Nobel laureate to present distinguished lecture at Atofina Chemicals research center

Professor Alan G. MacDiarmid, 2000 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, will present the 2002 Atofina Chemicals Distinguished Lecture at Atofina’s Research Center in King of Prussia, PA on Thursday, January 24, 2002.

Professor MacDiarmid, Blanchard Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak on “Synthetic Metals: A Novel Role for Conductive Polymers.” He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2000 for his work in the field of electrically conductive polymers; Professor MacDiarmid was the founder and is a leading investigator in this area.In 1973 he discovered the first conductive polymer and developed the basis for numerous potential applications, including light-emitting diodes.

Atofina Chemicals, Inc. funds a graduate fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, alternating yearly between chemistry and chemical engineering and has ongoing collaboration with that leading university. “What an inspiration to have the father of conductive polymers with our researchers for a day”, said Dr. L. Louis Hegedus, Atofina’s senior vice president for research and development. “Atofina is a leading developer and manufacturer of performance polymers, and we are looking forward to in-depth discussions.”

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