Bio-inspired, mechanically adaptive polymer nanocomposites
Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg
Christoph Weder is Professor for Polymer Chemistry and Materials at the Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg and also the F. Alex Nason Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland OH (USA). Weder earned his academic degrees in chemistry (Dipl. Chem.) in 1990 and polymer science (Dr. sc. nat.) in 1994 at ETH Zürich, working under the direction of Professor Ueli Suter. He subsequently joined Mark Wrighton’s group at MIT in Cambridge MA (USA) as a post-doctoral fellow, before returning to ETH Zürich in 1995, where the Materials Department appointed him first as head-assistant and lecturer, and after completion of his ‘Habilitation’, as independent lecturer. In 2001 Weder became professor at Case Western Reserve University, where he established the Functional Polymer Laboratory. In 2009, he moved his lab to the University of Fribourg. Weder’s 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.