Mitsuo Sawamoto

Kyoto University



A pioneer in the field of polymer science, Sawamoto received the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry for developing living polymers that can be reactivated. His technique of introducing free radical deactivators to the polymerization process allows scientists to control the reaction, and has been used to make improved coatings, dispersants and composites for commercial, biomedical and environmental applications.

(Photo: Franklin Institute)

  • 2017 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry

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