Prof. Brent Sumerlin publishes Perspective in Science

Prof. Brent Sumerlin publishes a Perspective in Science that overviews design principles for next-generation self-healing materials

Brent Sumerlin, the George B. Butler Professor of Polymer Chemistry, published a Perspective in Science highlighting recent advances in the area of self-healing polymers. While polymers designed to degrade after their intended use represent a promising, chemistry-driven approach to minimize the impact of persistent, petroleum-derived materials, an alternative strategy for preparing sustainable materials is to design polymers that have even longer life spans and, as a result, need to be replaced less frequently. Polymers that heal themselves after damage, with no external stimulus, are one such approach for extending material lifetime. This Perspective reinforces the importance of contemplating the most fundamental features of macro-molecular structure for “up-cycling” and extending the lifetime of commodity polymers for next-generation self-healing materials.  

For more information, see Science 2018, 362(6411), 150-151. Link: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/362/6411/150

Prof. Lisa McElwee-White awarded the American Chemical Society 2019 Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal

“Crow Professor and Chair Lisa McElwee-White has been selected to receive the 2019 Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal from the American Chemical Society for her “significant contributions to inorganic/organic nanotechnology, her service as a mentor and teacher among a diversity of students, and her elevation of the public image of chemistry”. She will receive a monetary prize and certificate at the 2019 ACS national meeting in Orlando, Florida, on March 31 – April 4, during which she will present an award address in the Division of Inorganic Chemistry and attend a one and a half day award symposium in her honor. The medal itself will be presented at the Women Chemists’ Committee luncheon. Prof. McElwee-White’s research is in synthetic and mechanistic organometallic chemistry with applications in the deposition of inorganic films and nanostructures.

Prof. George Christou awarded the American Chemical Society 2019 ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry

“Distinguished Professor George Christou has been selected to receive the 2019 Award in Inorganic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society “for his pioneering work in magnetic metal-oxo clusters and discovery of numerous single-molecule magnets, many exhibiting unprecedented physical properties important to new 21st century technologies”. He will receive a monetary prize and certificate at the 2019 ACS national meeting in Orlando, Florida, on March 31 – April 4, during which there will also be a one-day award symposium in his honor. The ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry is given every year to recognize “…outstanding research in the preparation, properties, reactions, or structure of inorganic substances. Special consideration (is) given to independence of thought and originality.” Prof. Christou’s research is in synthetic and physical-inorganic chemistry of the transition metals, and spans molecular nanomagnetism, bioinorganic chemistry, and supramolecular chemistry.”