MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 22, 2012 – Xerox Corporation’s Rick Veregin, a scientist at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) and a Canadian native, is the winner of the prestigious 2012 Chester Carlson Award, granted by the Society for Imaging Science &Technology (IS&T).
Each year, the IS&T awards one individual for outstanding technical work that has advanced the state of electrophotographic printing.
Veregin’s role as co-inventor and co-developer of “living free radical polymerization” has led to an entirely new field of scientific research. This work also was the foundation for developing Xerox Emulsion Aggregation (EA) toner technology. Veregin was a key contributor in EA toner technology development both in a technical and a managerial capacity.
Polymers are large molecule composed of repeating structural units, and a key component of toner. “Our intent with this work was to produce a more controlled polymer structure and thus improve the performance of the polymer, and thus develop better performing toners,” he said.
Veregin holds more than 100 U.S. Patents; has more than 50 filed patent applications and is the author or co-author of 57 scientific publications. He called finding the solution to technical problems “irresistible.”
“What excites and motivates me is the intellectual challenge that a technical problem presents, because-- as inventors over the millennia have shown-- in any technical problem no matter how daunting, there are always great hidden solutions. I love that challenge,” he said.
Veregin joined XRCC in 1985, after earning his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Guelph in Canada. Veregin also holds a B.Sc. Honours (1980) and a M.Sc. (1982) in chemistry from the University of Manitoba in Canada.
The Chester Carlson Award, established in 1985, is named after Carlson, whose xerography invention led to the creation of the world’s first plain paper copier, the Xerox 914. Although Xerox is a sponsor, the IS&T’s award program is open to the scientific community at large.