Dr.   Alamgir     Karim

Dr. Alamgir Karim

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Professor
Department of Polymer Engineering
Phone: 330-972-8324
Email: alamgir@uakron.edu


  • Postdoctoral, Chemical Engg., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1991)
  • Ph.D. Physics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (1990)
  • B. Sc. Physics, St. Stephen College, New Delhi, India (1985)


  • Goodyear Chair Professor, Polymer Engineering Dept., Univ. of Akron, OH (2008)
  • Group Leader, Nanostructured Materials, Polymers Division, NIST, MD (2005)
  • Program Analyst and NSF Liaison, NIST Directors Office, (2003)
  • Group Leader, Combinatorial Methods, Polymers Division, NIST (2001)
  • Acting Group Leader, Blends and Processing, Polymers Division, NIST (1999)
  • Physicist, Blends and Processing, Polymers Division, NIST (1993)
  • Research Associate, University of Maryland and NIST Reactor Division (1992)
  • Graduate Researcher, MSD and IPNS, Argonne National Laboratory, IL (1987)


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow (2012).
  • Interim Director of the Institute of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (2011).
  • Goodyear Chair Professor, University of Akron (2008).
  • Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award (2006).
  • Fellow of The American Physical Society (2005).
  • Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, NIST (2002).
  • Pace-setter Award, Argonne National Laboratory (1990).
  • Summer Intern, IBM, San Jose, CA. April (1988).
  • National Talent Scholarship, India (1980).
  • National Mathematics Olympiad, India (1980).
  • Junior Science Talent Scholarship, India (1978).

Research Interests

  • Soft assembly of block copolymer films for functional materials
  • Interfacial assembly of nanoparticles and gradient interface materials
  • Phase separated polymer blend scaffolds for regenerative tissue engineering
  • Dynamic and static gradient approaches for rapid polymer thin film processing

Recent Publications

  1. Influence of C60 Nanoparticles on the Stability and Morphology of Miscible Polymer Blend Films, Bandyopadhyay, D., Douglas, J.F., Karim A., Macromolecules 44 (20): 8136 (2011).
  2. Using Block Copolymer Self-Assembly to Imprint the Crystallization of Polymer Dendrites, Kim, S., Douglas, J.F., Soles, C.L., Karim, A., Briber, R.M., Soft Matter 7 (19): 8969 (2011).
  3. Imaging Magnetic Flux Lines with Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Using a Fossilized Liquid Assembly, Schmidt, R., Benkoski, J., Cavicchi, K., Karim, A., Soft Matter 7 (12): 5756 (2011).
  4. SPR imaging study of DNA wrapped single wall carbon nanotube (ssDNA-SWCNT) adsorption on a model biological (collagen) substrate, Park, J.J., Fagan, J.A., Huh, J.Y., Migler, K.B., Karim, A., Raghavan, D., Soft Matter 6 (21): 5581 (2010).
  5. Thermally Reversible Surface Morphology Transition in Thin Diblock Copolymer Films, Zhang, X.H., Yager, K.G., Fredin, N.J., Ro, H.W., Jones, R.L., Karim, A., Douglas, J.F., ACS Nano 4 (7): 3653 (2010).
  6. Observation of a characteristic length scale in the healing of glassy polymer interfaces, Yuan, G.C., Li, C., Satija, S.K., Karim, A., Douglas, J.F., Han, C.C., Soft Matter 6 (10): 2153 (2010).
  7. Surface Effects on the Thin Film Morphology of Block Copolymers with Bulk Order-Order Transitions, Sohn, K.E., Kojio, K., Berry, B.C., Karim, A. et al., Macromolecules 43 (7): 3406 (2010).
  8. Characterization of Non-Equilibrium Nanoparticle Adsorption on a Model Biological Substrate, Park, J.J., Weiger, M.C., Lacerda, S.H.D.P., Pristinski, D., Becker, M.L., Douglas, J.F., Raghavan, D., Karim, A., Langmuir 26 (7): 4822 (2010).
  9. Quantification of the binding affinity of a specific hydroxyapatite binding peptide, Weiger, M.C., Park, J.J., Roy, M.D., Stafford, C.M., Karim, A., Becker, M.L., Biomaterials 31 (11): 2955 (2010).
  10. Interaction of Gold Nanoparticles with Common Human Blood Proteins, Lacerda, S.H.D.P., Park, J.J., Meuse, C., Pristinski D., Becker, M.L., Karim, A., Douglas, J.F. ACS Nano 4 (1): 365 (2010).

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