Dr. Sumerlin Receives International Award for Young Scientists

Brent Sumerlin, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Chemistry, was selected to receive the 2015 Young Investigator Award presented by the American Chemical Society. The annual award, sponsored by the journals Biomacromolecules, Macromolecules, and ACS Macro Letters along with the Division of Polymer Chemistry of the American Chemical Society (ACS), honors the contributions of two individuals (scientists, chemists or engineers) age 40 or younger worldwide who have made a major impact on the field of polymer science.

Professor Sumerlin was selected for this honor in recognition of his contributions to the synthesis of new materials and the application of polymers for the treatment of disease.

Searching for a sweet response

Sumerlin’s team is working to advance research efforts in nanomaterials that have the ability to self-assemble or dissociate in response to changes in their surroundings. Chief among these are smart polymer materials that respond to glucose, thereby offering potential therapeutic utility to diagnosed and treat diabetes through the delivery of insulin. Learn more here.

The 2015 award symposium to honor Professor Sumerlin and his fellow award winner, Professor Matthew Becker of the University of Akron, will be held at the American Chemical Society’s Fall National Meeting in Boston in August.

For more information, please contact Brent Sumerlin at sumerlin@chem.ufl.edu.