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  • 12/14/17

    Marc Hillmyer appointed editor-in-chief of Macromolecules

Replacing long-time Editor-in-Chief Timothy Lodge

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that Marc A. Hillmyer, Ph.D., Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Chemistry, has been appointed the new editor-in-chief of Macromolecules. Hillmyer previously served as an associate editor for the journal for 10 years. He will succeed current Editor-in-Chief Timothy P. Lodge in January 2018. 

Professor Hillmyer received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Florida in 1989 and his doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1994. After completing his post-doctoral research at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, he joined the chemistry faculty at Minnesota in 1997. He now leads a research group focused on the design, synthesis, characterization, and applications of advanced macromolecular materials. In addition to his teaching and research roles, Hillmyer also serves as director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers at the University of Minnesota.

"I am both honored and thrilled to take on the role of editor-in-chief. Macromolecules has a long history of being at the top of the polymer science publication world, and I intend to work diligently to both solidify that standing and take the journal to new heights,” said Hillmyer. “With support from the ACS, an outstanding group of associate editors, and the exemplary leadership from Tim Lodge, I am starting from an incredibly strong foundation.”

Lodge has served as the editor-in-chief of Macromolecules for 17 years. He notes that his tenure has been marked by an increasingly global publishing landscape, with technological improvements greatly accelerating the pace of publication. Lodge said, “Submissions to Macromolecules come from around the world, and increasingly from Asia,” says Lodge. “I am proud to have appointed a truly global team of associate editors based in China, Japan, Korea, France, and Germany.”

Macromolecules publishes original research on all fundamental aspects of macromolecular science including synthesis, polymerization mechanisms and kinetics, chemical modification, and surface properties of organic, inorganic, and naturally occurring polymers. The published research showcases innovative concepts, experimental methods/observations, and theoretical approaches in macromolecular science. The journal’s high quality is demonstrated by its impact factor of 5.8, making it a leading publication in the field of materials science and engineering. 

“I am delighted that ACS Publications has selected my colleague to be the next editor-in-chief,” said Lodge. “He will uphold the high scientific standards of the acknowledged world-leading journal in polymer science, while no doubt introducing new features and services to broaden the appeal of Macromolecules.”

“With his decade-long service to the journal as an associate editor, Professor Hillmyer has been committed to the success and excellence of Macromolecules," says James Milne, Ph.D., senior vice president, ACS Publications Journals Publishing Group. “His broad scientific expertise in polymer science, significant editorial experience and progressive vision will serve well in ensuring Macromolecules continues to be considered amongst the most influential journals in its field.”

Fourteen of the Department of Chemistry's faculty members serve as editors for 17 top chemistry journals, playing key roles in the worldwide dissemination of scientific knowledge.