Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, PhD

Dr. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski is the J.C. Warner Professor of Natural Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University and served as the head of the Chemistry Department.  Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Dr. Matyjaszewski was a Research Associate first at the Polish Academy of Sciences and then at the University of Paris.

Dr. Matyjaszewski earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science at the Technical University of Moscow, his PhD at the Polish Academy of Sciences, and his Habilitation at the Polytechnic University of Lodz. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Florida.

Dr. Matyjaszewski’s research interests include macromolecular engineering; synthesis of well-defined macromolecules via living and controlled polymerizations; homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis; and the preparation of well-defined polymers and hybrids for optoelectronics, ceramics, and biomedical applications. He discovered Cu-mediated atom transfer radical polymerization, commercialized in US, Europe, and Japan.

Dr. Matyjaszewski received the 2021 Grand Prix de la Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie  (France), 2020 William H. Nichols Medal Award (ACS New York Sections), 2019 Chemistry of Materials Award (ACS), 2017 Franklin Medal in Chemistry, 2015 Dreyfus Prize in Chemical Sciences, 2014 Japan National Institute of Materials Science Award, 2012 Maria Curie Medal, 2012 Prize of Société Chimique de France, 2011 Wolf Prize in Chemistry, 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, and from the American Chemical Society: 2019 Chemistry of Materials Award, 2015 Overberger Award, 2013 North America Science Award, 2011 Hermann Mark Award, 2011 Award in Applied Polymer Science, 2002 Polymer Chemistry Award, and 1995 Creative Polymer Chemistry Award. He was awarded with eleven honorary degrees (Ghent, Lodz, Athens, Moscow, Toulouse, Pusan, Paris, Haifa, Poznan, Padova, Coimbra). He is a member of National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences, Australian Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, European Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of National Academy of Inventors. He has edited 24 books, co-authored 100 book chapters, over 1,200 peer-reviewed articles cited more than 167,000 times (h-index 197, Google Scholar) as well as 66 US and over 150 international patents. His ATRP technology has been licensed to 17 international companies.  Over 100 postdoctoral fellows and 100 graduate students have been members of his research group. He is the editor of Progress in Polymer Science.

View a partial list of Dr. Matyjaszewski’s publications here.