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Dr. Hassan S. Bazzi

Dr. Hassan S. Bazzi, ACSF, FRSC

Senior Associate Dean for Advancement and Industry Engagement, Professor (Chemistry)

Office Number: 317G
Office Phone: +974.4423.0029


Dr. Hassan S. Bazzi is the senior associate dean for advancement and industry engagement 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 development, alumni affairs, industry collaborations, quality assurance, technical services, academic outreach, and continuing education. Dr. Bazzi has held several administrative roles over the years. He was the senior associate dean for research and advancement (09/2021 to 06/2023), the associate dean for research and advancement (03/2017 to 08/2021), the interim chair of the science program (09/2019 to 08/2020), the assistant dean for research (09/2014 to 02/2017), and the interim chair of the Petroleum Engineering Program (09/2014 to 09/2015). Before that, he was 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. 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 five patent applications. He has been the author and co-author on more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 150 conference presentations.

Dr. Bazzi regularly chairs and organizes internationally recognized chemistry conferences. He organized and chaired the first-ever American Chemical Society conference in the MENA and GCC regions in Qatar in March 2022. He also chaired the first-ever IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) conference in Qatar in January 2012. 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 $2.8 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 oversees all the STEM activities at TAMUQ and he established the first STEM Road Show in Qatar (launched 11/2017) that brings exciting learning experiences to Qatar’s schools. He founded the Qatar chapter of the American Chemical Society in 2018 and chaired it until 2022.

Dr. Bazzi is a fellow of the American Chemical Society, fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, member of the American Society for Engineering Education, member of the Canadian Society of Chemistry, and executive member of the Syndicate of Chemists in Lebanon. He is also the international representative of the Royal Society of Chemistry in Qatar. He serves as a member of the International Activities Committee of the American Chemical Society, and of the Qatar Academy for Science and Technology Advisory Board.

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Université de Montréal, 2004
  • Doctor of Philosophy, McGill University, 2003
  • Master of Science, American University of Beirut, 1998
  • Bachelor of Science, American University of Beirut, 1996

Experience

  • Professor, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2014-present
  • Associate Professor, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2009-2014
  • Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2004-2009
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, summer 2006
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Université de Montréal, 2003-2004
  • Chemical Weapons Inspector, United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), Iraq, 2003
  • Awarded the Lebanese Presidency Shield by H.E. President Emile Lahoud of Lebanon for his duties with the United Nations
  • Executive member, the Syndicate of Chemists in Lebanon
  • Associate member, Sigma Xi the Scientific Research Society
  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Member, Canadian Society of Chemistry
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Publications

Podiyanachari, S. K.; Barlog, M.; Comi, M.; Attar, S.; Al-Meer, S.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Bazzi, H. S. “Living ring-opening metathesis polymerization of norbornenes bay-functionalized perylene diimides”, Journal of Polymer Science 2021, 59(24), 3150-3160.

Podiyanachari, S. K.; Bazzi, H. S.; Al-Hashimi, M. “Ruthenium-alkylidene Initiated Cyclopolymerization and Tandem Ring-opening/Ring-closing Metathesis (RO/RCM) Polymerization: Facile Access to Cycloolefin-based Polymers” Current Organic Chemistry 2021, 25(22), 2791-2805.

Dey, S.; Attar, S.; Manley, E. F.; Moncho, S.; Brothers, E. N.; Bazzi, H. S.; Bronstein, H.; Marks, T. J.; Heeney, M.; Schroeder, B. C.; Al-Hashimi, M. “Transition-Metal-Free Homopolymerization of Pyrrolo[2,3-d:5,4-d’]bisthiazoles via Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 41094-41101.

Barlog, M.; Yavuz, C.; Ali, A. K.; Kandemir, Z.; Comi, M.; Bazzi, H. S.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Erten-Ela, S. “An Electron Rich Indaceno [2,1-b:6,5-b’] Dithiophene Derivative as a High Intramolecular Charge Transfer Material in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells” New Journal of Chemistry 2021, 45(5), 2734-2741.

Gandra, U. R.; Courjaret, R.; Machaca, K.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Bazzi, H. S. “Multifunctional Rhodamine B Appended ROMP derived Fluorescent Probe Detects Al3+ and Selectively Labels Lysosomes in Live Cells” Scientific Reports 2020, 10(1), 19159.

Kulai, I.; Karpus, A.; Bergbreiter, D. E.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Bazzi, H. S. “Organocatalytic Michael Addition as a Method for Polyisobutylene Chain-End Functionalization”, Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2020, 41(17), 2000382.

