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Christian Pester

Assistant Professor


  • Chemical Engineering

39 Greenberg Building


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Specific Research Areas: charged polymers, binary polyelectrolyte brush surfaces, ampholyte triblock copolymers, neurodegenerative diseases.




  • Diploma, Physical Chemistry, University of Bayreuth, 2009
  • Ph D, Physical Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, 2013


Journal Articles

  • Christian W Pester, 2016, "Engineering surfaces through sequential stop-flow photopatterning", Adv. Mater., 28, pp. 9292

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • First Place, MRS Science as Art Notecard competition, Materials Research Society, 2016
  • MRS Science as Art Award, Materials Research Society, 2016
  • ICMR International Research Fellowship Awar, International Center for Materials Research (UCSB), 2015
  • Dow Travel Fellowship, Dow Materials Institute (DowMI) and the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL, UCSB), 2015
  • Feodor Lynen Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2014
  • Borchers Medal, RWTH Aachen University, 2014
  • Young Scientist Travel Grant, International Union of Crystallography President’s Fund, 2012


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