CMU chemistry professor wins major science award

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A Carnegie Mellon University chemistry professor has received the inaugural North American version of the AkzoNobel Science Award.

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, a renowned polymer chemist at CMU, will get $75,000 from the Netherlands-based company, which oversaw the awards process along with the American Chemical Society.

Mr. Matyjaszewski is known for his pioneering work in developing highly customized plastics that can be used for everything from commercial window sealants and pollution-cleaning pellets to special self-cleaning coatings on laboratory surfaces. His primary scientific breakthrough was in developing a process known as atom transfer radical polymerization, which allows scientists to create specialized plastics in a controlled way.

The chemist, who regularly shows up on short lists for the Nobel Prize, also has won many other awards for his work, including the 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. AkzoNobel is a chemistry company employing 55,000 people in 80 nations.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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