Prize Recipient

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Lewis John Fetters
Exxon Research and Engineering


"For transforming the art of anionic polymerization into a powerful tool of polymer physics, creating and using polymers with precisely defined molecular architectures to advance our understanding of entanglement, miscibility, and microphase separation."


Dr. Lewis Fetters received his BA in Chemistry from the College of Wooster in 1958 and his Ph.D in Chemistry from the University of Akron in 1962. He then completed a postdoctoral program at the Polymer Division of the National Bureau of Standards (now N.I.S.T.) from 1963 to 1965. From 1965 to 1967, he worked as a chemist in the same division at the National Bureau of Standards. In 1967 he joined the faculty at the University of Akron, Department of Polymer Science as a Professor where he remained until 1983 when he became associated with the Exxon Research and Engineering Company. He has made many technological and scientific contributions to the study of polymer science.

Dr. Fetters is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Chemical Society. He has received a number of awards including the Creative Polymer Science Award in 1981 from the Polymer Division of the ACS, and the Applied Polymer Science Award to be presented in March, 2000 by the ACS.

Selection Committee:

Anna Christina Balazs (Chair), William W. Grassley, Charles C. Han ('99 Recipient), Kenneth Steven Schweizer (Vice Chair), Marshall Fixman