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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 mainly on the synthesis of novel model homopolymers, copolymers with well-defined complex macromolecular architectures (star, comb, cyclic, dendritic, etc) by using anionic polymerization (AP) high vacuum techniques, as well as combinations of AP with other living and controlled/living polymerization methodologies (polyhomologation, ATRP, RAFT, NMP, Iodine Transfer Polymerization, ROP, ROMP, catalytic, etc).
These polymers are ideal models for checking the theory, understanding and improving the performance of industrial polymers (e.g., polyethylene, thermoplastic elastomers) and are potential candidates for high-tech applications (e.g., nanolithography, drug delivery, high-temperature membranes).
His research interests also include the synthesis of polycarbonates from carbon dioxide and epoxides using non-metallic catalysts, as well as of hybrids of polymers/biopolymers with CNTs, silica NPs by using surface initiating polymerization for advanced applications.

Selected Publications

  • Terpolymers from Borane-Initiated Copolymerization of Triphenyl Arsonium and Sulfoxonium Ylides: An Unexpected Light Emission
    D. Wang, N. Hadjichristidis
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 6361-6365.
  • Direct Access to Poly(glycidyl azide) and its Copolymers through Anionic (co-)Polymerization of Glycidyl Azide
    S. K. Boopathi , N. Hadjichristidis, Y. Gnanou,  X. Feng
    Nat. Commun. 2019, 10, 293-301.
  • Temperature and pH-Dual Responsive AIE-Active Core Crosslinked Polyethylene−Poly(methacrylic acid) Multimiktoarm Star Copolymers
    Z. Zhang, and N. Hadjichristidis
    ACS Macro Lett. 2018, 7, 886−891.
  • An Efficient and General Strategy toward the Synthesis of Polyethylene-Based Cyclic Polymers
    Y. Jiang, Z. Zhang, D. Wang, N. Hadjichristidis
    Macromolecules 2018, 51, 3193-3202.
  • Block Copolymers of Macrolactones/Small Lactones by a “Catalyst Switch” Organocatalytic Strategy. Thermal Properties and Phase Behavior
    V. Ladelta., J. D. Kim, P. Bilalis, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis
    Macromolecules 2018, 51, 2428-2436.
  • 50th Anniversary Perspective: Polymers with complex architectures
    G. Polymeropoulos, G. Zapsas, K. Ntetsikas, P. Bilalis, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis
    Macromolecules 2017, 50, 1253-1290.

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

​• Chair’s Award of Excellence, University of Athens, Greece, 2018
• The Macro Group UK Medal, Macro Group UK, 2016
•​ ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry, 2015
• 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