Introducing the winners of the 2020 Materials Today EPJ Award

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Materials Today EPJ Award. Through this biennial award, our editors and board members endeavour to support mid-career researchers to advance their research.

Prize winners:

  • First Prize – Kai Zhang, Fudan University, China; Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany

Porous aromatic frameworks with precisely controllable conjugation lengths for visible light-driven photocatalytic selective C-H activation reactions


  • Second Prize – John Matson, Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery, Macromolecules Innovation Institute, United States

Tuning small molecule release from polymer micelles: Varying H2S release through crosslinking in the micelle core


  • Third Prize - Paul Wilson, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Synthesis and self-assembly of corona-functionalised polymeric arsenical nanoparticles


Interested in finding out more? The nominated and awarded papers are freely available to read for the coming 12 months.


Award committee:

  • Richard Hoogenboom, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Remzi Becer, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
  • Cyrille Boyer, University of New South Wales School of Chemical Engineering, Australia
  • Changle Chen, University of Science and Technology of China, China
  • Mike Shaver, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Frederik Wurm, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Yanlei Yu, Fudan University, China


European Polymer Journal is dedicated to publishing work on fundamental and applied polymer chemistry and macromolecular materials. The journal covers all aspects of polymer synthesis, including polymerization mechanisms and chemical functional transformations, with a focus on novel polymers and the relationships between molecular structure and polymer properties. In addition, we welcome submissions on bio-based or renewable polymers, stimuli-responsive systems and polymer bio-hybrids. European Polymer Journal also publishes research on the biomedical application of polymers, including drug delivery and regenerative medicine.