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Internationally known chemist to speak at PSU

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, a university professor and director of the Center for Macromolecular Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, will deliver a public lecture at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center at Pittsburg State University. Matyjaszewski’s visit is part of the PSU Distinguished Polymer Lecturer Series.

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, a university professor and director of the Center for Macromolecular Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, will deliver a public lecture at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center at Pittsburg State University. Matyjaszewski’s visit is part of the PSU Distinguished Polymer Lecturer Series.

Matyjaszewski will speak on “Nanostructured Functional Materials by Taming Free Radicals.”

The research Matyjaszewski will discuss has wide potential practical application in the development of polymers that can be used as components of advanced materials such as health and beauty products, biomedical and electronic materials, coatings, elastomers, adhesives, surfactants, dispersants, lubricants, additives, or sealants. In his lecture, Matyjaszewski will give special emphasis to nanostructured multifunctional hybrid materials for application related to the environment, energy and catalysis.

Matyjaszewski is an internationally known chemist who has won numerous international awards, including the International Dreyfus Prize in Chemical Sciences, the inaugural Akzo Nobel North American Science Award, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

Matyjaszewski is perhaps best known for the discovery of atom radical transfer polymerization (ATRP), a novel method of polymer synthesis that has revolutionized the way macromolecules are made.

Matyjaszewski was born in Poland in 1950. He received his doctorate from the Polish Academy of Sciences in and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida. From 1978 to 1984, he was a research associate of the Polish Academy of Sciences. From 1984 to 1985, Matyjaszewski held appointments at the University of Paris, first as a research associate and then as a visiting professor. In 1985, he joined Carnegie Mellon, where he founded and currently directs the Center for Macromolecular Engineering.

Matyjaszewski is a co-inventor on 50 issued U.S. patented technologies, holds 147 international patents and has 36 U.S. patent applications pending approval.

For more information, contact the PSU Department of Chemistry at 620-235-4748.

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