Nikos Hadjichristidis

Distinguished Professor, Chemistry

Physical Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
KAUST Catalysis Center

Polymer Synthesis Laboratory


Education Profile

  • ​​​​​​D.Sc., University of Athens, 1979
  • Ph.D., University of Liège, 1971
  • B.S., University of Athens, 1966

Research Interests

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 biodegradable polyethylenes, vitrimers, circular polymer economy, and non-covalent-bond-based (H-bonding, stereocomplexation) macromolecular architectures.

Selected Publications

  • J. Xu, X. Wang, N. Hadjichristidis
    "Diblock dialternating terpolymers by one-step/one-pot highly selective organocatalytic multimonomer polymerization"
    Nature Commun. 2021,
  • P. Liu, N. Hadjichristidis 
    "Boron-Catalyzed Polymerization of Phenyl-Substituted Allylic Arsonium Ylides toward Nonconjugated Emissive Materials from C3/C1 Monomeric Units" 
    ACS Macro Lett. 2021, 10, 1287-1294
  • Y. Jiang, N. Hadjichristidis 
    "Diels-Alder Polymer Networks with Temperature-Reversible Cross-Linking-Induced Emission" 
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 331-337
  • X. Wang, N. Hadjichristidis 
    "Steric Hindrance Drives the Boron-Initiated Polymerization of Dienyltriphenylarsonium Ylides to Photoluminescent C5-Polymers" 
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 22469-22477
  • F. T. Hong, V. Ladelta, R. Gautam, S. M. Sarathy, N. Hadjichristidis 
    "Polyether-Based Block Co(ter)polymers as Multifunctional Lubricant Additives" 
    ACS Appl. Polym. Mater. 2021, 3, 3811-3820
  • S. Bhaumik, K. Ntetsikas, N. Hadjichristidis 
    "Noncovalent Supramolecular Diblock Copolymers: Synthesis and Microphase Separation" 
    Macromolecules 2020, 53, 6682-6689
  • V. Ladelta, G. Zapsas, E. Abou-hamad, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis 
    "Tetracrystalline Tetrablock Quarterpolymers: Four Different Crystallites under the Same Roof" 
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 16267-16274
  • G. Polymeropoulos, G. Zapsas, K. Ntetsikas, P. Bilalis, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis*
    "50th Anniversary Perspective: Polymers with complex architectures"
    Macromolecules 2017, 50, 1253-1290
  • N. Chan, J. Hoffman, V. Lee, H. Iatrou, A. Avgeropoulos, N. Hadjichristidis, R. Miller and E. Thomas
    "Ordered Bicontinuous Nanoporous and Nanorelief Ceramic Films from Self-assembling Polymer Precursors" 
    Science 1999, 286, 1716-1719