Kenneth Wagener Ph.D.

Wagener, Kenneth
Position Department / Business Unit
George B. Butler Professor of Polymer Chemistry Department of Chemistry
Institution Disciplines
University of Florida Chemistry Nanomaterials
City State / Provence
Gainsville Florida
Country Website
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(352) 392-9741

Dr. Ken Wagener is the George B. Butler Professor of Polymer Chemistry in the University of Florida’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Wagener served in various industrial research and management positions with the Dutch firm Akzo Nobel (American Enka in NC) for 11 years, including work in kidney dialysis membranes and microporous polyolefin membranes used in plasmapheresis, prior to joining the UF Department of Chemistry in 1984.

He has written numerous research articles and book chapters related to polymer materials, and is the recipient of numerous research oriented awards, the most recent being the American Chemical Society Florida Award. In addition to research, Dr. Wagener is actively engaged in teaching and has been recognized as the university’s Teacher of the Year. He serves as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and other government agencies on a regular basis. Further, he is a member of five international editorial boards in the field of polymer science and remains a consultant to the polymer industry.

The common theme that defines his research relates to synthetic polymer chemistry and how it might be used in creating well defined polymer structures. A large part of Dr. Wagener's work is devoted metathesis reactions, where the research has been mechanistic in nature. His group immerses themselves in the chemistry associated with creating new polymers, and they also find themselves interested in modeling well known materials, like polyethylene, to better understand their behavior.


He earned his BS degree in Chemistry at Clemson University and his Ph.D at the University of Florida.


* American Chemical Society Florida Award 2003
* Inducted as Fellow in the ACS Polymer Materials Science & Engineering (PMSE) Division 2003
* Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship 2003
* Teacher/Scholar of the Year, University of Florida 2000
* Inducted into Clemson University Academy of Engineers and Scientists 2000
* American Chemical Society, Piedmont Section Stone Will Award 1997
* American Chemical Society Southern Chemist Award 1996
* Michigan Molecular Institute Turner Alfrey Professorship 1996
* University of Florida Teaching Improvement Award 1993
* Department of Chemistry Teacher of the Year 1986
* Akzo Nobel (American Enka Company) President's Award 1982
* Akzo Nobel (American Enka Company) Incentive Award 1979

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