Title: Macrocenter
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Title: Macrocenter
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Language: English
Creator: Center for Macromolecular Science & Engineering, University of Florida
Publisher: Center for Macromolecular Science & Engineering, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2007
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Henry Hess, hhess@mse.ufl.edu, is tons enables So Hirata, hirata@qtp.ufl.edu, received
currently an assistant professor at the Depart- them to act his B.Sc. (1994) and M.Sc. (1996) from the
ment of Materials Science and Engineering of as indepen- University of Tokyo and his Ph.D. (1998) from
the University of Florida. He received a diploma dent agents the Institute for Molecular Science, where he
in physics from the Technical University Berlin in a liquid was also a Young Fellow of Japan Society for
in 1996, and obtained his Dr rer. nat. (summa environment, Promotion of Science (1996-1999). He spent
cum laude) in experimental physics from the capable of the subsequent three years at the University of
Free University of Berlin in 1999 under the performing California, Berkeley, as a Visiting Scholar and
guidance of Ludger Woeste. His postdoctoral a variety then at the University of Florida as a postdoc-
studies were conducted from 2000 to 2002 at of tasks in toral research associate. He also worked as a
the Department of Bioengineering, Univer- nanotechnol- senior research scientist in Pacific Northwest
sity of Washington, where he also served as a ogy such National Laboratory from 2001 to 2004 and
research assistant professor (2002-2005). He as directed was appointed as an assistant professor at the

received the Wolfgang Paul Award of the Ger-
man Society for Mass Spectrometry (2000), the
Feodor Lynen postdoctoral fellowship of the
Alexander-von-Humboldt foundation (2000),
the Distinguished Mentor Award of the UF/
HHMI "Science for Life" program (2007), and,
together with his postdoctoral mentor Viola
Vogel, the Philip Morris Forschungspreis (2005).

Research Interests
Biomolecular motors, such as the motor protein
kinesin, convert the chemical energy stored in
adenosine triphosphate with high efficiency
into mechanical work. Their nanoscale dimen-
sions and independence from external connec-

transport or
active assembly and disassembly. The integra-
tion of such nanoengines into nanodevices
and multifunctional materials raises a host of
intriguing engineering questions, some related
to the biological origin of the motors and oth-
ers of general relevance to the field of molecu-
lar motors. Our increasing experience with
the integration of biomolecular motors into
synthetic devices and the expanding knowledge
about the biological functions of motor pro-
teins sharpen the focus on the uniqueness and
feasibility of application ideas related to, for
example, biosensors and advanced materials.

University of Florida in 2004. He received the
Hewlett-Packard Outstanding Junior Faculty
Award in 2008.

Research Interests
Dr. Hirata has led a wide array of methodologi-
cal development efforts in theoretical chem-
istry ranging from the first-principles elec-
tronic structure methods of infinitely extended
systems (polymers), time-dependent density
functional theory (TDDFT), "ab initio" density
functional theory (DFT) based on optimized
effective potentials, automatic implementations
of many-electron theories such as high-order

cluster (CC)
theory, to
theories. He
is also a pri-
mary author
of quantum
and TCE and
a co-author
of Q-CHEM, NWCHEM, and UTCHEM. He has
written over 70 published articles in peer-re-
viewed journals or proceedings and two book
chapters. His papers have been cited over 2000
times. He has been an invited plenary speaker
of numerous conferences and a lecturer at many
universities worldwide.

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Stephen A. Miller, miller@chem.ufl.
edu, received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry
from Stanford University in 1994. In 1999, he
earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Califor-
nia Institute of Technology. Thereafter, Dr. Miller
was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology for 18 months and
began his Assistant Professorship at Texas A&M
University in 2001. In 2007, Dr. Miller joined
the Chemistry Department at the University of
Florida as an Associate Professor.

Research Interests
Approximately 90% of all manufactured chemi-
cal products rely on catalysis sometime during
their production cycle. We seek to develop
innovative catalysts, especially those directed
toward polymerization chemistry. Our targeted
catalysts are often relevant to industrial appli-
cations, offering mechanistic insight, improved
catalytic behavior, or altogether new pathways
for catalytic bond formation. Similarly, our
targeted polymers are often relevant to com-
mercial materials, offering novel or enhanced
polymeric properties and insight into struc-
ture/property relationships. Not only do we
employ traditional petroleum-based mono-

mers such as
ethylene and
propylene, we
also create
new chemistry
in order to ex-
ploit the array
of biorenew-
able feed-
stocks read-
ily available
from biomass.
Several ongo-
ing projects
include: catalyst design for the preparation of
syndiotactic polypropylene and related copoly-
mers; elastomeric polypropylene based on the
isotactichemiisotactic or syndiotactic-hemiiso-
tactic microstructures; oxygen rich polymers
from biorenewable feedstocks such as poly-
lactic acid and polyoxymethylene; the use of
cyanide as a versatile catalyst for oligomeriza-
tion and polymerization via aldimine coupling;
theoretical models of polymer tacticity; and
the application of DFT calculations to polymer-
ization chemistry.


Most people in the poly-
mer world know that
teaching and research
have been active at Florida
\ for a long time more
Than 60 years, in fact. What
people don't seem to realize is that growth in our field has accel-
erated in just the past 5 years. This growth on campus reflects
the growth within the macromolecular industry worldwide, a
natural extension of the field.
And so with this brochure we introduce you to three new
faculty members who have joined the MacroCenter, each with a
different perspective, each being educated in a different coun-
try, each with a different form of training. Henry Hess received
his first university degree as a physicist in Berlin, So Hirata in
molecular science in Tokyo, and Steve Miller as an organometal-
lic chemist in California. The fact that all three have joined the
MacroCenter speaks for the diversity of the type of science that
makes up what macromolecular science is today.
Take a moment to read their descriptions on the inside of this
brochure. Contact them directly if you need more information
- their email addresses appear right after their names. Henry,
So, and Steve are helping to define the future of macromolecular
science at the University of Florida, and we are most pleased to
have them with us.
We look forward to hearing from you.
-Ken Wagener

We want to hear from you! Send your comments to our MacroCen-
ter Office Administrator, Ms. Sara Klossner, email Klossner@chem.
ufl.edu, or write her at Department of Chemistry, P.O. Box 117200,
Gainesville, FL 32611-7200. Please include your email address if you
have one, photos are welcome, too.

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