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Melbourne professors win top science prize

18-10-2011
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Professors Ezio Rizzardo and David Solomon from the CSIRO and the University of Melbourne have won the Prime Minister’s 2011 Prize for Science.

The $300,000 prize recognises their work in reinventing polymer science by devising a means of custom building plastics and other polymers for plastic solar cells, drug delivery, paints, adhesives, lubricants and everything in between.

Their techniques are employed in the laboratories and factories of DuPont, L’Oréal, IBM, 3M, Dulux and more than 60 other companies. Their work has been cited more than 12,000 times in the scientific literature and is integral to more than 500 patents.

Full citations, photos, videos and overlay are available at: www.innovation.gov.au/scienceprizes

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