The recently announced Arkema–Académie des Sciences Prize for Innovation in Chemistry for Sustainable Materials is intended to reward a scientist of international standing in the field of materials. It specifically rewards scientific work that contributes to the development of innovative materials at the service of environmental protection and sustainability (e.g., bio-sourced, recyclable, high-performance, and lightweight materials for renewable energy, sustainable construction, or mobility).
Arkema reports that it is keen to encourage research in innovative and environmentally friendly materials, which are key for society at large, by joining forces with the prestigious Académie des Sciences. With its multidisciplinary approach and high academic standards, the academy is committed to scientific development, promotes science education, and fosters the transfer of knowledge and international cooperation.
“This prize will reward highly talented scientists working to improve the environment,” said Armand Ajdari, Arkema’s R&D chief technology officer. “It is perfectly in line with Arkema’s new brand signature: ‘Innovative Materials for a Sustainable World.’ It reflects our belief that scientific research and technological innovation will be major contributors to the positive development of society.”
According to Patrick Flandrin, president of the Académie des Sciences, “The Académie des sciences is particularly committed to encouraging major scientific advances, including those that matter to society. By creating this Prize for Innovation in Chemistry for Sustainable Materials, in partnership with Arkema, the Académie des sciences demonstrates its concern for environmental protection and sustainability.”
The Arkema–Académie des Sciences Prize for Innovation in Chemistry for Sustainable Materials will be awarded annually for scientific breakthroughs in the development, understanding, or application of sustainable materials (i.e., materials whose life cycle and use lead to major environmental benefits). The Académie des Sciences will launch a call for proposals at the beginning of the year, specifying the terms for submitting and presenting applications. The prize, which comes with a €25,000 (approximately $28,000) award, will be given every year in the fall at a ceremony at the academy’s premises in Paris.