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Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. MIT Chemistry is taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry at its most fundamental level, unraveling the biochemical complexities of natural systems, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
Jeremiah A. Johnson wins 2018 Biomacromolecules / Macromolecules Young Investigator Award
May 14, 2018
The Polymer portfolio of journals, including ACS Macro Letters, Biomacromolecules, and Macromolecules, in partnership with the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry, has recently announced that Professor Jeremiah A. Johnson has been named the co-recipient of the 2018 Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award. Professor Johnson receives this award for his contributions in developing methods for polymer synthesis that provide macromolecules with novel functions in polymer physics. He will be honored during the ACS Fall National Meeting, this August 19-24, in Boston, MA.
Inaugurated in 2013, the Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award is an inernational award intended to recognize the contributions of individuals at a global level. Given annually, the award honors the contributions of two individuals, early in their careers, who have made a major impact on the field of polymer science.
The Johnson laboratory seeks creative, macromolecular solutions to problems at the interface of chemistry, medicine, biology, and materials science. Materials synthesis is approached in an analogous manner to natural-products synthesis; an interesting target structure is chosen and a synthetic scheme is designed to access that structure as efficiently as possible. The targets are designed de novo from careful consideration of the specific needs of a given application and with a particular emphasis on function. The tools of traditional organic and organometallic synthesis, synthetic polymer chemistry, photochemistry, surface science, and biopolymer engineering are combined to realize the designs.