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Polymer Chemistry

Encompassing all aspects of synthetic and biological macromolecules, and related emerging areas

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Polymer Chemistry
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Polymer Chemistry Staff

Contact details and further information about the Polymer Chemistry Editorial team


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Professor David Haddleton

Editor-in-Chief, Polymer Chemistry

David Haddleton is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Warwick, UK. Professor Haddleton's research centres on controlled polymerisation to give macromolecules of designed, desired and targeted structure. Work is directed to the synthesis of polymers one monomer at a time in an attempt to approach the degree of sophistication exhibited by natural polymers. An overriding aspect of all the work is the desire to produce polymers by commercially accessible processes for biosciences and materials applications.  

Associate Editor

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Christopher Barner-Kowollik

Associate Editor, Polymer Chemistry

Christopher Barner-Kowollik completed a Dr. rer. nat. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Göttingen, before joining the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) at the University of New South Wales (Sydney), where he led a research team as full professor, after holding ranks from post-doctoral fellow to associate professor. He is currently a full professor of macromolecular chemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). His main research interests are situated at the interface of organic, polymer and bio-chemistry and focus on a wide range of polymer-related research fields such as the synthesis of complex macromolecular architectures with highly-defined functionality and composition via living/controlled polymerization protocols, advanced synthesis via polymer conjugation techniques and macromolecular transformations at ambient temperature including light triggered methodologies, fundamental investigations into polymerization mechanisms and kinetics as well as high resolution imaging and characterization of macromolecular chain structures.

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Eva Marie Harth

Associate Editor, Polymer Chemistry

Eva Harth was born in Cologne, Germany and studied chemistry at the University of Bonn and the University of Zurich, Switzerland. In 1994 she joined the group of Prof. K. Muellen at the MPI for Polymer Research, obtaining her PhD in 1998 for work in the area of fullerene adducts and polymers. A postdoctoral fellowship with CPIMA (NSF-Center for Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies) brought her to the IBM Almaden Research Center, California USA, to work under the direction of Prof. Craig J. Hawker focusing on the development of new living free polymerization techniques and approaches to nanoscopic materials. In 2001 she joined XenoPort, Inc. as a Staff Scientist investigating enabling technologies for the increased bioavailability of macromolecular therapeutics. After the extensive industrial experience she started at Vanderbilt University as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry in 2004 with a secondary appointment in the Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt Medical School. In 2007 she was awarded with the NSF CAREER Award for young faculty and her research advances delivery technologies across challenging biological barriers and towards highly vascular tumors.

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Wenping Hu

Associate Editor, Polymer Chemistry

Wenping Hu is a Professor at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his PhD from the Institute in 1999 before joining Osaka and Stuttgart Universities as a research fellow. After time spent working at Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT), Wenping returned to the Institute and was promoted to full professor in 2003. He has received awards for both his research and teaching activities, including the Chinese Chemical Society and Royal Chemical Society Young Chemist Award in 2010 and the CCS-Evonik (Degussa) Chemical Innovation Award in 2012. Wenping's research focuses on organic/molecular electronics, including the design and synthesis of organic and polymeric conjugated materials, the examination of their optoelectronic properties and their applications in devices.

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Bin Liu

Associate Editor, Polymer Chemistry

Bin Liu received B. S. degree from Nanjing University and Ph.D. degree from NUS before her postdoctoral training at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She joined the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department of NUS in 2005. She was promoted to associate Professor in 2010 and was named as Dean's Chair Professor in 2014. She has received several awards, including the National Science and Technology Young Scientist Award 2008 and L'Oreal Woman in Science National Fellowship 2011. Her current research focuses on conjugated polymers and organic nanoparticles for sensing, imaging, therapy and optoelectronic device applications.

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Brent Sumerlin

Associate Editor, Polymer Chemistry

Prof. Brent S. Sumerlin graduated with a B.S. from North Carolina State University (1998) and obtained a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi (2003) under the direction of Prof. Charles L. McCormick. After serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University under the direction of Prof. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski (2003-2005), he joined the Department of Chemistry at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas, USA) as an assistant professor in 2005 and was promoted to associate professor in 2009. Prof. Sumerlin joined the Department of Chemistry, the George and Josephine Butler Polymer Research Laboratory, and the Center for Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the University of Florida as an associate professor in the fall of 2012. He has received several awards, including an Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Award (2007), an NSF CAREER Award (2009), an ACS Leadership Development Award (2010), and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2010). He is a member of the editorial advisory boards for several journals and is now an Associate Editor of Polymer Chemistry. Current research in his group involves the synthesis of functional macromolecules, responsive polymer systems, polymer-protein bioconjugates, and dynamic covalent macromolecular assemblies.

