UCSB Participating Faculty

Gui Bazan received his Ph.D. from MIT in Inorganic Chemistry in 1991. After a postdoctoral appointment at Caltech, he joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Rochester in 1992. He joined UCSB in 1998. His current research programs are concerned with the photophysics and morphology of the organic solid state and the polymerization of olefins via homogenous catalysis. Of particular interest are strategies that control the organization of intermediate size organic chromophores in the solid state. Such methods are desirable since the relative orientation and distance of conjugated molecules control important useful properties such as conductivity and the photon-processing ability of the material. One ultimate goal is to program the maximum "best" morphology from the organization of atoms in the individual molecules. In the area of catalysis, the Bazan group is optimizing the multiple catalysts approach to highly branched polyethylene.
Michael Chabinyc obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University (1999) where he studied gas-phase ion-molecule reactions using ion cyclotron resonance spectrometry. Subsequently, he was an N.I.H. post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, where he worked on bio-microfluidic systems, molecular electronics, and nanofabrication using soft lithography. He then moved to Palo Alto Research Center (formerly Xerox PARC) where he was a member of research staff from 2001-2005 and a senior member of research staff from 2005-2008 in the Electronic Materials and Devices Laboratory. Dr. Chabinyc joined the UCSB faculty in 2008. His current research interests include materials for flexible electronics and energy storage and conversion. Particular emphasis is on characterization of the electrical and morphological characteristics of organic semiconductors in thin film transistors and photovoltaics. Hybrid organic devices for energy storage are also of interest. The nature of organic interfaces in thin films is studied using a variety of techniques including x-ray scattering, scanning probe microscopies, and electrical transport measurements.
Glenn Fredrickson obtained his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1984 and subsequently joined AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he was named Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in 1989. In 1990 he moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara, joining the faculties of the Chemical Engineering and Materials Departments. In 1998 he became Chair of Chemical Engineering. Professor Fredrickson has a long-standing interest in the statistical mechanics of complex fluids, including polymers, colloids, and glasses. His work is primarily theoretical and computational and has been most recently focused on strategies for anticipating the bulk and interfacial self-assembly of multi-component polymers. Honors include a NSF-PYI Award, a Sloan Fellowship, the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the Dillon Medal of the American Physical Society, and the Alpha Chi Sigma Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Craig Hawker received a B.Sc. 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. In 1993, he became a research staff member at IBM Almaden Research Center, where he remained until moving to the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004. Since 2001, he has also been adjunct professor of chemistry at the University of Queensland. Hawker has authored or coauthored 30 patents and more than 190 research publications. He has received numerous awards including the ACS Polymeric Materials: Science & Engineering (PMSE) Division's Arthur K. Doolittle Award in 1997, the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry's Young Scientists Award in 2000, the ACS Polymer Chemistry Division's Carl S. Marvel Award in Creative Polymer Chemistry in 2001, and the Cooperative Research Award from PMSE in 2003. Most recently he was awarded the 2005 ACS Award in Applied Polymer Chemistry and the 2005 Dutch Polymer Award. Hawker is also editor of the Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, and a member of the editorial boards of several other journals.
Alan Heeger obtained his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1961 and was a member of the Physics department at the University of Pennsylvania from 1962-82. In 1982 he moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara to become Professor of Physics. Professor Heeger was one of the founding members of the Materials Department and currently holds a joint appointment (Physics and Materials). Professor Heeger was the co-founder (with Prof. F. Wudl) and Director of the Institute for Polymers and Organic Solids at UCSB from 1983 until 1999. Professor and his colleagues at the MRL have done pioneering research in the area of semiconducting and metallic polymers. This class of novel materials has the electrical and optical properties of semiconductors and metals in combination with the processing advantages and mechanical properties of polymers. His current research interests lie in the area of transport in semiconducting polymers and light emission from semiconducting polymers (both photoluminescence and electroluminescence). His research group focuses on issues related to the fundamental electronic structure of this novel class of materials and carries out studies of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs), and lasers, all fabricated from semiconducting (conjugated) polymers. Honors include numerous honorary degrees, election to Fellowship of the American Physical Society, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Buckley Prize in Solid State Physics (1983), Balzan Prize for the Science of New Materials (1995) and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2000).
