Krzysztof Matyjaszewski-Matyjaszewski Polymer Group - Carnegie Mellon University

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

J. C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences and Director, Center for Macromolecular Engineering

Department of Chemistry
4400 Fifth Ave.,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 268-3209
Fax: (412) 268-6897





Professional Affiliations

Professional Associations/Society Memberships/Committees

  • Pacific Polymer Federation: President (2013)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS): Fellow (2010)
  • IUPAC: Fellow (2002-); Corresponding Member of IUPAC Commission on Polymer Nomenclature
  • ACS  Polym. Chem. Div.: Fellow (2010) & Member since 1986; Past Chair of the Polym. Curric. Dev. Award (1987-2001); Member of Program Comm., and Chair, Intern. Committee,
  • ACS Polym. Mat. Sci. Eng. Div.: Fellow (2001) & Member since 1986

Awards & Honors


  • Macromolecular Engineering, preparation and processing of precisely controlled polymers to reach targeted materials properties. Correlation of macromolecular structure with macroscopic properties
  • Synthesis of well defined macromolecules via living and controlled polymerizations. Radical, cationic, and anionic polymerization of alkenes and heterocyclics. Block, graft and gradient copolymers. Control of chain microstructure and topology. Functional polymers and telechelics
  • Preparation of well defined polymers and hybrids for optoelectronic, biomedical and special applications.
  • Inorganic and organometallic polymers
  • Catalysis. Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis

Research Impact

  • Over 100 postdoctoral fellows and 100 graduate students have been members of the CMU research group.
  • 55 international companies from Europe, Japan, South Africa and North America have been members of CRP and ATRP Consortia at CMU.
  • 16 licenses signed for ATRP technology. Commercial production of materials by ATRP has been started in Japan, USA and Europe in 2004.
  • 870 peer-reviewed publications have been cited 65,000 times; the first paper on ATRP (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1995) and first review (Chem. Rev. 2001) were cited together over 8,000  times; h-index: 131. The first two ATRP patents were cited over 300 times in US patents.
  • 50 issued US patents, 36 pending US patent applications; 147 original and derived international patents.