992. He then spent two years in the group of Alex Pines at UC Berkeley, with a postdoctoral fellowship from the BASF AG / German National Scholarship Foundation. He joined the faculty of the Department of Polymer Science & Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1995 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997. In 2000, he moved to the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University. His research is focussed on characterizing the dynamics and structure of semicrystalline and glassy polymers by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), the development of new solid-state NMR techniques for this purpose and the elucidation of structure - property relations in solid polymers. Awards: Otto0Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society (1991); Rudolf-Kaiser Prize of the German Physical Society (1996); Beckman Young Investigator Award (1996); Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2000). Professional memberships: American Physical Society, German Physical Society, American Chemical Society, International Society of Magnetic Resonance.

Selection Committee:

Kenneth Steven Schweizer (Chair), Barry L. Farmer, Scott Milner, Anna C. Balazs, Andrew J. Lovinger