Chemistry Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski Receives the first Herman F. Mark Senior Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society-Mellon College of Science - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Chemistry Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski Receives the first Herman F. Mark Senior Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society

Polymer chemist Krzysztof Matyjaszewski has received the first Herman F. Mark Senior Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS). Matyjaszewski, the J.C. Warner Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, received the award in recognition of his excellence in basic and applied research and leadership in polymer science.

The awards, which include recognition of a Young Scholar, Scholar and Senior Scholar, were established in 2006 and are sponsored by Elsevier, the publishers of the journal Polymer. The awards are administered by the ACS Polymer Chemistry Division.

Matyjaszewski is a University Professor and director of the Center for Macromolecular Engineering at the Mellon College of Science. He is renowned for developing atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). ATRP is a controlled, living polymerization that allows precise, nanoscale control over the formation of polymers. ATRP is a significant advance over conventional methods to make polymers, in which it's difficult to control the composition, functionality and architecture of the final product. ATRP can be applied to essentially all monomers polymerizable by radical means and can be carried out in bulk, solution and heterogeneous media.

In a list of the top 100 scientists compiled in 2006 by Essential Science Indicators, Matyjaszewski ranked in the top six among scientists in all fields of chemistry. Matyjaszewski's groundbreaking paper on ATRP, first published in 1995, has spawned considerable industrial and academic research in this field of controlled polymerization and has been cited more than 1,450 times. Much of the research progress and commercial success related to ATRP is due to two research consortia he has initiated and led. An elected fellow of the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials, Science and Engineering and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Matyjaszewski is a recipient of numerous awards. Most recently he received the 2004 award of the Foundation for Polish Science, commonly called the Polish Nobel Prize.

By: Amy Pavlak