Christopher M. Bates

Christopher M. Bates

Associate Professor
Materials, Chemical Engineering


Chemical Engineering, Materials


(805) 893-5383
1518 Engineering II

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5050


National Science Foundation (NSF) Early CAREER Award, 2021 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award


Macromolecular and Biomolecular Materials, Materials & Interfaces

Bates’ research sits at the intersection of chemistry, materials science, and physics, leveraging a variety of synthetic and physical experimental techniques to design, create, and probe the structure and properties of soft matter. Current endeavors span a variety of topics including polymer mesostructure and dynamics, energy storage, and crystallization. Students in his research group will gain proficiency with numerous techniques useful in both academic and industrial settings, including small molecule and macromolecule synthesis, scattering and diffraction, rheology, electrochemistry, and thin film engineering.


PhD  Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin
BS  Chemistry, University of Wisconsin - Madison