Craig Hawker

Craig Hawker
Alan and Ruth Heeger Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Clarke Professor
Co-Director - Materials Research Laboratory
Director - Dow Materials Institute
Director - California Nanosystems Institute
Professor of Materials

Contact Phone

(805) 893-7161

Office Location

3009 Bldg. 576(MRL)


Polymer Synthesis

Materials Chemistry 

Applications to Medical, Energy, and Personal Care 


Post-doctoral Research Associate, Cornell University

                                    Supervisor:  Professor J.M.J. Fréchet

   Ph.D. Degree, University of Cambridge, U.K.

                                    Supervisor:      Professor Sir A.R. Battersby

                                    Thesis title:      Biosynthesis of Vitamin B12 - Model Studies

                                                            on the Spiro Intermediate       

B.Sc. (1st Class Honors),  University of Queensland


Research Group Website:

Synthetic Polymer Chemistry, Nanotechnology -- Materials science that integrates fundamental studies with the development of nanostructured materials for advances properties and functions in microelectronics and biotechnology. 


Selected Research Publications

Cochran, J.E.; Amir, E.; Sivanandan, K.; Ku, S.Y.; Seo, J.H.; Collins, B.A.; Tumbleston, J.R.; Toney, M.F.; Ade, H.; Hawker, C.J.; Chabinyc, M.L. “Synthesis, solid-state, and charge-transport properties of conjugated polythiophene-S,S-dioxides”, J. Polym. Sci., Polym. Phys.; 2013, 51, 48-56.  

Lundberg, P.; Lynd, N.A.; Zhang, Y.N.; Zeng, X.H.; Krogstad, D.V.; Paffen, T.; Malkoch, M.; Nystrom, A.M.; Hawker, C.J. “pH-triggered self-assembly of biocompatible histamine-functionalized triblock copolymers”, Soft Matter, 2013,  9, 82-89. 

Heo, J.; Kang, T.; Jang, S.G.; Hwang, D.S.; Spruell, J.M.; Killops, K.L.; Waite, J.H.; Hawker, C.J. “Improved Performance of Protected Catecholic Polysiloxanes for Bioinspired Wet Adhesion to Surface Oxides”, J. Am. Chem. Soc.; 2012, 134, 20139-20145.

Albertazzi, L.; Mickler, F.M.; Pavan, G.M.; Salomone, F.; Bardi, G.; Panniello, M.; Amir, E.; Kang, T.; Killops, K.L.; Brauchle, C.; Amir, R.J.; Hawker, C.J. “Enhanced Bioactivity of Internally Functionalized Cationic Dendrimers with PEG Cores”, Biomacromolecules, 2012, 13, 4089-4097.   

Burke, D.J.; Kawauchi, T.; Kade, M.J.; Leibfarth, F.A.; McDearmon, B.; Wolffs, M.; Kierstead, P.H.; Moon, B.; Hawker, C.J. “Ketene-Based Route to rigid Cyclobutanediol Monomers for the Replacement of BPA in High Performance Polyesters”, ACS Macro Letters, 2012, 1, 1228-1232.

Lundberg, P.; Lee, B.F.; van den Berg, S.A.; Pressly, E.D.; Lee, A.; Hawker, C.J.; Lynd, N.A. “Poly[(ethylene oxide)-co-(methylene ethylene oxide)]: A hydrolytically degradable poly(ethylene oxide) platform”, ACS Macro Letters, 2012, 1, 1240-1243. 

Connal, L.A.; Lynd, N.A.; Robb, M.J.; See, K.A.; Jang, S.G.; Spruell, J.M.; Hawker, C.J. “Mesostructured Block Copolymer Nanoparticles: Versatile Templates for Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Nanostructures”, Chem. Mater., 2012, 24, 4036-4042. 

Stuparu, M.C.; Khan, A.; Hawker, C.J. “Phase separation of supramolecular and dynamic block copolymers”, Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 3033-3044. 

