Eugenia Kumacheva's Polymers, Interfaces, and Materials Science Group

Eugenia Kumacheva

Eugenia Kumacheva received her M.Sc. degree from the Institute of Chemical Technology (now Technical University) in Saint Petersburg (Russia). She did her Ph.D. research in Physical Chemistry of
Polymers at the Institute of Physical Chemistry (Russian Academy of Science). After PhD defence, she joined the Department of Chemistry at the Moscow State University.

In 1991-1994 Eugenia Kumacheva was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Jacob Klein at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), where she studied surface forces in thin layers of simple liquids and polymers.

Honours and Awards
2021 Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship
2020 Appointment as an Officer to the Order of Canada
2020 Honorary Award for Lifetime Achievement in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Ontario
2019 De Gennes Prize (Royal Society of Chemistry)
2019 3M Lecture, University of British Columbia, Canada.
2017 Canada Institute of Chemistry (CIC) Medal
2017 Schmidt Lecture, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
2016 Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) (British National Academy of Science)
2013 University Professor (distinction given to <2% of Faculty at the University of Toronto)
2012 Inventor of the Year, University of Toronto
2012 Humboldt Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany)
2011 Connaught Innovation Award, Connaught Foundation
2011 Distinguished Lecturer, The University of Western Ontario, Canada
2010 Killam Research Fellowship, Canada Council for the Arts
2009 Japan-Canada WISET lectureship, Royal Society of Canada
2008 L'Oreal-UNESCO "Women in Science" Prize (Laureate for North America)
2007 The 2007 E. Gordon Young Lecturer of The Chemical Institute of Canada
2007 Elected as Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada (Canadian National Academy of Science)
2006 Recipient of Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Materials/Tier 1
2005 Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award, CIC
2004 Clara Benson Award (CIC Award)
2003 Schlumberger Scholarship (Oxford University, UK)
2002 Recipient of Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Materials/Tier 2
2000 International Chorafas Foundation Award
1999 Premier Research Excellence Award (Canada)
1994 Imperial College Visiting Fellowship (UK)
1992 Minerva Foundation Fellowship (Germany)
In 1995 she joined the group of Professor Mitchel Winnik in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, where she was involved in studies of morphology of multicomponent polymer systems. 

In 1996 Eugenia Kumacheva joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor. In 2005 she became a Full Professor.

She spent her first sabbatical in 2002 in Harvard University with Professor George Whitesides. She was Visiting Professor in Oxford University (2003), the University Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg) (2006), Moscow State University (2009), the University of Cambridge (2010) and the University of Bayreuth (Germany) (2011).

Eugenia Kumacheva serves or served on Advisory Boards of the Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA), and the Triangle Materials Science and Engineering Center (USA), RIKEN Institute (Japan), Leibnitz Institute for Interactive Materials (Germany), Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (Germany), and Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Germany). She serves on the European Research Council Chemistry comittee and is a member of the New Fellows Committee of the Royal Society (U.K.). She is an Associate Editor of Science Advances. Since 2018 professor Kumacheva has been a member of the international jury for L'Oreal-UNESCO "Women in Science" award and has been serving as a Nature research awad ambassador.