Dr. Hassan S. Bazzi, ACSF, FRSC
Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Executive Director, Office of Development, Engagement, and Outreach
Dr. Hassan S. Bazzi is the associate dean for research, executive director of the Office of Development, Engagement, and Outreach, and professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University at Qatar, a branch campus of Texas A&M University. Dr. Bazzi is also professor of materials science & engineering at Texas A&M University. Dr. Bazzi oversees research administration and services, quality assurance, research instrumentation, research computing, development, academic outreach, and continuing education. He leads an extensive research operation with more than $78 million (12/2018) in active external research funding and an annual expenditure of more than $15 million. Dr. Bazzi was previously the assistant dean for research (09/2014 to 02/2017), the interim chair of the Petroleum Engineering Program from 09/2014 to 09/2015, and before that the chair of the Science Program from 09/2006 to 08/2014 where he oversaw the growth and expansion of the chemistry, physics and mathematics programs. He is the recipient of the Dean’s Leadership Award in 2018 for his administrative leadership; the Dean’s Achievement Award in 2014 for outstanding service; the Dean’s Leadership Award in 2012 for his performance as chair of the Science Program; and the Faculty Excellence Award in 2011 for excellence in teaching, research and service. He also holds the Shield of H.E. President Emile Lahoud of Lebanon (2003).
Dr. Bazzi received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry and organic chemistry, respectively, from the American University of Beirut (1996 and 1998), and his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry with Dean’s Honor List from McGill University (2003). He worked briefly with the United Nations as a chemical weapons inspector in Iraq before doing a postdoctoral research fellowship at Université de Montréal. He joined Texas A&M at Qatar as assistant professor in 2004, was promoted to associate professor (2009), and then to full professor (2014). Dr. Bazzi completed the Management Development Program (June 2014) and the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (June 2018) at Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Bazzi established and built the Science Program at Texas A&M at Qatar. He managed the setup of the freshman chemistry and physics teaching labs, as well as the research and instrumentation labs. Dr. Bazzi regularly teaches courses in general and polymer chemistry. Dr. Bazzi’s research interests focus on metathesis chemistry as a powerful tool in small molecule and polymer synthesis, in addition to polymer-supported catalysis, DNA-mimetic polymers, and fluorous analogs of ruthenium based catalysts. He has been very successful in securing external research funding, with approximately $15 million in total support for his projects (ongoing and completed, as of July 2019). His group has reported novel polymer supported metathesis catalysts that can be recycled and recovered. He is co-author of three U.S. patents (one of them is the first patent application from Texas A&M at Qatar), and one patent application. He has been the author and co-author on more than 88 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 145 conference presentations.
Dr. Bazzi regularly chairs and organizes internationally recognized chemistry conferences. He chaired the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) conference in Qatar in January 2012, the first-ever to occur in Qatar. In 2007, he inaugurated the first chemistry conference series at Texas A&M at Qatar and in the state of Qatar. In addition, he also helped organize two math conferences, and a series of Texas A&M at Qatar colloquium lectures. He raised more than $2.5 million since 2007. He was instrumental in creating and funding the first two chair positions and one professorship at Texas A&M at Qatar: the QAPCO Chair of Polymer Science and Engineering and the QAFCO Chair of Green Chemistry and Green Engineering. He recruited Dr. Robert H. Grubbs, Nobel laureate in chemistry 2005, as an adjunct professor and the first Nobel laureate with an academic affiliation in Qatar. Dr. Bazzi played a leading role in establishing Texas A&M-QAPCO STEM Road Show in Qatar (launched 11/2017) that will bring exciting learning experiences to Qatar’s schools.
Dr. Bazzi is a fellow of the American Chemical Society (2019), the Royal Society of Chemistry (2018), and member of the Canadian Society of Chemistry.