Alamgir Karim
Dr. Alamgir Karim

Dow Chair and Welch Foundation Professor
Director, International Polymer & Soft Matter Center (IPSMC)
Director, Materials Engineering Program

Office Location: S333
Phone: 713-743-7351   |   Fax: 713-743-4323
Email: akarim3 [at] central.uh.edu


Ph.D., Physics, Northwestern University, 1991
B. S., Physics, St. Stephens College, Delhi, India, 1985


Materials Science and Engineering I (CHEE 3300)

Research Interests: 

Polymer Surfaces, Interfaces, Thin Films, Blends Phase Separation, Nanocomposite Films, Block Copolymer ordering, Nanoparticle patterning, Organic Photovoltaics, Combinatorial Materials Science, Tissue Engineering

Awards & Honors: 

Associate Dean of Research, College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering, 2013-2015

Institute Director, College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, 2010-2015

Keck Foundation Award, 2013

Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2012

CUGSR Faculty Mentor of The Year, University of Akron, 2010

Co-Director, Akron Functional Materials Center (AFMC), University of Akron, 2010

Goodyear Chair Professor, University of Akron, 2008-present

King Saud University, Invited Program Evaluation Member, 2014

Advisory Member, Workshop, Dept. of Polymer Engineering, Yalova University, Turkey

Panel Evaluation Member: National Science and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC), 2010-2014; 2012 NSF-NSEC; Multiple NSF-MRSEC’s Panel; 2012 DOE BES-COV Panel

Sub-Committee Member, User Group, Center for Nanoscale Materials Science, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 2008-2010

Program Advisory Board Member, University of Connecticut, Institute for Materials Science (IMS), Polymers Program, 2007-2008

Silver Medal Award, US Department of Commerce, 2007

Fellow of American Physical Society (APS), 2005

Advisory Committee Member, Keck Program, Howard University, Washington D.C., 2003

Bronze Medal Award, US Department of Commerce, NIST, 2002

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Chemistry, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas, 2002

International Advisory Board Member for “Polymer Nanocomposites”, National Research Council of Canada (NRCC), 2000

Pace-Setter Award, Argonne National Laboratory, 1990

Summer Intern Fellowship, IBM, San Jose, California, 1988

National Talent Scholarship Award, India, 1980

National Mathematics Olympiad Award, India, 1980

Junior Science Talent Scholarship Award, India, 1978

Selected Publications

  1. Basutkar, M. N., et al. ,

    "Aligned Morphologies in Near-Edge Regions of Block Copolymer Thin Films." Macromolecules 52(19): 7224-7233.

    , 2019
  2. Dongre, R. S., et al.,

    "Natural polymer based composite membranes for water purification: a review." Polymer-Plastics Technology and Materials 58(12): 1295-1310.

    , 2019
  3. Abul F Huq, Ph.D.; Ali Ammar, Ph.D. student; Abdullah M Al-Enizi; Alamgir Karim,

    "In-situ Orientation and Crystal Growth Kinetics of P3HT in Drop Cast P3HT:PCBM Films," Polymer, In Press

    , 2017
  4. Aisha Al-Saygh, Deepalekshmi Ponnamma, Mariam Al-Maadeed, Poornima Vijayan P, Alamgir Karim, Mohammad Hassan,

    "Flexible Pressure Sensor based on PVDF Nanocomposites containing Reduced Graphene Oxide-Titania Hybrid Nanolayers," Polymer, In Press

    , 2017
  5. Alamgir Karim, Ren Zhang, Bongjoon Lee, Christopher M Stafford, Jack F Douglas, Andrey V Dobrynin, Michael R Bockstaller,

    "Entropy-Driven Segregation of Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles under Confinement," PNAS, In Press

    , 2017
  6. Ali Ammar; Ahmed Elzatahry, Ph.D.; Mariam Al-Maadeed, Ph.D.; Abdullah M Al-Enizi, Ph.D.; Abul F Huq, Ph.D.; Alamgir Karim,

    "Nanoclay Compatibilization of Phase Separated Polysulfone/Polyimide Films for Oxygen Barrier," Applied Clay Science, 137, 123–134

    , 2017
  7. Asritha Nallapaneni, Matthew D. Shawkey, Alamgir Karim,

    "Specular and Diffuse Reflectance of Phase Separated Polymer Blend Films," Macromolecular Rapid Communication, In Press

    , 2017
  8. Grolman, Danielle; Bandyopadhyay, Diya; Al-Enizi, Abdullah; Elzatahry, Ahmed; Karim, Alamgir,

    "Bioinspired Dual-Interface Moiré Patterned Polymer Films on Glassy PDMS Residue Substrate," ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Revised Submitted

    , 2017
  9. Yan Sun, Praveen Pitliya, Chang Liu, Xiong Gong, Alamgir Karim, Dharmaraj Raghavan,

    "Block Copolymer Compatibilized Polymer: Fullerene Blend Morphology and Properties," Polymer, In Press

    , 2017
  10. Yuan, Hongyi; Zvonkina, Irina; Al-Enizi, Abdullah; Elzatahry, Ahmed; Pyun, Jeffrey; Karim, Alamgir,

    "Anisotropic polymer nanocomposite films by low magnetic field self-assembly of symmetric and asymmetric cobalt nanoparticle chains during film casting," ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, In Press

    , 2017