Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division

A Division of the American Chemical Society

The Anselme Payen Award

The Anselme Payen Award is international, and all scientists conducting research in the field of cellulose are eligible for nomination. This award includes a bronze medal and an honorarium of $3,000, given by the ACS Cellulose and Renewable Materials (CELL) Division to honor and encourage outstanding professional contributions to the science and chemical technology of cellulose and its allied products.

Selection of the awardee is based on the application package. These are individually ranked by a panel of nine judges who are appointed by the current Chair-Elect and are unknown to each other. Three judges rotate off the panel each year. The identity of all members is known only to the Chair of the awards committee who compiles the results. After the awardee accepts, the Chair of the Awards Committee announces the winner at the next Spring ACS meeting. The awardee for that year is honored at the following Spring ACS meeting at a Symposium and Banquet. The award bears the year the winner was announced. It is presented the following year to allow time for organization of the Symposium and Banquet.

Nomination Form

A Nomination Form has been developed as a guide and should not restrict the scope of the nomination. For a copy of the Nomination Form, click here (MS Word document).

The complete nomination package for this Award should consist of: 

  • A Nomination Form (maximum 5 pages)
  • 2 support letters
compiled into one pdf and submit via email to the division's awards chair by July 1.

History of the Award

This award is named for the distinguished French scientist who discovered cellulose, and pioneered in the chemistry of both cellulose and lignin. He was the first to attempt separation of wood into its component parts. After treating different woods with nitric acid he obtained a fibrous substance common to all which he also found in cotton and other plants. His analysis revealed the chemical formula of the substance to be C6H10O5. He reported the discovery and the first results of this classic work in 1838 in Comptes Rendus. The name "cellulose" was coined and introduced into the scientific literature in 1839.

Anselme Payen Award Recipients

Year

2018

2017

2016

2015 

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002 

2001

2000

1999

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

1993

1992

1991

1990

1989

1988

1987

1986

1985

1984

1983

1982

1981 

1980

1979

1978

1977

1976

1975

1974

1973

1972

1971 

1970

1969

1968

1967

1966

1965 

1964

1963 

1962 

Awardee

Orlando Rojas

Junji Sugiyama

Kevin Edgar

Akira Isogai

Thomas Rosenau

John Ralph

Hans-Peter Fink

Lina Zhang

J. Thomas Heinze

Alfred D. French

Fumiaki Nakatsubo

Fumitaka Horii

Charles Buchanan

Peter Zugenmaier

Dieter Klemm

Deborah P. Delmer

R. St. John Manley

Liisa Viikari

Wolfgang G. Glasser

John Blackwell 

Rajai H. Atalla

Joseph L. McCarthy

S. Haig Zeronian

Josef Gratzl

Geoffrey N. Richards

Derek Gray

Josef Gierer

Henri Chanzy

Junzo Nakano

Anatole Sarko

Bengt Ranby

Takayoshi Higuchi

R. Malcolm Brown, Jr.

Orlando A. Battista

Jett C. Arthur, Jr.

Reginald D. Preston

Erich Adler

Stanley P. Rowland

Olof Samuelson

Kyosti V. Sarkanen

W. Howard Rapson

W. Kyle Ward, Jr.

Robert H. Marchessault

J. K. N. Jones

V. T. Stannett

D. A. I. Goring

Conrad Schuerch

Tore E. Timell

Wilson A. Reeves

Stanley G. Mason

Alfred J. Stamm

Roy L. Whistler

Wayne A. Sisson

Carl Johan Malm

Harold Morton Spurlin

Clifford Burroughs Purves

Louis Elsburg Wise 

Institution

Aalto University

Kyoto University

Virginia Tech

University of Tokyo

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research

Wuhan University

Friedrich Schiller University of Jena

USDA, ARS, Southern Regional Research Center

Kyoto University

Kyoto University

Eastman Chemical Company

Clausthal University of Technology

Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

The Rockefeller Foundation

McGill University

VTT Biotechnology

Virginia Tech

Case Western Reserve University

USDA Forest Products Laboratory

University of Washington

University of California, Davis

North Carolina State University

University of Montana

Paprican, McGill University

Royal Institute of Technology

CERMAV, Grenoble

University of Tokyo

SUNY College of Env. Sci. & Forestry

Royal Institute of Technology

Kyoto University

The University of Texas at Austin

The O. A. Battista Research Institute

USDA, ARS, Southern Regional Research Center

Leeds University

Chalmers University of Technology

USDA, ARS, Southern Reg. Res. Center

Chalmers University of Technology

University of Washington

University of Toronto

The Institute of Paper Chemistry

University of Montreal

Queens University

North Carolina State University

McGill University

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

USDA, ARS, Southern Regional Research Center

McGill University

USDA Forest Products Lab

Purdue University

American Viscose

Eastman Kodak

Hercules

McGill University 

The Institute of Paper Chemistry

Companies Contributing to the Anselme Payen Award Fund

American Cyanamid Company
AVC Division of FMC Corporation
Buckeye Cellulose Company
Continental Can Company
Crown Zellerbach Foundation*
The Dow Chemical Company*
Eastex Incorporated
FMC Corporation
The Gillette Research Institute
Eastman Kodak Company*
Hercules Incorporated
International Paper Company
Midland-Ross Corporation (Industrial Rayon Division)
Monsanto Charitable Trust
Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation
Pennwalt Chemical Foundation
Rayonier Incorporated
Stauffer Chemical Company

*Contributed twice

Societe de Chimie Biologique and the membership of the Division have contributed funds for a mold for the medal.

Last revised: June 21, 2017

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