Jimmy Mays, professor of polymer chemistry and UT-ORNL distinguished scientist, was one of seven UT professors named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to the 2012 class of fellows. He was cited for “seminal contributions to controlled synthesis and thorough characterization of tailored macromolecular architectures, allowing elucidation of novel structure-property relationships and correlation with theory.” The appointment of seven new AAAS fellows gives UT a total of forty-five.
Mays received his B.S. degree in polymer science from the University of Southern Mississippi and his Ph.D. degree in polymer science at the University of Akron. He then worked in industry for five years with Hercules, Inc., prior to joining the chemistry faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mays moved to Tennessee in 2002 to accept a joint appointment at the University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.