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Fréchet wins 32nd Carothers Award

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Professor Jean M. J. Fréchet
Professor Jean M. J. Fréchet

May 15, 2009

Jean M. J. Fréchet, Henry Rapoport Professor of Chemistry and professor of chemical engineering, has won the 32nd Carothers Award, presented by the Delaware Section of the American Chemical Society.

Fréchet shares the award with Hiroshi Ito of the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA, in recognition of their contributions to the development of chemically amplified resist. This technique allows the manufacturing of microelectronic chips using nanoscale lithography, an enabling technology for further miniaturization of electronic devices as predicted by Moore's Law.

In addition to being a Berkeley professor, Fréchet is a scientific director of the Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Fréchet has authored over 750 scientific papers, holds over 70 patents, is involved in numerous start-up companies, and has received numerous awards worldwide. His research at the interface of organic and polymer chemistry is directed towards functional macromolecules, their design, synthesis, and applications.

The Wallace H. Carothers Award was established by the Delaware Section of the American Chemical Society in 1976 in memory of Wallace H. Carothers, one of the founders of modern polymer chemistry. The purpose of the award is to honor scientific innovators who have made outstanding contributions and advances in industrial applications of chemistry.

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