New Faculty Member, Erik Berda

Erik Berda

Dr. Erik Berda joined the UNH Chemistry Department faculty in August of 2010 as an Assistant Professor (Organic Chemistry) with a joint appointment in the Materials Science Program.  Erik received a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2008 (Advisor: Prof. Ken Wagener) studying polymer chemistry.  Following graduation, he headed to the Netherlands as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. Bert Meijer’s research group (Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindohoven) working on complex materials.  At UNH, Erik’s research includes the design and synthesis of shaped persistent polymeric nanostructures from single polymer chains, the hierarchical self-assembly of polymeric nanoparticle building blocks into nano, meso, and micro scale architectures and devices, and functional polymeric materials for advanced applications (e.g. molecular machinery, catalysis, energy, and medicine). 
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Dr. Erik Berda joined the UNH Chemistry Department faculty in August of 2010 as an Assistant Professor (Organic Chemistry) with a joint appointment in the Materials Science Program.  Erik received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Penn State in 2003 (Research Advisor: Prof. Harry Allcock) and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2008 (Advisor: Prof. Ken Wagener) studying polymer chemistry.  While finishing his Ph.D., Erik was a Visiting Researcher at Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan).  Following graduation, he headed to the Netherlands as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. Bert Meijer’s research group (Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindohoven) working on complex materials.  His work resulted in numerous publications and was featured in C&E News as both a news item (http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/87/i20/8720notw4.html) and in the Chemical Year in Review 2009 (http://pubs.acs.org/cen/science/87/8751sci1.html).  At UNH, Erik’s research includes the design and synthesis of shaped persistent polymeric nanostructures from single polymer chains, the hierarchical self-assembly of polymeric nanoparticle building blocks into nano, meso, and micro scale architectures and devices, and functional polymeric materials for advanced applications (e.g. molecular machinery, catalysis, energy, and medicine). 
Says Erik, “the ultimate goal is to establish a structure/property relationship between the building blocks and their hierarchical assemblies and really see how far we can push polymer synthesis and self-assembly as tools for bottom up nanofabrication.”  Erik has begun attracting graduate students to his research group and has recruited a new postdoctoral fellow.
On the teaching front, Erik has already begun teaching advanced courses in polymer chemistry for both chemistry and materials science graduate students.  He is looking forward to the opportunity of teaching a large undergraduate organic chemistry course during the 2011-2012 academic year.  
Erik lives in Barrington, N.H. with his wife Dana, their dog Louie and their pet turtle Myrtle. They enjoy the outdoors, cooking, traveling and music.  He is an accomplished guitar player.

Dr. Erik Berda joined the UNH Chemistry Department faculty in August of 2010 as an Assistant Professor (Organic Chemistry) with a joint appointment in the Materials Science Program.  Erik received a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2008 (Advisor: Prof. Ken Wagener) studying polymer chemistry.  Following graduation, he headed to the Netherlands as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. Bert Meijer’s research group (Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindohoven) working on complex materials.  At UNH, Erik’s research includes the design and synthesis of shape persistent polymeric nanostructures from single polymer chains, the hierarchical self-assembly of polymeric nanoparticle building blocks into nano, meso, and micro scale architectures and devices, and functional polymeric materials for advanced applications (e.g. molecular machinery, catalysis, energy, and medicine). Read More…Dr. Erik Berda joined the UNH Chemistry Department faculty in August of 2010 as an Assistant Professor (Organic Chemistry) with a joint appointment in the Materials Science Program.  Erik received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Penn State in 2003 (Research Advisor: Prof. Harry Allcock) and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2008 (Advisor: Prof. Ken Wagener) studying polymer chemistry.  While finishing his Ph.D., Erik was a Visiting Researcher at Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan).  Following graduation, he headed to the Netherlands as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. Bert Meijer’s research group (Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindohoven) working on complex materials.  His work resulted in numerous publications and was featured in C&E News as both a news item (http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/87/i20/8720notw4.html) and in the Chemical Year in Review 2009 (http://pubs.acs.org/cen/science/87/8751sci1.html).  At UNH, Erik’s research includes the design and synthesis of shaped persistent polymeric nanostructures from single polymer chains, the hierarchical self-assembly of polymeric nanoparticle building blocks into nano, meso, and micro scale architectures and devices, and functional polymeric materials for advanced applications (e.g. molecular machinery, catalysis, energy, and medicine). 


Says Erik, “the ultimate goal is to establish a structure/property relationship between the building blocks and their hierarchical assemblies and really see how far we can push polymer synthesis and self-assembly as tools for bottom up nanofabrication.”  Erik has begun attracting graduate students to his research group and has recruited a new postdoctoral fellow.

On the teaching front, Erik has already begun teaching advanced courses in polymer chemistry for both chemistry and materials science graduate students.  He is looking forward to the opportunity of teaching a large undergraduate organic chemistry course during the 2011-2012 academic year.  

Erik lives in Barrington, N.H. with his wife Dana, their dog Louie and their pet turtle Myrtle. They enjoy the outdoors, cooking, traveling and music.  He is an accomplished guitar player.