Richard D. McCullough Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_D._McCullough

Richard McCullough
16th President of Florida State University
Assumed office
August 16, 2021
Preceded byJohn E. Thrasher
Personal details
BornApril 9, 1959
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Texas at Dallas (BS)
Johns Hopkins University (PhD)
Awards2006 Carnegie Science Center Start-Up Entrepreneur Award
Known forprinted metals
conducting polymers
printed electronics
Academic background
ThesisSynthesis and development of heterocyclic chalcogen pi-donor molecules as components for organic metals (1998)
Doctoral advisorDwaine O. Cowan
Academic work
InstitutionsFlorida State University
Harvard University
Carnegie Mellon University
InfluencedMalika Jeffries-EL (postdoc)[1]

Richard Dean McCullough (born April 9, 1959) is an American chemist and president of Florida State University. He previously served as Vice Provost for Research at Harvard University,[2] where he was also a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.[3] In 2021 McCullough was selected to serve as the 16th president of Florida State University after the departure of former President John E. Thrasher. He assumed office on August 16, 2021.[4][5]

McCullough is best known for his work in developing printable electronic materials. McCullough was the Vice President for Research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh from 2007 to 2012, where he had previously served as the Dean of the Mellon College of Science, and head of the Department of Chemistry.

Education and early life[edit]

McCullough was born in Dallas, Texas in 1959. He received his BS in chemistry from the University of Texas, Dallas in 1982[citation needed] and earned his PhD in chemistry under Dwaine O. Cowan at Johns Hopkins University in 1988.[6] He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University.[citation needed]

Research and career[edit]

McCullough's research at Carnegie Mellon University focused on the self-assembly and synthesis of highly conductive organic polymers and oligimers, conjugated polymer sensors, nanoelectronic assembly and fabrication of molecular circuits and transistors, printable metals, new design methods and the synthesis of organic-inorganic hybrid nanomagnets and high-spin materials, crystal engineering and novel nanocrystalline semiconductor materials. In 1991, the McCullough group reported the first synthesis of regioregular head-to-tail coupled poly (3-alkylthiophenes).[7]

Commercial activities[edit]

McCullough holds ten U.S. patents and is the founder of two companies, Plextronics Inc, and Liquid X Printed Metals.

Awards and honors[edit]

As co-founder and chief scientific officer for Plextronics, McCullough received the 2006 Carnegie Science Center Start-Up Entrepreneur Award.[8] McCullough is a member of the American Chemical Society, receiving its Akron Award in 2002 and its Pittsburgh Award in 2007. In 2014, he was elected to the National Academy of Inventors.[9] McCullough has published over one hundred articles, books, and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of Advanced Materials and Advanced Electronic Materials.

Personal life[edit]

McCullough is married with two sons and lives with his wife, Jai Vartikar, PhD, in Tallahassee, Florida.


  1. ^ Jeffries-El, Malika; Sauvé, Geneviève; McCullough, Richard D. (2005). "Facile Synthesis of End-Functionalized Regioregular Poly(3-alkylthiophene)s via Modified Grignard Metathesis Reaction". Macromolecules. 38 (25): 10346–10352. Bibcode:2005MaMol..3810346J. doi:10.1021/ma051096q. ISSN 0024-9297.
  2. ^ Colen, B.D. (13 September 2012). "Harvard Names Vice Provost for Research". Harvard Gazette. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  3. ^ Richard D. McCullough publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ "Richard McCullough selected next president of Florida State University". 24 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Board of Governors confirms Richard McCullough as 16th president of Florida State University". Florida State University News. June 23, 2021.
  6. ^ McCullough, Richard Dean (1988). Synthesis and development of heterocyclic chalcogen pi-donor molecules as components for organic metals (PhD). Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University. OCLC 83432596. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  7. ^ McCullough, R.D.; Lowe, R.D.; Jayaraman, M.; Anderson, D.L. (1993). "Design, Synthesis, and Control of Conducting Polymer Architectures: Structurally Homogeneous Poly(3-alkylthiophenes)". Journal of Organic Chemistry. 58 (4): 904–912. doi:10.1021/jo00056a024.
  8. ^ "Carnegie Science Awards Awardees 1997-2010" (PDF). Carnegie Science Center. Pittsburgh, PA. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Three join National Academy of Inventors". Harvard Gazette. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
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