Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik
Head of the Group

Build. 11.23 Room 313
Phone +49 721 608-45641
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email: christopher.barner-kowollik@kit.edu



Brief Curriculum Vitae
I Research Interests/Experiences I Organizing and Committee Activities I Scientific Reviewer I Membership I Awards


Brief Curriculum Vitae

1973
Born in Göttingen, Germany (Australian PR, German Citizen)

Professional Work

From 04/17
Full Professor of Materials Science at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia and Professor (Fractional) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
04/16
Call “Ruf” to Full Professor of Materials Science, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia – accepted
11/15 - 07/16
Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence (Sonderforschungsbereich) (SFB 1176) ‘Molecular Structure of Soft Matter’ at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), continued principle investigator to 2019
Since 11/15
Director of the Centre of Excellence (Sonderforschungsbereich) (SFB 1176) ‘Molecular Structure of Soft Matter’ at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Since 06/13
Professor (Fractional) of Materials Science, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia
Since 03/11
Director (jointly with S. Bräse und J. Lahann) of the ‘Soft Matter Synthesis Laboratory’ (Campus North, Institute for Biological Interfaces I) and the Institute for Biological Interfaces - Macromolecular Materials
04/11 – 04/13
Head of School, Institute of Technical Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Since 07/08
Full Professor, W3, newly established Chair of Polymer Chemistry New Field Group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
11/07 – 07/08
co-Director of the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design, The University of New South Wales
10/07
Call “Ruf” to Full Professor, W3, newly established Chair of Polymer Chemistry New Field Group at Karlsruhe University, Germany
11/06 – 07/08
Professor (Chair) and ARC Australian Professorial Fellow (2007 -2011) at the University of New South Wales, Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design, Sydney, Australia
01/06 – 12/06
Associate Professor in Polymer Science at the University of New South Wales, Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design, Sydney, Australia
07/04 – 12/05
Senior Lecturer in Polymer Science at the University of New South Wales, Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design, Sydney, Australia
04/02 – 06/04
Lecturer in Polymer Science at the University of New South Wales, Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design, Sydney, Australia
02/00 – 04/02
Research Associate at the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design, University of New South Wales, Australia. Cooperation with Uniqema (ICI), UK, ‘Living/Controlled free-radical polymerization’
02/97 – 02/00
Research Assistant at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Göttingen, Germany

Visiting Appointments

07/12 – 08/12
Visiting Professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand (Prof. Greg Russell)
since 07/08
Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
08/07 – 09/07
Visiting Professor at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, Macromolecular Chemistry II (Prof. Axel Müller)
11/03 – 12/03
Visiting Professor at the Royal Technical Institute (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden (Prof. Eva Malmström)
01/98 – 02/98
Visiting Researcher at the University of Osaka, Japan (Prof. M. Kamachi)

Education

02/97 – 11/99
Ph.D. in Physical and Industrial Chemistry, University of Göttingen, Germany. Advisor: Prof. Dr. M. Buback. Thesis Title: "Free-Radical Bulk Copolymerization Kinetics of Acrylate and Methacrylate Monomers Studied by Pulsed Laser Techniques" Grade “summa cum laude” (equivalent to University Medal)
Member of the "Graduiertenkolleg" in Chemistry (interdisciplinary group of graduate students) at the University of Göttingen with studies centered on kinetics and selectivities of chemical reactions in condensed fluid phases.
Collaboration with BASF AG, Germany, ‘Free-radical polymerization under high-pressure’
02/97
MSc in Chemistry, University of Göttingen. Advisor: Prof. Dr. M. Buback. Thesis Title: "Kinetics of Strain-Activated Intramolecular Diels-Alder Reactions Between Furan and Bicyclopropylidene as well as Methylenecyclopropane Moieties", Grade “excellent” (10/10)
09/92 – 02/97
Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry at the University of Konstanz, Germany and at the University of Göttingen, Germany, main focus on Applied Physical Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
until 05/92
High School Education in Göttingen, Germany and Philadelphia, USA

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Research Interests/Experiences

