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Christopher N. Bowman

Christopher N. Bowman is currently the James and Catherine Patten Endowed Chair and a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado with additional appointments in the Biofrontiers Institute, the Materials Science and Engineering Program, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Dental School. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1988 and 1991, respectively. After receiving his Ph.D., he began his academic career at the University of Colorado in January of 1992. Since that time Professor Bowman has built a program focused on the fundamentals and applications of crosslinked polymers formed via photopolymerizations and click reactions. His research focuses on the design and development of new polymer structures and understanding and translating those developments into practical improvements in materials performance, particularly for smart, responsive polymer materials.  In particular, his research involves the synthesis of novel monomers and the implementation of various photoinitiated polymerization reactions in a range of applications including adhesives, coatings, dental materials, photolithography, nanotechnology and biomaterials. Professor Bowman has published more than 400 refereed papers that have been cited more than 35000 times, supervised 60 completed PhD theses and 200 undergraduate researchers during his time at CU. Professor Bowman has been granted more than 20 patents including multiple ones that have been translated into commercial products, and he has been inducted into the National Academy of Inventors and the National Academy of Medicine. Additionally, he has been recognized with international awards from the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Materials Research Society, and the Society for Biomaterials.