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2020 ACS Macro Letters/Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award Winners

Professors Keiji Numata and Rodney Priestley are the winners of the 2020 ACS Macro Letters/ Biomacromolecules/ Macromolecules Young Investigator Award

The ACS journals ACS Macro LettersBiomacromolecules, and Macromolecules in partnership with the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymer Chemistry are proud to announce the selection of Professor Keiji Numata of Kyoto University, Japan and Professor Rodney Priestley of Princeton University, USA as the winners of the 2020 ACS Macro Letters/Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award. Professors Numata and Priestley will be honored during an award symposium at the ACS Fall National Meeting, August 16 – 20, 2020 in San Francisco, CA.

2020 ACS Macro Letters/Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award Winners

Keiji Numata, Kyoto University

Professor Numata was selected in recognition of his outstanding contributions in applications of polymer science to the biological field. Professor Numata is acknowledged for his accomplishments in the study of a range of biopolymers, from synthesis and bioengineering approaches to structure-function insights as materials. He has developed chemo-enzymatic polymerization approaches and studied various synthetic polypeptides, including those with non-natural monomeric units. These systems provide new properties and use scalable approaches. He has also provided new insight for a structural and functional material design using amino acid-based polymers including spider silk.

 View selected articles published by Numata

Revealing the Architecture of the Cell Wall in Living Plant Cells by Bioimaging and Enzymatic Degradation
Biomacromolecules, 2020, 21 (1), pp 95-103
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.9b00979
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Block Copolymer/Plasmid DNA Micelles Postmodified with Functional Peptides via Thiol-Maleimide Conjugation for Efficient Gene Delivery into Plants
Biomacromolecules, 2019, 20 (2), pp 653-661
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.8b01304
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Liquid Crystalline Granules Align in a Hierarchical Structure To Produce Spider Dragline Microfibrils
Biomacromolecules, 2017, 18 (4), pp 1350-1355
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.7b00086
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Chemical Synthesis of Multiblock Copolypeptides Inspired by Spider Dragline Silk Proteins
ACS Macro Letters, 2017, 6 (2), pp 103-106
DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00006

Rodney Priestley, Princeton University

Professor Priestley was selected in recognition of his pioneering contributions to fundamental polymer science and the processing of nanostructured polymeric systems. Professor Priestley’s has made exceptional contributions towards our understanding of the glass transition in polymers, especially in confined geometries, including thin films, nanoparticles, and block copolymer microdomains, and in irreversibly adsorbed polymer layers. He is also recognized for pioneering work in polymer thin film quasi-vapor deposition to create films with unique structure and properties, as well as the scalable production and application of structured and hybrid polymer colloids.

View selected articles published by Priestley

Tunable Properties of MAPLE-Deposited Thin Films in the Presence of Suppressed Segmental Dynamics
ACS Macro Letters, 2019, 8 (9), pp 1115-1121,
DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.9b00406
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Shell Architecture Strongly Influences the Glass Transition, Surface Mobility, and Elasticity of Polymer Core-Shell Nanoparticles
Macromolecules, 2019, 52 (14), pp 5399-5406
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b00766

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Direct Measurement of Glass Transition Temperature in Exposed and Buried Adsorbed Polymer Nanolayers
Macromolecules, 2016, 49 (9), pp 4647-4655
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b00400
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Soft-Multi-faced Colloids by Constrained Volume Self-Assembly
Macromolecules, 49, 3580 (2016)
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b00708

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