09/24/19 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
POLY/PMSE Seminar: Professor Craig Hawker
POLY/PMSE Student Chapter
Craig J. Hawker is the director of the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI), Dow Materials Institute, and facility director of the Materials Research Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USCB). He holds the Alan and Ruth Heeger Chair in Interdisciplinary Science and is the Clarke Professor within CNSI. Professor Hawker is a member of the Materials Department and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSB. He came to UCSB in 2004 after 11 years as a research staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA.
Hawker was born in Australia. He attended the University of Queensland, Australia, and received his undergraduate degree in chemistry. After graduating, he went to the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom to study the biosynthesis of Vitamin B12. Upon finishing his doctorate, Hawker ventured to the United States to do his post-doctoral work at Cornell University. He began his professional career in 1990 as a Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow at the University of Queensland before being hired by IBM in 1993 to work at the Almaden Research Center. In 2001, he became an Honorary Professor of Chemistry at the University of Queensland.
Professor Hawker's group has developed a versatile strategy that allows access to discrete oligomers from commercially available monomer families (e.g. styrenes, acrylates, methacrylates etc.) on multigram scale. By combining high yielding, controlled polymerization procedures with automated chromatography techniques, functional oligomers can be rapidly and reproducibly accessed with NMR, MALDI, and SEC characterization demonstrating structural purity. A primary focus of the group is to compare discrete polymers with their disperse analogues to better understand and improve existing phenomena including optical properties of conjugated oligomers, crystallization behaviour of stereochemically enriched oligomers and block co-oligomer bulk and solution self-assembly.