People

Prof Nikos Hadjichristidis

Principal Investigator
​Professor of Chemical Sciences

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.

Education

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

Professional Profile

  • Since 2011: Professor of Chemical Sciences, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • 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" of the 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

Physical Sciences and Engineering Division, KAUST Catalysis Center, Polymer Synthesis Laboratory
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, BLDG IBN Sina (#3) West, Level 4, Room 4219
Thuwal 23955-6900, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Phone: +966-(0)2-8080789