Dr. David E. Bergbreiter, professor of chemistry and Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University, has been recognized with the American Chemical Society (ACS) Southwest Regional Award for his extensive research and career achievement in polymer chemistry.

Established in 1948, the annual award honors ACS Southwest Region members who have "made meritorious contributions to the advancement of chemistry, chemical engineering, chemical education -- either pure or applied -- or to the profession in general."

Bergbreiter was presented with the award, which included a $2,000 cash prize and a commemorative plaque, at the 64th Southwest ACS Meeting, held Oct. 1-4 at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark.

Bergbreiter's current research explores new chemistry related to homogeneous catalysis, macromolecular chemistry, polymer surface modification and new avenues of synthesis and analysis. Among other breakthroughs, he and his students are inventing new ways to combine the features of polymers with known homogeneous catalysts and ligands -- work which has received significant attention as an example of green chemistry.

A member of the Texas A&M faculty since 1974, Bergbreiter holds a joint appointment in materials science and engineering. During the 1980s and 1990s, he was a significant contributor to the study of organometallic chemistry as well as a pioneer in developing new syntheses of functional hyperbranched interfaces. His research in catalysis and synthesis has been extensively published in multiple peer-reviewed, scholarly and professional venues.

Bergbreiter was nominated for the prestigious award by the local Texas A&M/ACS section, headed by Dr. James D. Batteas, associate professor of chemistry at Texas A&M. To Batteas, the decision to nominate Bergbreiter was obvious, based on the impact of his research work in polymer chemistry and his outstanding record as an educator, both in the classroom and as a research mentor to undergraduate and graduate students.

As noted in his nomination letter from the section, "...throughout all of his research, Dr. Bergbreiter has shown a consistent ability to creatively adapt chemistry from other areas to organic chemistry and to solve problems using approaches that are as simple as they are elegant. ..."

Renowned both for his teaching and research prowess, Bergbreiter is one of three College of Science faculty to earn the lifetime distinction of Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M's highest award for classroom achievement. In addition, he has received university-level Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards in Teaching (2005) and Research (2008), as well as the Exxon Education Foundation Award and the ARMCO Mentorship Award.

"Dr. Bergbreiter has been known as one of the foremost organic/polymer chemists in the southwest region for many years," Batteas said. "His contributions to polymer science are well known, as are his teaching contributions. These made him an outstanding candidate."

Bergbreiter earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry with honors from Michigan State University in 1970 and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1974.

Founded in 1876 and chartered by the United States Congress, the American Chemical Society is the world's largest scientific society and leading source of scientific information. It is a non-profit, independent membership organization that represents professionals at any degree level and in any field of science that includes chemistry.


Contact: Chris Jarvis, (979) 845-7246 or cjarvis@science.tamu.edu or Dr. David E. Bergbreiter, (979) 845-3437 or bergbreiter@mail.chem.tamu.edu

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