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A message from our
President, Dr. Ernst-Christian Koch:
Dear members of the International Pyrotechnics Society,
I have pleasure
in announcing that Dr. Michael M. Nardai (Fraunhofer ICT, Pfinztal,
Germany) has been selected the recipient of this year's Dr. Bernard
E. Douda IPS Young Scientist Award with his work "Interaction Energies
Between Binder Polymers and Crystalline Surfaces in Composite Materials
Determined by Solution Microcalorimetry and Computer Simulation".
Nardai has contributed significantly to the understanding of the interaction
between energetic solid crystals and polymeric binders. The findings, the
theoretical and experimental methodology disclosed in his paper provide the
basis for the straightforward development of composite energetic materials with
improved performance and reduced sensitivity towards shock and impact.
Considering the current developmental trends his findings are of paramount importance
for the energetic materials community.
The awarding ceremony will take place at
the upcoming EUROPYRO 2015 Conference, May 4 – 7, 2015 in Toulouse,
France. As part of the awards benefits Dr. Nardai receives a paid two year
membership in IPS.
Dr. Ernst-Christian Koch
President of the International