Berda Research Group
Erik Berda

Erik Berda

Associate Professor of Chemistry and  Materials Science

Parsons N227
23 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-862-1762


Erik Berda joined the Materials Science Program and Department of Chemistry in 2010 after 2 years in the Netherlands as a postdoctoral research with Bert Meijer at Eindhoven University of Technology. Erik's research focuses on the synthesis of nanostructured polymer building blocks from single polymer chains and methods to tailor these materials towards real world applications.

Education and Achievements
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2010, Eindhoven University of Technology (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
  • Visiting Researcher, 2007, Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Ph.D. 2008, University of Florida
  • B.S. 2003, Penn State University
Teaching Interests

My main teaching interest is the chemistry of polymers. I teach our graduate Polymer synthesis course (MS905), as well as an upper lever undergraduate polymer chemistry course. I also enjoy teaching organic chemistry and am currently teaching the one semester course for life science majors as well as the second semester OChem laboratory course for chemistry and biochemistry majors.

Research Areas
  • Design and synthesis of well-defined, shape persistent polymeric nanostructures from single polymer chains.
  • Hierarchical self-assembly of polymeric nanoparticle building blocks into nano, meso, and micro scale architectures and devices.
  • Functional polymeric materials for advanced applications (e.g. molecular machinery, catalysis, energy, and medicine).