Designing nanoparticles that solve global problems

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Texas A&M University chemist Karen L. Wooley and her team of researchers are seeing big solutions in small packages — specifically, synthetic nanoparticles custom-designed to deliver a world of diverse opportunities ranging from materials to medicine.

“The field of materials has always been something that I’ve been interested in,” Wooley said. “As a chemist, I had an interest in making matter that no one had ever made before. But at the same time, I wanted that matter to do something and to serve a purpose, to benefit society in some way. Polymer materials allow for that to happen.”

Wooley, a distinguished professor of chemistry and holder of the W.T. Doherty-Welch Chair in Chemistry since 2009, is widely respected as a top international chemist in the burgeoning field of materials and polymer chemistry, as evidenced by her recent selection as the first woman to receive the American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry. The prestigious accolade recognizes outstanding fundamental contributions and achievements toward addressing global needs for advanced polymer systems and materials.

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