Dr. Richard John Spontak's work has been displayed on the covers of 30 journals, as well as one book.
RALEIGH, NC, August 25, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Richard John Spontak, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Spontak celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Spontak, having garnered a laudable reputation as a distinguished professor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh since 2016, is a talented engineer and innovative educator who has been teaching on campus since 1992. He hailed from the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, where he contributed for over two years as a staff scientist in the Corporate Research Division, beginning in 1989. Dr. Spontak also excelled as a Lars Onsager professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology during 2012.
As a research scientist, Dr. Spontak's primary research interests have focused on the phase behavior and morphology/ property development of nanostructured polymers, polymer nanocomposites, electron microscopy and stimuli-responsive media. He has notably pioneered the development of transmission electron microtomography to study the 3D characteristics of nanoscale polymer morphologies and computational methodologies for detailed analysis of molecular topologies in thermoplastic elastomers. Looking toward the future, Dr. Spontak anticipates conducting additional antimicrobial work to expand the applicability of his recent discovery, which demonstrated the first anionic polymers capable of fully inactivating a broad range of infectious microbes (including MRSA, C. difficile and SARS-CoV-2) in about 5 minutes.
Dr. Spontak has disseminated his research findings by authoring nearly 300 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. His publications have been cited over 13,000 times. He has also contributed numerous monographs and 35 book chapters in his area of expertise, and has served on numerous editorial advisory boards for several significant journals, such as Macromolecules, Langmuir, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, and Materials. Today. Additionally, Dr. Spontak's work has been displayed on the covers of 30 journals, as well as one book.
Dr. Spontak pursued his education at the Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, with honors and high distinction, in 1983and was active in the university's Army Reserve Officers Training Corps. He later attained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley in 1988.Dr. Spontak subsequently completed postdoctoral work in materials science and metallurgy at the University of Cambridge in England and in condensed matter physics at the Institutt for Energiteknikk in Norway.
Lending his expertise to the community, Dr. Spontak has supported the Philippine American Association of North Carolina as its newsletter co-editor. He has also been active as a lay minister in several churches, as an Odyssey of the Mind coach and as a MathCounts coach, in addition to being a Free Mason. Among his industry-related affiliations, Dr. Spontak is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Minerals, Metals and Materials (IOM3), and the Royal Society of Chemistry, as well as a member of several other learned societies and a member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.
Recognized many times for his achievements, Dr. Spontak was most recently named the recipient of the Society of Plastics Engineers International Award in 2015. Other awards include the Lars Onsager Professorship and Medal in 2012, the NC State University College of Engineering Alcoa Distinguished Engineering Research Award in 2012, the IOM3 Colwyn Medal in 2011, as well as several other (inter)national awards. A celebrated Marquis listee, Dr. Spontak has been cited in the first edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering
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