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Professor of chemistry James Mark was honored as an inaugural fellow of the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymer Chemistry.

Date: 5/13/2010
By: Kim Burdett
Phone: (513) 556-8577
James Mark, Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been named one of 59 inaugural fellows of the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymer Chemistry.

James Mark.
Distinguished Research Professor James Mark

The award recognizes members of the division who have contributed to the field of polymer science, a subfield of materials science concerned with synthetic polymers like plastics and biopolymers made in nature.

Mark is an expert in the physical chemistry of polymers. He’s published nearly 700 research papers and coauthored or co-edited 26 books. He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. And he’s had consistent funding from the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies throughout his career.

“He has a world reputation, primarily for his work in silicone-based polymers,” says Chemistry Dpartment head Pat Limbach. “He’s been a giant in the field his entire career.”

In 2000, Mark was also recognized as an inaugural fellow of ACS’s Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering.

Polymers have always interested him because “the materials have fascinating properties, and are essential to all living systems,” Mark says. “Also, they are ideal for studies focusing on statistical methods of characterization.”

What’s next for Mark is business as usual, he says. He will continue his research efforts with students and finish a few more books to add to the already long list.

Ultimately, Mark feels privileged to have his career recognized by his peers.

“I feel very honored, and appreciate the recognition given to me and my research groups—past and present,” Mark says.

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