One cannot help but wonder at the extremely rapid maturing of polymer science, which started, as many scientific disciplines, as mere “collection” of curious facts and observations, and is currently at a level of development, which makes it possible to easily prepare unimaginable (until recently) materials, many of which imitate and even greatly surpass those provided by nature. Indeed, the accumulated discoveries and their critical analysis, have led to the development of macromolecular engineering – the subject of this special issue, which celebrates the accomplishments of polymer science and is dedicated to one particular polymer scientist – Krzysztof (Kris) Matyjaszewski – on the occasion of his 65th anniversary.

This paper was originally published in Polymers 72 (2015) Pages 212 - 216

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