Podiyanachari, S. K.; Moncho, S.; Brothers, E. N.; Al-Meer, S.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Bazzi, H. S. “One-Pot Tandem Ring-Opening and Ring-Closing Metathesis Polymerization of Disubstituted Cyclopentenes Featuring a Terminal Alkyne Functionality”, Macromolecules 2020, 53(11), 4330-4337.

Barlog, M.; Zhang, X.; Kulai, I.; Yang, D. S.; Sredojevic, D. N.; Sil, A.; Ji. X.; Salih, K. S. M.; Bazzi, H. S.; Bronstein, H.; Fang, L.; Kim, J.; Marks, T. J.; Gui, X.; Al-Hashimi, M. “Indacenodithiazole-Ladder-Type Bridged Di(thiophene)-Difluoro-Benzothiadiazole-Conjugated Copolymers as Ambipolar Oragnic Field-Effect Transistors”, Chemistry of Materials 2019, 31(22), 9488-9496.

Gandra, U. R.; Sinopoli, A.; Moncho, S.; Nandakumar, M.; Ninkovic, D. B.; Zaric, S. D.; Sohail, M.; Al-Meer, S.; Brothers, E. N.; Mazloum, N. A.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Bazzi, H. S. “Green Light-Responsive CO-Releasing Polymeric Materials Derived from Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2019, 11(37), 34376-34384.

Gandra, U. R.; Podiyanachari, S. K.; Hlil, A. R.; Kulai, I.; Al-Meer, S.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Bazzi, H. S. “Synthesis of Thioether-Functional Poly(olefin)s via Ruthenium-Alkylidene Initiated Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization” Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry 2019, 57(16), 1741-1747.

Schaefer-Ramadan, S.; Barlog, M.; Roach, J.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Bazzi, H. S.; Machaca, K. “Synthesis of TPEN Variants to Improve Cancer Cells Selective Killing Capacity” Bioorganic Chemistry 2019, 87, 366-372.

Chouikhi, D.; Kulai, I.; Bergbreiter, D. E.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Bazzi, H. S. “Functionalized Polyisobutylene and Liquid/Liquid Separations as a Method for Scavenging Transition Metals from Homogeneously Catalyzed Reactions”, Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(1), 120.

Barlog, M.; Kulai, I.; Ji. X.; Bhuvanesh, N.; Dey, S.; Sliwinski, E. P.; Bazzi, H. S.; Fang, L.; Al-Hashimi, M. “Synthesis, Characterization, and Crystal Structures of Novel Fluorinated Di(thiazolyl)benzene Derivatives”, Organic Chemistry Frontiers 2019, 6(6), 780-790.

de Rochambeau, D.; Barlog, M.; Bazzi, H. S.; Sleiman, H. F. “Self-assembled Nanostructure Library From Monodisperse Sequence-Defined Oligo(phosphodiesters)s”, ChemRxiv 2019, 1-19.

Bergbreiter, D. E.; Malinski, T. J.; Bazzi, H. S. “Sustainable Hydrocarbon Oligomer Solvent Systems for Sequestration of Trace Organics from Water”, ChemSusChem 2019, 12(2), 416-419.

de Rochambeau, D.; Sun, Y.; Barlog, M.; Bazzi, H. S.; Sleiman, H. F. “Modular Strategy To Expand the Chemical Diversity of DNA and Sequence-Controlled Polymers”, Journal of Organic Chemistry 2018, 83(17), 9774-9786.

Patra, D.; Lee, Jaehyuk; Dey, S.; Lee, Jongbok; Kalin, A. J.; Putta, A.; Fei, Z.; McCarthy-Ward, T.; Bazzi, H. S.; Fang, L.; Heeney, M.; Yoon, M.-H.; Al-Hashimi, M. “Chalcogen Bridged Thieno- and Selenopheno[2,​3-​d:5,​4-​d']​bisthiazole and their Diketopyrrolopyrrole Based Low-​Bandgap Copolymers”, Macromolecules 2018, 51(15), 6076-6084.

Trinh, T.; Liao, C.; Toader, V.; Barlog, M.; Bazzi, H. S.; Li, J.; Sleiman, H. F. “DNA-Imprinted Polymer Nanoparticles with Monodispersity and Prescribed DNA-Strand Patterns”, Nature Chemistry 201810, 184-192.

