Professor Costantino Creton, Directeur de Recherche at the CNRS, (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) is to be the next recipient of the Society for Adhesion & Adhesives' Wake Memorial Medal, which is to be presented at the international ‘Adhesion 11' conference to be held in York in September 2011.
Professor Creton is distinguished for providing a basic and novel understanding of the adhesion of pressure-sensitive adhesives and other soft polymers, including bio-polymers'.
He attended École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland where he obtained a Materials Science and Engineering degree in 1985. This was followed by a Master of Science from Cornell University, USA in 1988 and a Ph.D. from the same university in 1991. He received a Habilitation in Physics at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris in 1999.
His work experience has included a year (1992-93) at the IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, USA as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, an eighteen month spell (1993-94) at ESPCI, Paris, France as a Swiss National Research Fund Senior Fellow. From 1994 until 2001 he was Chargé de Recherche 1ère classe at CNRS, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Polymers, ESPCI, Paris. He has occupied his current post since October 2001. Extended overseas stays have included two months in 1996 as an invited professor at the l'Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and another two months as visiting scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA in 1999.
In 2002 he was awarded Prix Polymères of the French Polymer Group whilst in 2007 he received the Prix Dédale of La Société Française du Vide: Section Française de l'Adhésion and in the following year he accepted the Polymer Physics Prize from the Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics.
The prestigious Wake Memorial Medal is awarded triennially to a worker in the field of either adhesion or adhesives. The award of this medal is open to all - including workers in academia, industry and research institutes - and is made in recognition of outstanding contributions from an individual over a substantial period, and Costantino Creton is the eighth individual to receive the award.
Contact Malcolm Bowditch, tel: +44 (0)1202 696610.
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