Nicholas Peppas to Receive Prestigious Oesper Award for Contributions to Chemistry

November 4, 2020

Peppas holds the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering. He is a professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Pharmacy, and Department of Pediatrics, Surgery, and Perioperative Care in the Dell Medical School.

He will receive the award at a symposium held in his honor on Friday, November 13th 2020, which will include a presentation on his contributions to chemistry.

The award recognizes his work in biomaterials, drug delivery, bionanotechnology, and nanomaterials, which blends modern molecular and cellular biology with engineering principles in order to design the next generation of therapeutic agent release systems for diabetes, autoimmune, and cardiovascular disease treatment.

Peppas is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), National Academy of Medicine (NAM), National Academy of Inventors, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has eight honorary doctorates from Italy, Greece, Slovenia, and Spain. Throughout his impressive career, Peppas has received numerous accolates, including the NAE’s Founders Award and the Adam Yarmolinksy Award from the NAM, among many others.

The Oesper Award is named for Dr. Ralph Edward Oesper who published more than 300 papers in the fields of analytical, organic, and colloid chemistry and especially in the history of chemistry.