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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 43, October 22, 2006, Article 17

POLYMER BANKNOTE PIONEER HONORED

According to an Australian news report, "A scientist who yesterday
won an award from the Bracks Government for inventing the world's
first plastic banknote will use the same technology to save billions
of litres of water being lost from catchment areas because of
evaporation"

Victorian Minister for Innovation John Brumby yesterday praised
Professor Solomon's research. Mr Brumby said he was "an elite
scientist who had bridged the gap when many others fail".

Professor Solomon's development of the polymer banknote in the early
1970s resulted in greater durability and security for Australia's
currency.

The world's first plastic banknote was released to the public in
1988 to commemorate Australia's bicentenary.

"The new plastic banknote put Australia at the forefront of secure
and environmentally friendly currency production, and the technology
has been exported to more than 20 countries around the world," Mr
Brumby said.

While Professor Solomon is best known in Australia for his work on
polymer banknotes, he is acclaimed worldwide for developing a process
that controls the structure and formation of polymer chains, giving
plastics a wider range of applications."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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