Christopher Bowman investigates polymers, complex substances with an exciting range of scientific and industrial uses. His research group focuses on inventing new materials for use in diverse applications, ranging from new dental composites to photolithography, nanotechnology and smart materials. He holds 16 patents, including one for an improved dental resin, and codirects the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Fundamentals and Applications of Photopolymerizations. He has published over 300 scholarly articles in journals including Polymer Chemistry, the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Dental Materials. His excellence in all aspects of scholarly life is clear from his many accolades, both external and internal, which include the R. H. Wilhem Award and the Professional Progress Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, as well as the John and Mercedes Peebles Teaching Innovation Award and the Max S. Peters Outstanding Service Award from the CU College of Engineering.