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- The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation announced the selection of 62 WW New Jersey Teaching Fellows for 2016. Among them is Carnegie Mellon alumnus Jacob Good (S'2015). (Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation press release, June 15, 2016)
- Clouds Provide Clue to Better Climate Predictions (Press Release, May 25, 2016)
A research group from the CERN Cloud experiment, including Chemistry Professor Neil Donahue, have uncovered the processes behind the formation and evolution of small atmospheric particles free from the influence of pollution.
- Chemistry and Creative Writing Major Sophie Rose Zucker To Speak at Carnegie Mellon Commencement, May 15
- MCS Students Earn Education and Research Awards (Press Release, May 4, 2016)
The Mellon College of Science (MCS) presented its awards for education and research during the college’s annual faculty meeting on Monday, May 2. Winners included chemistry major Rebecca Alford.
- Chemistry Major Rebecca Alford Named Hertz Foundation Fellow (Press Release, May 3, 2016)
Carnegie Mellon University senior chemistry major Rebecca Alford is one of 12 college seniors and first-year graduate students nationwide to be named a 2016 Hertz Fellow by the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation.
- Molecular Sleuth (Carnegie Mellon Today, April 29, 2016)
In the field of mass spectrometry, scientists like Carnegie Mellon University’s Mark Bier are making big innovations to understand tiny particles. That technology, which impacts everyday life, may even reveal whether there is life on Mars.
- Graduate Student Yuxiang Chen Receives Award from the International Precious Metals Institute (Chemistry story, April 27, 2016)
- Students Find Chemistry in Annual Murder Mystery (CMU News Story, March 15, 2016)
- Atmospheric Chemist Ryan Sullivan Receives NSF CAREER Award (Press Release, February 1, 2016)
- Carnegie Mellon Team Develops Targeted Photosensitizer for Cell Manipulation
(Press Release, January 25, 2016)
Researchers led by MBIC Director Marcel Bruchez have re-engineered a fluorescent probe into a powerful optogenetic photosensitizer that can be used to manipulate cells.
- Startup Sharp Edge Labs turns business plan upside down
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 1, 2016)
Drug company — co-founded by Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry Marcel Bruchez — went from selling patented dyes to creating in-house cures
- Cool Down (Carnegie Mellon Today, January 14, 2016)
From Paris, France, to Pittsburgh, Pa., and everywhere in between, there is concern about climate change. Neil Donahue, a renowned Carnegie Mellon University scientist, says that is for good reason, which is why he endorses the world taking action on global and regional levels.
- Undergraduate researcher Adam Simpson follows unexpected paths to toward bringing water to Jamaica's poorest areas (Carnegie Mellon homepage story, January 12, 2016)
- Linda Peteanu Named Acting Head of the Department of Chemistry (Press Release, January 7, 2016)
- International Team of Scientists Led by Chemistry Professor Emeritus Paul Karol Verifies the Discovery of Four New Elements (Press Release, January 6, 2016)
- Emily Charleson, a senior majoring in chemistry, won third place in the 2016 Carnegie Mellon University Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards college poetry category with her poem, "Florence Beggar." (Carnegie Mellon Press Release, January 5, 2016)
- Chemists Develop Bright, Fluorescent Bottlebrush Polymer Probe for Cell Detection (Press Release, December 21, 2015)
- Carnegie Mellon University 10th in Physical Sciences in Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2015-2016 (Press Release, November 20, 2015)
- Obituary: Robert Farrell Stewart / Longtime Carnegie Mellon professor who researched crystallography (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 14, 2015)
Obituary: Dr. Robert Stewart, Chemistry Professor Emeritus (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 9, 2015)
- Plant Power (Carnegie Mellon Today, September 18, 2015)
Stefan Bernhard's research featured in Carnegie Mellon Today.
