Krzysztof Matyjaszewski received his PhD degree in 1976 at the Polish Academy of Sciences under Prof. S. Penczek. Since 1985 he has been at Carnegie Mellon University where he is currently J. C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences and director of Center for Macromolecular Engineering. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is the editor of "Progress in Polymer Science" and "Central European Journal of Chemistry". He co-edited 14 books, co-authored over 70 book chapters and 700 peer-reviewed publications as well as 38 US and over 120 international patents. His papers have been cited over 45,000 times. His research interests include controlled/living radical polymerization, catalysis, environmental chemistry, and advanced materials for optoelectronic and biomedical applications.
Matyjaszewski received 2011 Wolf Prize, 2011 Japanese Polymers Science Society Award, 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, 2004 Prize from Foundation of Polish Science and several awards from the American Chemical Society (including 2011 Hermann Mark Award, 2011 Applied Polymer Science Award, 2007 Mark Senior Scholar Award, 2002 Polymer Chemistry Award and 1995 Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award). He is a member of USA National Academy of Engineering and Polish Academy of Sciences and received honorary degrees from l'Institut Polytechnique, Toulouse, France; University of Athens, Greece; Russian Academy of Sciences; Lodz Polytechnic, Poland and University of Ghent, Belgium.