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Nikos Hadjichristidis, PhD

Principal Investigator
Polymer Synthesis Laboratory (PSL)
Distinguished Professor of Chemical Sciences
KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
Physical Sciences and Engineering Division (PSE)

Research Interests

​The research of Professor Hadjichristidis focuses on the synthesis of well-defined polymeric materials with complex macromolecular architecture (star, comb, cyclic, dendritic ) by using anionic polymerization (AP) high vacuum techniques, as well as combinations of different polymerization methodologies (AP, ATRP, TEMPO, catalytic, etc)
These polymeric materials are very important and ideal for:
  • Checking theories. For example, de Gennes tube theory and hierarchical motion in branched polymers.
  • Understanding and improving the properties of industrial polymers. For example, low density polyethylene (LDPE) and polypropylene.
  • High-tech applications (nanolithography, high temperature membranes and drug delivery).
Also his research interest includes the synthesis of hybrids of polymers with polypeptides, CNTs, silica and Au nanoparticles by using surface initiating polymerization (anionic, ATRP, catalytic, etc) in order to overcome their inherent insolubility and make these materials more useful in nanotechnology applications.

Selected Publications

  • Perforated lamellae morphology in novel P2VP(PDMS-b-PI-b-PS)(2) 3-miktoarm star quarterpolyme 
    J.J.K. Kirkensgaard, P. Fragouli, N. Hadjichristidis, K. Mortensen
    Macromolecules, 44, 575, (2011)

  • Cyclic and multiblock polystyrene-block-polyisoprenec Copolymers by combining anionic polymerization and azide/Alkyne "Click" Chemistry
    A. Touris and N. Hadjichristidis
    Macromolecules, 44, 1969-1976, (2011)
  • Hierarchical smectic self-assembly of an ABC miktoarm star terpolymer with a helical polypeptide arm
    S. Junnila, N. Houbenov, S. Hanski, H. Iatrou, A. Hirao, N. Hadjichristidis, O. Ikkala
    Macromoleucles, 43, 907, (2010)
  • Polymer grafted janus multi-walled carbon nanotubes
    D. Priftis, G. Sakellariou, D. Baskaran, J. Mays, N. Hadjichristidis
    Soft Matter 5, 4272, (2009)

  • Ordered bicontinuous nanoporous and nanorelief ceramic films from self assembling polymer precursors
    N. Chan, J. Hoffman, V. Lee, H. Iatrou, A. Avgeropoulos, N. Hadjichristidis, R. Miller and E. Thomas
    Science 286, 1716, (1999)
  • Education

    • D.Sc., University of Athens, 1979
    • Ph.D., University of Liège, Belgium, 1971
    • B.Sc., University of Athens, Department of Chemistry, Greece, 1966

    Professional Profile

    ​• 2011-Present: Professor of Chemical Sciences, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
    • 2010: Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece
    • 1988-2010: Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece
    • 1994-2010: Director, Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece
    • 2005-2009: Chair, Chemistry Department, University of Athens, Greece
    • 1999-2003: Chair, Chemistry Department, University of Athens, Greece
    • 2000-2009: Visiting Professor, REPSOL-YPF, Madrid, Spain
    • 2000-2001: Director of the Institute of "Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry",
       National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece
    • 1991-1999: Chair, Chemistry Department, University of Athens, Greece
    • Jan-Aug. 1991 and all summers 1984-2010: Visiting Professor, ExxonMobil Research and Eng. Co. N.J., USA
    • March 1986: Visiting Professor, University of Sheffield, England
    • Summer 1983: Distinguished Visiting Scientist, NRC of Canada, Canada
    • All summers from 1977 to 1982: Visiting Professor, University of Akron, Institute of Polymer Science, USA
    • Summer 1976: Visiting Research Officer, NRC of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
    • Summers 1974, 75: Visiting Professor, University of Liège, Belgium

    Awards

    ​• Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award of ACS, Rubber Division, USA, 2011
    • Advisory Professor, Fudan University, 2011
    • Cooperative Award of ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, USA,  2010
    • Doctor Honoris Causa, Simon Bolivar University, Caracas, Venezuela, 2010
    • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Ioannina, Greece, 2010
    • International Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan, 2007
    • Milkovich Memorial Lecturer, Institute of Polymer Science, University of Akron, USA, 2006
    • Arthur K. Doolittle Award of ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, USA, 2003
    • The Greek Chemists Association Award, Greece, 2000
    • Empirikion Award for Sciences , Greece, 1994
    • Academy of Athens Award for Chemistry, Greece, 1989     

    KAUST Affiliations

    KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
    Physical Sciences and Engineering Division (PSE)

    Polymer Synthesis Laboratory