Share This Page

CMU chemistry professor wins award for polymer research

| Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 12:06 p.m.
Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, 62, of Shadyside

Carnegie Mellon University professor Krzysztof “Kris” Matyjaszewski has won the inaugural $75,000 AkzoNobel North America Science Award for his ground-breaking polymer chemistry research.

The award recognizes outstanding scientific contributions in chemistry and materials research in the United States and Canada.

Officials with AkzoNobel and the American Chemical Society said Matyjaszewski delivered leading-edge research that will help advance the field of polymer chemistry, the area of chemistry that generates advances in everyday products and materials such as building materials, furniture, paints and plastics.

They said Matyjaszewski's achievements include the discovery of atom radical transfer polymerization, an innovative process related to how macromolecules are made.

Matyjaszewski, 62, of Shadyside is a native of Poland. He said he's honored by the award and attributed his success, in part, to the many students and visitors who assisted him over the years.

“Our society faces problems with energy, with some life science issues and with the environment. And if we can contribute somehow to solve these problems that would be great,” he said.

“At the same time, we need to understand fundamentals of science. Without an understanding of this you cannot solve these problems.”

Matyjaszewski is the J.C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science and the director of the Center for Macromolecular Engineering. He has received more than 20 major science awards, including the 2011 Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and the ACS 2011 Applied Polymer Science Award.

Debra Erdley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7996 or derdley@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.