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Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry

Professor Matyjaszewski using a scientific instrument

Professor Matyjaszewski, courtesy Carnegie Mellon and National Academy of Science

Professor Kris Matyjaszewski of Carnegie Mellon University will deliver our prestigious Melville Lectures on 14 and 16 May in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre.

Matyjaszewski is J.C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences and director of the Center for Macromolecular Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

He has synthesised many advanced materials for biomedical, environmental and energy-related applications, and in 1994 he discovered Cu-mediated atom transfer radical polymerization, since commercialised in the US, Japan and Europe.

Amongst his many honours, he has received the 2023 National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences, the 2021 Grand Prix de la Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie, the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry and 13 honorary doctorates.


Fundamentals and recent advances in controlled radical polymerization

Tuesday 14 May 2024 2pm
Wolfson Lecture Theatre

New controlled radical polymerization (CRP) procedures have dramatically changed the control of polymer microstructure, enabling concurrent growth of polymer chains within minutes, hours or even days. Professor Matyjaszewski will give describe previous challenges in this field and how these and other recent advances are able to create well-defined polymeric materials.

Macromolecular Engineering by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization

Thursday 16 May 2024
Wolfson Lecture Theatre 2pm

Professor Matyjaszewski will describe how advanced nanostructured funcational materials have been recently designed and prepared using Macromolecular Engineering (ME), a process comprising the rational design of (co)polymers with specific architecture and functionalisty, followed by precise and efficient polymer synthesis and processing.

All are welcome