This very distinguished scientific lecture series is presented by world renowned scientists, normally in the fall. This event benefits the university community engaged in new, emerging science and technologies. 
2014 Lecture -"Nanostructured Multifunctional Hybrid Materials via Macromolecular Engineering Using Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization"  
Krzysztof Matyjaszewski 
J. C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Time: Reception 3 p.m., Lecture 3:30 p.m.
Location: Faculty Alumni Lounge

Light refreshments will be served.

Macromolecular engineering encompasses precise design, synthesis, processing and characterization of targeted materials for specific applications. Many advanced nanostructured functional hybrid materials were recently designed and prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and other controlled/ living radical polymerization methods. More than 100 million tons of polymers are produced annually world-wide by conventional radical polymerization, yet with relatively poorly controlled structure due to short radical lifetimes and slow initiation. ATRP enables excellent control of various elements of macromolecular engineering such as chain composition, topology and functionality and synthesis of various polymers with complex architecture for targeted applications.

Krzysztof (KRIS) Matyaszewski is a J.C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. He discovered Cu-mediated atom transfer radical polymerization, commercialized in 2004 in US, Japan and Europe. He has co-authored over 800 publications (cited over 60,000 times, h-index 129), co-edited 17 books, over 80 book chapter and holds 50 US patents. He is the editor of "Progress in Polymer Science." Matyjaszewski received 2014 National Institute of Materials Science (Japan) Award, 2013 Madison Marshall Award, 2012 Prize of Société Chimique de France, 2012 Maria Curie Medal, 2011 Wolf Prize in Chemistry, 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, and from the American Chemical Society: 2013 AkzoNobel North America Science Award, 2011 Hermann Mark Award, 2011 Award in Applied Polymer Science, 2002 Polymer Chemistry Award, 1995 Creative Polymer Chemistry Award. He received seven honorary degrees (Ghent, Lodz, Athens, Moscow, Toulouse, Pusan, Paris) and is a member of National Academy of Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, honorary member of Israel and Chinese Chemical Society and a fellow of National Academy of Inventors.

Past distinguished lecturers include:  

  • 2013, Wolfgang Ketterle, Nobel Laureate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2012, Fred Wudl, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2011, David A. Tirrell, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
  • 2010, Timothy Swager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • 2009, Sir Richard Friend, University of Cambridge, U.K.
  • 2008, Craig C. Mello, Nobel Laureate, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • 2007, Robert Grubbs, Nobel Laureate, California Institute Technology 
  • 2006, Edwin L. Thomas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • 2005, Alan J. Heeger, Nobel Laureate, University of California 
  • 2004, George Whitesides, Harvard University
  • 2003, Robert S. Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2002, Alan G. MacDiarmid, Nobel Laureate, University of Pennsylvania