Alex Jen named Fellow of American Chemical Society's Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division

Alex Jen, chair of the UW's Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and director of Institute of Advanced Materials and Technology (i-AMT), has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society's Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division.

Fellows of PMSE are selected based on their significant contributions to the science and engineering of polymeric materials.

"To be recognized specifically for my work on polymers has special meaning to me, since my research in materials science and engineering spans many areas," Jen said. "Being named a PMSE Fellow puts me in some very good company and I am very honored to be mentioned with those who have made the study of polymers their lifetime work."

Jen and four others will be inducted into PMSE's ninth class of Fellows at an an awards luncheon on Monday, March 23, 2009 during the American Chemical Society's annual meeting in Salt Lake City. For a list of all five Fellows and information on selection criteria, visit PMSE's Web site.

Jen has made pioneering contributions in the fields of molecular engineering of organic photonics and electronics. He joined the UW faculty in 1999 and has chaired MSE since September 2005. He has co-authored more than 400 papers and holds 50 patents and invention disclosures. He was selected as a Fellow by the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2005, the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE) in 2006, and by the Optical Society America (OSA) in 2007. For more information, visit his faculty Web page.

(Article Contributor: Matthew Vivion,