Carnegie Mellon University

Michael Bockstaller

Michael R. Bockstaller

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

  • Wean Hall 4307
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Professor Bockstaller received his diploma in Chemistry from the Technical University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany). He was scientific assistant at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Mainz, Germany) and postdoctoral associate at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He came to Carnegie Mellon from the Technical University of Aachen (Germany) where he held a Habilitation position. He is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation and Emmy Noether grant recipient of the German Science Foundation.


  • Diploma, Technical University of Karlsruhe 1997
  • PhD, Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany) 2000


Bockstaller's research includes solid state lighting, energy transport in polymer materials, polymer-based transparent conductors for photovoltaic applications, luminescent polymer materials, and materials for Li-ion battery applications.


Polymer morphology, polymer-based nanostructures; polymer-based nanoparticle assemblies; phase behavior and structure-property relations (optical/magnetic) of organic-inorganic heterogeneous materials; phase behavior of water-soluble polymers (synthetic and biological) under in-vivo conditions; field-responsive nanoparticles for drug delivery; X-ray and neutron scattering; Electron microscopy


Bockstaller, M. R. Progress in Polymer Hybrid Materials. Progr. Polym. Sci. 40, (2015), 1-2.

Dang, A.; Ojha, S.; Hui, C. M.; Mahoney, C.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Bockstaller, M. R. High-Transparency Polymer Nanocomposites Enabled by Polymer-Graft Modification of Particle Fillers. Langmuir 30, (2014), 14434-14442.

Hui, C. M.; Pietrasik, J.; Schmitt, M.; Mahoney, C.; Choi, J.; Bockstaller, M. R.; Matyjaszewski, K. Surface-Initiated Polymerization as an Enabling Tool for Multifunctional (Nano-)Engineered Hybrid Materials. Chemistry of Materials 26 ,(2014), 745-762.

Ryu, H. J.; Sun, J.; Avgeropoulos, A.; Bockstaller, M. R. Retardation of Grain Growth and Grain Boundary Pinning in Athermal Block Copolymer Blend Systems. Macromolecules, 47, (2014), 1419-1427.

Schneider, D.; Schmitt, M.; Hui, C. M.; Sainidou, R.; Rembert, P.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Bockstaller, M. R.; Fytas, G. Role of Polymer Graft Architecture on the Acoustic Eigenmode Formation in Densely Polymer-Tethered Colloidal Particles. ACS Macro Letters 3, (2014), 1059-1063.

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