physical science and engineering division
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
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). These polymeric materials are very important and ideal for checking theories; understanding and improving the properties of industrial polymers; and high-tech applications such as nanolithography, high-temperature membranes and drug delivery. His research interests also include the synthesis of hybrids of polymers with polypeptides, CNTs, silica and Au nanoparticles by using surface initiating polymerization (anionic, ATRP, catalytic) in order to overcome their inherent insolubility and make these materials more useful in nanotechnology applications.