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Biographical entry Rizzardo, Ezio (1943 - )

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Born
26 December 1943
Onigo, Treviso, Italy
Occupation
Organic chemist

Summary

Ezio Rizzardo is an organic chemist who is a leading expert in the chemistry of polymerisation. During his time at the CSIRO he has led projects on Free Radical Polymerisation, Polymeric Biomaterials and Engineering Polymers. His research contributed to the development of novel polymerisation processes including nitroxide-mediated living radical polymerisation and the CSIRO-patented Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) polymerisation process.

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1957
Life event - Migrated to Australia with his family
1966
Education - First-Class Honours in Applied Organic Chemistry, University of New South Wales
1973 - 1976
Career position - Research Fellow, Australian National University
1974
Career event - Joined the CSIRO Division of Applied Chemistry
1976 - 1992
Career position - Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Applied Organic Chemistry
1980 - 1989
Career position - Manager, Polymers Program, CSIRO
1981- -
Award - Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1984 - 1985
Career position - Chairman, Victorian Polymer Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1988
Career position - Chair, Advisory Committee, Applied Chemistry, Swinburne University of Technology
1989 - 1990
Career position - Chairman, Polymer Division, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1990
Career position - Chairman, Organizing Committee, 18th Australian Polymer Symposium, Bendigo, Victoria
1990 - 1995
Career position - Member, Advisory Committee, Australian Journal of Chemistry
1992
Award - Chairman's Medal for outstanding contributions to polymer science and technology, CSIRO
1992
Award - Australian Polymer Medal for outstanding achievements in polymer science, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1992 - 1994
Career position - Director, CRC for Polymer Blends
1992 - 2000
Career position - Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Chemicals and Polymers
1994- -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1994- -
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Progress in Polymer Science
1995
Award - Australian Polymer Medal for outstanding achievements in polymer science, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1995 - 2000
Career position - Council Member, Pacific Polymer Federation
1996
Award - Applied Research Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
2000- -
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, European Polymer Journal
2000- -
Career position - Member, Fellowship Committee, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
2000
Award - Elected a CSIRO Fellow
2001
Award - Most Prolific Inventor Award, CSIRO
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and polymer science
2002- -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
2003
Award - Victor Chang Medal and Barbara Ell Lecturer, Victor Chang Institute, Sydney
2003
Award - H. G. Smith Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
2003
Award - CSIRO Molecular Science Award for Innovation
2003
Award - CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement (team leader) for innovation in polymer science
2003 - 2006
Career position - Member, Fellowship Committee, Australian Academy of Science
2004
Award - CRC for Polymers Chairman's Award for Excellence in Commercialisation (with David Solomon)
2004 - 2006
Career position - Member, Australian Research Council College of Experts
2010- -
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
2010
Award - CSIRO Medal for Lifetime Achievement
2011
Award - Prime Minister's Prize for Science (with David Solomon)
2014- -
Award - Honorary Fellow, CSIRO
2014
Award - Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award (joint), Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Foundation
2014
Life event - Retired
2015- -
Career position - Distinguished Professor, Monash University
2018
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) or eminent service to scientific technological research and development in the field of polymer chemistry, to its application in the biomedical, electronics and nanotechnology context, as an author, and through mentorship roles

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