- Neil Donahue, Rongchao Jin and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski Named Among World's Most Highly Cited Researchers (Press Release, September 17, 2015)
- David Yaron has been selected as Acting Head of the Department of Chemistry (Chemistry Press Release, September 8, 2015)
- Chemist Kevin Noonan Receives Prestigious CAREER Award (Press Release, August 17, 2015)
- Chemists Characterize 3-D Macroporous Hydrogels (Press Release, June 30, 2015)
- Chemistry Doctoral Students Hongkun He and Chenjie Zheng Win Chinese Government Awards for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (Press Release, June 29, 2015)
- Graduate Student Chenjie Zeng Receives Awards from the International Precious Metals Institute and the Materials Research Society (Press Release, June 29, 2015)
- Catalina Achim Selected as an ELATE Fellow (The Piper, June 11, 2015)
Catalina Achim is one of 31 women faculty from 22 institutions who have been selected to the 2015-16 ELATE (Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering) Class of Fellows at Drexel University.
- TAML Catalysts Safely and Effectively Remove Estrogenic Compounds from Municipal Wastewater (Press Release, June 12, 2015)
- CMU Hosts ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium (Press Release, June 9, 2015)
- Concrete Science (Homepage story, June 2, 2015)
By combining chemistry and engineering, CMU researchers, including Newell Washburn, say a polymer found in nature could enhance building materials.
- Chemists, Led by Mark Bier, Weigh Intact Virus Mixture With Mass Spectrometer (Press Release, June 2, 2015)
- Chemistry in a New Light: Solar Fuels (YouTube video, May 13, 2015)
In the Scott Institute's newest video, Professor Stefan Bernhard gives an introduction to his group's research on solar fuels and why they are useful.
- MCS Students Earn Education and Research Awards (Press Release, May 8, 2015)
- Krzysztof Matyjaszewski Wins Dreyfus Prize (Press Release, May 4, 2015)
- Neil M. Donahue Receives Thomas Lord Professorship in Chemistry (Press Release, April 28, 2015)
- Susan Graul is this year's winner of the Julius Ashkin Teaching Award (Press Release, April 22, 2015)
- Annie Arnold Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition (Press Release, April 14, 2015)
- CMU Chemists Create Tiny Gold Nanoparticles That Reflect Nature's Patterns (Press Release, April 8, 2015)
- Graduate Student Qing Ye Wins Prestigious Schlumberger Foundation Fellowship (Press Release, April 8, 2015)
- Graduate Student Danielle Chirdon Wins Carnegie Science Award (Press Release, February 4, 2015)
- BrainHub (Carnegie Mellon Today, Jaunary 2015)
Marcel Bruchez is one of the professors featured in Carnegie Mellon Today's story about CMU's global neuroscience research initiative called BrainHub.
- World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 (Carnegie Mellon Today, Jaunary 2015)
Professors Neil Donahue, Rongchao Jin and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski are among the most highly cited researchers according to Thomson Reuters
- Professor Stefan Bernhard's article, Synthetically Tailored Excited States: Phosphorescent, Cyclometalated Iridium(III) Complexes and Their Applications, is among the top 20 most cited Concepts of the past 20 years in Chemistry—A European Journal.
