Dr. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, PhD, the J.C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences and professor of chemistry in the Mellon College of Science, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
NAI Fellows are recognized for their “prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”
Dr. Matyjaszewski is best known for the discovery of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), a novel method of polymer synthesis that has revolutionized the way macromolecules are made. Dr. Matyjaszewski has used ATRP to make a wide range of “smart” materials that respond to environmental changes including polymers that can be useful in the aviation and automotive industry, nanogel capsules that can be used for targeted drug delivery, and sealants that are used in the manufacturing of self-cleaning glass.
Dr. Matyjaszewski is a co-inventor on 132 international and 46 U.S. patented technologies, and has 26 U.S. patent applications pending approval. ATRP technology developed by Dr. Matyjaszewski has been licensed to 16 companies across the world, and the CMU spinoff company, ATRP Solutions, aids companies as they develop next generation materials.