Two Chemistry Professors Honoured with ACS National Awards

September 7, 2023 by Mayuri Punithan - Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry’s University Professor Eugenia Kumacheva and Professor Andre Simpson are winners of this year’s American Chemical Society (ACS) National Awards.

Every year, the ACS National Awards program recognizes researchers for their advancements in chemistry, research endeavours, and career achievements. 

Eugenia Kumacheva (ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry)

This award honours an individual whose research has advanced the field of polymer chemistry, particularly in polymeric systems and materials. Namely, the recipient has led pioneering research in synthetic methods of unique polymeric materials, or their discoveries have revealed new findings about complex macromolecular behaviour. Kumacheva’s research accomplishments in “polymer surfaces and colloids, including polymer-induced lubrication, interactions between polymer-tethered nanoparticles, hydrogels, and microfluidic synthesis of polymers” have earned her this award. 

Please visit Kumacheva’s website to learn more about her research in polymer and material chemistry. 

Andre Simpson (ACS Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology)

This award recognizes an individual's creativity in research and technology or analysis methods. In particular, the recipient’s work has either led to a scientific basis for informed environmental control decision-making processes or practical technologies that will reduce health risk factors. Simpson received this award because he pioneered Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) development in “environmental research, unravelling soil’s chemical structure, understanding contaminant sequestration and explaining the chemical toxicity through real-time in-vivo NMR.”

Please visit Simpson’s website to learn more about his research in analytical environmental chemistry.