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Paul garners third national award this year

     Dr. Don R. Paul received his third national engineering award this year when the American Chemical Society announced his selection as the recipient of the E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry. Paul is the holder of the Melvin H. Gertz Regents Chair in Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

     The American Institute of Chemical Engineers also recently recognized Paul's work with plastics when it gave him its' William H. Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions to Chemical Engineering Literature. Paul's other award this year was the Council for Chemical Research's Pruitt Award.

     The Murphree Award's purpose is to stimulate fundamental research in industrial and engineering chemistry, the development of chemical engineering principles and their application to industrial processes. The winner must have accomplished outstanding research of a theoretical or experimental nature in the fields of industrial chemistry or chemical engineering. The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate which will be presented to Paul on March 23, 1999 in Anaheim, Calif.

     Paul, a professor of materials science and engineering, joined the UT Austin Department of Chemical Engineering in 1967, where he has helped develop the field of polymer blends. Polymer blends, or plastics, are used extensively for a huge variety of industrial products, especially many common consumer products. He has studied the fundamental properties of such blends for more than 30 years and has established clear rules and procedures for calculations on whether or not two or more polymers or copolymers are capable of being mixed under given conditions.

     A member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1988, he was named a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus of his alma mater, North Carolina State University, in 1994. He is a founder of UT's Separations Research Program, founded the Center for Polymer Research at UT Austin and is now the director of the newly formed and rapidly growing Texas Materials Institute.

     He has been the editor of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research since 1986, and served on many boards of the National Research Council, the U.S. Army, and as an academic advisor for the Industrial Research Institute. Dr. Paul collaborates his research at UT Austin with several global companies, bringing industrial researchers to UT and students to industry.

Past press releases concerning Paul are available at the following two addresses:

Paul receives award, delivering profit to UT Chemical Engineering
UT Austin establishes Texas Materials Institute