Christopher Barner-Kowollik

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Christopher Barner-Kowollik FAA, FQA, FRSC, FRACI (born 1973) is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow,[1] the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Distinguished Professor within the School of Chemistry and Physics at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journal Polymer Chemistry,[2] a principal investigator within the Soft Matter Materials Laboratory at QUT[3] and associate research group leader at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).[4]

Education and career[edit]

After his undergraduate studies of chemistry at the Universities of Constance and Goettingen (Germany), Christopher Barner-Kowollik earned his PhD in physical chemistry (Dr. rer. nat.) from the University of Goettingen in 1999. Following postdoctoral research with Prof. Tom Davis at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, he held academic positions at the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD), and was appointed Full Professor of Polymer Chemistry in 2006 at the same institution. In 2008 he moved back to Germany, where he became the Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). There he was the founding director of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1176 'Molecular Structuring of Soft Matter' established by the German Research Council (DFG).[5] He is a founding PI and thrust speaker in the DFG Excellence Cluster 3D Matter Made to Order.[6] While he relocated in 2017 to the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), where he was awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship and appointed Director of QUT's Soft Matter Materials Laboratory, Christopher Barner-Kowollik continues to be an associate group leader at the KIT's Institute of Nanotechnology and the Institute of Polymer Chemistry and Chemical Technology, after heading a full research group at the KIT until 2020.[7] In December 2019, Christopher Barner-Kowollik was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Vice-President of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT)[8] and in September 2022 Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) at the same institution.[9]


Initially Prof. Barner-Kowollik’s research was in the field of polymer chemistry and polymer reaction kinetics.[10] His research has expanded towards the fusion of polymer chemistry with organic and photochemistry. Current research areas include the development of advanced wavelength-orthogonal, -synergistic, and -antagonistic reactions,[11][12] and their photophysical understanding,[13][14] most notably opening the field of wavelength-resolved action spectra for photochemical covalent bond formation and cleavage demonstrating that molecular absorptivity and photochemical reactivity are oftentimes disparate,[15] translated to the photochemical synthesis of highly defined macromolecular architectures.[16][17] The developed photochemical platform finds application for the design of 2D[18] and 3D photolithographic processes[19][20][21] as well as in biosystems including single cell scaffolds.[22] Christopher Barner-Kowollik has published over 730 peer-reviewed research papers, which have been cited close to 43,000 times.[23]

Selected awards and recognitions[edit]

Elected Fellowships[edit]


