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Chemist Timothy Long named Mark Scholar by American Chemical Society


Timothy E. Long Timothy E. Long

BLACKSBURG, Va., May 12, 2011 – Timothy Long, professor of chemistry and associate dean for strategic initiatives in the College of Science, has been named a Mark Scholar by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award is one of three given annually by the ACS to reward leaders in the combined fields of polymer science and engineering.

Long’s research focuses on state-of-the-art polymer synthesis and characterization for emerging technologies.  Some of these technologies include supramolecular structures, the interface between polymer chemistry and biology, engineering thermoplastics, and functional surfaces and nanoparticles. Long’s research group works with an interdisciplinary approach throughout the university and the world. He has been awarded a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship grant and two U.S. Army Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grants.

“Tim has extraordinary creativity and a strong focus on fundamental polymer structure property relationship,” said Richard Turner, professor of chemistry and director of the university’s Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute.  “His recent publication in Science on electrospun membranes from small molecule worm-like micelles is truly ground breaking research and may have very important practice ramifications.”

The Mark Award honors Herman F. Mark, a legendary figure as one of the pioneers in polymer science and engineering.

Long received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Virginia Tech and joined the faculty in 1999.

The College of Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biological sciences, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college offers programs in cutting-edge areas including, among others, those in energy and the environment, developmental science across the lifespan, infectious diseases, computational science, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The College of Science is dedicated to fostering a research-intensive environment that promotes scientific inquiry and outreach.