The ACS magazines ACS macro letters, Biomacromolecules, and Macromolecules in partnership with the Department of Polymer Chemistry are pleased to announce the selection of Professors Bradley D. Olsen from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Haritz Sardon from POLYMAT / University of the Basque Country, Spain as winners of the 2021 ACS macro letters / biomacromolecules / macromolecules Prize for young scientists. Professors Olsen and Sardon will be honored during an award symposium at the ACS Fall National Meeting from August 22nd to 26th, 2021.

2021 ACS macro letters / biomacromolecules / macromoleculesYoung Investigator Award winner

Bradley D. Olsen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Olsen was selected in recognition of his pioneering studies in protein-based polymer materials and protein-polymer hybrids, including the discovery of nucleoporin-like proteins (NLPs), block copolymers and coacervates for applications in catalysis and biosensors; for the inclusion of topological defects in polymer network theory; and advancement of line notation for data-driven polymer science through the invention BigSMILES developed for polymer structures.

Check out selected articles by Professor Olsens

Nucleopore-inspired polymer hydrogels for selective biomolecular transport
Biomacromolecules 2018, 19, 10, 3905-3916
DOI: 10.1021 / acs.biomac.8b00556
Revision of the elasticity theory for real Gaussian Phantom Networks
Macromolecules 2019, 52, 4, 1685-1694
DOI: 10.1021 / acs.macromol.8b01676
The nature of the protein interactions that govern the self-assembly of globular protein-polymer block copolymers
Biomacromolecules 2014, 15, 4, 1248-1258
DOI: 10.1021 / bm401817p
Adding the effect of topological defects to the Flory-Rehner and Bray-Merrill swelling theories
ACS Macro Lett. 2021, 10, 5, 531-537
DOI: 10.1021 / acsmacrolett.0c00909

Haritz Sardon, POLYMAT / University of the Basque Country

Professor Sardon was selected for this honor in recognition of his contributions to the development of organocatalyzed polymerizations and chemical recycling and upcycling of polymers. Its services include the production of new functional polymer materials using sustainable polymerisation processes, such as the synthesis of new polymers using “green” polymerisation processes such as monomers from polymer recycling, reagents from renewable sources or the use of less hazardous organocatalysts

View selected articles, by Professor Sardon. were published

Synthesis of functionalized cyclic carbonates by upcycling raw materials
ACS Macro Lett. 2020, 9, 4, 443-447
DOI: 10.1021 / acsmacrolett.0c00164
Thioxanthone-based photobase generators for the synthesis of polyurethanes by photopolymerization of polyols and polyisocyanates
Macromolecules 2020, 53, 6, 2069-2076
DOI: 10.1021 / acs.macromol.9b02648
Isomorphic polyoxyalkylene copolyethers obtained by copolymerizing aliphatic diols
Macromolecules 2019, 52, 9, 3506-3515
DOI: 10.1021 / acs.macromol.9b00469
Broad spectrum antimicrobial polycarbonate hydrogels with rapid degradability
Biomacromolecules 2015, 16, 4, 1169-1178
DOI: 10.1021 / bm501836z


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