- Scientist Profiles: Professor Terry Collins
Interview by NESSE (Network of Early-Career Sustainable Scientists and Engineers) (October 27, 2014)
- Carnegie Mellon Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology Receives $3.1M From DSF Charitable Foundation To Develop Synthetic Nucleic Acids (Press Release, September 18, 2014)
- Chemistry Graduate Student Matharishwan Naganbabu Named a James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow (Press Release, September 18, 2014)
- Carnegie Mellon Chemists Create Nanofibers Using Unprecedented New Method (Press Release, July 31, 2014)
- Alumna Kathryn L. Beers Named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (July 16, 2014)
- Chemical Attraction: Profile of Krzysztof Matyjaszewski (Carnegie Mellon Today, July 2014)
- Obituary: Carnegie Mellon Alumna and Hall of Fame Inventor Stephanie Kwolek Dies at 90 (Press Release, June 20, 2014)
- A Team of Researchers, Including Carnegie Mellon University's Yisong Guo, Identify Key Mechanistic Step in Biosynthesis of Carbapenem Antibiotics (Press Release, May 30, 2014)
- International Group of Researchers Shows Emissions From Forests Influence Very First Stage of Cloud Formation
Research from CLOUD Experiment at CERN, Which Includes Carnegie Mellon's Neil Donahue, Contributes to Better Understanding of Connection Between Clouds and Climate (Press Release, May 15, 2014)
- MCS Students Earn Education and Research Awards (Press Release, May 7, 2014)
- Graduate students Anindita (Dia) Das and Qin Gao have been awarded McWilliams Fellowships in recognition of their outstanding creativity, dedication and commitment to carrying out leading-edge research. (Press Release, May 7, 2014)
- Graduate Student Anindita Das Receives Award from the International Precious Metals Institute (April 15, 2014)
- Chemistry's Roberto Gil Named Features Editor of the Journal Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry (Press Release, February 12, 2014)
- Graduate Student Taylor Canady Receives Carnegie Science Award: Canady Honored for Outreach Work with K‑12 Students (Press Release, January 30, 2014)
CMU Homepage story (Spring 2014)
- Graduate Student Jose Flores-Canales Receives Biophysical Society Travel Award (January 15, 2014)
- Graduate student Matthew DeNardo has received one of four 2013 Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry (ACS press release, January 2, 2014)
- Research by Neil Donahue and the Center for Atmospheric Chemistry featured on the cover of The Journal of Physical Chemistry A (December 27, 2013)
- Matyjaszewski Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors (Press Release, December 11, 2013)
- Magnetic Personality
Professor Emeritus Josef Dadok and his life in NMR research. (Carnegie Mellon Today, October 2013)
- Obituary: Morton Kaplan (Press Release, September 20, 2013)
Obituary: Morton Kaplan / CMU professor nurtured a generation of scientists (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 22, 2013)
- Carnegie Mellon Names Neil M. Donahue New Director of its Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (Press Release, September 19, 2013)
- Collins Named Fellow of the American Chemical Society (Press Release, September 12, 2013)
- Bruce Armitage and Danith Ly Among the CMU Professors Awarded Research Grants From Pittsburgh Foundation's Charles E. Kaufman Fund (Press Release, July 25, 2013)
- Carnegie Mellon-Developed Chemicals That Break Down Water Contaminants Pass Safety Test
Study Finds That TAML® Activators Don't Interfere With Development of Zebrafish Embryos (Press Release, July 22, 2013)
- Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Artificial Cells To Study Effects of Molecular Crowding on Gene Expression
Tightly Packed Macromolecules Enhance Gene Expression in Artificial Cellular System (Press Release, July 15, 2013)
- Alumnus Huifeng Qian Wins 2013 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) prize recognizes the best Ph.D. theses in the chemical sciences as described in 1000-word essays. Qian is one of five students to receive the award. (Press Release, June 24, 2013)
- Mingjiang Zhong Receives Prestigious 2012 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (Press Release, June 20, 2013)
- Pitt Chemists Demonstrate Nanoscale Alloys So Bright They Could Have Potential Medical Applications
Chemistry alumna and Pitt faculty member Jill Millstone (S'03) creates nanometer-scale alloys that possess the ability to emit light so bright they could have potential applications in medicine. (University of Pittsburgh Press Release, May 14, 2013)
- Unique Wave Flume Facility Allows Scientists To Study How Sea Spray Seeds Clouds (Press Release, May 6, 2013)
- National NMR Center in Czech Republic Named for Carnegie Mellon Emeritus Professor Josef Dadok (Press Release, May 1, 2013)
