Carnegie Mellon University

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

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

  • Mellon Institute 856
  • 412-268-3209


1976     Ph.D., Polish Academy of Sciences (Prof. S. Penczek, Thesis Advisor)


Polymer synthesis, controlled/living polymerization, macromolecular engineering, bio-related polymers, organic/inorganic hybrids, catalysis, green chemistry

  • 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
  • Green Chemistry


Wear Protection without Surface Modification Using a Synergistic Mixture of Molecular Brushes and Linear Polymers
Jimmy Faivre, Buddha R. Shrestha, Joanna Burdynska, Guojun Xie, Florina Moldovan, Thierry Delair, Stéphane Benayoun, Laurent David, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski and Xavier Banquy. ACS Nano, 11, 1762-1769 (2017)

AutoATRP: Automated Synthesis of Well-defined Polymers and Biohybrids by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization in DNA Synthesizer
Xiangcheng Pan, Sushil Lathwal, Stephanie Mack, Jiajun Yan, Subha R. Das, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski,  Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 56, 2740-2743 (2017)

Cubosomes from Hierarchical Self-assembly of Poly(ionic liquid) Block Copolymers
Hongkun He, Khosrow Rahimi, Mingjiang Zhong, Ahmed Mourran, David Luebke, Hunaid Nulwala, Martin Möller, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Nature Comm., 8, 14057 (1-8) (2017)

Polymer ligand–induced autonomous sorting and reversible phase separation in binary particle blends
Michael Schmitt, Jianan Zhang, Jaejun Lee, Bongjoon Lee, Xin Ning, Ren Zhang, Alamgir Karim, Robert F. Davis, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, and Michael R. Bockstaller. Science Advances, 2, No. 12, 02 e1601484  December 2016

Polymer-Based Protein Engineering Grown Ferrocene-Containing Redox Polymers Improve Current Generation in an Enzymatic Biofuel Cell
Alan S. Campbell, Hironobu Murata, Sheiliza Carmali, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Mohammad F. Islam and Alan J. Russell, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, 86, 446-453,  (2016)

From Precision Polymers to Complex Materials and System
Jean-François Lutz, E. W. Meijer, Jean-Marie Lehn, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Nature Rev. Mat., 1, 16024 (2016) doi: 10.1038/natrevmats.2016.24

Tailoring Structure Formation and Mechanical Properties of Particle Brush Solids via Homopolymer Addition
Michael Schmitt, Chin Ming Hui, Zachary Urbach, Jiajun Yan, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Michael R. Bockstaller, Faraday Discussions, 186, 17-30 (2016)

Relation between Overall Rate of ATRP and Rates of Activation of Dormant Species
Pawel Krys, Thomas G. Ribelli, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, and Armando Gennaro, Macromolecules, 49, 2467–2476  (2016)

Bottlebrushes networks are solvent-free, super-soft, and super-elastic
William F. M. Daniel, Joanna Burdyńska, Mohammad V. Vatankhah, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Jaroslaw Paturej, Michael Rubinstein, Andrey V. Dobrynin, Sergei S. Sheiko, Nature Mat., 15, 183-189 (2016)

Molecular Bottlebrushes with Bimodal Side Chain Length
Joanna Burdyńska, Yuanchao Li, Brittany Robertson, Sergei S. Sheiko and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Macromolecules, 48, 4813–4822 (2015)

New anti-crossing mechanism in polymer-tethered colloidal assemblies enables robust phononic band gaps
E. Alonso-Redondo, M. Schmitt, Z. Urbach, C. M. Hui, R. Sainidou, P. Rembert, K. Matyjaszewski, M. R. Bockstaller, and G. Fytas , Nature Comm., 6:839 doi: 10.1038/ncomms9309  (2015)

Bright Fluorescent Nanotags from Bottle Brush Polymers with DNA tipped Bristles
Munira F. Fouz, Kosuke Mukumoto, Olivia Molinar, Brooke M. McCartney,  Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Bruce A. Armitage, Subha R. Das, ACS Centr. Sci., 1, 431-438 (2015)

Photoinduced Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with ppm Cu Catalyst by Visible Light in Aqueous Media
Xiangcheng Pan, Nikhil Malhotra, Antonina Simakova, Zongyu Wang, Dominik Konkolewicz, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 137,15430-15433 (2015)

