European Polymer Federation Prize

The Board of the European Polymer Federation is pleased to announce that the EPF Prize for 2022 has been awarded to Christopher Barner-Kowollik, “for pioneering work in the field of macromolecular photochemistry enabling unprecedented access to polymer design, spatially resolved interface functionalization and advanced photoresists technology”.
The Prize will be presented during a Special session at the EPF Congress.    

Prof. Dr. Christopher Barner-Kowollik, FRSC, FRACI
A graduate in chemistry from Göttingen University (PhD Advisor M. Buback), Germany, Christopher Barner-Kowollik joined the University of New South Wales, Sydney, in early 2000 (Post-Doctoral Advisor T. Davis) rising to lead the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design in 2006 as one of its directors and professorial chair. He returned to Germany to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2008, where he established and led a German Research Council funded Centre of Excellence in soft matter synthesis and served as the Head of School of the School of Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry at the KIT. Following a period as an adjunct professor and collaborator with QUT, he moved to Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in early 2017 and established QUT’s Soft Matter Materials Laboratory, one of the world’s premier macromolecular laboratories. He authored over 700 peer-reviewed publications in leading journals (cited over 39 000 times) and was thus far plenary and invited speaker at 230 conferences and research institutions, having been awarded multiple national and international awards.


The Board of the European Polymer Federation (EPF) has established the “European Polymer Federation Prize” to recognize outstanding accomplishment and excellence of contributions in research in polymer science and contributions to the strengthening of the polymer science community.
The prize consists of 5,000 € and a Certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient.
The Prize is presented during a Special Session during the European Polymer Congress, which is organized by the EPF.

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations are open to all scientists of all nations regardless of membership in the Societies-Members of EPF or the geographical location in which the work was carried out. The Prize shall ordinarily be awarded to one person but a Prize may be shared when all the recipients have contributed to the same accomplishments. Nominations are active for two cycles.

Nomination & Selection Process

The nomination package must include:

  • A nomination letter of not more than 5,000 characters describing the qualifications of the nominee(s)
  • The nominee’s CV
  • A list of the most important publications
  • At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters in support of the nomination
  • Up to five reprints or preprints of seminal works by the nominee(s)

Deadline: Friday, December 31, 2021