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  2. ^ Chemistry, Royal Society of (23 February 2016). "Polymer Chemistry editorial board members". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  3. ^ Christopher, Barner-Kowollik. "QUT | Staff Profiles | Christopher Barner-Kowollik". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  4. ^ Dingenouts, Nico (16 December 2017). "KIT - ITCP - Abteilung Polymerchemie". (in German). Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  5. ^ Barner, Leonie (25 June 2018). "KIT - SFB 1176 - Startpage". Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  6. ^ Office, Cluster (29 July 2020). "3D Matter Made to Order (3DMM2O) - The Cluster - People - Principal Investigators". Retrieved 3 September 2021.
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  10. ^ Kowollik, Christopher. (1999). Free radical bulk copolymerization kinetics of acrylate and methacrylate monomers studied by pulsed laser techniques. Göttingen: Cuvillier. ISBN 3-89712-705-9. OCLC 45539621.
  11. ^ Frisch, Hendrik; Marschner, David E.; Goldmann, Anja S.; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher (2018). "Wavelength-Gated Dynamic Covalent Chemistry". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 57 (8): 2036–2045. doi:10.1002/anie.201709991. ISSN 1521-3773. PMID 29064612.
  12. ^ Kalayci, Kubra; Frisch, Hendrik; Truong, Vinh X.; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher (21 August 2020). "Green light triggered [2+2] cycloaddition of halochromic styrylquinoxaline—controlling photoreactivity by pH". Nature Communications. 11 (1): 4193. Bibcode:2020NatCo..11.4193K. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-18057-9. ISSN 2041-1723. PMC 7443129. PMID 32826921.
  13. ^ Kislyak, Anastasia; Kodura, Daniel; Frisch, Hendrik; Feist, Florian; Van Steenberge, Paul H.M.; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher; d'Hooge, Dagmar R. (15 December 2020). "A holistic approach for anthracene photochemistry kinetics". Chemical Engineering Journal. 402: 126259. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2020.126259. ISSN 1385-8947. S2CID 225028511.
  14. ^ Kislyak, Anastasia; Frisch, Hendrik; Gernhardt, Marvin; Steenberge, Paul H. M. Van; D'hooge, Dagmar R.; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher (2020). "Time-Dependent Differential and Integral Quantum Yields for Wavelength-Dependent [4+4] Photocycloadditions". Chemistry – A European Journal. 26 (2): 478–484. doi:10.1002/chem.201903641. ISSN 1521-3765. PMID 31489724. S2CID 201844378.
  15. ^ Irshadeen, Ishrath Mohamed; Walden, Sarah L.; Wegener, Martin; Truong, Vinh X.; Frisch, Hendrik; Blinco, James P.; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher (22 December 2021). "Action Plots in Action: In-Depth Insights into Photochemical Reactivity". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 143 (50): 21113–21126. doi:10.1021/jacs.1c09419. ISSN 0002-7863. PMID 34859671. S2CID 244880552.
  16. ^ Frisch, Hendrik; Menzel, Jan P.; Blößer, Fabian R.; Marschner, David; Mundsinger, Kai; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher (2 July 2018). "Photochemistry in Confined Environments for Single Chain Nanoparticle Design". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 140 (30): 9551–9557. doi:10.1021/jacs.8b04531. ISSN 0002-7863. PMID 29965750. S2CID 207191317.
  17. ^ Hiltebrandt, Kai; Pauloehrl, Thomas; Blinco, James P.; Linkert, Katharina; Börner, Hans G.; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher (23 January 2015). "λ-Orthogonal Pericyclic Macromolecular Photoligation". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 54 (9): 2838–2843. doi:10.1002/anie.201410789. ISSN 1433-7851. PMID 25620295.
  18. ^ Mueller, Patrick; Zieger, Markus M.; Richter, Benjamin; Quick, Alexander S.; Fischer, Joachim; Mueller, Jonathan B.; Zhou, Lu; Nienhaus, Gerd Ulrich; Bastmeyer, Martin (8 June 2017). "Molecular Switch for Sub-Diffraction Laser Lithography by Photoenol Intermediate-State Cis–Trans Isomerization". ACS Nano. 11 (6): 6396–6403. doi:10.1021/acsnano.7b02820. ISSN 1936-0851. PMID 28582617.
  19. ^ Zieger, Markus M.; Mueller, Patrick; Quick, Alexander S.; Wegener, Martin; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher (13 April 2017). "Cleaving Direct-Laser-Written Microstructures on Demand". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 56 (20): 5625–5629. doi:10.1002/anie.201701593. ISSN 1433-7851. PMID 28407401.
  20. ^ Barner-Kowollik, Christopher; Bastmeyer, Martin; Blasco, Eva; Delaittre, Guillaume; Müller, Patrick; Richter, Benjamin; Wegener, Martin (15 November 2017). "3D Laser Micro- and Nanoprinting: Challenges for Chemistry". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 56 (50): 15828–15845. doi:10.1002/anie.201704695. ISSN 1433-7851. PMID 28580704.
  21. ^ Gräfe, David; Wickberg, Andreas; Zieger, Markus Michael; Wegener, Martin; Blasco, Eva; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher (17 July 2018). "Adding chemically selective subtraction to multi-material 3D additive manufacturing". Nature Communications. 9 (1): 2788. Bibcode:2018NatCo...9.2788G. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-05234-0. ISSN 2041-1723. PMC 6050325. PMID 30018325.
  22. ^ Richter, Benjamin; Hahn, Vincent; Bertels, Sarah; Claus, Tanja K.; Wegener, Martin; Delaittre, Guillaume; Barner‐Kowollik, Christopher; Bastmeyer, Martin (2017). "Guiding Cell Attachment in 3D Microscaffolds Selectively Functionalized with Two Distinct Adhesion Proteins". Advanced Materials. 29 (5): 1604342. Bibcode:2017AdM....2904342R. doi:10.1002/adma.201604342. ISSN 1521-4095. PMID 27882610. S2CID 12683794.
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