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  • Marc A. Hillmyer

    McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Center for Sustainable Polymers Director

    • Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry
    • Environmental & Green Chemistry, Renewable Materials
    • Energy & Catalysis
    • B.S. University of Florida, 1989
    • Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 1994
    • Post Doctorate Research Associate, University of Minnesota, 1994-1997
    Office: 209 Smith Hall

Principal Research Interests

The Hillmyer research group's efforts focus on the design, synthesis, characterization, and applications of advanced macromolecular materials. 

We strive to establishstructure-property relationships and to discover and develop technologically important applications of polymers. We use modern polymer synthesis techniques that include various controlled polymerizations and selective polymer modifications, and these synthetic efforts provide the foundation for most projects. Ultimately, we aim to combine contemporary polymer synthesis with detailed molecular, morphological and property characterization to expand our knowledge of fundamental polymer science and advance new technologies. 

Our spotlight areas of research include the development of sustainable polymers from renewable resources and hybrid macromolecular structures that combine disparate polymeric elements into a single compound. As project areas are often interrelated, our group encourages and embraces collaboration. In addition to collaborations between members of the Hillmyer group, several formal cooperative relationships have been established with several other research groups at the University of Minnesota. The overall polymer science effort at the University of Minnesota is wide-ranging, and the extensive infrastructure and collaborative nature of the faculty truly fosters a unique research environment.

Honors and Awards

  • McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair, University of Minnesota (UMN), 2015
  • NSF Division of Materials Research, Special Creativity Extension, 2014-2015
  • Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Award (UMN), 2014
  • PTN Medema Award, 2013
  • LE STUDIUM research fellow, Université d'Orléans/CNRS, 2012-2013
  • Fellow of the Polymer Chemistry (POLY) Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), 2012
  • Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award (POLY division of the ACS), 2011
  • Distinguished McKnight University Professorship (UMN), 2010
  • IonE Resident Fellow (UMN), 2010
  • George W. Taylor/IT Alumni Society Award for Distinguished Teaching (UMN), 2010
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2009
  • Visiting Professor, Université d'Orléans, France, 2008
  • Arthur K. Doolittle Award (jointly awarded, PMSE division of the ACS), 2007
  • George Taylor Distinguished Research Award (UMN), 2007
  • Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge, 2005-2006
  • Best Chemistry Instructor Award (UMN Institute of Technology Student Board), 2005
  • Elmore H. Northey Professorship (UMN), 2004-2009
  • George Taylor Career Development Award (UMN), 2002
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2001-2005
  • Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, 2000-2005
  • Schlumberger Limited Foundation Award, 2000, 2001
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2000-2005
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship (UMN), 2000-2002
  • DuPont Young Professor Grant, 1998-2002
  • Research Corporation Research Innovation Award, 1998-2002
  • 3M Company Non-tenured Faculty Award, 1998-2002
  • IBM Graduate Research Fellowship, 1992
  • American Institute of Chemists Student Award, 1989
  • President’s Recognition Award; College Scholar Award; Summerville Fellowship in Chemistry (UF), 1989

Mailing Address

  • Marc A. Hillmyer, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • A-4, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431