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Director, Materials Research Laboratory; Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Materials
Craig J. Hawker, Ph.D. is currently Director of the Materials Research Laboratory and a Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Materials at UCSB. From 1993-2004 he was a Research Staff Member and an investigator in the NSF Center for Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies at the IBM Almaden Research Center. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) degree and University Medal in Chemistry from the University of Queensland in 1984 and a Ph.D. in bioorganic chemistry from the University of Cambridge in 1988 under the supervision of Prof. Sir Alan Battersby. Jumping into the world of polymer chemistry, he undertook a post-doctoral fellowship with Prof. Jean Fréchet at Cornell University from 1988 to 1990 and then returned to the University of Queensland as a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow from 1991 to 1993. He has been honored by numerous awards including the 2005 ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science from the American Chemical Society, the 2005 Dutch Polymer Award, the 2007 Hermann Mark Scholar Award and the 2008 DSM Performance Materials Award. In addition to a variety of named lectureships, Dr. Hawker is Editor of the Journal of Polymer Science, Polymer Chemistry and an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Queensland. His research has focused on the interface between organic and polymer chemistry with emphasis on the design, synthesis, and application of well-defined macromolecular structures in biotechnology, microelectronics and surface science.