Jeffrey Pyun

  • Faculty Affiliation: Joint Professor
Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Professor of Optical Sciences
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CSB 216
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  • B.A. 1997, Northwestern University
  • Ph.D. 2002, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow 2002-2004, IBM Almaden Research Center / UC Berkeley
Awards and Honors: 
  • Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2021
  • U.S. National Academy of Inventors, Senior Member, 2019
  • Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Division of Polymeric Materials: Science & Engineering, 2019
  • Arizona Academic Innovator of the Year Award (from Arizona Governor's Office), 2017
  • Best Paper Award for 2016, Microscopy Society of America, 2017
  • Tech Launch Arizona Innovation and Impact Award in Chemistry, University of Arizona, 2016
  • Catalyst Award for Applied Chemical Sciences, University of Arizona, 2016, 2017
  • Frontiers in Science Lecture, Kavli Institute-U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 2015
  • Kavli Fellow, US National Academy of Science, 2011
  • INSIC Technical Achievement Award for Magnetic Tape, 2009
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2009
  • IBM Faculty Award, 2007
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2007
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2007
Specific Research Interests: 
  • Energy Science
  • Materials and Polymer Chemistry
  • Surface and Solid State
  • Synthesis/Synthetic Methods Development
Research Summary: 

Our research program is focused on the synthesis and characterization of novel polymeric and composite materials, with an emphasis on the control of nanoscale structure. Recent developments in polymer and colloid chemistry offer the synthetic chemist a wide range of tools to prepare well-defined, highly functional building blocks. We seek to synthesize complex materials from a "bottom up" approach via the organization of molecules, polymers and nanoparticles into ordered assemblies.

Control of structure on the molecular, nano- and macroscopic regimes offers the possibility of designing specific properties into materials that are otherwise inaccessible. We are particularly interested in compatabilizing interfaces between organic and inorganic matter as a route to combine the advantageous properties of both components. This research is highly interdisciplinary bridging the areas of physics, engineering and materials science with creative synthetic chemistry.

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