Fundamentals

  • Kinetic and Mechanistic Investigations into Reversible Addition Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT), NMP and SET/ATRP Processes
  • RAFT Agent Design, RAFT Polymer Design
  • Novel Synthetic Approaches to Complex Macromolecular Designs: (Light Triggered) Pericyclic Reactions Combined with Living Polymerization
  • Access to Chain Length Dependent Rate Coefficients via the RAFT Process
  • Pulsed Laser Polymerization (PLP) of Variable Vinyl Monomers: Propagation/Depropagation Equilibria; High Frequency PLP-SEC
  • Polyreaction Kinetics: Solutions to Coupled Differential Equation Systems, Kinetic Modelling
  • Novel Living Free Radical Polymerization Processes, Novel Control Protocols (ESCP, TKMP)
  • Quantum Mechanical Calculations: Lifetime of Transient Radicals
  • Multifunctional Star Polymer Formation Processes
  • Photoinitiator Decay Processes, Initiator Efficiency
  • Gamma- and UV-Initiated Radical Polymerization Processes in Aqueous and Non-Aqueous Systems
  • Novel Synthetic Methods for the Efficient Generation of Star Block Copolymers; Ring-Shaped Polymers; Comb Polymers; Star Polymers
  • Novel Ultra-Fast Orthogonal Ligation Protocols; Light Triggered Ligation for Spatially and Temporally Controlled Surface Design
  • Controlled/Living polymerization of Metallocene Monomers

Polymer Analysis

  • High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (ESI-MS, MALDI-TOF) of Synthetic Polymers, Hyphenated Techniques (HPLC/LACCC-ESI, SEC-ESI)
  • Size Exclusion Chromatography with Multiple Detectors
  • 2D HPLC-SEC Analysis of Complex Polymers
  • Small Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS)
  • On-Line Fourier Transform Infrared and Near Infrared Spectroscopy in Reacting Polymer Systems
  • High Resolution FT-IR Imaging/Microscopy

New Materials

  • Modification of Particle Surfaces by Conjugation; Micro/Nanosphere Design
  • Macromonomers as Macromolecular Building Blocks
  • Macromolecular Nano-Containers
  • Functional Polymers for Tissue Engineering Applications
  • New Polymer Materials via Polymer Analog Reactions
  • Multifunctional Star Polymers Based on Various Molecular Scaffolds: Access to Functional Nano-Particles
  • Simuli Responsive Star Polymers
  • Glycopolymers Prepared via Living Free Radical Polymerization Methodologies
  • Functional Microspheres for Biomedical and Chromatographic Applications
  • Synthetic Rubber Materials (NBR, ABS) with Defined Structure and Functionality
  • Living Free Radical Polymerization (RAFT) in Aqueous Media using Cyclodextrin as Host Component
  • Biomimetic Synthetic Molecules (Towards Synthetic Proteins/Biomimetic Adhesives)
  • Liquid Crystalline Polymers via Living Free Radical Polymerization
  • Polymer Modified Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) for the Enforcement of Ceramic Materials and Polymeric Materials
  • New Avenues ot Fullerene/Carbon Nanotube-Synthetic Polymer Hybrids
  • Nano-Porous Polymer Film Formation Processes
  • Orthogonal Surface Modification on a Wide Range of Materials (e.g. Cellulose, Si, Photonic Crystals, Hyaluronic Acid); Dynamic Covalent Surfaces
  • Spatially Resolved Biofunctional Scaffolds for (Stem) Cell Differentiation
  • Polymer Stability Assays
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Organizing and Committee Activities

