Christopher Waldron, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

​DOW​, Saudi Arabia​


Research Interests

My current research focuses on the synthesis of novel separation membranes via controlled radical polymerization techniques.

Selected Publications

  • Copper (II)/tertiary amine synergy in photoinduced living radical polymerization: Accelerated synthesis of ω-functional and α, ω-heterofunctional poly (acrylates)
    A Anastasaki, V Nikolaou, Q Zhang, J Burns, SR Samanta, C Waldron
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 136 (3), 1141-1149 (2014)
  • Absolut “copper catalyzation perfected”; robust living polymerization of NIPAM: Guinness is good for SET-LRP
    C Waldron, Q Zhang, Z Li, V Nikolaou, G Nurumbetov, J Godfrey
    Polymer Chemistry 5 (1), 57-61 (2014)
  • Copper-mediated living radical polymerization (SET-LRP) of lipophilic monomers from multi-functional initiators: reducing star–star coupling at high molecular weights and high monomer conversions
    C Waldron, A Anastasaki, R McHale, P Wilson, Z Li, T Smith
    Polymer Chemistry 5 (3), 892-898 (2014)
  • Aqueous copper-mediated living polymerization: exploiting rapid disproportionation of CuBr with Me6TREN
    Q Zhang, P Wilson, Z Li, R McHale, J Godfrey, A Anastasaki, C Waldron
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 135 (19), 7355-7363 (2013)
  • The importance of ligand reactions in Cu (0)-mediated living radical polymerisation of acrylates
    A Anastasaki, C Waldron, P Wilson, R McHale, DM Haddleton
    Polymer Chemistry 4 (9), 2672-2675 (2013)
  • Copper (0)-mediated radical polymerisation in a self-generating biphasic system
    C Boyer, A Atme, C Waldron, A Anastasaki, P Wilson, PB Zetterlund
    Polymer Chemistry 4 (1), 106-112 (2013)
  • High molecular weight block copolymers by sequential monomer addition via Cu (0)-mediated living radical polymerization (SET-LRP): An optimized approach
    A Anastasaki, C Waldron, P Wilson, C Boyer, PB Zetterlund, MR Whittaker
    ACS Macro Letters 2 (10), 896-900 (2013)
  • Polymerization of long chain [meth] acrylates by Cu (0)-mediated and catalytic chain transfer polymerisation (CCTP): high fidelity end group incorporation and modification
    A Anastasaki, C Waldron, V Nikolaou, P Wilson, R McHale, T Smith
    Polymer Chemistry 4 (15), 4113-4119 (2013)
  • SET-LRP of methacrylates in fluorinated alcohols
    SR Samanta, A Anastasaki, C Waldron, DM Haddleton, V Percec
    Polymer Chemistry 4 (22), 5563-5569 (2013)
  • Effects of trehalose polycation end-group functionalization on plasmid DNA uptake and transfection
    K Anderson, A Sizovs, M Cortez, C Waldron, DM Haddleton, TM Reineke
    Biomacromolecules 13 (8), 2229-2239 (2012)


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, The University of Warwick, UK, 2015
  • M.Chem, Chemistry, The University of Liverpool, UK, 2010

Professional Profile

  • 2015-: Post-Doctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010-2011: Polymer/Physical Chemist, Unilever Research and Development, Port Sunlight, UK
  • 2005: Research and Development Technologist, Unilever Research and Development, Port Sunlight, UK

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Society of Chemical Industry (SCI)
  • MacroGroup UK


  • Warwick Transatlantic Fellowship (2013)

KAUST Affiliations

  • Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Polymers Membranes Polymer Functionalization Controlled Polymerization