2021 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award

2021 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award

Author: ChemistryViews

Garret M. Miyake, Associate Professor at Colorado State University (CSU), Fort Collins, USA, has received the 2021 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award. The award has been presented at an online award symposium at the ACS Fall Meeting on August 24, 2021.
(If you are at the ACS meeting: 02:00pm – 04:00pm USA / Canada – Eastern – August 24, 2021 | Room: Zoom Room 22 and
04:30pm – 06:15pm USA / Canada – Eastern – August 24, 2021 | Room: Zoom Room 22)

The award recognizes significant research innovation and achievement from polymer scientists under the age of 40. The award is bestowed yearly on a young scientist exploring exciting new fields in the chemistry and physics of polymer systems. The awardee is selected by vote of the editors of the journal and the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE), of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Miyake is recognized for his work in the field of organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization (O-ATRP). This is a controlled radical polymerization method mediated by an organic photoredox catalyst. The synthesis of polymers with defined composition and architecture is controlled by light. Organic catalysts are used instead of transition metal-containing catalysts, which offers several advantages.


Garret M. Miyake, received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Colorado State University (CSU). As a postdoctoral researcher, he worked with Nobel Laureate Robert Grubbs at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, USA. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at CSU. Garret Miyake is co-founder and CTO of New Iridium, Boulder, CO, USA.

Miyake’s research includes photodox catalysis, synthetic organic chemistry, functional polymer synthesis, photonic crystals, and additive manufacturing. Sustainable photocatalyst technology is one of many inventions developed in the Miyake lab.

Among other awards, Garret Miyake received the Colorado State University College of Natural Sciences Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award in 2020 and the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry AkzoNobel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Chemistry in 2012.

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