DR. DAVID P. PENALOZA, JR.: Achievement Awardee for the NRCP Division of Chemical Sciences

On March 15, 2022, ten (10) Filipino researchers in various fields of basic and applied sciences including the social sciences and the arts will be conferred as the 2021 National Research Council of the Philippines’ (NRCP) Awardees along with one research institution.  The conferment of this award is one of the highlights of the Annual Scientific Conference and 89th General Membership Assembly with the theme, Digital Transformation in Research:  Powers and Perils.



Eight (8) researchers will be conferred as the 2021 NRCP Achievement Awardees for their significant breakthroughs in various areas which include: indigenous language, sustainable management of ecosystem, high yield and climate-ready rice, psychology of peace building and democratic transition, polymer science, theatrical masterpieces, paleontology, and biotechnology animal production. On the other hand, two (2) researchers who have had sterling accomplishments in mentoring young and budding researchers, scientists, and innovators will receive the Member Emeritus Award and a research institution that has had significant contribution to the growth and development of basic sciences and humanities in the country will be named as the 2021 Outstanding Institution.

The awardees’ transformative social innovations and game-changing contributions in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Philippines and the 2030 Agenda made them standouts.

DR. DAVID P. PENALOZA, JR., a Professor at the De La Salle University Manila, is the Achievement Awardee for the NRCP Division of Chemical Sciences.

Dr. Penaloza has made significant contributions in the study of polymeric materials. He has more than 50 original scientific articles, serves as a reviewer in several Scopus- and Web of Science-indexed journals and had organized several technical lectures and conferences to promote polymer science in the country.

Dr. Penaloza obtained his PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Connecticut in 2011 through the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program. He also serves as the technical consultant for D&L Industries, Inc., a Philippine manufacturing company, working on formulation challenges in commercial products such as paints, coatings and inks; emulsions; plastics; cosmetics and personal home care products, etc.

Dr. Penaloza, aside from being a Regular Member of the NRCP, is currently the Vice President of the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas, Inc. He is also an active member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society and the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering.

Read the original article from the NRCP website: https://nrcp.dost.gov.ph/feature-articles/911-the-2021-nrcp-awardees

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