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Gregory Allen Sotzing

Title: Professor
Company: University of Connecticut at Storrs
Location: Storrs, Connecticut, United States

Gregory Allen Sotzing, professor at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

Dr. Sotzing stands as an eminent figure in the realm of higher education and scientific innovation, boasting a distinguished career that spans over two decades. Since 1999, he has held the esteemed position of professor within the department of chemistry at the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he has made significant contributions to the fields of organic chemistry and polymer chemistry. His scholarly endeavors have been underscored by a profound commitment to research excellence and academic leadership.

Throughout his academic journey, Dr. Sotzing has demonstrated a fervent interest in the realm of conductive polymers, driven by a vision to harness their potential as revolutionary materials in various applications, including superconductivity. His research endeavors have encompassed diverse areas, ranging from electrochromic polymers to the creation of thermoplastics from renewable resources. Notably, he has been instrumental in the commercialization of conductive polymers, paving the way for innovative advancements in materials science.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Sotzing has emerged as a pioneering entrepreneur, co-founding Ommio Health Inc. in 2022 and PolyC Polymers and Composites in 2023. These ventures underscore his commitment to translating scientific discoveries into real-world solutions that address pressing societal challenges. As the chief science officer of 3BC, Inc., The Cannabinoid Company, he spearheads research initiatives aimed at harnessing the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids and exploring their applications in sustainable plastics.

Dr. Sotzing’s contributions extend beyond the laboratory, as evidenced by his editorial roles in leading scientific journals. He has served as the editor of the Journal of Functional Biomaterials MDPI since 2022, leveraging his expertise to shape discourse in the field of biomaterials. Additionally, his editorial stint at the Journal of Materials Science from 2008 to 2009 underscores his commitment to advancing scientific scholarship.

Dr. Sotzing’s personal academic journey is marked by a formidable foundation in chemistry. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Mary Washington College in 1993. Building upon this, he pursued his Doctor of Philosophy in organic chemistry at the University of Florida, where he delved into the intricacies of molecular structures and chemical synthesis. Following the completion of his doctoral studies, he further honed his expertise through postdoctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology in 1999, immersing himself in cutting-edge research under the mentorship of leading scholars in the field. These formative educational experiences equipped Dr. Sotzing with the knowledge and skills necessary to embark on a distinguished career in academia and scientific innovation.

Beyond academia, Dr. Sotzing is deeply engaged in civic endeavors, exemplifying his dedication to community service and social responsibility. He has been actively involved with organizations such as the March of Dimes and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, channeling his passion for philanthropy towards noble causes.

Dr. Sotzing’s academic journey is marked by a relentless pursuit of excellence and a steadfast commitment to scientific inquiry. His career has been punctuated by numerous accolades, including over 60 U.S. patents and prestigious awards such as the National Science Foundation Career Award and the American Chemical Society POLYED Undergraduate Polymer Chemistry Award.

Looking ahead, Dr. Sotzing remains steadfast in his pursuit of scientific innovation and societal impact. He envisions a future where his research on cannabinoids and biodegradable polymers will catalyze transformative change in industries ranging from healthcare to environmental sustainability. With a passion for discovery and a drive to make a difference, he continues to shape the landscape of materials science and beyond.

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