Hometown award

Martien Cohen Stuart of the Wageningen University in the Netherlands is this year's recipient of the AkzoNobel Science Award for his renowned research into the physical chemistry of soft condensed matter. Cohen Stuart will officially receive the AkzoNobel Science Award in Haarlem on October 1 at the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities - the organization responsible for selecting the winner. The event will be given extra significance by the fact that Haarlem is Cohen Stuart’s home town. Stuart's extensive theoretical knowledge and ability to turn fundamental discoveries into innovations has revealed much about how molecules organize themselves to endow materials with specific properties, such as softness, elasticity and transparency.