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Introducing  the award

The Journal of Colloid and Interface Science is currently seeking nominations for the 2016 JCIS - Darsh Wasan Award. The annual award was given for the first time in 2007, for outstanding contributions within surface and colloid chemistry. Initially designated the "JCIS Award for Outstanding Life-time Achievements in Surface and Colloid Chemistry," the award has now been renamed the "JCIS - Darsh Wasan Award" in recognition of the achievements of the previous Editor-in-Chief during his twenty-two years of service.

Professor Junbai Li (Chinese Academy of Sciences) is the winner of the 2016  JCIS - Darsh Wasan Award of the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. The  award will be presented at the 6th International Colloids  Conference, in Berlin.


Journal of Colloid and Interface Science

2016 Winner

Professor Junbai Li has made  outstanding contributions to Colloid and Interface Science. Junbai Li obtained  his PhD degree from the Chemistry Department of Jilin University in 1992. He was  then a postdoctoral fellow in the Interface Department of the Max Planck  Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Germany from 1994-1996. He is currently  a professor at the Institute of Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He  has been an editor of Colloids & Surfaces A since  2005 and a Section-editor of Current Opinion in Colloid  & Interface Science since 2006. His main research interests are  on molecular assemblies of biomimetic systems, self-assembly, biointerfaces,  design and synthesis of bioinspired materials with various nanostructures.

Previous Winners

Professor Keith P Johnston

Professor Keith P Johnston (University of Texas at Austin) is the winner of the 2015 JCIS - Darsh Wasan Award of the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. He has made outstanding contributions to Colloid and Interface Science, and he is one of the most highly cited authors in the field.

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Professor Marie-Paul Pileni

Professor Marie-Paul Pileni, University Pierre & Marie Curie, is recipient of the 2014 JCIS Award for Outstanding Life-time Achievements in Surface and Colloid Chemistry.

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Application Process

Nominations for the 2016 JCIS - Darsh Wasan Award can be submitted by any author or co-author to papers published in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science during 2014-2016, but  nominations must be supported by at least two such authors from different  laboratories. Nominations should include:

1) A nomination letter, clarifying insight into research achievements of the nominee, with particular focus placed on conceptual novelty and breakthrough contributions, on scientific innovation and translation towards applications, and on impact of the work. (Note: 1) Providing a clear and convincing support letter is key for maximizing chances for the nomination. 2) Self-nominations will not be considered.)

2) Support letters from at least one other scientist and Journal of Colloid and Interface Science author familiar with the work of the nominee. Such support letter(s) should come from a different laboratory than the nominating author.

3) A short CV of the nominee (max 5 pages), including details on

  • Education, as well as previous and present positions
  • Assignments (e.g., company Boards and Advisory Boards, appointments in journals, leadership in larger initiatives, academy fellowships, key roles in important committees, etc)
  • Honours and awards
  • List of 20 most important publications, including papers in JCIS

(Note: No further information from the nominee will be considered.)

The Awardee will be selected by a committee consisting of the editors of the Journal of Colloid and Interface  Science, as well as two members from its Advisory Board.

Nominations should be sent as a single pdf file to Rob van Daalen, G.Daalen@elsevier.com, by 15 December 2015. Questions on the award can also be directed to Professor Martin Malmsten, Editor-in-Chief, martin.malmsten@farmaci.uu.se.

The Awardee is expected to deliver a Plenary Lecture at the 6th International Colloids Conference in Berlin, 19 - 22 June 2016 as well as a feature article manuscript on the award lecture, to be published in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, subject to peer review. The Awardee will receive a 2,500 EUR honorarium, free registration at the 6th International Colloids Meeting, as well as travel reimbursement.