Christine Luscombe

Christine Luscombe
Christine Luscombe
Transitional Professor
Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley, USA, 2004-2006
PhD, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK, 2005
BA, MSci, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK, 2000


Christine Luscombe grew up in Kobe, Japan. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2000, she worked with Profs. Andrew Holmes and Wilhelm Huck in the Melville Laboratory of Polymer Synthesis at the University of Cambridge where her research focused on surface modifications using supercritical carbon dioxide for her PhD. She received the Syngenta Award for best organic chemistry project for her PhD. In January 2004, she joined the group of Prof. Jean Fréchet for her post-doctoral studies where she began her research on semiconducting polymers for organic photovoltaics. She was the recipient of the Lindemann Fellowship as well as the Trinity College Junior Research Fellowship (University of Cambridge) for her post-doctoral studies.

In September 2006, she joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington, Seattle. She received a number of young faculty awards including the NSF CAREER Award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, as well as the Sloan Research Fellowship. Her current research focuses on the synthesis of semiconducting polymers for organic electronics and has published >100 papers in this area of research. She is currently serving on the Editorial Advisory Boards for a number of journals including Polymer International, Advanced Electronic Materials, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Journal of Applied Physics, and Advanced Functional Materials. She is an Associate Editor for Macromolecules, is serving on the IUPAC Polymer Education and Polymer Terminology Subcommittees, and is the President of the IUPAC Polymer Division.

Professional Experience

  • Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA; Assistant Professor 2006-2011, Associate Professor 2011-2017, Robert J. Campbell Professor 2017-, Interim Chair 2020-
  • Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA; Adjunct Associate Professor 2013-2017, Adjunct Professor 2017-2020, Professor 2020-


  • Elected member of Washington State Academy of Sciences, 2020
  • UW College of Engineering Faculty Award: Research, 2019
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Kavli Fellow, 2015, The National Academy of Sciences

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