Prof. Benjamin K. Chu

State University of New York, USA

Benjamin Chu is distinguished professor at the Department of Chemistry at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Stony Brook, NY, USA. He made a name for himself with fundamental contributions to the methodology and theory of analytic procedures in polymer science. In over 500 publications and six monographs he has described instrumental developments, measuring procedures and theoretic backgrounds for the application of the X-ray wide and small angle scattering, neutron diffraction, time-resolved scattering phenomena, Raleigh, Brillouin and Raman scattering, fluorescence, Kerr effect and rheological effects in polymers.

Prof. Chu was one of P.J.W. Debye's last students, where he took his doctor's degree at Cornell University. Since 1968 he has been working at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Stony Brook as professor in the Department of Chemistry.

Prof. Chu received the Humboldt Award for Senior U.S. Scientists in 1976/77 and 1992/93. In doing so the second time, he stayed for a research period at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. As a guest of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), he worked as guest professor in Japan several times. Besides, Prof. Chu is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and the American Physical Society. He received the High Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society in 1993 and the Langmuir Distinguished Lecturer Award of the American Chemical Society in 1994.

Ben Chu is honorary professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nankai University, Wuhan University and other universities and academic institutions in China.

With the Gutenberg Lecture Award he is honored for his fundamental work about polymer analytics. Additionally, the polymer scientists in Mainz would like to express their appreciation for the vital cooperation with Prof. Chu over the past years in conjunction with this award.

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left to right: B.K. Chu, J. Michaelis, C. Felser


left to right: B.K. Chu, J. Michaelis


Benjamin K. Chu, Gutenberg Lecture Award 2007