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Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award

The Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award recognizes significant research innovation and achievement in a polymer scientist under 40.

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.

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Award Details

The award consists of a symposium in association with the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division of the ACS and a dinner in recognition of the recipient at the ACS Fall meeting, a $5,000 prize, and travel expenses of up to $1,000 to the ACS Fall meeting for the award year. Award recipients will submit a Review, Highlight, or Perspective article based on the topic of their award lecture, which will be published in an ongoing Virtual Issue of the Journal of Polymer Science.


Please see the Journal of Polymer Science nomination page for more details.

Award Selection

Awards are based on information from the nomination package detailed on the nomination page and an up-to-date CV of the nominee. Selections are made by a committee managed by the Journal of Polymer Science editors

Past Recipients

Nominations and Award Process

Rules of Eligibility

he nominee must be 40 years of age or younger at the time the nomination period opens (October 1). Please note career interruptions, such as parental leave, will be taken into consideration when determining applicant eligibility – please detail circumstances for extension of the age limitations in the nomination letter. Nominations are welcome from all sectors of industry, government and academia.

Nominations Package

The Journal of Polymer Science nomination page will have the current information to submit a nominations package and submission email.

About The Journal of Polymer Science

Journal of Polymer Science publishes outstanding and in-depth research on all aspects of polymer science – both the core sub-disciplines and research at the frontiers of the field. The scope covers polymer chemistry, polymer physics, polymer engineering, as well as applied science, including biomedical applications; polymers for energy, the environment and sustainability; biomimetics; and smart devices.

Since its launch in 1946 by P. M. Doty, H. Mark, and C.C. Price, the Journal of Polymer Science has served the community as a forum for fundamental research on synthesis, chemistry, physics, and engineering of polymers. It ever evolved into a few sister journals to pace the development rhythm of polymer science.

From January 2020, the Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry and Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics are published as the single original title, the Journal of Polymer Science. It aims to provide a unified, inclusive, and dynamic forum for this rapidly developing multidisciplinary area. With a continuous value deemed to the chemistry, physics and engineering of polymers, it will extend its coverage to all aspects of polymer studies.

Past Winners

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

2012 Christopher Bielawski