Steve Granick, among the world’s most highly regarded polymer scientists, has been appointed to join the University of Massachusetts Amherst as the Robert K. Barrett Chair in Polymer Science and Engineering, with joint appointments in the chemistry, physics and chemical engineering departments. With nearly 350 publications to his name, and dozens of graduate students and postdocs successfully placed in prestigious academic and industry positions, Granick will play a guiding role in steering polymer science into the future.
Granick, who for 30 years was a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will come to UMass Amherst from his position as director of the Center for Soft and Living Matter at South Korea’s Institute for Basic Science, a $100 million research organization dedicated to long-term investigation that can lay the foundation for future innovation.
Granick has long been celebrated for his intellectual curiosity and creative approach to polymer science, and it’s this creativity that caught the eye of UMass Amherst’s polymer scientists. “We’ve all known of Steve’s work for years,” says David Hoagland, head of the polymer science and engineering department at UMass. “He brings a broad perspective, both intellectually and personally, about where the most interesting and useful polymer research is heading, and we’re thrilled to have his vision guiding our field.” .....
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