Nikos Hadjichristidis

Distinguished Professor, Chemical Science
Physical Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 

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 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.

Selected Publications

  • J. Zhao, H. Alamri, Haleema, N. Hadjichristidis. “A facile metal-free "grafting-from" route from acrylamide-based substrate toward complex macromolecular combs” Chem. Commun. 49, 7079, 2013.
  • H. Zhang, N. Alkayal, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis. “Anionic polymerization and polyhomologation: an ideal combination to synthesize polyethylene-based block copolymers” Chem. Commun. 49, 8952, 2013.
  • A. Touris and N. Hadjichristidis. "Cyclic and multiblock polystyrene-block-polyisoprenec Copolymers by combining anionic polymerization and azide/Alkyne Click Chemistry". Macromolecules, 44, 1969-1976, 2011.
  • S. Junnila, N. Houbenov, S. Hanski, H. Iatrou, A. Hirao, N. Hadjichristidis, O. Ikkala. "Hierarchical smectic self-assembly of an ABC miktoarm star terpolymer with a helical polypeptide arm" Macromolecules, 43, 9071, 2010.
  • D. Priftis, G. Sakellariou, D. Baskaran, J. Mays, N. Hadjichristidis. "Polymer grafted janus multi-walled carbon nanotubes" Soft Matter 5, 4272, 2009.
  • 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 286, 1716, 1999.