Frank Leibfarth wins Sloan Fellowship

UNC Chemistry's Frank Leibfarth is a recipient of the 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards 126 early-career scholars whose achievements and potential place them among the next generation of scientific leaders in the U.S. and Canada.

“To receive a Sloan Research Fellowship is to be told by your fellow scientists that you stand out among your peers,” said foundation president Adam F. Falk in an announcement. “A Sloan Research Fellow is someone whose drive, creativity and insight makes them a researcher to watch.”

Leibfarth’s interdisciplinary training at the interface of polymer science and synthetic chemistry has helped define his research on new synthetic methods in polymer chemistry. Examples include new methods for functional polymer synthesis with the goal of discovering and studying their emergent macromolecular behavior to develop better, more sustainable materials such as plastics.

The approach is rooted in the belief that the convergence of organic, continuous-flow, and polymer chemistries holds the key to making materials smarter, more functional, and more sustainable.