Nikos Hadjichristidis

Distinguished Professor, Chemical Science

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 the synthesis of polycarbonates from carbon dioxide and epoxides using non-metallic catalysts, as well as of hybrids of polymers/biopolymers with CNTs, silica NPs by using surface initiating polymerization for advanced applications.

Selected Publications

  • D. Wang, N. Hadjichristidis
    Terpolymers from Borane-Initiated Copolymerization of Triphenyl Arsonium and Sulfoxonium Ylides: An Unexpected Light Emission"
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 6361-6365.

  • S. K. Boopathi , N. Hadjichristidis, Y. Gnanou,  X. Feng
    "Direct Access to Poly(glycidyl azide) and its Copolymers through Anionic (co-)Polymerization of Glycidyl Azide"
    Nat. Commun. 2019, 10, 293-301.
  • Z. Zhang, and N. Hadjichristidis
    "Temperature and pH-Dual Responsive AIE-Active Core Crosslinked Polyethylene−Poly(methacrylic acid) Multimiktoarm Star Copolymers"
    ACS Macro Lett. 2018, 7, 886−891.
  • Y. Jiang, Z. Zhang, D. Wang, N. Hadjichristidis
    "An Efficient and General Strategy toward the Synthesis of Polyethylene-Based Cyclic Polymers"
    Macromolecules 2018, 51, 3193-3202.

  • V. Ladelta., J. D. Kim, P. Bilalis, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis
    "Block Copolymers of Macrolactones/Small Lactones by a "Catalyst Switch" Organocatalytic Strategy. Thermal Properties and Phase Behavior"
    Macromolecules 2018, 51, 2428-2436.

  • G. Polymeropoulos, G. Zapsas, K. Ntetsikas, P. Bilalis, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis
    "50th Anniversary Perspective: Polymers with complex architectures"
  • Macromolecules 2017, 50, 1253-1290.