ZURICH, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwired) -- Quadrant, a global leader in the manufacturing of high-performance thermoplastics and composites, conferred the coveted international "Quadrant Award" for the sixth time on Friday, January 30, 2015.
The international invitation to submit entries for the award, which has the goal to reward academic excellence, was addressed to graduates who had written a doctoral thesis in the field of "Materials and processes related to engineering and high-performance plastics and composites" between October 1, 2012, and September 30, 2014.
Of the four prizewinners, the US researcher Dr. Peter DeMuth won the first prize of EUR 15 000 for his thesis titled "Engineered Microneedles for Transcutaneous Vaccine Delivery" for outstanding creativity in transforming elements of fundamental engineering and science into a product concept of high societal potential. The work covers a broad spectrum of engineering problem solving and understanding of bioengineering concepts in order to reach commercially viable vaccine delivery products. Dr. DeMuth wrote his thesis at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. After completing his doctorate in 2013, Dr. DeMuth joined Vedantra Pharmaceuticals, a Boston-based biotech company focused on materials science approaches for immunotherapy in oncology, where he now serves as Senior Scientist for pre-clinical research.
The other three Quadrant Award winners, who have won prizes of EUR 5 000 each, are (in alphabetical order): Dr. Darshil Upendra Shah (India), University of Nottingham, UK, post-doctoral position at Cambridge University, UK, developing wood and bamboo composites for the construction of sustainable, tall buildings; Dr. Jing Yan (China), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, post-doctoral position in Mechanical Engineering & Molecular Biology at Princeton University, USA, and Dr. Rong Yang (China) / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, post-doctoral position, Department of Anesthesia / Department of Chemical Engineering at Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. The event took place at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and the agenda included for the first time also presentations from industry leaders.
The next Quadrant Award is planned to be conferred in 2017.
Quadrant is a leading global manufacturer of high-performance thermoplastic materials in the form of semi-finished products and finished parts. The company has locations in 20 countries and more than 2 000 employees.