Chemical engineer named "Young Investigator" by international society's polymer division


By Gabrielle Stewart

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Christian Pester, Thomas K. Hepler Early Career Professor in Chemical Engineering, was named to the 2022 class of the American Chemistry Society's Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Young Investigators. The PMSE division recognizes early-career scientists or engineers who founded their own research program in the last seven years, according to the PMSE press release. Pester, an ACS member and member-at-large for PMSE, conducts research in surface engineering and photoredox polymerization catalysis. In his work he aims to sustainably synthesize impurity-free polymers and use light to catalyze surface-initiated polymerization. The 21 awardees including Pester will be honored at the PMSE Young Investigator Symposium, held during the fall 2022 National ACS Meeting, which will meet from Aug. 21-25 in Chicago.


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