Erik Berda

Department Chair and Professor, Chemistry

Phone: (603) 862-1762
Office: Chemistry, Parsons Hall Rm N227, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: He/him/his

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.


  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Florida
  • B.S., Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 400: Freshman Seminar
  • CHEM 545: Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 547: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 696: Independent Study
  • CHEM/MS 795/918/905: Top/Macromolecular Synthesis
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Chemistry
  • LAP 501: Top/Intro to Martial Arts

Selected Publications

Reville, E. K., Sylvester, E. H., Benware, S. J., Negi, S. S., & Berda, E. B. (2022). Customizable molecular recognition: advancements in design, synthesis, and application of molecularly imprinted polymers. POLYMER CHEMISTRY, 13(23), 3387-3411. doi:10.1039/d1py01472b

Patenaude, B. F., Berda, E. B., & Pazicni, S. (2022). Probing secondary coordination sphere interactions within porphyrin-cored polymer nanoparticles. POLYMER CHEMISTRY, 13(5), 677-683. doi:10.1039/d1py01005k

Chen, R., & Berda, E. B. (2020). 100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Re-examining Single-Chain Nanoparticles. ACS MACRO LETTERS, 9(12), 1836-1843. doi:10.1021/acsmacrolett.0c00774

Cole, J. P., Lessard, J. J., Rodriguez, K. J., Hanlon, A. M., Reville, E. K., Mancinelli, J. P., & Berda, E. B. (2017). Single-chain nanoparticles containing sequence-defined segments: using primary structure control to promote secondary and tertiary structures in synthetic protein mimics. POLYMER CHEMISTRY, 8(38), 5829-5835. doi:10.1039/c7py01133d

Hanlon, A. M., Martin, I., Bright, E. R., Chouinard, J., Rodriguez, K. J., Patenottea, G. E., & Berda, E. B. (2017). Exploring structural effects in single-chain "folding" mediated by intramolecular thermal Diels-Alder chemistry. POLYMER CHEMISTRY, 8(34), 5120-5128. doi:10.1039/c7py00320j

Hanlon, A. M., Lyon, C. K., & Berda, E. B. (2016). What Is Next in Single-Chain Nanoparticles?. MACROMOLECULES, 49(1), 2-14. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.5b01456

Lyon, C. K., Prasher, A., Hanlon, A. M., Tuten, B. T., Tooley, C. A., Frank, P. G., & Berda, E. B. (2015). A brief user's guide to single-chain nanoparticles. POLYMER CHEMISTRY, 6(2), 181-197. doi:10.1039/c4py01217h

Tuten, B. T., Chao, D., Lyon, C. K., & Berda, E. B. (2012). Single-chain polymer nanoparticles via reversible disulfide bridges. POLYMER CHEMISTRY, 3(11), 3068-3071. doi:10.1039/c2py20308a

Berda, E. B., Foster, E. J., & Meijer, E. W. (2010). Toward Controlling Folding in Synthetic Polymers: Fabricating and Characterizing Supramolecular Single-Chain Nanoparticles. MACROMOLECULES, 43(3), 1430-1437. doi:10.1021/ma902393h

Foster, E. J., Berda, E. B., & Meijer, E. W. (2009). Metastable Supramolecular Polymer Nanoparticles via Intramolecular Collapse of Single Polymer Chains. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 131(20), 6964-+. doi:10.1021/ja901687d

Most Cited Publications