Dreyfus Prize bestowed in Chemical Sciences

The American Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation in New York announced that R. Graham Cooks, the Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University (USA), is the recipient of the 2013 Dreyfus Prize in Chemical Sciences, conferred this year in chemical instrumentation

UnbenanntckThe international prize, awarded biennially, consists of USD 250000, a citation, and a medal. The award ceremony will be held at Purdue University in autumn and will feature a lecture by Professor Cooks.

Graham Cooks is recognised internationally as an innovative giant in the field of mass spectrometry who has enriched analytical chemistry in unparalleled ways. Virtually every pharmaceutical and biotechnology company relies on mass spectrometry at a level that has become possible, in part, through Cook’s innovations.

Mass spectrometry is the science of accurately determining the masses of molecules in a sample from which we can learn the elemental composition of each constituent molecule. Cooks advanced this analytical capability with the introduction of tandem mass spectrometry in which selected ions generated from complex mixtures are further fragmented and masses of the fragment ions determined. By putting together these pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, a picture emerges in ambient desorption/ionisation in which ions from a sample at room temperature in air are introduced into the mass spectrometer for analysis, removing many of the difficulties associated with sample p4rparation and volatilisation in previous, complex mass spectrometric techniques.

In a remarkable accomplishment, Cooks and colleagues have recently created miniature mass spectrometers, enabling the remote deployment of these analytical instruments including under battery power. Mass spectrometers, once roughly as large as an automobile, are now reduced to the size of a shoebox, allowing their widespread use in different sectors.

Richard N. Zare, the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science at Stanford University (USA) and a Board member of the Dreyfus Foundation, stated: “Mass spectrometry has had an extraordinary impact on modern science, and Graham Cooks has changed the field in many important ways. He has developed critical new experimental instruments and methods and applied them to solve significant problems”.

Cook received B.Sc., and PhD degrees from the University Natal, South Africa, and a second PhD from Cambridge University. He has been at Purdue University since 1971. He is the recipient of many honours, among the American Chemical Society awards in Chemical Instrumentation, Mass Spectrometry, Analytical Chemistry, and the F.A. Cotton Award. He was further recognised internationally with both the Robert Boyle Medal and the Centennial Price of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation is a leading non-profit organisation devoted to the advancement of chemical sciences. It was founded in 1946 by chemist, inventor, and businessman Camille Dreyfus, who directed that the Foundation’s purpose is “to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences as means of improving human relations and circumstances.


Texprocess Innovation Awards 2013

Seven high tech systems have been bestowed and will be presented at a separate show during Texprocess (June 10 -13, 2013) in Hall  5.1/6.1 in Frankfurt (D) at Messe Frankfurt

18 firms and 30 products participated in the award process.

The winners bestowed by an expert jury are Brother Internationale Industriemaschinen GmbH for their Bonding Machine BM-1000:, Coats GmbH for Coats Colour Express; Dürkopp Adler AG (the product is not yet public); Nitex Ltd. for C-tex colour; Pfaff Industriesysteme und Maschinen GmbH for an innovative operation system for industrial sewing and welding; Veit GmbH for its Shirt Ironing Machine with automatic moisture control to shorten processing and last but not least Xi’an Europe GmbH for VETRON 5374 Hot Air Welding.

The official award ceremony will take place on June 10, 2013 at the Congress Centre Messe Frankfurt.


Ten Techtextil awards for “Textile Structures for New Building” student competition

In the framework of Techtextil (June 11 -13, 2013) in Frankfurt (D) ten awards for “Textile Structures for New Building” were bestowed in the category of student competition held every two years for students of architecture, civil engineering and product design. The competition has been supported by the International TensiNet association

The award for Macro Architecture goes to the Adaptive Soft Structure project, inspired by the knots of blades of grass. A German student developed adaptive soft façade systems. Through examination of the geometry of pressure fluctuations, the flat elastic surface of the façade was reinforced by flexible wedges. In the same category another award was bestowed to Czech Tensegrity Membrane Tower based on the tensegrity principle with linked elements under tension between isolated spreader bars extended by membrane sails.

The awards for micro Architecture went to the Hungarian Textile structures for biomorphic architecture project, illustrating textile structures in the form of material work. The weaving patterns are made of identical pieces of felt being generated either flat or as 3D curves; the other Hungarian project Metamorphosis Moving consists of a material independent structure of various thin and contoured material layers and offers great flexibility. This effect is achieved by a very thin weaving process and strong threads in the warp direction with the strips of material.

The award for Composites and Hybrid Structures goes to the German ICD –ITKE Research Pavilion 2012 Project and entails a compact and extremely light pavilion made by using digital and robot aided production processes. The spun bundle of carbon and glass fibres are bonded and arranged in a flower like shape.

The awards for Environment and Ecology are bestowed to “Tissue fond – l’Unité flottante, inhabiting Alexander”, offering a way how an old container ship can be used. The aim of a Spanish student was to kewep the structure of the ship but giving the impression of a floating garden. This was enabled by large ventilation and inspection openings in the deck and by integration of supporting textile structures. Bestowed was also another project by Spanish students titled “OL Invaders – Hybrids”, it is an interwoven, two layer structure, designed to be used for cooling in urban environments, combined with vegetation, the hybrid structure is to grow to form a shell of a building. And awarded was also a German project “trans’kin”, a new, open thermal collector with no heat insulation, and based on glass fibre reinforced plastic fabrics. It was developed as a second building shell for sun protection and the generation of energy.

Finally some honourable mentions were granted to German “Entrance Hall Hauswich based on unwanted textiles and self-made wire frames to provide building pillars with a greater spatial quality. The chandelier like constructions form a vertical bearing structure and they allow better lightening conditions. Also mentioned was the German project “Acoustic Wave” by using nonwovens as acoustic medium. It is based on the irrigation and drainage of nonwoven by absorbent material, and in order to control the reflection characteristics.

The official ceremony will take place on June 10, 2013 at the Congress Centre Messe Frankfurt (D)







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