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School of Natural Science
Christopher W. Bielawski

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)



Our laboratory synergistically combines a highly coordinated team, resources, and state-of-the-art facilities to design and synthesize novel organic, inorganic, macromolecular, and other types of materials needed to address outstanding challenges in energy storage and utilization, catalysis and the realization of high performance composites.  In parallel, our laboratory actively promotes the education and training of involved personnel, facilitates knowledge transfer to maximize the impact of discoveries and innovations, and enhances the University’s excellence and leadership in synthetic materials chemistry.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2013~Present: Distinguished Professor, UNIST
  • 2012~2013: WCU Professor, Seoul National University
  • 2010~2014: Professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2009~2010: Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2004~2009: Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Academic Credentials

  • 2003: Ph. D. Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
  • 1997: B.S. Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude with Highest Distinction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • 2014: Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2012: Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award
  • 2011: Defense Science Study Group
  • 2010: IUPAC-Samsung Young Polymer Scientist Award
  • 2009: Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • 2009: Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry Award for Early Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry
  • 2008: Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
  • 2008: Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
  • Honorary Lifetime Member of the Israeli Chemical Society
  • Member of the American Chemical Society


Research Keywords
Chemistry, Materials Science, Polymer Chemistry, Catalysis, Carbon-based Materials

Research Interests
Chemical synthesis; Macromolecular Science; Carbon-based Nanomaterials and Their Applications in Energy Storage Devices and Heterogeneous Catalysis; Carbenes; Conjugated Polymers; Molecular Electronics; Mechanochemistry; Electrochemistry; Photochemistry.

Ongoing Research Topics   

1.Synthetic macromolecular chemistry
2.Multidimensional carbon-based materials
3.Stimulus responsive catalysts
4.Synthesis and applications of stable carbenes
5.Supramolecular and other structurally-reversible polymers

Research Publications (selected)

  • Teator, A. J.; Lastovickova, D. N.; Bielawski, C. W. “Switchable Polymerization Catalysts” Chem. Rev. 2016, 116, 1969 – 1992.
  • Teator, A. J.; Tian, Y.; Chen, M.; Lee, J. K.; Bielawski, C. W. “An Isolable, Photoswitchable N-Heterocyclic Carbene: On-Demand Reversible Ammonia Activation” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 127, 11721 – 11725.
  • Kang, S.; Ono, R. J.; Bielawski, C. W. “Controlled Catalyst Transfer Polycondensation and Surface-Initiated Polymerization of a p‑Phenyleneethynylene-Based Monomer” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 4984 – 4987.
  • Moerdyk, J. P.; Bielawski, C. W. “Diamidocarbenes as Versatile and Reversible [2+1] Cycloaddition Reagents” Nature Chem. 2012, 4, 275 – 280.
  • Dreyer, D. R.; Bielawski, C. W. “Carbocatalysis: Heterogeneous Carbons Finding Utility In Synthetic Chemistry” Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 1233 – 1240.


Patents (selected)

  • “ABA Triblock And Diblock Copolymers And Methods For Preparing The Same” U.S. Patent 6,696,536.
  • “Synthesis of Macrocyclic Polymers by Ring Insertion Polymerization of Cyclic Olefin Monomers” U.S. Patent 6,946,533.
  • “Carbocatalysts for Chemical Transformations” U.S. Patent Application 2013/0123514 A1.
  • “Graphene Oxide and Graphite Oxide Catalysts and Systems”, PCT, U.K. Patent Pending, PCT/US11/38327, 2011.
  • “Surface Deposition of Small Molecules to Increase Water Purification Membrane Fouling Resistance” U.S. Patent Application 12/939,764.

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