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2017 Laureate Profile: Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik

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Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik

Administering Organisation: Queensland University of Technology
Discipline Area: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Fellowship project summary

Light-Induced chemical modularity: a new frontier in macromolecular design (FL170100014)

This project aims to develop powerful light-driven chemistries for the modular construction of advanced macromolecular materials. The expected outcome is a versatile, light-based precision macromolecular synthetic technology platform, enabling critical advances in soft matter material design and synthesis, ranging from selectivity control of chemical reactions and information-coded and biomimetic light-responsive macromolecules to advanced functional photoresists for 3D laser lithography as well as materials that self-report structural transformations by light or are reprogrammable in their properties by photonic fields. Harnessing the power of light as a precision tool for the construction of advanced macromolecular materials will provide technology outcomes for Australian manufacturing industries from electronics to health. This includes laser-driven 3D printing technology at the nano-level, light-adaptive smart reprogrammable coatings and materials, synthetic proteins responsive to light as well as tailor-made single cell niches.

Australian Research Council funding: $3,275,680

About Professor Barner-Kowollik

Christopher Barner-Kowollik is a Professor of Materials Science at the Queensland University of Technology and an adjunct research group leader at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Professor Barner-Kowollik’s key research interests, documented in over 510 peer-reviewed publications, include macromolecular precision synthesis in solution and on surfaces via advanced light-induced methodologies as well as the design of hybrid and adaptive macromolecular materials at the interface of polymer chemistry and materials science, underpinned by mechanistic studies into polymerisation processes. His work has been honoured by numerous prizes, most recently by the coveted 2016 Erwin-Schrödinger Award of the Helmholtz association (Germany). Professor Barner-Kowollik is passionate about the translation of fundamental transdisciplinary research into real world applications exploiting light as a finely tuneable energy source.

Find out more about Professor Barner-Kowollik and his research by visiting his profile page on the Queensland University of Technology’s website.

For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page on the ARC website.


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