Dr. Joseph C. Salamone Honoured with Herman F. Mark Technology Medal 2005.

Date: Monday, May 23, 2005.
Place: Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Joseph C. Salamone, an acclaimed polymer chemist whose research has led to breakthroughs in contact lenses, wound dressings and drug-release technologies, received the 2005 Herman F. Mark Technology Award from the Polymer Research Institute of Polytechnic University. The award was presented on May 12, at an alumni dinner held in conjunction with the Innovations at the Interface of Polymers and Biology Symposium, hosted by the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences and Engineering.

Salamone, vice president of research, development and engineering at Bausch & Lomb, is credited for pioneering research in the field of solution properties of polyelectrolytes and their interactions with surfaces. He received his doctorate in chemistry from Polytechnic in 1967 under the guidance of Professor Charles G. Overberger. After distinguishing himself as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of Liverpool and as a Horace Rackham postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, he was appointed professor of chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He later served as department head and dean of the College of Pure and Applied Science. He is now professor emeritus.

Before joining Bausch & Lomb, he co-founded the Polymer Technology Corp., Rochal Industries and Optimers Inc. He is editor of the Polymeric Materials Encyclopedia, Concise Polymeric Materials Encyclopedia and Catalysis in Polymer Synthesis, holds over 100 patents and has published 170 technical papers. He was the recipient of the 2004 American Chemical Society Award in Industrial Chemistry for his research developing biomaterial products for ophthalmology and skin-care treatment. Other awards that he has received are the Kyoto University Medal and the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Polytechnic University.










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