Guillermo Bazan Bio

Professor Bazan obtained his B.Sc. (Honors) from the University of Ottawa and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the advisement of Professor Richard R. Schrock. After working at the California Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow with advisor Professor John E. Bercaw, he started his academic career at the University of Rochester in 1992. In 1998, Gui became a Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A year later he joined the faculty of the Department of Materials (Engineering) and in June 2000, he became the Director of the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids.

Research Areas: Research in the Bazan Group is centered on the molecular design and synthesis of innovative, functional materials for applications in organic electronics (including, for example, conjugated small molecules and polymers for organic photovoltaics, field-effect transistors, diodes, and thermoelectrics), bioelectrochemical devices, as well as industrially relevant polymer chemistry.

In addition to our strong synthetic foundations, we are also focused on contributing to the fundamental understanding of how a material’s molecular structure, optical and electronic properties, crystallization behavior, and sensitivity to processing conditions affect device performance, with the objective of being able to guide the future design of high-performance and high-efficiency organic devices.

Available Technologies Developed by Professor Bazan:


  • 2011 Top 50 Material Scientists by Citation and Impact, Thompson Reuters
  • 2009 Macromolecules Advisory Board
  • 2009 Professor of the Chang Jiang Scholars Professor
  • 2008 Advanced Materials Editorial Advisory Board
  • 2007 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2006 American Chemical Society Cope Scholar Award
  • 2005 Bessel Award, Humboldt Foundation
  • 2003 NSF Special Creativity Award
  • 1998, 1999 Union Carbide Innovation Award
  • 1997 Closs Lecturer, University of Chicago
  • 1996-1998 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
  • 1996-1998 Sloan Research Fellow Award
  • 1995-1998 NSF CAREER Award
  • 1992-1993 Dreyfus New Faculty Award
  • November 1990- May 1992 NSERCC Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • September 1986-June 1990 NSERCC 1967 Science and Engineering Scholarship

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