Branching out earns RSC tribute

The 2012 Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry has been awarded to Craig Hawker, Director of the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of California Santa Barbara. Hawker is renowned for his pioneering work in the synthesis of novel polymers, such as starburst dendrimers, and his inspirational efforts that have influenced a generation of chemists. "I am thrilled with this honor, which is really a reflection of the wonderful students and researchers that work with me, coupled with the tremendous environment for multidisciplinary research that has been created at UCSB," Hawker says. "Having world-class colleagues and collaborators makes the hard work fun."