Treat, N.D.; Varotto, A.; Takacs, C.J.; Batara, N.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Heeney, M.J.; Heeger, A.J.; Wudl, F.; Hawker, C.J.; Chabinyc, M.L. “Polymer-Fullerene Miscibility: A Metric for Screening New Materials for High-Performance Organic Solar Cells”, J. Am. Chem. Soc.; 2012, 134, 15869-15879. 

Ku, S.Y.; Brady, M.A.; Treat, N.D.; Cochran, J.E.; Robb, M.J.; Kramer, E.J.; Chabinyc, M.L.; Hawker, C.J. “A Modular Strategy for Fully Conjugated Donor-Acceptor Block Copolymers”, J. Am. Chem. Soc.; 2012, 134, 16040-16046. 

Fors, B.P.; Hawker, C.J. “Control of a Living Radical Polymerization of Methacrylates by Light”, Angew. Chemie, Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 8850-8853.

Sanandaji, N.; Neway, B.; Hedenqvist, M.S.; Li, Y.; Hawker, C.J.; Takizawa, K.; Gedde, U.W. “Crystallization and Melting Behavior of Monodisperse Oligomers of epsilon-Caprolactone”, J. Macro. Sci., Part B-Phys, 2012, 51, 2075-2092.

Murai, M.; Amir, E.; Amir, R.J.; Hawker, C.J. “Azulene-based conjugated polymers: unique seven-membered ring connectivity leading to stimuli-responsiveness”, Chem. Sci. 2012, 3, 2721-2725. 

Rao, J.Y.; Paunescu, E.; Mirmohades, M.; Gadwal, I.; Khaydarov, A.; Hawker, C.J.; Bang, J.; Khan, A. “Supramolecular mimics of phase separating covalent diblock copolymers”,Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 2050-2056.

Choi, S.; Kim, E.; Ahn, H.; Naidu, S.; Lee, Y.; Ryu, D.Y.; Hawker, C.J.; Russell, T.P. “Lamellar microdomain orientation and phase transition of polystyrene-b-poly (methyl methacrylate) films by controlled interfacial interactions”, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 3463-3469. 

Leibfarth, F.A.; Wolffs, M.; Campos, L.M.; Delany, K.; Treat, N.; Kade, M.J.; Moon, B.; Hawker, C.J. “Low-temperature ketene formation in materials chemistry through molecular engineering”, Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 766-771. 

Satoh, K.; Poelma, J.E.; Campos, L.M.; Stahl, B.; Hawker, C.J. “A facile synthesis of clickable and acid-cleavable PEO for acid-degradable block copolymers”, Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 1890-1898. 

Amir, E.; Antoni, P.; Campos, L.M.; Damiron, D.; Gupta, N.; Amir, R.J.; Pesika, N.; Drockenmuller, E.; Hawker, C.J.  "Biodegradable, multi-layered coatings for controlled release of small molecules", Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 4833-4835.

Robb, M.J.; Connal, L.A.; Lee, B.F.; Lynd, N.A.; Hawker, C.J. "Functional block copolymer nanoparticles: toward the next generation of delivery vehicles",Polym. Chem., 2012, 3, 1618-1628.

Lee, B.F.; Wolffs, M.; Delaney, K.T.; Sprafke, J.K.; Leibfarth, F.A.; Hawker, C.J.; Lynd, N.A. “Reactivity Ratios and Mechanistic Insight for Anionic Ring-Opening Copolymerization of Epoxides”, Macromolecules, 2012, 45, 3722-3731.

Kade, M.J.; Hawker, C.J.  “Robust, Efficient, and Orthogonal Chemistries for the Synthesis of Functionalized Macromolecules”, in Matyjaszewski, K. and Möller, M. (eds.), Polymer Science: A Comprehensive Reference, 2012, Volume 6, pp. 413–431, Amsterdam: Elsevier BV.

 “Synthesis of Polymers – New Structures and Methods”, 2 volumes, 1177 pages, 2012, edited by Hawker, Craig J., Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany.

Jang, S.G.; Khan, A.; Hawker, C.J.; Kramer, E.J. “Morphology Evolution of PS-b-P2VP Diblock Copolymers via Supramolecular Assembly of Hydroxylated Gold Nanoparticles”, Macromolecules, 2012, 45, 1553-1561. 