Photo-Induced Metal-Free Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of Acrylonitrile
Xiangcheng Pan, Melissa Lamson, Jiajun Yan, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, ACS MacroLetters, 4, 192−196 (2015)

A Silver Bullet: Elemental Silver as an Efficient Reducing Agent for Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of Acrylates
Valerie A. Williams, Thomas G. Ribelli, Pawel Chmielarz, Sangwoo Park, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 137, 1428-1431 (2015)

Electrochemically Mediated ATRP of Acrylamides in Water
Paweł Chmielarz, Sangwoo Park, Antonina Simakova, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Polymer, 60, 302-307 (2015)

Stackable, Covalently-Fused Gels: Repair and Composite Formation
Xin Yong, Antonina Simakova, Saadyah Averick, Junkal Gutierrez, Olga Kuksenok, Anna C. Balazs and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Macromolecules, 48, 1169-1178 (2015)


Years Position
2004–present University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
2001–present Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
2001–present Director of the CRP Consortium
2001–present Adjunct Professor, Polish Academy of Sciences, Lodz
1998–present J.C. Warner Professor of Natural Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
1998–present Director of the Center for Macromolecular Engineering
1996–2000 Director of the ATRP Consortium
1994–1998 Head, Chemistry Department, Carnegie Mellon University
1985–1998 Professor, Associate and Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
1985 Polytechnical University of Lodz, Poland, Habilitation
1984–1985 Research Associate, CNRS and Invited Professor, University of Paris, France
1978–1984 Research Associate, Polish Academy of Sciences
1977–1978 Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Florida

Awards and Distinctions

Years Award
2017 Foreign Member: Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences
2017 Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa), Padova University, Padova, Italy
2017 Medema Award, The Netherlands
2017 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry (MCS Press Release)
2016 Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) Poznan University, Poznan, Poland
2016 Casimir Funk Award, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences, USA
2015 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences
2014 Distinguished Service Award – Division of Polymer Chemistry Award (ACS)
2014 National Institute for Materials Science Award, Japan
2013 Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
2013 AkzoNobel North America Science Award (ACS)
2013 Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) Pusan National University, South Korea
2013 Madison Marshall Award (ACS, Alabama Section)
2012 Société Chimique de France Prize
2012 Dannie-Heineman Prize, Goettingen Academy of Sciences
2012 Maria Sklodowska-Curie Medal, Polish Chemical Society
2012 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Science Medal, Pilsudski Institute of America
2012 Foreign Member of Russian Academy of Sciences
2012 Honorary Fellow of Chinese Chemical Society
2011 Wolf Prize
2011 Herman F. Mark Award — Division of Polymer Chemistry Award (ACS)
2011 ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science
2011 Japanese Society Polymer Science Award
2011 Carnegie Science Award in Advanced Materials
2010 Gutenberg Lecture Award, University of Mainz, Germany
2010 Fellow, American Chemical Society
2010 Fellow, Polymeric Chemistry Division, American Chemical Society
2010 Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) l'Institut Polytechnique, Toulouse, France
2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
2008 Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) University of Athens, Greece
2007 Hermann F. Mark Senior Scholar Award (ACS)
2007 Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) Lodz Polytechnic, Poland
2006 Member, National Academy of Engineering
2006 Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) Russian Academy of Sciences
2005 Macro Group Medal (United Kingdom)
2005 Foreign Member of Polish Academy of Sciences
2005 Chair - Gordon Research Conference , Polymer East
2004 Prize of Foundation for Polish Science (Polish Nobel Prize)
2004 ACS Award in Cooperative Research in Polymer Science
2002 Polymer Chemistry Award (ACS)
2002 Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) University of Ghent, Belgium
2001 Pittsburgh Award (ACS)
2001 Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Fellow (ACS)
2000 National Professorship of Poland
1999 Humboldt Award for Senior US Scientists
1998 Elf Chair of French Academy of Sciences
1995 Carl S. Marvel - Creative Polymer Chemistry Award (ACS)
1989 Award of Presidential Young Investigator (NSF)
1981 Award of Polish Academy of Sciences
1980 Award of Polish Chemical Society
1974 Award of the Scientific Secretary of Polish Academy of Sciences