Craig Hawker

Craig Hawker

Distinguished Professor, Materials FRS
Alan & Ruth Heeger Chair in Interdisciplinary Science
Director, Dow Materials Institute
Director and Clarke Professor, California NanoSystems Institute



(805) 893.7161
3005 Materials Research Lab

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Member of : 

National Academy of Inventors, National Academy of Engineering; National Academy of Sciences

Fellow of: 

American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Chemical Society; Royal Society of Chemistry; National Academy of Inventors


Kathryn C. Hach Award, American Chemical Society; American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry; Centenary Prize, Royal Society of Chemistry; Belgian Polymer Award; Charles G. Overberger International Prize for Excellence in Polymer Research


Macromolecular and Biomolecular Materials

Current interests include design and synthesis of nanoscopically defined materials for applications ranging from next-generation microelectronic devices to polymer-based therapeutics. Major emphasis is on development of methods for facile synthesis of functionalized macromolecules with well-controlled architectures. This combination of fundamental advances in polymer synthesis with detailed understanding of physical properties have led to commercial success in the personal care, pharmaceutical and advanced material arenas.


Dow Materials Institute, California NanoSystems Institute, Materials Research Laboratory


PhD University of Cambridge
BSc. University of Queensland