Chemistry of Materials and the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering are proud to announce Baolin Guo and Meng Li from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, as the recipients of the 2022 Chemistry of Materials Lectureship and Best Paper Award. This award honors the authors of an article published in 2020 or 2021 that has outstanding influence across the field of materials chemistry, while also recognizing that research is a team endeavor.
The winning paper is “Two-Pronged Strategy of Biomechanically Active and Biochemically Multifunctional Hydrogel Wound Dressing To Accelerate Wound Closure and Wound Healing.” This article reports the design of a series of multifunctional hydrogel wound dressings with thermo-responsive self-contraction, biomechanical activity, and tissue adhesion to assist wound closure, and more biochemical activities including self-healing, temperature-dependent drug release ability, anti-infection, antioxidation and conductivity to promote wound healing, thereby outlining a two-pronged strategy approach to wound management through combining biomechanical and biochemical functions together for the first time.
Discussing the teamwork associated with this award, Sara E. Skrabalak, the Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry of Materials noted that “This two-prong strategy reflects an exciting, new conceptual approach to hydrogel design for wound management, which was only possible through a high level of interdisciplinary collaboration between experts in material synthesis and characterization and those capable of conducting the antibacterial and animal experiments.”
The Chemistry of Materials Lectureship and Best Paper Award will be presented at an upcoming symposium during the ACS Fall National Meeting.
Read an Interview with Professor Baolin Guo
1. What does winning this award mean to you?
“We feel very honored and excited to get this reward, which shows the recognition of our work by the selection committee and scientific research field. Our research group has been working at the intersection of materials and medicine for many years. This work has been widely recognized as an illustration of the frontier and significance of our research, and we will continue our efforts.”
2. This award is about teamwork. How did working with each other – and your co-authors – lead to the results achieved and described in your article?
“First in the author’s contribution section: Baolin Guo and Hualei Zhang contributed to experiment conception and design, and manuscript revision, and supervision. Meng Li carried out the experiments and wrote the draft of the manuscript. Yongping Liang, Jiahui He assisted in the implementation of experiments and contributed to acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data. Secondly, this work belongs to the interdisciplinary subject of materials and medicine. Under the overall arrangement of Professor Baolin Guo, Meng Li and Jiahui He designed and guided the main materials field, and Dr. Yongping Liang was responsible for the experimental guidance in the medical field. I think the reason why this research work has attracted the attention of the majority of researchers is because the intersection of disciplines has become an important research direction in the future, and this work is a brilliant spark from the collision of disciplines.”
Learn more about Baolin Guo:
Baolin Guo received his PhD degree in 2011 from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) under the supervision of Professor Ann-Christine Albertsson. He is now a professor at State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, and the Frontier Institute of Science and Technology (FIST), Xi’an Jiaotong University. He has published more than 100 papers (citation >11000 times) with him as the first author and corresponding author, and he owns 8 patents. His research focuses on biomedical polymers including degradable conductive polymers for tissue engineering, multifunctional hydrogels for wound healing, rapid hemostasis materials, tissue regeneration, hydrogel adhesives, human motion sensing device and controlled drug delivery system.
Learn more about Meng Li:
Meng Li received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in medicinal chemistry from Lanzhou University, China in 2011 and 2015, respectively. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Frontier Institute of Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University. He majored in biomedical engineering in the research group of Professor Baolin Guo from 2018. His main research interests are the design and synthesis of biomaterials for hemostasis and tissue repair.
Read about past winners of the Chemistry of Materials Lectureship and Best Paper Award
- 2021 Award Winner:
“Local Structure Distortion Induced Broad Band Emission in the All-Inorganic BaScO2F:Eu2+ Perovskite”
- 2020 Award Winner:
“Design of Stretchable and Self-Healing Gel Electrolytes via Fully Zwitterionic Polymer Networks in Solvate Ionic Liquids for Li-Based Batteries”
- 2019 Award Winner:
“Anharmonicity and Octahedral Tilting in Hybrid Vacancy-Ordered Double Perovskites”
- 2018 Award Winner:
“Quantifying the Fracture Behavior of Brittle and Ductile thin Films of Semiconducting Polymers”
- 2017 Award Winner:
“Stabilizing Perovskite Structures by Tuning Tolerance Factor: Formation of Formamidinium and Cesium Lead Iodide Solid-State Alloys.”