Alamgir Karim

Alamgir Karim obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Northwestern University in Illinois in 1992. He did a post-doc in Chemical Engineering at University of Minnesota till 1993, before joining the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He was Group Leader of Polymer Blends, Combinatorial Methods and Nanomaterials Group at NIST. From 2009-2017, he was Goodyear Chair Professor of Polymer Engineering, and from 2010-2016, Co-Director, Akron Functional Materials Center at University of Akron. He held administrative positions of Associate Dean of Research and Institute Director at College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at University of Akron from 2012-2016. Since Fall 2017, he joined Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at University of Houston (UH). His current positions include Dow Chair Professor, Director of Doctoral Materials Program and Director of the International Consortium for Polymer and Soft Matter (ICPSM) at UH. His areas of interest and research include polymer nanotechnology of thin films, surfaces and interfaces related to energy, sustainability and human health. Polymer systems of interest include nanoparticle polymer systems, patterning polymer films, polymer blends phase separation, polymer thin film nanocomposites, elastomers based systems, block copolymers thin film ordering, as well as polymer thin films and processing methods for functional applications. He has an H-index of 60 and published over 200 papers and edited several books in these areas of polymer research, and organized several international conferences on these topics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) as well as Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and recipient of Keck Foundation Award.