Paula T. Hammond

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Paula Therese Hammond
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Born 1963
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Residence Flag of the United States.svg United States
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg United States
Fields Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, Cancer immunology
Institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Thesis The Synthesis, Characterization and Optical Properties of Novel Diacetylene-Containing Aromatic Liquid Crystalline Polymers (1993)
Doctoral advisor Michael F. Rubner
Other academic advisors George M. Whitesides

Paula Hammond is a David H. Koch Professor at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is a widely recognized and cited researcher in biomaterials, and drug delivery. Her primary interest is in hemostatic technology, but, according to her official web page at MIT, she also has interests in "macromolecular design and synthesis, targeted drug delivery for cancer, nano-scale assembly of synthetic biomaterials, and electrostatic and directed materials assembly".[1][citation needed]

Early life[edit]

External video
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“I learned to not be intimidated by the problem”, Chemical Heritage Foundation[2]

Hammond was born in 1963 in Detroit, Michigan[3] as Paula Therese Goodwin to parents Jesse Francis and Della Mae Goodwin. Her father had a Ph.D. and her mother had a Masters degree.[2]

Goodwin graduated a year prior to her expected date at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield, Michigan in 1980. After graduation, Goodwin went on to study and earn a Bachelor's of Science in Chemical Engineering. Soon after graduating MIT, Goodwin moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she obtained her Masters of Science in Chemical engineering. She later returned to MIT to receive her PhD in ChemE.[2]

Hammond is the mother of a transgender son named James who attended Northeastern University.[4]

Early work[edit]

Honors and Recognitions[edit]

In 2013, Hammond was one of three African-American female fellows to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In September 2013, Hammond was recognized by the United States Department of Defense and awarded the Ovarian Cancer Research Program Teal Innovator Award.[5]

  • 2013: Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2013: DoD Ovarian Cancer Teal Innovator Award
  • 2013: Charles M.A. Stine Award, AIChE
  • 2013: Board of Directors, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • 2013: Margaret Etters Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Minnesota
  • 2012: Fellow, American Chemical Society Polymer Chemistry Division
  • 2011: David H. Koch Chair Professor of Engineering
  • 2010: Top 100 Materials Scientists, top cited as rated by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2010: Dow Foundation Distinguished Lecturer, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2010: Distinguished Scientist Award, Harvard Foundation, Harvard University
  • 2009: Melvin Calvin Lecturer, U.C. Berkeley Department of Chemistry
  • 2009: Visiting Women’s Scholar Award, University of Delaware
  • 2009: William W. Grimes Award, AIChE
  • 2009: Caltech Kavli Institute Lecturer
  • 2009: Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
  • 2009: Visiting Women’s Scholar Award, University of Delaware
  • 2008: Karl Kammermeyer Distinguished Lecture at Iowa State University
  • 2008: Irwin Sizer Award for Significant Improvements to MIT Education
  • 2008: Featured in “Top 100 Science Stories of 2008”, Discover Magazine, for micropatterned virus batteries
  • 2007: Lucy Pickett Lecturer, Mt. Holyoke College
  • 2006: Bayer Chair Professorship, 2006-2010
  • 2006: Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award for Virus-Based Thin Film Battery
  • 2006: Member, National Research Council Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, 2006-2009
  • 2006: Permanent Member, NIH Gene and Drug Delivery Study Group, 2006-2010
  • 2004: Georgia Tech Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • 2004: Bayer Distinguished Lecturer
  • 2004: Henry Hill Lecturer Award, NOBCChE
  • 2003: Radcliffe Institute Fellow (aka Bunting Fellow), Harvard University
  • 2000: Junior Bose Faculty Award
  • 2000: GenCorp Signature University Award
  • 2000: Lloyd Ferguson Young Scientist Award
  • 1997: NSF CAREER Award for Young Investigators
  • 1996: Environmental Protection Agency Early Career Research Award
  • 1996: 3M Innovation Research Award
  • 1996: DuPont Young Faculty Research Award, 1996-1999
  • 1995: Herman P. Meissner Career Development Chair 1995-1998
  • 1994: NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemistry
  • 1992: Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
  • 1992: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Karl Taylor Compton Prize Recipient
  • 1990: Eastman Kodak Theophilus Sorrel Graduate Award Recipient, NOBCChE

Most cited articles[edit]

According to Google Scholar, her most cited articles are

  • Nam, K. T.; Kim, DW; Yoo, PJ; Chiang, CY; Meethong, N; Hammond, PT; Chiang, YM; Belcher, AM (2006). "Virus-Enabled Synthesis and Assembly of Nanowires for Lithium Ion Battery Electrodes". Science 312 (5775): 885–8. doi:10.1126/science.1122716. PMID 16601154.  (cited 769 times)
  • Hammond, P. T. (2004). "Form and Function in Multilayer Assembly: New Applications at the Nanoscale". Advanced Materials 16 (15): 1271. doi:10.1002/adma.200400760.  (cited 724 times)
  • Hammond, Paula T (1999). "Recent explorations in electrostatic multilayer thin film assembly". Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science 4 (6): 430. doi:10.1016/S1359-0294(00)00022-4.  (cited 484 times)


  1. ^ "Paula T. Hammond -David H. Koch Professor in Engineering". MIT. 
  2. ^ a b c "I learned to not be intimidated by the problem". Women in Chemistry. Chemical Heritage Foundation. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "In Profile: Paula Hammond, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology". Advanced Materials 14 (2): 95. 2002. doi:10.1002/1521-4095(20020116)14:2<95::AID-ADMA95>3.0.CO;2-X. 
  4. ^ "Paula Hammond: The Possibilities of Polymers". Chemical Heritage Foundation. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ "FY12 Teal Innovator: Building Better Medicine". US Department of Defense. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 

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