January 18, 2023 | UNC-Chapel Hill Chemistry Communication
We are excited to share that Alex Zhukhovitskiy, assistant professor of chemistry, has won a 2023 Thieme Chemistry Journals Award! This award is presented every year to up-and-coming researchers worldwide who are in the early stages of their independent academic career as assistant or junior professors. Awardees are selected exclusively by the editorial board members of SYNTHESIS, SYNLETT, and SYNFACTS who are always on the lookout for promising young individuals working in chemical synthesis and catalysis or closely related areas of organic chemistry. This year’s recipients number less than 100 people, with only 10 being recognized from the US.
The Zhukhovitskiy lab aims to unravel the links among polymer structure at different size scales, topology, and emergent physics, as well as to advance the application of soft materials in biomedical engineering, energy capture and conversion, surface patterning, and sustainability initiatives. Examples of target material classes that the lab currently focuses on include 1) entangled polymer networks, 2) conjugated block copolymers, and 3) heteroatom-rich polymers.