- Chemistry Graduate Student Santosh Kumar Receives Award from the International Precious Metals Institute (Press Release, May 1, 2013)
The Mellon Institute of Industrial Research Named a National Historic Chemical Landmark for its role in the scientific advances that established major industries and helped small businesses benefit from science. (Press Release, January 24, 2013)
ACS To Recognize Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon Institute for Landmark Contributions to Chemistry (Press Release, March 26, 2013)
Chemical society to honor Mellon Institute for Industrial Research (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 27, 2013)
CMU Mellon Institute Designated as Chemistry Landmark (90.5 WESA, March 28, 2013)
- Graduate Student Saumya Saurabh Receives Astrid and Bruce McWilliams Fellowships (Press Release, March 21, 2013)
- Asian Desert Dust Causes Californian Snowfall (Press Release, February 28, 2013)
Study Published by International Research Team, Including Carnegie Mellon's Ryan Sullivan, Published in Science Express
- Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski To Receive Inaugural AkzoNobel North America Science Award (Press Release, January 28, 2013)
- MCS Postdoctoral Fellow Dahlia Haynes to Appear on UNCF An Evening of Stars (Press Release, January 25, 2013)
- Roberto Gil Named Guest Editor of Special Issue of the Journal Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry (Press Release, December 27, 2012)
- International Team of Green Scientists, Including Carnegie Mellon's Terry Collins, Proposes Safety Testing System for Development of New Chemicals (Press Release, December 7, 2012) See also: Acknowledging the TiPED Team
- Designing Away Endocrine Disruption (C&E News, December 17, 2012)
Assessment framework enables chemists to spot chemicals with endocrine-disrupting activity early in the design process
- Carnegie Mellon Researchers Lead Work To Develop Devices for Improving Lives of Amputees (Press Release, October 22, 2012)
Carnegie Mellon's Christopher T. Bettinger and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski received $1.6 million for the next four years from the U.S. Army to improve the use of prosthetic devices.
- Alumna and current student receive honors at the 39th annual conference of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers in Washington, DC.
- Racquel Jemison, Ph.D. candidate in the McCullough group, has received the Winifred Burks-Houck Graduate Leadership Award recognizing her academic achievements and contributions to scientific research.
- Sade Atoyebi (S'12) received first place in the Colgate-Palmolive Undergraduate Research Competition.
- CMU Wins Best Foundational Advance at iGEM Jamboree (Press Release, November 5, 2012)
- Carnegie Mellon Students Compete in International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (Press Release, October 16, 2012)
Premier Synthetic Biology Competition To Hold Regional Jamboree in Pittsburgh
- CMU's iGEM Team Advances to World Championship (Press Release, October 12, 2012)
A team of undergraduate students from Carnegie Mellon University has been selected to advance to the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition's World Championship Jamboree
- Margaret "Peggy" Johnston (S'72) has received the the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of her leadership in the field of HIV vaccine research (October 5, 2012)
- CMU Research Team Develops Tools to Ease the Pain of Combat Injuries (Press Release, August 31, 2012)
CMU Research Team, including Hollinger and Matyjaszewski, Develops Tools to Ease the Pain of Combat Injuries
- Carnegie Mellon Scientists Show That Skin-Aging Radicals Also Age Naturally Formed Particles in the Air (Press Release, August 8, 2012)
- Chemistry Graduate Students Adam Ahern and Matthew Mills Named Steinbrenner Graduate Fellows (Press Release, July 3, 2012)
- Chemistry's Danielle Chirdon Receives DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (Press Release, June 19, 2012)
- MCS Students Earn Education and Research Awards (Press Release, May 8, 2012)
Chemistry senior Lisa Alexander received the Dr. J. Paul Fugassi and Linda E. Monteverde Award.
- Alumna Sara Stanford Stitches a Memory (Press Release, May 7, 2012)
Sara Stanford (S'11) created a chemistry and Carnegie Mellon quilt for Karen Stump.
- MCS Students Receive UNCF-Merck Fellowships (Press Release, May 2, 2012)
Dahlia Haynes, a post-doctoral research associate in the department of chemistry, and Elizabeth Ransey, a doctoral student in the department of biological sciences, have received fellowships from the UNCF-Merck Science Initiative. The prestigious UNCF-Merck fellowships are given to approximately 10 post-docs and 12 doctoral students nationwide each year.
