krzysztof_matyjaszewskiPolish-American chemist and a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences – Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski – is a winner of the 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. The awards are given to recognize research that can make significant contributions to pollution prevention. Prof. Matyjaszewski won the Academic Award for developing an alternative process called “Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP)” for manufacturing polymers.

Prof. Matyjaszewski received his PhD from the Center of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where he occasionally conducts scientific workshops on ATRP and other trends in polymer chemistry. In 1999 he received the title of Professor. At present Krzysztof Matyjaszewski works at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) where he leads his own research group.

Cited over 30,000 times, Prof. Matyjaszewski is the second-most cited researcher in all fields of chemistry in 2008. He was awarded honorary degree by the Ghent University, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Technical University of Łódź. In 2004 Prof. Matyjaszewski received the Foundation for Polish Science Award – the most prestigious scientific prize in Poland.

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