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Christopher Brewer

Postdoctoral Research Scholar



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Brewer was born and raised in Tampa, FL.  His research career began in 2008, while in high school, at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).  He worked with a team of Museum Educator Researchers at MOSI, focusing on designing successful scaffolding strategies in informal learning institutions.  Brewer attended Florida State University (FSU) for his undergraduate degree.  While at FSU Brewer performed undergraduate research under the direction of Dr. Lei Zhu, focusing on the synthesis of bisazides and bistriazoles.  During Summer 2014 Brewer was a summer REU student at the University of South Florida and studied the synthesis of pseudo cyclodextrins under the direction of Dr. Kirpal Bisht.  In Fall of 2014, Brewer earned his B.S. degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from FSU.  In Fall of 2015, Brewer joined the graduate program at the University of Florida (UF) and worked under the direction of Dr. Lisa McElwee-White.  Brewer’s dissertation research at UF focused on designing precursors for photoassisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) and elucidating photochemical decomposition mechanisms.  While at UF, Brewer also led a team to design a Harry Potter themed Chemistry course, coined as Potterology.  During Summer 2021, Brewer was a visiting graduate student in his collaborator’s lab, Dr. Amy Walker at the University of Texas at Dallas, and gained hands on experience with running PACVD experiments.  Brewer graduated from UF with his Ph.D. in Chemistry in the Summer of 2021.  Subsequently, he moved to Raleigh in Fall of 2021 to join the Castellano lab as a Postdoctoral Scholar.

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Outside of the lab Brewer enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring new places.  More often than not, you can find him attempting to teach his cat Porkchop the joys of chemistry.


Ph.D. Chemistry University of Florida 2021

B.S. Biochemistry and Chemistry Florida State University 2014

Area(s) of Expertise

Synthesis and optimization of blue emitters for OLEDs.


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  • Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Scholarship (2020 AVS National Award)
  • Tarrant Summer Graduate Research Fellowship (2020)
  • Vala Award for Excellence in General Chemistry Teaching (2019)
  • Graduate Teaching Award, University of Florida (2019)
  • Graduate Student Mentoring Award, University of Florida (2019)
  • Anderson Scholar Faculty Honoree, University of Florida (2017 and 2018)
  • Electronic Materials and Photonics Division Poster Award, 64th Annual Meeting of the American Vacuum Society (2017)
  • AVS 64 Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Travel Grant (2017)
  • Excellence in Teaching for General Chemistry discussion/lecture, UF Chemistry Department (2017)
  • 1st place Graduate Student Poster Award, 93rd Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition (2017)
  • 2nd place Undergraduate Student Poster Award, 91st Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition (2015)
  • Outstanding Senior Award, FSU Chemistry Department (2014)
  • 2nd place poster award, 4th Annual NSF REU and RET Research Day Symposium (2014)