Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry
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Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

J. C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences and Chemical Engineering (courtesy) / Director, Center for Macromolecular Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University


Phone: (412) 268-3209

Fax: (412) 268-6897

Office: Mellon Institute 861

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Faculty & Research

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

J. C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences

Research Areas

Polymer synthesis, Controlled/living polymerization, Macromolecular engineering, Bio-related polymers, Organic/inorganic hybrids, Catalysis, Green chemistry

Education and Appointments
2004–present University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
2001–present Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
2001–present Director of the CRP Consortium
2001–present Adjunct Professor, Polish Academy of Sciences, Lodz
1998–present J.C. Warner Professor of Natural Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
1998–present Director of the Center for Macromolecular Engineering
1996–2000 Director of the ATRP Consortium
1994–1998 Head, Chemistry Department, Carnegie Mellon University
1985–1998 Professor, Associate and Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
1985 Polytechnical University of Lodz, Poland, Habilitation
1984–1985 Research Associate, CNRS and Invited Professor, University of Paris, France
1978–1984 Research Associate, Polish Academy of Sciences
1977–1978 Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Florida
1976 Ph.D., Polish Academy of Sciences (Prof. S. Penczek, Thesis Advisor)
1972 B.S./M.S., Technical University of Moscow
Awards and Distinctions
2013 Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
2013 AkzoNobel North America Science Award (ACS)
2013 Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) Pusan National University, South Korea
2013 Madison Marshall Award (ACS, Alabama Section)
2012 Société Chimique de France Prize
2012 Dannie-Heineman Prize, Goettingen Academy of Sciences
2012 Maria Sklodowska-Curie Medal, Polish Chemical Society
2012 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Science Medal, Pilsudski Institute of America
2012 Foreign Member of Russian Academy of Sciences
2012 Honorary Fellow of Chinese Chemical Society
2011 Wolf Prize
2011 Herman F. Mark Award — Division of Polymer Chemistry Award (ACS)
2011 ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science
2011 Japanese Society Polymer Science Award
2011 Carnegie Science Award in Advanced Materials
2010 Gutenberg Lecture Award, University of Mainz, Germany
2010 Fellow, American Chemical Society
2010 Fellow, Polymeric Chemistry Division, American Chemical Society
2010 Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) l'Institut Polytechnique, Toulouse, France
2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
2008 Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) University of Athens, Greece
2007 Hermann F. Mark Senior Scholar Award (ACS)
2007 Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) Lodz Polytechnic, Poland
2006 Member, National Academy of Engineering
2006 Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) Russian Academy of Sciences
2005 Macro Group Medal (United Kingdom)
2005 Foreign Member of Polish Academy of Sciences
2005 Chair - Gordon Research Conference , Polymer East
2004 Prize of Foundation for Polish Science (Polish Nobel Prize)
2004 ACS Award in Cooperative Research in Polymer Science
2002 Polymer Chemistry Award (ACS)
2002 Honorary Degree (Doctorate Honoris Causa) University of Ghent, Belgium
2001 Pittsburgh Award (ACS)
2001 Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Fellow (ACS)
2000 National Professorship of Poland
1999 Humboldt Award for Senior US Scientists
1998 Elf Chair of French Academy of Sciences
1995 Carl S. Marvel - Creative Polymer Chemistry Award (ACS)
1989 Award of Presidential Young Investigator (NSF)
1981 Award of Polish Academy of Sciences
1980 Award of Polish Chemical Society
1974 Award of the Scientific Secretary of Polish Academy of Sciences
Selected Publications

Averick, S. E.; Paredes, E.; Irastorza, A.; Shrivats, A. R.; Srinivasan, A.; Siegwart, D. J.; Magenau, A. J.; Cho, H. Y.; Hsu, E.; Averick, A. A.; Kim, J.; Liu, S.; Hollinger, J. O.; Das, S. R.; Matyjaszewski, K., Preparation of Cationic Nanogels for Nucleic Acid Delivery, Biomacromolecules 2012, 13, 3445–3449.

Simakova, A.; Averick, S. E.; Konkolewicz, D.; Matyjaszewski, K., Aqueous ARGET ATRP, Macromolecules (Washington, DC, U. S.) 2012, 45, 6371–6379.

Schröder, K.; Mathers, R. T.; Buback, J.; Konkolewicz, D.; Magenau, A. J. D.; Matyjaszewski, K., Substituted Tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine Ligands for Highly Active ATRP Catalysts, ACS Macro Letters 2012, 1, 1037–1040.

Matyjaszewski, K., Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP): Current Status and Future Perspectives, Macromolecules (Washington, DC, U. S.) 2012, 45, 4015–4039.

Matyjaszewski, K.; Spanswick, J., Copper-Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization, In: Matyjaszewski K and Möller M (eds.) Polymer Science: A Comprehensive Reference 2012, Vol. 3, 377–428; Amsterdam: Elsevier BV.

Zhong, M.; Kim, E. K.; McGann, J. P.; Chun, S.-E.; Whitacre, J. F.; Jaroniec, M.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Kowalewski, T., Electrochemically Active Nitrogen-Enriched Nanocarbons with Well-Defined Morphology Synthesized by Pyrolysis of Self-Assembled Block Copolymer, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 14846–14857.

Siegwart, D. J.; Oh, J. K.; Matyjaszewski, K., ATRP in the design of functional materials for biomedical applications, Prog. Polym. Sci. 2012, 37, 18–37.

Bortolamei, N.; Isse, A. A.; Magenau, A. J. D.; Gennaro, A.; Matyjaszewski, K., Controlled Aqueous Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with Electrochemical Generation of the Active Catalyst, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 11391–11394.

Matyjaszewski, K., Architecturally complex polymers with controlled heterogeneity, Science (Washington, DC, United States) 2011, 333, 1104–1105.

Magenau, A. J. D.; Strandwitz, N. C.; Gennaro, A.; Matyjaszewski, K., Electrochemically Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization, SCIENCE 2011, 332, 81–84.