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Christopher W. Bielawski
Born(1973-12-13)13 December 1973
Berwyn, IL
ResidenceSouth Korea
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
AwardsClarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, PECASE
Scientific career
FieldsPolymer chemistry, organic materials, organometallic materials, synthesis
InstitutionsUNIST, Institute for Basic Science
ThesisTailoring polymer synthesis with designer ruthenium catalysts (2003)
Academic advisorsRobert H. Grubbs, David A. Tirrell, Jeffrey S. Moore
Notable studentsAndrew J. Boydston, Todd W. Hudnall, A. Kuppuswamy, Jonathan P. Moerdyk

Christopher William Bielawski is a distinguished professor at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology and group leader of the Synthesis Group in the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials. (one sentence about a research theme would be great here). His research in synthesis and polymer chemistry has resulted in more than 290 publications[1][2] and multiple patents.[3]

He is a member of the American Chemical Society, an honorary lifetime member of the Israeli Chemical Society, and has on the Editorial Advisory Boards at Chemical Science, Polymer Chemistry,[4][5] Macromolecules and an associate editor at Chemical Science.


Christopher majored in chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked with supramolecular systems as an undergraduate researcher for Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore.[6] He graduated Magna Cum Laude with Highest Distinction in 1997. He then enrolled in the chemistry graduate studies program of the California Institute of Technology. Working under Prof. Robert H. Grubbs as an NSF predoctoral fellow, he integrated olefin metathesis and tandem catalysis in the development of synthetic routes to polymeric materials and complex small molecules[6] before completing his completed his PhD in chemistry in 2003. I am hoping that sentence is correct as I can't do copy-paste into Wikipedia


Staying at Caltech, he worked as an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the laboratories of Prof. David A. Tirrell. He next became an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin in 2004, an associate professor in 2009,[7] and a full professor[8] in 2010. I'd love to know more about research topics/trends during this time.

He became a World Class University Professor in Seoul National University in 2012 and a distinguished professor at UNIST in 2013[9] when UNIST and the Institute for Basic Science opened the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials under director Rodney S. Ruoff.[10] The Center was opened as part of reorganization efforts by UNIST to expand their basic science research.[11][12] I'd love to add a sentence here about where research is currently going

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2018 Clarivate Analytics (Thomson Reuters) Highly Cited Researcher[13][14][15]
  • 2016 Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering[16][17]
  • 2014: Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry[18]
  • 2012: Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award, American Chemical Society[19]
  • 2011: Member of the American Nano Society
  • 2011: Defense Science Study Group[20]
  • 2010: IUPAC-Samsung Young Polymer Scientist Award
  • 2009: Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)[21]
  • 2009: Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry Award for Early Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry[22]
  • 2008: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
  • 2008: Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
  • 2003 Henkel Award[23]
  • 2000 Fellowship, American Chemical Society, Division of Organic Chemistry[24][6]
  • 1996: Member of the American Chemical Society
  • Honorary Lifetime Member of the Israeli Chemical Society


  1. ^ "Web of Science [v.5.32] - All Databases Results - AUTHOR: (Bielawski, Christopher W.)". Web of Science. Clarivate Analytics. Retrieved 15 February 2019. Results: 278
  2. ^ "Christopher W. Bielawski - Google Scholar Citations". Google Scholar. Google. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  3. ^ "UNIST Christopher W. Bielawski - Patents". UNIST. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Advisory Board". Polymer Chemistry. The Royal Society of Chemistry. 2 (19): 2891–3036. 2007. ISSN 1759-9962. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Professor Christopher Bielawski new member of Polymer Chemistry Advisory Board". Department of Chemistry. University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Fellowship Awardees for 2000-2001" (PDF). Division of Organic Chemistry. American Chemical Society. November 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  7. ^ N-Heterocyclic Carbenes: New Applications in Materials Chemistry (PDF). US-China Workshop for Early Career Chemical Scientists - Supramolecular Chemistry. 26–31 October 2009. p. 42. Retrieved 12 February 2019.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
  8. ^ Brantley, Johnathan N.; Bailey, Constance B.; Wiggins, Kelly M.; Keatinge-Clay, Adrian T. (20 March 2013). "Mechanobiochemistry: harnessing biomacromolecules for force-responsive materials". Polymer Chemistry. 2013 (4): 3916–3928. doi:10.1039/C3PY00001J. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Christopher W. Bielawski CV" (PDF). Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials. Institute for Basic Science. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials - Chemistry - Research Centers". Institute for Basic Science. Retrieved 15 February 2019. After a brief spell in the Max Planck Institute in Germany, director Ruoff returned to America where he held a number of positions before being announced as a director at IBS in late-2013.
  11. ^ 이, 경진 (10 February 2014). "UNIST, 올해부터 기존 7개 학부에서 9개 학부로 재편". 베리타스알파. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  12. ^ 임, 동식 (9 February 2014). "UNIST 7개 학부서 9개 학부로 학제 개편". 베리타스알파. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  13. ^ Joo, Hyeon Heo (28 November 2018). "Seven UNIST Researchers Named 'World's Most Highly Cited Researchers'". News Center. UNIST. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  14. ^ "IBS Places First Among Korean Institutions by Featuring 9 Scientists in List of Highly Cited Researchers". Institute for Basic Science. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  15. ^ 구, 미현 (27 November 2018). "UNIST 교수 7명, '세계에서 가장 영향력 있는 연구자'에 선정". Newsis (in Korean). Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  16. ^ Mitchell, Danny (13 July 2016). "2016 The Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering". MSE Supplies LLC. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  17. ^ Joo, Hyeon Heo (17 August 2016). "UNIST Faculty Named among World's Most Cited Researchers". News Center. UNIST. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  18. ^ "UNIST Brochure 2017". UNIST. 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  19. ^ "2012 Journal of Polymer Science Award in Honor of Christopher Bielawski". Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division: Archival Website (through 2017). American Chemical Society. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Dr. Christopher Bielawski selected for Defense Science Study Group". Department of CHemistry. The University of Texas at Austin. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  21. ^ "President Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists: Awardees include 20 scientists and engineers nominated by the National Science Foundation". National Science Foundation. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Alumni News" (PDF). Department of Chemistry News. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Spring 2010. p. 14. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  23. ^ "Henkel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Science and Engineering". PMSE – Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  24. ^ "Graduate Research Fellowships - ACS Division of Organic Chemistry". Division of Organic Chemistry. American Chemical Society. Retrieved 12 February 2019.

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