Best of Macros 2017: Christopher Barner-Kowollik

Christopher Barner-Kowollik received his Ph.D. in 1999 (Göttingen University). After postdoctoral research with Professor Tom Davis and academic positions at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, he was appointed Full Professor in 2006 at the same institution and Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2008. He is currently Professor of Materials Science at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and leads a macromolecular chemistry research group at the KIT. His research interests include macromolecular precision design in solution and on surfaces via rapid light-induced methodologies, the design of hybrid and adaptive polymer materials at the interface of polymer chemistry and materials science as well as in-depth studies into the mechanisms of polymerization processes.

His article “Chain Transfer in Degenerative RAFT Polymerization Revisited: A Comparative Study of Literature Methods” in Macromolecular Theory and Simulation, published with Dagmar R. D’hooge, has been selected for this year’s Best of Macros.

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How did the collaboration on this project start? We already collaborate for several years, as we enjoy working together and the two areas of expertise are perfectly fitting: mine in physical chemistry and macromolecular synthesis and advanced kinetic modelling as well as reaction engineering in the team of Prof. D’hooge.

Could you give some advice for researchers starting out in your field? Have passion for what you do, share your experiences and excite students and colleagues. On you own you might be faster, but in collaboration with others you will get further.

What is the biggest advantage in publishing with Wiley-VCH? High quality journals, great editorial staff, and a very fair process of editing the contributions.

My biggest motivation iswhen I can see the spark in the eyes of my students and post-docs having caught fire for a particular research question.

What research topic do you think is likely to become one of the ‘hot topics’ in macromolecular science in the near future? One important area will certainly be advanced macromolecular (photo)resists for precision 3D printing applications – from the nano- to the macroscale. An exciting field with tremendous potential ranging from (bio)medicine to electronics.

Chain Transfer in Degenerative RAFT Polymerization Revisited: A Comparative Study of Literature Methods
P. Derboven, P. H. M. Van Steenberge, M.-F. Reyniers, C. Barner-Kowollik,* D. R. D’hooge,* G. B. Marin
Macromol. Theory Simul. 2016, 25, 104−115
DOI: 10.1002/mats.201500076

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