The Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award is to recognize polymer scientists under the age of 40 to celebrate their significant research innovation and achievement in the field.
The Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award recipient is recognized with a symposium in association with PMSE at the ACS Fall National Meeting, followed by an open reception.
The polymer science landscape has evolved dramatically over the past 50 years, advanced by innovative scientists working on the chemistry and physics of polymer systems. The award was initiated in 2012 to recognize new scientists and researchers.
The award is granted to an individual without regard for nationality and nominations who is under 40 are welcome from all sectors of industry, government and academia.
2022 Award Winner: Frank A. Leibfarth
University of North Carolina
The editors of the Journal of Polymer Science and the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) are delighted to present the 2022 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award to Dr. Frank A. Leibfarth.
Frank currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with Professor Craig J. Hawker, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the guidance of Professor Timothy F. Jamison.
The research interests of the Leibfarth group include developing methods to control stereochemistry in ionic polymerizations, uncovering enhanced function in commodity polymers through selective C–H functionalization, and creating automated approaches for the synthesis of unique polymer architectures with novel functions.
For Frank’s significant achievements, he has been recognized by numerous awards in only five years as an independent investigator, including the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Sloan Research Fellowship, NSF CAREER award, 3M Non-tenured faculty award, and was named to the Popular Science Brilliant 10, 2020 Hermann F. Mark Young Scholar, and the Chemical & Engineering News Talented 12 lists.
2021 Garret Miyake
2020 Brett P. Fors
2019 Patricia Dankers
2018 Rachel O’Reilly
2017 Luis M. Campos
2016 Cyrille Boyer
2015 Rachel A. Segalman
2014 Brent Sumerlin
2013 Ryan Hayward