Prof. Nikos Hadjichristidis

Prof. Nikos Hadjichristidis
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Plenary Talk
Saudi Arabia

The research of Prof. Hadjichristidis focuses mainly on the synthesis of novel homopolymers, and copolymers with well-defined complex macromolecular architectures (star, comb, cyclic, dendritic, etc ) by using anionic polymerization (AP) high vacuum techniques, as well as combination of AP with other polymerization methodologies (polyhomologation, ROP, ROMP, ATRP, etc). These polymers are ideal models for checking the theory, understanding and improving the performance of industrial polymers (e.g. polyethylene, polystyrene based thermoplastic elastomers) and are potential candidates for high-tech applications (e.g. nanolithography, drug delivery, high temperature membranes). He has published more than 450 scientific papers in referred scientific journals, 19 patents, is the editor of three books and author of one book on “Block Copolymers” (Wiley 2003) He has received a few awards including: The American Chemical Society (ACS) National Award for Polymer Chemistry (2015); the ACS, Rubber Division Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award (2011); The ACS, Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division Cooperative Research Award (2010); The International Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ, 2007); He has been elected for the Macro Group United Kingdom Medal for Outstanding Achievement for 2016.