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Christopher L. Soles currently leads the Functional Polymers Group, part of the Materials Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In 1993 Chris received Bachelors of Science degrees from the University of Michigan in Mechanical Engineering as well as Materials Science and Engineering. In 1998 he completed is Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan under the guidance of Professor Albert Yee. In 1999 he received a NIST-NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Dr. Wen-li Wu of the NIST Polymers Division and in 2002 made the transition to a permanent research staff scientist. His research interests include thin films and polymers under confinement, polymer dynamics, lithographic pattering, porous materials, organic semiconducting materials, and ion containing polymers for energy storage and delivery. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed publications and received several notable awards.
Awards and Honors
Materials Science and Engineering Division
Functional Polymers Group
2013 to present: Group Leader, Functional Polymers Group, Materials Science and Engineering Division, NIST
2007 to 2013: Group Leader, Electronics Materials Group, Polymers Division, NIST
2005 to 2012: Project Leader, Nanoimprint Lithograph Project, Polymer Division, NIST
2001 to 2005: Materials Research Engineer, Polymer Division, NIST
1999 to 2001: NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Polymers Division, NIST
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, 1998
B.S.E., magna cum laude, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, 1993
B.S.E., magna cum laude, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1993