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Fréchet wins UK award

          Jean Fréchet

Professor Jean Fréchet

The Pure and Applied Macromolecular Chemistry Group (Macro Group UK), a joint interest group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Chemical Industry has awarded the 2006 Macro Group UK Medal for Outstanding Achievement to UC Berkeley's Jean Fréchet. Fréchet holds the Henry Rapoport Chair of Organic Chemistry and is a professor in both chemistry and chemical engineering.

Fréchet was educated at the Lyon lnstitut de Chimie et Physique Industrielles in France where he earned degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in 1967. He continued his studies in the USA at the State University of New York College of Forestry and Syracuse University, where he obtained his M.S. in 1969 and Ph.D. in 1971 for research into organic and polymer chemistry.

Fréchet's research is at the interface of organic and polymer chemistry with emphasis on design, synthesis and applications of functional macromolecules. More recently, he was one of the pioneers in recognizing the potential of branched polymer architectures, such as dendrimers, and has contributed enormously to the continuing developments in this field.

Fréchet is head of Materials Synthesis in the Materials Science Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and is the Director of the Organic and Macromolecular Facility of the LBNL Molecular Foundry.

Fréchet has published well over 600 scientific papers and more than 60 patents. He is a member of National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He holds fellowships in the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Related Information

2006 Macro Group UK Medal for Outstanding Achievement announcement website

Macro Group UK & Polymer Physics Group Bulletin No 66 July 2006 (PDF)

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