Weder Christoph

Weder Christoph

Executive Director
Professor, Polymer Chemistry and Materials
Adolphe Merkle Institute
Chemin des Verdiers 4
CH-1700 Fribourg
Phone:+41 26 300 9465
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Christoph (Chris) Weder serves as Professor for Polymer Chemistry and Materials at the Adolphe Merkle Institute of the University of Fribourg. He is also the director of this recently established institute for fundamental and applied research on soft nano­materials and he heads the Swiss National Center of Compe­ten­ce in Research Bio-Inspired Materials. Chris is also an Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, USA) and a Visiting Professor at Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand).

Chris was educated at ETH Zürich (Switzerland), was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT (Cambridge, USA), and held appointments as lecturer at ETH’s Materials Department and as a tenured and chaired Professor in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, USA).

Chris’ main research interests are the design, synthesis and investigation of novel functional poly­mers, in particular stimuli-responsive polymers, bio-inspired materials, supramolecular systems, and polymer nano­­composites.

Chris has taught polymer science in Switzerland, the USA, and Thailand and has mentored about 70 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. He has co-authored more than 220 research papers and book chapters and is co-inventor on nearly twenty patents. Chris was involved in one start-up company and made contributions to several commercialized technologies.

Chris has been an Associate Editor for ACS Macro Letters since 2011, he is one of the directors of the Swiss Chemical Society’s Polymer and Colloid Division, and serves as Expert of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences. He is the recipient of the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, the DuPont Young Professor Award, an NSF Special Creativity Award, and an ERC Advanced Grant.

Further details can be found in his CV and full list of publications.

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