Mukherjee, T.; Biswas, S.; Ehnbom, A.; Ghosh, S. K.; Bhuvanesh, N.; Gladysz, J. A.; El-Zoghbi, I.; Bazzi, H. S. “Syntheses, Structures, and Stabilities of Aliphatic and Aromatic Fluorous Iodine(I) and Iodine(III) Compounds: The Role of Iodine Lewis Basicity”, Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry 201713, 2486-2501.

Hlil, A. R.; Balogh, J.; Moncho, S.; Su, H.-L.; Tuba, R.; Brothers, E. N.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Bazzi, H. S. “Ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of five- to eight-membered cyclic olefins: Computational, thermodynamic, and experimental approach”, Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry201755, 3137-3145.

Balogh, J.; Hlil, A. R.; El-Zoghbi, I.; Rafique, M. G.; Choukhi, D.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Bazzi, H. S. “Phase-Separable Polyisobutylene Palladium-PEPPSi Precatalysts: Synthesis and Application in Buchwald-Hartwig Amination”, Macromolecular Rapid Communications 201738(15), DOI: 10.1002/marc.201700214. 

Patra, D.; Lee, J.; Sredojevic, D. N.; White, A. J. P.; Bazzi, H. S.; Brothers, E. N.; Heeney, M.; Fang, L.; Yoon, M.-H.; Al-Hashimi, M. “Synthesis of Low Band Gap Polymers Based on Pyrrolo[3,​2-​d:4,​5-​d']​Bisthiazole (PBTz) and Thienylenevinylene (TV) for Organic Thin-​Film Transistors (OTFTs)”, J. Mater. Chem. C: Materials for Optical and Electronic Devices 20175(9), 2247-2258.

Suriboot, J.; Hu, Y.; Malinski, T. J.; Bazzi, H. S.; Bergbreiter, D. E. “Controlled Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization with Polyisobutylene-Bound Puridine-Ligated Ru(II) Catalysts”, ACS Omega 20161(4), 714-721.

Su, H.-L.; Balogh, J.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Seapy, D. G.; Bazzi, H. S.; Gladysz, J. A. “Convenient Protocols for Mizoroki–Heck Reactions of Aromatic Bromides and Polybromides with Fluorous Alkenes of the Formula H2C=CH(CF2)n−1CF3 (n = 8, 10)”, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 201614(42), 10058-10069.

Hlil, A. R.; Moncho, S.; Tuba, R.; Elsaid, K.; Szarka, G.; Brothers, E. N.; Grubbs, R. H.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Bazzi, H. S. “Synthesis and Catalytic Activity of Supported Acenaphthoimidazolylidene N-​heterocyclic Carbene Ruthenium Complex for Ring Closing Metathesis (RCM) and Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization (ROMP)”, Journal of Catalysis 2016344, 100-107.

Tuba, R.; Balogh, J.; Hlil, A.; Barlog, M.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Bazzi, H. S. “Synthesis of Recyclable Tire Additives via Equilibrium Ring-​Opening Metathesis Polymerization” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 20164(11), 6090-6094. 

Suriboot, J.; Bazzi, H. S.; Bergbreiter, D. E. “Supported Catalysts Useful in Ring-Closing Metathesis, Cross Metathesis, and Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization”, Polymers 20168(4), 1-23.

Trinh, T.; Chidchob, P.; Bazzi, H. S.; Sleiman, H. F. “DNA Micelles as Nanoreactors: Efficient DNA Functionalization with Hydrophobic Organic Molecules”, Chem. Comm. 201652(72), 10914-10917.

Balla, A.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Hlil, A.; Bazzi, H. S.; Tuba, R. “Ruthenium-Catalyzed Metathesis of Conjugated Polyenes”, ChemCatChem 20168(18), 2865-2875. 

de Rochambeau, D.; Barlog, M.; Edwardson, T. G.; Fakhoury, J. J.; Stein, R.; Bazzi, H. S.; Sleiman, H. F. “DNA-Teflon” Sequence-Controlled Polymers”, Polymer Chemistry 20167(31), 4998-5003. 

Desanker, K.; Johnson, B.; Seyam, A. M.; Chung, Y.-W.; Bazzi, H. S.; Delferro, M.; Marks, T. J.; Wang, Q. J. “Oil-Soluble Silver-Organic Molecule for in-situ Deposition of Lubricious Metallic Silver at High Temperatures”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 20168(21), 13637-13645.