Shuttle, C.G.; Treat, N.D.; Fan, J.; Varotto, A.; Hawker, C.J.; Wudl, F.; Chabinyc, M.L.; “In situ current voltage measurements for optimization of a novel fullerene acceptor in bulk heterojunction photovoltaics”, J. Polym. Sci., Polym. Phys.; 2012, 50, 174-179.

Leibfarth, F.A.; Schneider, Y.; Lynd, N.A.; Schultz, A.; Moon, B.; Kramer, E.J.; Bazan, G.C.; Hawker, C.J. “Ketene Functionalized Polyethylene: Control of Cross-Link Density and Material Properties”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 14706-14709.

Antoni, P.; Robb, M.J.; Campos, L.; Montanez, M.; Hult, A.; Malmstrom, E.; Malkoch, M.; Hawker, C.J. “Pushing the Limits for Thiol-Ene and CuAAC Reactions: Synthesis of a 6th Generation Dendrimer in a Single Day”, Macromolecules, 2010, 43, 6625-6631.

Poelma, J.E.; Hawker, C.J. “Block Copolymers: With a little help from above”, Nature Nanotech., 2010, 5, 243-244.

Leibfarth, F.A.; Kang, M.; Ham, M.; Kim, J.; Campos, L.M.; Gupta, N.; Moon, B.; Hawker, C.J. “A facile route to ketene-functionalized polymers for general materials applications”, Nature Chem., 2010, 2, 207-212.

Gupta, N.; Lin, B.F.; Campos, L.; Dimitriou, M.D.; Hikita, S.T.; Treat, N.D.; Tirrell, M.V.; Clegg, D.O.; Kramer, E.J.; Hawker, C.J. “A versatile approach to high-throughput microarrays using thiol-ene chemistry”, Nature Chem., 2010, 2, 138-145.

Iha, R.K.; Wooley, K.L.; Nystrom, A.M.; Burke, D.J.; Kade, M.J.; Hawker, C.J. “Applications of Orthogonal "Click" Chemistries in the Synthesis of Functional Soft Materials”, Chem. Rev., 2009, 109, 5620-5686.

Campos, L.M.; Truong, T.T.; Shim, D.E.; Dimitriou, M.D.; Shir, D.; Meinel, I.; Gerbec, J.A.; Hahn, H.T.; Rogers, J.A.; Hawker, C.J. “Applications of Photocurable PMMS Thiol-Ene Stamps in Soft Lithography”, Chem. Mater., 2009, 21, 5319-5326.

Amir, R.J.; Zhong, S.; Pochan, D.J.; Hawker, C.J. “Enzymatically Triggered Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 13949-13952.

Binauld, S.; Hawker, C.J.; Fleury, E.; Drockenmuller, E. “A Modular Approach to Functionalized and Expanded Crown Ether Based Macrocycles Using Click Chemistry”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl., 2009, 48, 6654-6658.

Khan, A.; Stucky, G.D.; Hawker, C.J. “High-Performance, Nondiffusive Crosslinked Polymers for Holographic Data Storage” Adv. Mater., 2008, 20, 3937-3942.

Connal, L.A.; Vestberg, R.; Hawker, C.J.; Qiao, G.G. “Fabrication of Reversibly Crosslinkable, 3-Dimensionally Conformal Polymeric Microstructures”, Adv. Func. Mater., 2008, 18, 3315-3322.

Campos, L.M.; Meinel, I.; Guino, R.G.; Schierhorn, M.; Gupta, N.; Stucky, G.D.; Hawker, C.J. “Highly Versatile and Robust Materials for Soft Imprint Lithography Based on Thiol-ene Click Chemistry”, Adv. Mater., 2008, 20, 3728-3733.

Tang, C.; Lennon, E.M.; Fredrickson, G.H.; Kramer, E.J.; Hawker, C.J. “Evolution of Block Copolymer Lithography to Highly Ordered Square Arrays”, Science, 2008, 322, 429–432.