Ed Kramer received a B.Ch.E. Degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 1962 and a Ph.D. in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1966. He was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford before joining Cornell University in 1967 where he was appointed the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in 1988. In 1997 he joined the UCSB faculty where he holds a joint appointment in Materials and Chemical Engineering. Professor Kramer's current research activities focus on polymer interfaces using a variety of depth profiling and microscopic imaging methods. His group is interested in the fracture of block copolymers and polymer interfaces, from a micromechanical and molecular viewpoint, the kinetics of grafting reactions and instabilities at polymer melt interfaces and the ordering of block copolymer thin films as templated by interfacial interactions and external fields. His honors include membership in the National Academy of Engineering, the High Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society, and the Swimburne Award of the Institute of Materials (UK).
Quyen Nguyen obtained her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from UCLA in 2001. She received several awards including the Dissertation Award from the University of California for outstanding performance in research and the Outstanding Innovative Research Award from the Advanced Materials. She was a research associate in the Department of Chemistry and the Nanocenter at Columbia University working with Louis Brus and Colin Nuckolls. She also spent time at IBM Research center at T. J. Watson (Yorktown Heights, NY) working with Richard Martel and Phaedon Avouris. She joined the faculty at UCSB in 2004. Her research focuses on understanding the photophysics and electronic properties of novel organic and metal-organic hybrid materials for applications in molecular electronics, transistors, photovoltaics, and sensors. Particularly, she is interested in how intermolecular interactions influence the photophysics, electronic properties, and charge transport in these materials both at the nanoscale and in the bulk using various scanning probe techniques and femto-second laser spectroscopy, as well as how to control these intermolecular interactions to tune material properties. Her group seeks to correlate the structure-function-property relationship and also work closely with synthetic chemistry and theory groups to design new materials. She is the recipient of the 2005 ONR Young Investigator Award and the 2006 NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award.
Ram Seshadri received his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1995. After post-doctoral appointments at the Laboratoire CRISMAT, in Caen, France, and the Universität Mainz, Germany, he joined the Indian Institute of Science as an Assistant Professor in 1999. He moved to the Materials Department, UCSB in August 2002 as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006, and to Professor in 2008. Since Fall 07, he has also an been a member of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Research in the Seshadri group encompasses a number of areas in the chemistry of inorganic materials, including new ways of preparing materials, magnetism in inorganic solids, oxide and chalcogenide nanoparticles, chemical patterning of inorganic materials on large (micrometer) length scales, seeking clues from nature on how to make new high-performance materials, and finally, using first principles electronic structure calculations to predict new material properties.
Galen Stucky received his Ph.D. in 1962 from Iowa State University. After postdoctoral study at MIT, he held positions at the University of Illinois, Sandia National Laboratory and DuPont Central Research and Development Department before joining the UCSB faculty in 1985. Dr. Stucky has been active in the American Chemical Society, serving as Associate Editor of the Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and as Chairman of the Inorganic Division. His research currently focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of new materials with an emphasis on understanding interface and nucleation chemistry. Molecular sieves and mesoporous (15 - 200 ũ) electro-optic and biomaterials are being synthesized and studied. Recent honors include Chairman, Solid State Subdivision, Inorganic Chemistry (1999), one of three lecturers at the Symposium in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Chemical Institutes at "Hessische Strasse" (2000), and the Humboldt Research Prize, 2000.
Fred Wudl received a B.S. (1964) and a Ph.D. (1967) degree from UCLA where his dissertation work was done with Professor Donald J. Cram. After postdoctoral research with R.B. Woodward at Harvard, he joined the faculty of the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1972 he moved to AT&T Bell Laboratories and subsequently to UCSB in 1982, and then UCLA from 1997 to 2006. He has co-authored over 500 scientific papers and holds 13 U.S. patents. Professor Wudl has received numerous awards including Peter A. Leermakers Lecturer, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1989), the William Rauscher Lecturer in Chemistry Award (Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute (1992), ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (1993), Stouffer Award (USC, 1993), Arthur D. Little Award (1993), the Giulio Natta Medal of the Italian Chemical Society (1994), The Wheland Medal of University of Chicago (1994), ACS Award for Chemistry of Materials (1996), Alumnus of the Year Award from Los Angeles City College (1996), elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2001), Herbert Newby McCoy Award (2001), Honorary Doctors degree, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain (2004), Professor C.N.R. Rao Lecture Award of CRSI, Honorary Fellow, Council of the Chemical Research Society of India (2005), Merck-Karl Pfister Visiting Professor in Organic Chemistry, MIT (2006), Tolman Medal, ACS Southern California Section (2007), UCLA Professional Achievement Award (2008), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2010), and Stephanie L. Kwolek Award, Royal Society of Chemistry (2010). The Wudl group is currently interested in the optical and electrooptical properties of processable conjugated polymers as well as in the organic chemistry of fullerenes and the design and preparation of self-mending and self-healing materials.