Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

Carnegie Mellon University

Primary Section: 14, Chemistry
Secondary Section: 31, Engineering Sciences
Membership Type:
Member (elected 2019)


Krzysztof (Kris) Matyjaszewski is J. C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. He discovered Cu-mediated atom transfer radical polymerization, commercialized in 2004 in US, Japan and Europe. He has co-authored >1,000 publications (cited >100,000 times, h-index 155), co-edited 24 books, 99 book chapters and holds 62 US patents. He is the editor of Progress in Polymer Science. Matyjaszewski received 2017 Franklin Medal in Chemistry, 2015 Dreyfus Prize in Chemical Sciences, 2014 National Institute of Materials Science (Japan) Award, 2012 Prize of Société Chimique de France, 2012 Maria Curie Medal, 2011 Wolf Prize in Chemistry, 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, and from the American Chemical Society: 2019 Chemistry of Materials Award, 2015 Overberger Prize, 2013 AkzoNobel North America Science Award, 2011 Hermann Mark Award, 2011 Award in Applied Polymer Science, 2002 Polymer Chemistry Award, 1995 Creative Polymer Chemistry Award. He received eleven honorary degrees (Ghent, Lodz, Athens, Moscow, Toulouse, Pusan, Paris, Haifa, Poznan, Coimbra and Padova) and is a member of National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, Australian Academy of Science and a fellow of National Academy of Inventors, IUPAC and the American Chemical Society.

Research Interests

Kris Matyjaszewski's laboratory is interested in preparation and characterization of various well-defined copolymers using controlled radical polymerization, primarily catalyzed by redox active transition metal complexes such as Cu with polydentate amine-based ligands. The currently developed catalysts are over billion times more active than originally used catalysts for atom transfer radical addition reactions. The polymers prepared by ATRP maintain controlled topology, composition and functionality. They include various hybrid materials synthesized by covalently linking synthetic polymers with either inorganic nanoparticles, various flat and curved surfaces or with biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids. The products find many applications as advanced nanostructured functional materials. They have been used as coatings, sealants, health and beauty products and also materials for applications related to energy, environment, catalysis and biomedicine. At Carnegie Mellon, Matyjaszewski formed a Controlled Radical Polymerization Consortium with other sixty international companies. ATRP was licensed 16 times since 2004 in US, Japan and Europe to commercially produce well-defined copolymers as various advanced materials.

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