case western reserve university




Department of Polymer Chemistry and Materials
Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg

Rte de l'Ancienne Papeterie
P.O. Box 209
CH-1723 Marly 1

Phone ++41-(0)26-300 94 65
Fax ++41-(0)26-300 96 24

Christoph Weder is the F. Alex Nason Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and since July 2009 also Professor for Polymer Chemistry at the Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. A Swiss native, Chris was educated at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, where he worked in Ueli Suter’s group and received his academic degrees in chemistry (Dipl. Chem. ETH) in 1990 and polymer science (Dr. sc. nat.) in 1994. Awarded with a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, he subsequently joined Mark Wrighton’s group at MIT in Cambridge as a post-doctoral fellow. He returned to ETH Zürich in 1995, where the Materials Department appointed him first as head-assistant and lecturer, and 1999, after completion of his ‘Habilitation’, as independent lecturer. In 2001 Chris joined the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at CWRU where he established the Functional Polymer Laboratory. In July 2009 his lab has moved to the University of Fribourg. Chris’ main research interests are the design, synthesis and investigation of structure-property relationship of novel functional polymer systems, in particular advanced materials with unusual optic or electronic properties, (semi)conducting conjugated polymers, stimuli-responsive polymers, biomimetic materials, and polymer nanocomposites. Chris has co-authored over 100 scientific papers and book chapters and is co-inventor of about 10 patents. He consults for several multinational clients, and serves on the board of directors of Gel Instrumente AG. He is a member of several  Editorial Boards, including Macromolecules, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics. He is a recipient of the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, the DuPont Young Professor Award and an NSF Special Creativity Award.

Chris Weder's complete CV (.pdf) and a List of Publications, Patents, and Presentations (.pdf) can be downloaded here.