Chemistry professor wins Presidential Early Career Award

University of South Carolina chemistry associate professor Chuanbing Tang was named by President Barack Obama as one of 102 scientists to receive the 2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers — the highest award given by the U.S. government to researchers in the early stages of their independent careers. 

The engineers and scientists receiving these awards are recognized as research innovators, dedicated to serving their communities and pushing the boundaries of science and technology research.

Tang joined the College of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and has won numerous awards, including the 2016 Governor’s Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research. He has trained graduate and undergraduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars and a handful of high school students. Tang has also received about $5 million in research external funding.

Tang’s research looks at sustainable polymers from biomass, metal-containing polymers and polymers for biomedical applications. He has applied for 10 patents, with five of them already granted. His research projects have addressed global problems such as sustainability and antibiotic resistance.

“I am utterly thrilled by this recognition for a young scientist at a very high level. It is a truly distinguished honor to my research team, the university and the state of South Carolina in general. The recognition is a result of passion, persistence, innovation and collaboration over the years,” Tang said.

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