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Tsarevsky receives a Kenneth G. Hancock Scholarship for work in green chemistry

photo of Nick TsarevskyNick Tsarevsky, a Ph.D. student in Kris Matyjaszewski's group, has been selected as co-recipient of a prestigious Kenneth G. Hancock Scholarship for his work in green chemistry. The scholarship will be presented at this year's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards at the National Academies in Washington, DC on June 23.

Nick's work focuses on the preparation of well-defined polymers and co-polymers by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) in aqueous media. He has investigated both heterogeneous and homogeneous water-based systems for a wide range of vinyl monomers including styrenes, acrylates, and methacrylates. Among the significant contributions of this work are the ability to polymerize ionic monomers, to improve control over polymerization of neutral water-soluble monomers, and to develop new catalysts for polymerization of acidic monomers, all in environmentally-friendly water-based solvents. Potential applications include adhesives, superabsorbents for water purification, and gels for controlled drug delivery.

The Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Student Award in Green Chemistry was established by Dr. Hancock's colleagues to honor his contributions to the field of green chemistry. Hancock, an early proponent of green chemistry, died unexpectedly in 1993 during his tenure as director of the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation. The scholarship provides a monetary sum and national recognition for outstanding student contributions to furthering the goals of Green Chemistry.

This award continues the recognition of outstanding green chemistry research at Carnegie Mellon. Terry Collins and his group received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in 1998. In 2002, Traian Sarbu, a post doctoral fellow in in the Matyjaszewski group, shared the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award with Eric Beckman from the University of Pittsburgh.

The other Hancock Scholarship recipient for this year is Rick Swatloski at The University of Alabama.

May 2003