Derek completed his Bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University in Chicago, double-majoring in Integrated Science and Chemistry. In the group of Prof. Samuel Stupp, Derek investigated the self-assembly properties of perylene diimides as part of a soft hydrogel material for hydrogen production. During his university studies, Derek also took classes at Queen Mary University in London and Universitat de Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.
Subsequently, Derek joined the group of Dr. Miguel Angel Pujana at the Oncology Institute of Catalonia to research alternative drug treatment strategies for endocrine therapy-resistant breast tumors. Derek then completed his Master’s in Organic Chemistry with distinction (Magna Cum Laude) at KU Leuven in Belgium, where in the group of Prof. Wim Dehaen he carried out research in dipolar cycloaddition chemistry and synthesized novel heterocycles directed at biological targets.
Derek started his Ph.D. in November 2018 in the Polymer Chemistry and Materials group of Prof. Christoph Weder, where he is currently investigating supramolecular mechanophores and mechanochromic materials.
- Projects team
Block Copolymer Stabilized Liquid Nanodroplets Facilitate Efficient Triplet Fusion-Based Photon Upconversion in Solid Polymer Matrices
Felipe Saenz, Alessandra Ronchi, Michele Mauri, Derek Kiebala, Angelo Monguzzi, Christoph Weder
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 13 , 43314-43322 (2021)Folded Perylene Diimide Loops as Mechanoresponsive Motifs
Hanna Traeger, Yoshimitsu Sagara, Derek J. Kiebala, Stephen Schrettl, Christoph Weder
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 60 , 16191-16199 (2021)Tough Bioinspired Composites That Self-Report Damage
Tommaso Magrini, Derek Kiebala, Dominique Grimm, Anna Nelson, Stephen Schrettl, Florian Bouville, Christoph Weder, André R. Studart
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 13 , 27481-27490 (2021)From Molecules to Polymers—Harnessing Inter‐ and Intramolecular Interactions to Create Mechanochromic Materials
Hanna Traeger, Derek J. Kiebala, Christoph Weder, Stephen Schrettl
Macromolecular Rapid Communications (2020)Mechanoresponsive Elastomers Made with Excimer-Forming Telechelics
Derek J. Kiebala, Zhiyuan Fan, Celine Calvino, Lauren Fehlmann, Stephen Schrettl, Christoph Weder
Organic Materials (2020)