Sep 27, 2021
Professor Richard Kaner
Professor Richard Kaner wins the ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the science or technology of plastics, coatings, polymer composites, adhesives, and related fields.  
Kaner is the first UCLA faculty member to receive the prestigious award.
From UCLA Newsroom (by Stuart Wolpert) - September 27, 2021:
Richard Kaner wins award from American Chemical Society
Richard Kaner, who is the Dr. Myung Ki Hong Professor of Materials Innovation at UCLA, was selected to receive the 2022 American Chemical Society’s Award in Applied Polymer Science. The award, sponsored by Eastman Chemical Company, recognizes “outstanding achievements in the science or technology of plastics, coatings, polymer composites, adhesives and related fields.” He will be presented the award at the National ACS meeting in San Diego, in March.
Richard Kaner (Penny Jennings/UCLA)
Kaner, a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and of materials science and engineering, is among the world’s most influential and highly cited scientific researchers. Among his many awards and honors, he was elected a 2020 fellow of the American Physical Society and selected as the recipient of the American Institute of Chemists 2019 Chemical Pioneer Award, which honors chemists and chemical engineers who have made outstanding contributions that advance the science of chemistry or greatly impact the chemical profession. He is a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA.
Kaner and his research team have designed a series of remarkable materials. These include creating a membrane that separates oil from water and cleans up the debris left by oil fracking and scaling up a single layer of carbon known as graphene for use in energy storage devices. His research spans a wide range of topics within materials science and inorganic chemistry.
Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,