Marc A. Hillmyer

portrait of Professor Marc Hillmyer

Marc A. Hillmyer

McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Director of NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers, Department of Chemistry


Smith Hall
Room 209
207 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Center for Sustainable Polymers

B.S. University of Florida, 1989

Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 1994

Post Doctorate Research Associate, University of Minnesota, 1994-1997


Marc Hillmyer received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Florida in 1989 and his doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1994. After completing a postdoctoral research position in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, he joined the Chemistry faculty at Minnesota in 1997. He is currently the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Chemistry and leads a research group focused on the synthesis and self-assembly of multifunctional polymers. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Marc served as an associate editor for the ACS journal Macromolecules from 2008-2017, and is currently the editor-in-chief of Macromolecules. He is also the director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers headquartered at the University of Minnesota, a National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation.

Research Interests

Polymer Chemistry: polymer chemistry

Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry: polymer chemistry

Organic Chemistry: polymer chemistry

Environmental & Green Chemistry: renewable materials

Energy & Catalysis

The Hillmyer research group focuses on the design, synthesis, characterization, and applications of advanced macromolecular materials. We strive to establish structure-property relationships and to discover and develop technologically important applications of polymers. We use modern polymer synthesis techniques that include various controlled polymerizations and selective polymer modifications, and these synthetic efforts provide the foundation for most projects. Ultimately, we aim to combine contemporary polymer synthesis with detailed molecular, morphological and property characterization to expand our knowledge of fundamental polymer science and advance new technologies. 

Our spotlight areas of research include the development of sustainable polymers from renewable resources and hybrid macromolecular structures that combine disparate polymeric elements into a single compound. As project areas are often interrelated, our group encourages and embraces collaboration. In addition to collaborations between members of the Hillmyer group, several formal cooperative relationships have been established with several other research groups at the University of Minnesota. The overall polymer science effort at the University of Minnesota is wide-ranging, and the extensive infrastructure and collaborative nature of the faculty truly fosters a unique research environment.


Bright Science Award in materials sciences, 2020

American Chemistry Society Fellow, 2019

Appointed Editor-in-Chief of Macromolecules, 2018

Entrepreneurial Researcher Award (University of Minnesota Innovation Award), 2017

McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair, University of Minnesota, 2015

NSF Division of Materials Research, Special Creativity Extension, 2014-2015

Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Award, 2014

PTN Medema Award, 2013

LE STUDIUM research fellow, Université d'Orléans/CNRS, 2012-2013

Fellow of the Polymer Chemistry (POLY) Division of the American Chemical Society, 2012

Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award (POLY division of the ACS), 2011

Distinguished McKnight University Professorship (UMN), 2010

IonE Resident Fellow (UMN), 2010

George W. Taylor/IT Alumni Society Award for Distinguished Teaching (UMN), 2010

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2009

Visiting Professor, Université d'Orléans, France, 2008

Arthur K. Doolittle Award (jointly awarded, PMSE division of the ACS), 2007

George Taylor Distinguished Research Award (UMN), 2007

Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge, 2005-2006

Best Chemistry Instructor Award (UMN Institute of Technology Student Board), 2005

Elmore H. Northey Professorship (UMN), 2004-2009

George Taylor Career Development Award (UMN), 2002

National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2001-2005

Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, 2000-2005

Schlumberger Limited Foundation Award, 2000, 2001

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2000-2005

McKnight Land-Grant Professorship (UMN), 2000-2002

DuPont Young Professor Grant, 1998-2002

Research Corporation Research Innovation Award, 1998-2002

3M Company Non-tenured Faculty Award, 1998-2002

IBM Graduate Research Fellowship, 1992

American Institute of Chemists Student Award, 1989

President’s Recognition Award; College Scholar Award; Summerville Fellowship in Chemistry (UF), 1989

Mailing Address

Marc A. Hillmyer
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
A-4, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431