- What's CO2 Got To Do With It? (Press Release, April 30, 2012)
Carnegie Mellon boasts another fence that's attracting some attention. But instead of being locked in the middle of campus, this one spans a stretch of real estate along Forbes Avenue and has recently been transformed into a timeline going back hundreds of thousands of years into the Earth's past.
- Carnegie Mellon University Researchers Use New Fluorescent Biosensor To Reveal Mechanism Critical to Immune System Amplification (Press Release, April 23, 2012)
Using a new fluorescent biosensor they developed, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered how a key set of immune cells exchange information during their coordinated assault on invading pathogens. The immune cells, called dendritic cells, are harnessed by cancer vaccines and other therapeutics used to amplify the immune system. The finding marks the first time that scientists have visualized how antigens are transferred in the immune system between dendritic cells.
- Chemists Create Mimic of Disease-Fighting Cyclic Peptide (Press Release, April 16, 2012)
Carnegie Mellon University chemists have created a synthetic form of a cyclic peptide known for its remarkable ability to combat a wide variety of pathogens, including HIV and SARS. Synthetic peptides like the one developed at Carnegie Mellon could provide an exciting new class of pharmaceuticals aimed at combatting hard-to-treat diseases. Furthermore, the manufacturing technique developed by Associate Professor of Chemistry Danith Ly could further the study of cyclic peptides by making the molecules easier and less expensive to produce.
- Danith Ly and Jon Minden Win Mellon College of Science Awards for Education (Press Release, April 11, 2012)
- Graduate Students Receive Astrid and Bruce McWilliams Fellowships (Press Release, March 6, 2012)
Graduate students Udom Sae-Ueng and Mingjiang Zhong have been awarded the Astrid and Bruce McWilliams Fellowships in the Mellon College of Science in recognition of their outstanding creativity, dedication and commitment to carrying out leading-edge research.
- Carnegie Mellon University Chemists Create "Giant" Gold Nanoparticle (Press Release, February 16, 2012)
Rongchao Jin has manufactured the largest atomically precise gold nanoparticle yet. It comes in at a whopping 333 gold atoms.
- No Charge Double Helix: Structure of a Modified Peptide Nucleic Acid Duplex (PSC 2011 Annual Report, October 2011)
A team of scientists, including the Achiim group and PSC scientists, combine forces to derive the first accurate 3D solution structure of a fascinating double-helical molecule that holds promise for applications in biomedicine and nanotechnology
- Newell R. Washburn Tapped To Participate in National Academy's Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium
Researcher Recognized for Cutting-Edge Work in the Classroom (Press Release, October 26, 2011)
- Creepy Chemistry (Press Release, October 31, 2011)
Teaching Professor Karen Stump dons her witch's hat and stirs her steaming cauldron—which is full of dry ice, of course—to show off some tricks of the chemist's trade that bring out the kid in all of us.
- Nobel Laureate Rudolph A. Marcus To Present CMU's Second Biennial John A. Pople Lecture in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (Press Release, October 3, 2011)
- The Department of Chemistry Welcomes New Faculty Members Marcel Bruchez,
Kevin Noonan and Ryan Sullivan (Chemistry news story, September 2011)
- The IUPAC Joint Working Party for the Discovery of New Elements, chaired by Carnegie Mellon University Chemistry Professor Paul Karol, confirmed the discovery of two new elements and approves elements 114 and 116 for inclusion in the periodic table in a paper published online in the journal Pure and Applied Chemistry. (Press Release, June 8, 2011)
How To Put A New Element On The Periodic Table (NPR story, June 10, 2011)
Hear Paul Karol describe the process of adding a new element to the periodic table. See also stories in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
- Chemist Rongchao Jin Receives a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (Press Release, May 24, 2011)
- Huifeng Qian has received the prestigious International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) Graduate Student Award for his outstanding research on precious metals. (Chemistry news story, May 24, 2011)
- Jane Herriman Named Fulbright Scholar (Press Release, May 13, 2011)
- Jane Herriman received the Dr. J. Paul Fugassi and Linda E. Monteverde Award, which is presented to a graduating female senior with the greatest academic achievement and professional promise. (Press Release, May 4, 2011 )
- Graduate student WenWen Li has been awarded the Astrid and Bruce McWilliams Fellowship (Press Release, April 29, 2011)
- Carnegie Mellon Researchers Electrify Polymerization: New Method Allows for More Precise Control Over ATRP, A Popular Technique Used For Creating Specialized Plastics (Press Release, March 31, 2011)
- Graduate Students Huifeng Qian and Wenwen Li have received the the prestigious 2010 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (Department of Chemistry story, March 28, 2011)
- S.R. Das and his Kitchen Chemistry class will present their "Taste of Chemistry" exhibit at the Geek Arts/Green Innovators Festival.
