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Virginia Tech’s Timothy Long selected as a Virginia Outstanding Scientist for 2015


L_102914-science-timothylongTimothy Long, professor of chemistry in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been selected as one of three Virginia Outstanding Scientists for 2015.

He was honored last week by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Science Museum of Virginia at a ceremony held at the museum in Richmond.

Long, who earned his doctoral degree from Virginia Tech, is also the director of the university’s Macromolecules Interfaces Institute.

Before returning to Virginia Tech as a professor, Long spent nearly a decade as a research scientist at the Eastman Kodak Co. His work with industry has helped him maintain a vigorous partnership with diverse partners including BASF, Elevance, IBM, 3M and several others.

Over the past 16 years, he has received more than $41 million in research funding and he maintains a 20-member, interdisciplinary research group focusing on macromolecular structure and polymerization processes for the development of advanced technologies including drug and gene delivery, sustainable food stocks, adhesives and elastomers, and biomaterials for health and energy.

“Tim is well known as one of the leading researchers in the field of polymer chemistry,” said Lay Nam Chang, dean of the College of Science. “Having Tim as part of our team at Virginia Tech provides rich opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration between departments, and provides our students with instruction and research opportunities available in very few places.”

Within the field of polymer chemistry, Long has been awarded the Robert L. Patrick Fellowship Award in 2014. In 2012 he was the regional chair of the IUPAC World Polymer Congress at Virginia Tech, was inducted as an ACS Polymer Division Fellow, received the Mark Scholar Award, and earned the Carl Dahlquist Award from the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council.

He has also received the American Chemical Society’s Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Cooperative Research Award, and the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence, the Collano Innovation Award of Lucerne, Switzerland, Panhellenic Council of Virginia Tech Certificate of Teaching Excellence, the IBM Faculty Award, and the 3M Faculty Award.

Long has more than 40 patents in macromolecular science and engineering, has published 22 book chapters and more than 220 peer-reviewed publications.

He received his bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University.



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