August 2015

Nick was one of only 12 scientists nationwide to be selected as a 2015 IUPAC Young Observer by the U.S. National Committee of IUPAC (LINK).

June 2015

Nick was awarded a highly prestigious NSF CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation for research on hypervalent compounds in polymer synthesis (LINK 1, LINK 2).


The Tsarevsky group focuses on the synthesis of polymers with controlled molecular weight and architecture and precise placement of specific functionalities, e.g., redox-sensitive groups and groups undergoing (bio)degradation. Of particular interest are polymers with biomedical applications such as controlled delivery and imaging. Controlled/“living” radical polymerization techniques are chiefly employed by the group. Mechanistic studies, including determination of kinetic and thermodynamic reaction parameters are also carried out that enable the rational selection of polymerization conditions (e.g., catalyst or initiating system) for the synthesis of well-defined polymers with desired structures.

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