Member of Production & Storage Solutions Group
Craig Hawker is interested in the interface between organic and polymer chemistry with emphasis on the design, synthesis, and application of well-defined macromolecular structures in biotechnology, microelectronics and surface science. Energy efficiency research interests include the use of nano-imprint lithography to create organic photovoltaics and the use of block co-polymer lithography nanotechnology to create smaller, faster and more efficient microprocessors. Additional research interests include macromolecular synthesis (thiol-ene dendrimers for “click chemistry,” ketene functionality and hydrogel-based microarray systems) and polymer nanoparticle applications in drug delivery, medical diagnostics and therapeutics.
Craig Hawker is the director of the Materials Research Lab at UC Santa Barbara and a Professor of Chemistry and Materials. He received a B.Sc. degree and University Medal in chemistry from the University of Queensland (1984) and a Ph.D. in bioorganic chemistry from the University of Cambridge (1988). After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Cornell University, he returned to the University of Queensland as a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow. Hawker came to UCSB in 2004 after eleven years as a scientist at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. In addition to a variety of named lectureships, he is editor of the Journal of Polymer Science, Polymer Chemistry and a member of the editorial boards of several other journals. Hawker is also an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Queensland and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Intermolecular Inc., Relypsa Inc., and Warwick Effect Polymers, as well as consulting for various multinational companies.
Hawker has received numerous national and international awards and honors, the most recent include being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (2010), Macro Group UK International Medal for Outstanding Achievement (2010), the DSM – International Performance Materials Prize (2008) and the Mark Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society (2007).