Pojman Receives Endowed Professorship
LSU Chemistry | July 7, 2021
BATON ROUGE, LA- Louisiana State University Chemistry Professor and Department Chair John A. Pojman has been named the Dr. William L. and Patricia H. Senn Jr. Endowed Professor in the Department of Chemistry.
The endowed professorship recognizes a distinguished scholar with a proven record of outstanding achievement in chemistry research and education, as measured by scholarly activity and international professional reputation.
Pojman’s research interests include frontal polymerization, nonlinear phenomena in polymeric systems, cure-on demand polymerization, and the materials of art. He also studies the three-toed amphiuma, a large aquatic salamander that is native to Baton Rouge, and works to develop new polymers for cancer research.
“The endowment will help me expand my research activities into new areas,” Pojman said.
Pojman is a scientist and educator who has maintained a successful research and mentoring program for over 30 years. He is also passionate about providing meaningful research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Since 1990, more than 170 undergraduate and 30 graduate students have contributed to research in the Pojman lab.
“Working with undergraduate and graduate students is a sublime privilege that continues to give me great joy,” said Pojman. “I learn as much from them as they from me.”
Pojman has made over 300 scientific presentations, published 175 peer-reviewed articles, and 17 book chapters, co-authored one monograph and co-edited three others, and has three patents. He also served as the director of graduate studies in the LSU Department of Chemistry for two terms (2009-2012; 2017-2019). During his time at LSU, Pojman received the LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award in 2017. He is also president of Pojman Polymer Products, LLC, which develops cure-on-demand materials for arts, crafts, and home repair.
“Dr. William Senn and his wife, Patricia, both LSU alumni established this professorship to support scientists leading and contributing to transformational research at LSU,” said Cynthia Peterson, dean of the LSU College of Science. “John Pojman’s extensive research achievements including his contributions to polymer science, and his long-standing commitment to educate and mentor the next generation of scientists exemplify the core values and characteristics of this professorship.”
Pojman received his B.S. in chemistry from Georgetown University in 1984, earned his Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988, and completed postdoctoral training at Brandeis University. In 1990, Pojman was appointed assistant professor in the chemistry and biochemistry department at the University of Southern Mississippi. He then joined the LSU faculty as a professor of macromolecular science in 2008.
To learn more about Pojman’s research interest and fun tidbits, visit his faculty page.