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 [dot] uh [dot] edu


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

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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Asritha Nallapaneni, Matthew D. Shawkey, Alamgir Karim,

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

    , 2017
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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