since 07/16
Editorial Advisory Board Member of ChemPhotoChem (Wiley-VCH)
02/16
Chair of the German/Belgian Binational Conference on “Dynamic and Responsive Polymer Systems”
Since 01/15
Member of the Exectutive Board of the Fachgruppe Makromolekulare Chemie of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)
Since 03/14
Scientific Advisory Board of the European Polymer Congress 2015 (European Polymer Federation) and organization of the Australian-European Symposium
Since 01/14
Member of the Exectutive Board of the Fachgruppe Makromolekulare Chemie of the GDCh
Since 10/13
Associate Editor of Polymer Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry)
06/13
Scientific Advisory Board International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization 2013
12/12
Jury Member (Academic) of the 2012 Evonik Industries Innovation Awards
12/12
Chair of the German/Belgian Binational Conference on "Advanced Materials by Modular Strategies: From Synthesis to Industrial Applications"
Since 01/12
Member of the Fachforum (selection panel) of the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD)
Since 11/11
Editorial Advisory Board of the Australian Journal of Chemistry
Since 06/11
Executive Editorial Board Member for all Wiley-VCH Macromolecular Journals
Since 06/11
Editorial Board of the Journal of Polymer Science - Chemistry (Wiley)
Since 10/09
Editorial Advisory Board of Polymers
Since 09/09
Scientific Advisory Board of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Technical Chemistry, Ghent University, Belgium
09/09
Chair of the German/Belgian Binational Conference on "Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization"
09/09 - 09/10
Chairman of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) der Ortsgruppe Karlsruhe
Since 06/09
Editorial Board of Polymer Chemistry
2008/2009
Advisory Board 11th Pacific Polymer Federation Conference 6th to 11th of December 2009, Cairns, Australia
Since 09/08
Editor of the Australian Journal of Chemistry
08/08 – 08/13
Editorial Advisory Board of Polymer
Since 10/07
Editorial Advisory Board of Macromolecular Theory and Simulation
since 01/07
Editorial Advisory Board of Progress in Polymer Science
since 11/06
Editorial Advisory Board of Macromolecular Rapid Communications
01/06 – 07/08
Deputy Director of Research (School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, UNSW)
01/06 – 07/08
Member of the Australian Fulbright Commission
Since 2006
Grant Assessor/Referee for the Australian Research Council and the German Research Council (DFG)
02/2007
Chair of the 29th Australasian Polymer Symposium
02/06 – 02/07
Chair of the Polymer Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
01/06 – 01/09
Editorial Advisory Board of Macromolecules
03/05 – 02/06
Chair-Elect of the Polymer Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
12/04 – 03/05
Secretary of the Polymer Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
since 01/03
Member of IUPAC Task Groups on Propagation Rate Determination via ESR Spectroscopy, Free Radical Termination Processes, RAFT Polymerization and PLP of Water Soluble Monomers

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Scientific Reviewer

Macromolecules, Biomacromolecules, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, Macromolecular Theory and Simulation, Journal of Polymer Science, Polymer, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, European Polymer Journal, Polymer Bulletin, Australian Journal of Chemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Macromolecular Bioscience, Chemistry – A European Journal, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, Progress in Polymer Science, Chemistry of Materials, Macromolecular Reaction Engineering, e-polymers, Macromolecular Symposia, Organic Letters, Biomaterials, Analytical Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Communications, Soft Matter, Accounts of Chemical Research, Sus Chem Rus, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, ACS Macro Letters, ACS Nano

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Membership

Since 04/10
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Since 02/08
Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)
Since 03/07
Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)
Since 03/06
Royal Society of New South Wales
Since 03/05
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Since 01/01
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
Since 12/00
Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)

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Awards

2016
Erwin Schrödinger Award of the Helmholtz Association in recognition of the body of work on “3D Laser Printing of Functionalized Microstructures”, jointly with M. Wegener and M. Bastmeyer
2012
Erskine Fellowship (University of Canterbury), Christchurch, New Zealand, Distinguished Fellow
2012
International Biannual Belgian Polymer Award for outstanding contributions to polymer science and numerous interactions with Belgian polymer groups
2008
Citation of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (Polymer Division) for oustanding achievements in controlled polymer synthesis and service to the Australian polymer community
2007
UNSW Faculty of Engineering Research Excellence Award
2007
COSMOS Bright Sparks Award
2007 – 2011
ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship
2006
Finalist of the Australian Museum Eureka UNSW Prize for Scientific Research: Macromolecular Engineering: Designing the Nano-Materials of the Future
2006
Finalist of the Australian Museum Eureka Prize People’s Choice Award: Macromolecular Engineering: Designing the Nano-Materials of the Future
2005
Edgeworth David Medal for outstanding contributions to science in Australia awarded by the Royal Society of New South Wales
2004
Rennie Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for outstanding contributions to chemistry in Australia
2002
UNSW John Yu Fellowship to the Royal Technical Institute in Stockholm, Sweden
1998
Copolymerization Prize for outstanding contributions to copolymerization reaction kinetics, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Department of Macromolecular and Technical Chemistry, University of Göttingen

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