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Christopher Evans

Christopher Evans
Christopher Evans
Assistant Professor
(217) 300-9949
202A Materials Science & Eng Bld

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  • 2013, PhD, Northwestern University
  • 2008, Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • 2008, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University of Minnesota


Professor Evans received his bachelors in both Chemical Engineering as well as Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. Following a brief stint at UC Berkeley, he moved to UC Santa Barbara to continue his postdoc. He joined the faculty at UIUC in 2016. His professional awards include the Ryan Fellowship, 3M Fellowship, and the AkzoNobel award.

Research Statement

The Evans group is interested in probing the interfacial physics of charged polymers with nanoscale resolution. Such materials are ubiquitous in energy storage and generation schemes as well as in water purification and coatings. Fundamental properties of charged polymers such as adhesion, wetting, lubrication, and capacitance are frequently dictated by the interaction at a charged interface (electrode). To study the interfacial dynamics and thermodynamics of ionic polymers, we combine materials synthesis with advanced spectroscopic methods to probe physics with nanoscale resolution. We then use this fundamental insight to engineer improved, responsive ionic materials which can be triggered by the application of stimuli such as electric fields.

Research Interests

  • Polymer Physics, Diffusion, Energy Materials, Nanoscale and Interfacial Physics

Research Areas

  • Polymers

Research Topics

Selected Articles in Journals


  • 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award (2020)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2018)
  • American Chemical Society: Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator (2017)
  • AkzoNobel Award Winner (2012)
  • 3M Fellowship (2010)
  • Ryan Fellowship (2010)

Teaching Honors

  • Teachers Ranked as Excellent (Fall 2016, Fall 2018)

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 480 - Polymer Chemistry
  • MSE 402 - Kinetic Processes in Materials
  • MSE 457 - Polymer Chemistry
  • MSE 559 - Soft Materials Seminar
  • MSE 595 - Materials Colloquium
  • MSE 598 - Transport in Polymers