Rodriguez, A. K.; Ayyavu, C.; Iyengar, S. R.;  Bazzi, H. S.; Masad, E.; .; Hanley, H. J. M.; Little, D. “Polyampholyte Polymer as a Stabiliser for Subgrade Soil”, Int. J. Pavement Eng. 2016 DOI:10.1080/10298436.2016.1175561 25(4), 472-483.

Balogh, J.; Hlil, A. R.; Su, H.-L.; Xi, Z.; Bazzi, H. S.; Gladysz, J. A. “An Analogue of Grubbs Third-Generation Catalyst with Fluorophilic Pyridine Ligands: Fluorous/Organic Phase-Transfer Activation of Ring-Closing Alkene Metathesis”, ChemCatChem 20168(1), 125-128.

Al-Hashimi, M.; Tuba, R.; Bazzi, H. S.; Grubbs, R. H. “Synthesis of Polypentenamer and Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) with a Phase-Separable Polyisobutylene-Supported Second Generation Hoveyda-Grubbs Catalyst”, ChemCatChem 20168(1), 228-233.

Al-Hashimi, M.; Han, Y.; Smith, J.; Bazzi, H. S.; Alqaradawi, S. Y.; Watkins, S. E.; Anthopoulos, T. D.; Heeney, M. “Influence of the Heteroatom on the Optoelectronic Properties and Transistor Performance of Soluble Thiophene-, Selenophene- and Tellutophene-vinylene Copolymers”, Chemical Science 20167(2), 1093-1099.

Khamatnurova. T. V.; Zhang, D.; Suriboot, J.; Bazzi, H. S.; Bergbreiter, D. E. “Soluble Polymer-Supported Hindered Phosphine Ligands for Palladium-Catalyzed Aryl Amination”, Catal. Sci. Technol. 2015, 5(4), 2378-2383.

AlQaradawi, S. Y.; Mostafa, A.; Bazzi, H. S. “Charge-Transfer Complexes of 4-Methylpiperidine with σ- and π-Acceptors”, Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy 2015, 135, 498-505.

Mostafa, A.; Cieslinski, G. B.; Bazzi, H. S. “Preparation, Spectroscopic and Thermal Characterization of Charge - Transfer Molecular Complexes Formed in The Reaction of 4-Dimethylaminopyridine with π-electron acceptors”, Journal of Molecular Structure 2015, 1081, 136-145.

Tuba, R.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Bazzi, H. S.; Grubbs, R. H. “One-Pot Synthesis of Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) Copolymers via Ruthenium Catalyzed Equilibrium Ring-Opening Metathesis of Hydroxyl Functionalized Cyclopentene”, Macromolecules 2014, 47(23), 8190-8195.

Xi, Z.; Bazzi, H. S.; Gladysz, J. A. “Liquid/Solid Phase Transfer Activation of Grubbs-type Alkene Metathesis Catalysts; Application of Silver Salts of Sulfonated Polystyrene”, Catal. Sci. Technol. 2014, 4(12), 4178-4182.

Khamatnurova. T. V.; Johnson, M.; Santana, D.; Bazzi, H. S.; Bergbreiter, D. E. “Designing Phase Selectively Soluble Polymer-Supports for Dimethylaminopyridine and Phosphine-Ligated Pd(0) Catalysts”, Topics in Catalysis 2014, 57(17-20), 1438-1444.

Al-Hashimi, M.; Abu Bakar, M. D.; Elsaid, K.; Bergbreiter, D. E.; Bazzi, H. S. “Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization using Polyisobutylene Supported Grubbs Second-Generation Catalyst”, RSC Advances, 2014, 4, 43766-43771.

Bassanetti, I.; Twist, C. P.; Kim, M.-G.; Seyam, A. M.; Bazzi, H. S.; Wang, Q. J.; Chung, Y.-W.; Marchiò, L.; Delferro, M.; Marks,  T. J.; “Synthesis and Characterization of Silver(I) Pyrazolylmethylpyridine Complexes and their Implementation as Metallic Silver Thin Film Precursors”, Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53(9), 4629-4638.

Serpell, C. J.; Barlog, M.; Basu, K.; Fakhoury, J.; Bazzi, H. S.; Sleiman, H. F. “Nucleobase Peptide Amphiphiles”, Mater. Horiz. 2014, 1(3), 348-354.

Twist, C. P.; Bassanetti, I.; Snow, M.; Delferro, M.; Bazzi, H. S.; Chung, Y.-W.; Marchiò, L.; Marks, T. J.; Wang, Q. J. “Silver-Organic Oil Additive for High-Temperature Applications”, Tribol. Lett. 2013, 52(2), 261-269.