Distinguished Professor, Chemical Science.
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.
Terpolymers from Borane-Initiated Copolymerization of Triphenyl Arsonium and Sulfoxonium Ylides: An Unexpected Light Emission.
D. Wang, N. Hadjichristidis
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, DOI: 10.1002/ange.201901094
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. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-08251-1
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. DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.8b00329
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. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.8b00333
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. DOI 10.1021/acs.macromol.8b00153
50th Anniversary Perspective: Polymers with complex architectures.
G. Polymeropoulos, G. Zapsas, K. Ntetsikas, P. Bilalis, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis
Macromolecules 2017, 50, 1253-1290. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b02569