Olney Medal 2012 to be bestowed

AATCC American Association for Textile Chemists and Colourists will honour Charles Yang as the 2012 recipient of the Olney Medal for outstanding achievement in the field of textile chemistry. The Olney Medal is the Association’s highest honour

CQYang-OlneyYang is a world-renowned scholar in the fields of cotton durable press finishing and flame retardant finishing. He has published over 180 articles in peer reviewed journals, as well as ten peer-reviewed book chapters, and he holds seven patens – one of which is recognised in seven countries.

He began his research in textile chemistry as a graduate student at Kansas State <university and continued his research on chemical and instrumental analysis of fibres and fabrics at Marshall University. After joining the University of Georgia, Yang extended his research to textile functional finishing. His contributions are three specific areas: flame retardant finishing of cotton, cotton blends, non-formaldehyde durable press finishing of cotton using multifunctional carboxylic acids, and chemical and instrumental analysis of chemically modified textile fibres.

Yang holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University in 1969, an M.S. in Polymer Chemistry from Nanjing University in 1981, and a PHD in Analytical Chemistry from Kansas State University in 1987.

He was an assistant professor for the department of Chemistry at Marshall University from 1987 to 1990. He joined the faculty at the department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors at the University of Georgia in 1990 as an associate professor and was promoted to professor in 1995. In 1998 he received the Creative Research Medal of the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia Chapter of GammaSigma Delta Senior Faculty Award in 2004. He is a member of AATCC since 2002 and served on the MillsonAward Committee from 2004 – 2007 and chaired this committee in 2008. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society and The Fibre Society.

The official ceremony will be a highlight of AATCC’s annual International Conference to be held on April 11, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, South Carolina (USA) and the Olney Medal will be presented to Yang at the Awards Luncheon and Yang will deliver the traditional Olney Medal Address on April 11 at 8.25 a.m. and his theme is ”Crosslinking of Cellulose by Multifunctional Carboxylic Acids to Improve Cotton Wrinkle- and Fire-Resistance”. The award consists of a gold medal, a scroll, and an honorarium.

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