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Materials science and engineering professors recognized for research collaboration spanning more than 30 years

John Rabolt, the Karl. W. and Renate Böer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and D. Bruce Chase, a research professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, both at the University of Delaware, have received the 2018 Award for Cooperative Research in Polymer Science and Engineering from the American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering. 

They were honored at a symposium on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the national American Chemical Society annual meeting in New Orleans. They received the award at the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering and Division of Polymer Chemistry joint awards reception on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

Rabolt and Chase, known for bridging the gap between academia and industry, have invented technologies and methods that have been widely adopted by scientists and engineers worldwide. For example, in the 1980s, they co-developed Fourier Transform Raman (FT-Raman) spectroscopy, which uses lasers to probe the structure and properties of polymers. FT-Raman spectroscopy is currently used in thousands of laboratories worldwide.