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Wei You

Associate Editor, Polymer Chemistry

Professor Wei You obtained his BS from University of Science and Technology of China in 1999.  He graduated with his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2004 with Professor Luping Yu, and finished his postdoctoral training at Stanford University in 2006 with Professor Zhenan Bao.  In July 2006, Dr. You joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry, and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2012. He has been awarded a DuPont Young Professor Award (2008), a NSF CAREER Award (2010), a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2011), a Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2011), and a CAPA Distinguished Junior Faculty Award (2012). His group is currently investigating multifunctional materials for various applications, including conjugated polymers and small molecules for organic solar cells and molecular spintronics/electronics, and new bio-compatible/degradable materials for biomedical applications.

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Ben Zhong Tang

Associate Editor, Polymer Chemistry

Ben Zhong Tang is Stephen Kam Chuen Cheong Professor of Science at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). His research interests include polymer chemistry, materials science, and biomedical engineering. He received B.S. degree from South China University of Technology and Ph.D. degree from Kyoto University and conducted postdoctoral research at University of Toronto. He joined HKUST as an assistant professor in 1994 and was promoted to chair professor in 2008. He was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009. He is listed by Institute for Scientific Information as a "Most Cited Scientist". He received a Natural Science Award from Chinese Government and a Senior Research Fellowship from Croucher Foundation in 2007.

Executive Editor

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Nicola Wise

Executive Editor

Nicola joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2008 as a Publishing Editor for Dalton Transactions and CrystEngChemm before working in Business Development on new journal launches including Toxicology Research and Biomaterials Science. In 2013 Nicola joined the Materials Interfaces team as Deputy Editor before becoming Executive Editor in May 2014. Nicola is also Executive Editor of Biomaterials Science and Soft Matter

Editorial Board

Masami Kamigaito

Nagoya University, Japan

Heather Maynard


Seb Perrier

University of Warwick, UK

Advisory Board

Remzi Becer

Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Kathryn Beers


Chris Bielawski

Texas University, USA

Neil Cameron

University of Durham, UK

Bernadette Charleux

Saint-Gobain Corporation, France

Hong Chen

Soochow University, China

Yoshiki Chujo

Kyoto University, Japan

Franck D'Agosto

CNRS-University of Lyon, France

Tom Davis

Monash University, Australia

Mathias Destarac

Université de Toulouse, France

Todd Emrick

University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Thomas Epps

University of Delaware, USA

Jean Fréchet

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Nikos Hadjichristidis

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Steven Holdcroft

Simon Fraser University, Canada

Andrew B. Holmes

University of Melbourne, Australia

Richard Hoogenboom

University of Ghent, Belgium

Steve Howdle

University of Nottingham, UK

Feihe Huang

Zheijiang University, China

Ming Jiang

Fudan University, China

Katharina Landfester

Max Planck Institute, Germany

Sebastien Lecommandoux

ENSCPB, Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymčres Organiques, France

Shiyong Liu

University of Science & Technology, China

Timothy Long

Virginia Tech, USA

Jean Francois Lutz

Institut Charles Sadron, UPR22-CNRS, France

Eva Malmström Jonsson

Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Fiber Och Polymerteknologi, Sweden

Ian Manners

University of Bristol, UK

Neil McKeown

University of Edinburgh, UK

Julien Nicolas

University Paris-Sud, France

S. Ramakrishnan

Indian Institute of Science, India

Rachel O'Reilly

University of Warwick, UK

Helmut Schlaad

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany

Swaminathan Sivaram

National Chemical Laboratory, India

Martina Stenzel

University of New South Wales, Australia

He Tian

East China University of Science and Technology, China

Yoshinobu Tsujii

Kyoto University, Japan

Jan van Hest

Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Kelly Velonia

University of Crete, Greece

Maria Vicent

Prince Filipe Research Centre, Spain

Wai-Yeung Wong

Hong Kong Baptist University, China

Chi Wu

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Per Zetterlund

University of New South Wales, Australia

Xi Zhang

Tsinghua University, China