Nikolaos Hadjichristidis, Ph.D.


Distinguished Professor of Chemical Science

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, etc)

Selected Publications

  • Living cationic polymerization and polyhomologation: an ideal combination to synthesize functionalized polyethylene... 
    H. Zhang, S. Banerjee, Rudolf Faust, N. Hadjichristidis
    Polym. Chem., 7, 1217-1220, (2016)
  • Well-defined (co)polypeptides bearing pendant alkyne groups 
    W. Zhao, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis
    Polym. Chem., (2016)
  • Organocatalysis by hydrogen-bonding: a new approach to controlled/living polymerization of α-amino acid N-carboxyan... 
    W. Zhao, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis
    Polymer Chemistry, 6, 6193-6201, (2016)
  • Synthesis of Well-Defined Polyethylene-Based 3-Miktoarm Star Copolymers and Terpolymers 
    Z. Zhang, M. Altaher, H. Zhang, D. Wang, N. Hadjichristidis
    Macromolecules, 2016, 49 (7), 2630-2638, (2016)
  • Well-Defined Bilayered Molecular Cobrushes with Internal Polyethylene Blocks and ω-Hydroxyl-Functionalized Polyethy... 
    H. Zhang, N. Hadjichristidis
    Macromolecules, 2016, 49 (5), 1590-1596, (2016)
  • Boron-Catalyzed C3-Polymerization of ω-2-Methyl Allylarsonium Ylide and Its C3/C1 Copolymers with Dimethylsulfoxoni... 
    D. Wang, Z. Zhang, N. Hadjichristidis
    ACS Macro Lett.,5 (3), 387-390, (2016)
  • Fast and living ring-opening polymerization of α-amino acid n-carboxyanhydrides triggered by an “alliance” of prima... 
    W. Zhao, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis 
    Biomacromolecules, 16 (4), 1352-1357, (2015)
  • Polymerization of 5-alkyl δ-lactones catalyzed by diphenyl phosphate and their sequential organocatalytic polymeriz... 
    J. Zhao, N. Hadjichristidis
    Polym. Chem., 6, pp. 2659-2668, (2015)
  • Triblock and pentablock terpolymers by sequential base-assisted living cationic copolymerization of functionalized ... 
    H. Bouchekif, A.I. Sulhami, R.D. Alghamdi, Y. Gnanou and N. Hadjichristidis
    Polym. Chem., 6, 1236-1247, (2015)
  • Well-Defined Polyethylene-Based Random, Block, and Bilayered Molecular Cobrushes 
    H. Zhang, Z. Zhang, Y. Gnanou, N. Hadjichristidis
    Macromolecules, 48 (11), 3556-3562, (2015)


  • B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece, 1966  
  • Ph.D., Polymer Chemistry, University of Liège, Belgium, 1971  
  • D.Sc., Industrial Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece,  1979  
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Liège, Belgium, 1971-72
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Research Council of Canada, 1972-73

Professional Profile

  • 2011-Present: Professor of Chemical Sciences, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010: Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece
  • 1988-2010: Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece
  • 1994-2010: Director, Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece
  • 2005-2009: Chair, Chemistry Department, University of Athens, Greece
  • 1999-2003: Chair, Chemistry Department, University of Athens, Greece
  • 2000-2009: Visiting Professor, REPSOL-YPF, Madrid, Spain
  • 2000-2001: Director of the Institute of "Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry", National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece
  • 1991-1999: Chair, Chemistry Department, University of Athens, Greece
  • Jan-Aug. 1991 and all summers 1984-2010: Visiting Professor, ExxonMobil Research and Eng. Co. N.J., USA
  • March 1986: Visiting Professor, University of Sheffield, England
  • Summer 1983: Distinguished Visiting Scientist, NRC of Canada, Canada
  • All summers from 1977 to 1982: Visiting Professor, University of Akron, Institute of Polymer Science, USA
  • Summer 1976: Visiting Research Officer, NRC of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  • Summers 1974, 75: Visiting Professor, University of Liège, Belgium

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Founder and President (1984-2010) of the Greek Polymer Society.
  • Member of the Greek Chemical Society (since 1973).
  • Honorary member of the Greek Chemical Engineer Society (since 1990).
  • Founder Member and President (1995-1996) of the European Polymer Federation.
  • Member of "Polymer Division "of American Chemical Society (since 1977).
  • Member of "Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division" (since 2001)


  • The Macro Group UK Medal for 2016
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Polymer Chemistry, 2015
  • POLY Fellow 2014
  • Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award of ACS, Rubber Division, USA, 2011
  • Advisory Professor, Fudan University, 2011
  • Cooperative Award of ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, USA,  2010
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Simon Bolivar University, Caracas, Venezuela, 2010
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Ioannina, Greece, 2010
  • International Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan, 2007
  • Milkovich Memorial Lecturer, Institute of Polymer Science, University of Akron, USA, 2006
  • Arthur K. Doolittle Award of ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering, USA, 2003
  • The Greek Chemists Association Award, Greece, 2000
  • Empirikion Award for Sciences , Greece, 1994
  • Academy of Athens Award for Chemistry, Greece, 1989  

KAUST Affiliations

  • Kaust Catalysis Center, Polymer Synthesis Laboratory
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

​Synthesis of model polymers Different macromolecular architectures