Dr. Hassan S. Bazzi, FRSC
Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Chemistry
Office Number: 253D
Office Phone: +974.4423.0029
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 services, quality assurance, research instrumentation, research computing, development, academic outreach, and continuing education. He leads an extensive research operation with more than $85 million in active external research funding and an annual expenditure of more than $25 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 2018). 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 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 130 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 $2.3 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 Royal Society of Chemistry (2018), member of the American Chemical Society, and the Canadian Society of Chemistry.
- 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
- 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
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 2018, 10, 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 2017, 13, 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 Chemistry, 2017, 55, 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 2017, 38(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 2017, 5(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 2016, 1(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 2016, 14(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 2016, 344, 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 2016, 4(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 2016, 8(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. 2016, 52(72), 10914-10917.
Balla, A.; Al-Hashimi, M.; Hlil, A.; Bazzi, H. S.; Tuba, R. “Ruthenium-Catalyzed Metathesis of Conjugated Polyenes”, ChemCatChem 2016, 8(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 2016, 7(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 2016, 8(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 2016, 8(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 2016, 8(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 2016, 7(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.