CBE/ENGR 225 Seminar Presents: Chris Bates, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Materials and Chemical Engineering, UCSB

Tues., June 6, 2017 @ ESB #2001

Cetner for Bioengineering and the Faculty Seminar Series Presents: 

Christopher M. Bates
Assistant Professor, Materials and Chemical Engineering Departments
University of California, Santa Barbara

June 6, 2017

ESB 2001 

4pm - 5pm 

Title: Mixing Effects in Block Polymer Self-Assembly


Block copolymers (BCPs) are widely implemented in commodity and technological applications due to their unique structure and properties that arise from block-block demixing driven by unfavorable segmental interactions. This talk will describe our recent experimental and theoretical efforts in the synthesis and characterization of ABC triblock brush polymers. Careful investigation of mesoscale phase behavior has revealed unanticipated consequences of this design that we attribute to A/C miscibility effects. Unraveling the fundamental polymer thermodynamics associated with these materials should create new opportunities for future material design.


Christopher M. Bates earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2007 and received a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 under the guidance of C. Grant Willson. After a postdoc with Robert H. Grubbs at the California Institute of Technology, Christopher recently moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara as an Assistant Professor in the Materials and Chemical Engineering Departments.