Nikos Hadjichristidis

Distinguished Professor of Chemical Sciences at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Athens, Greece.

The research of Professor Hadjichristidis focuses mainly on the synthesis of novel homopolymers and copolymers with well-defined complex macromolecular architecture (star, comb, dendritic, cyclic, etc), by using anionic polymerization (AP) high vacuum techniques as well as, combination of AP with other polymerizations (C1 and C3, ROP, ROMP, ATRP, etc.). These polymers are ideal models for checking the theory (e.g., de Gennes tube theory and hierarchical motion theory in branched polymers), understanding/improving the performance of industrial polymers (e.g., PE and PMMA), and are potential candidates for high-tech applications (e.g., nanolithography, high-temperature membranes, and drug delivery). He has published more than 500 scientific papers in refereed scientific journals, 35 patents, is the editor of three books and author of one book on “Block Copolymers” (Wiley 2003). Professor Hadjichristidis has received several awards including the University of Athens, Chemistry Department Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to Research, Teaching, Mentoring, and Administration in Chemistry in Greece (2018), the Macro Group United Kingdom Medal for Outstanding Achievements (2016), the 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), and the International Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ, 2007).