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Adhesives "Legend" awarded the 2004 de Bruyne Medal

Published on 2005-09-09. Author : SpecialChem

The late Dr. Bill Lees has been named as the fourth recipient to receive the prestigious de Bruyne Medal following a lifetime's work leading innovation within the industry.

Sponsored by Huntsman, the de Bruyne Medal honours Norman de Bruyne, the founder of Aero Research Limited and the company in which Huntsman has its roots. The de Bruyne Medal is awarded every two to three years in recognition of the recipient's personal contribution to innovation in the field of adhesives-related technology. It recognises specific novel technical achievements where theoretical science can be shown to have been translated into viable commercial applications.

Known as the adhesives "legend" Dr Lees had a distinguished 35-year career within the industry. He developed entirely new chemical and construction technologies for soil stabilisation and controlling water flow in the field of Civil Engineering. The new techniques were successfully used in the construction and repair of many tunnels and dams, including the Boulby Potash Mine (ICI), which at the time - and probably still is – the biggest, deepest and highest pressure, at 5000 psi, grouting operation ever carried out.

Dr Lees and his team also developed innovative techniques for manufacturing anaerobic adhesives and sealing compounds. His department introduced cyanoacrylates manufacture to the UK as well as developing a range of toughened adhesives and sealants. His innovative work became well known across several diverse areas. One of Dr Lees' enduring legacies is the development of the expert system – ‘PAL' – used for guiding adhesive selection by the end-user. The program has been widely acclaimed and was exhibited for two years by the DTI as a fine example of its type. It was also awarded a Certificate of Merit by the British Computer Society.

Huntsman has strong ties to the de Bruyne Medal and presenting this years award to Dr. Lees' son will be Gorm Jensen, vice-president of Huntsman's Coatings, Construction and Adhesives division. He comments, "We believe in innovation, but we also believe innovation is not just about being inventive, it is about taking ideas the whole way through to a value-added market application. This was something that Dr Lees understood at the same time as making a valuable contribution to the advancement of this technology. I am delighted to be presenting this award to his son as an honour of his father's great scientific and technological achievements."

Advanced Materials have been identified as one of the three drivers of economic growth in the 21st century. Huntsman Advanced Materials serves customers around the world through a heritage of pioneering technology excellence and by adding value through tailor made and innovative solutions. Originally known for revolutionary innovations in packaging Huntsman Advanced Materials have continually brought innovative solutions to the market place for over 60 years. Beginning in the 1940s with the launch of the famous Araldite Adhesive, Huntsman have continued to lead the way in innovation throughout the decades. It's commitment to research and development have made them leaders in many markets.

Huntsman Advanced Materials is a business division of Huntsman Corporation. Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of commodity and differentiated chemicals. The world's most significant industries rely on Huntsman operating companies to develop basic products for a variety of markets and end-use applications. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging, and later, rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has revenues of $11.5 billion, 11,300 employees and 62 operations in 22 countries.

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Source: Huntsman Advanced Materials

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