- DSF Charitable Foundation GIves $3.9M to Support Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology (Press Release, March 15, 2011 )
- Krzysztof Matyjaszewski To Receive Esteemed Wolf Prize in Chemistry (Press Release, November 4, 2010)
- New Self-Healing Polymer
The Matyjaszewski group and collaborators at Kyushu University of Japan have developed a polymer that can heal itself repeatedly when exposed to ultraviolet light. The new material could potentially be used to create products that repair themselves when damaged, including self-healing medical implants or parts for vehicles such as aircraft. (Angewandte Chemie International Edition, January 10, 2011)
The Healing Power of Light (Technology Review, January 20, 2011)
Polymer Could Create Self-Healing Aircraft (Wired.com, January 25, 2011)
- Chemistry major Xochina El Hilali is featured in Carnegie Mellon Today (Carnegie Mellon Today, January 2011, Vol. 8 No. 1)
- Bone Tissue Engineering Center Receives Research Grant to Help Injured Soldiers: New Therapy Will Prevent Growth of Bone Formations That Hamper Amputees’ Use of Prostheses (Press Release, November 4, 2010)
- Chemistry in the Kitchen (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 4, 2010)
- Newell Washburn receives Phase 1 Coulter Translational Research Award (November 2010)
- Rick McCullough Receives Thomas Lord Professorship in Chemistry (Press Release, September 28, 2010)
- Chemistry major George Leonard wins prize at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference (September 2010)
- Researchers Turn Up Brightness on Fluorescent Probes: Development Will Open New Avenues for Research (Press Release, August 16, 2010)
- Structure of Ultra-Small, Chiral Gold Nanoparticles Revealed (press release, June 25, 2010)
- Krzysztof Matyjaszewski receives the 2010 Gutenberg Lecture Award (The Graduate School of Excellence MAINZ, June 15, 2010)
- Terry Collins Named the Teresa Heinz Professor in Green Chemistry (press release, June 4, 2010)
- Obituary: Truman P. Kohman / Chemistry professor with eyes always on stars (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 01, 2010)
- ChemCollective Wins Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (press release, April 29, 2010)
- Toby Nelson Receives Two Prestigious Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (press release, April 20, 2010)
- Catalina Achim, winner of the Julius Ashkin Award for Excellence in Teaching (press release, April 12, 2010)
- Xochina El Hilali Receives UNCF-Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship (press release, April 7, 2010)
- Ph.D. Candidate Chad Ellis Receives Camegie Mellon's Graduate Student Service Award on April 8, 4:30, Rangos Ballroom. (press release, April 2, 2010)
- Carnegie Mellon Scientists Create Toolbox Of Fluorescent Probes in a Rainbow of Colors (Carnegie Mellon press release, March 25, 2010)
- Carnegie Mellon's Kitchen Chemistry Course Makes Science Palatable (Carnegie Mellon press release, March 25, 2010)
- Chemistry Major Swati Varshney Receives Churchill Scholarship (Carnegie Mellon press release, February 2, 2009)
- Kris Matyjaszewski receives Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) from l’Institut Polytechnique, Toulouse, France. In French (Conférences des Docteurs Honoris Causa website, January 2010)