Dr. Alamgir Karim elected AAAS Fellow


Alamgir Karim, Goodyear Chair in Polymer Engineering in The University of Akron's College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, and interim director of The Institute of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, has been elected to the rank of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow.

This honor recognizes AAAS members whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished" as fellow.

"This is a great honor. I am extremely happy for Dr. Karim and for the quality of our College faculty members," says Stephen Z. D. Cheng, dean of the UA College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, home to one of the largest concentrations of polymer expertise found anywhere in the world.

Karim, a national expert in nanotechnology, came to UA in 2008 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, where he was the group leader overseeing nanostructured materials in NIST's polymers division. Since he joined NIST in 1993, Karim also served as a physicist specializing in polymer thin-film blends and processing; as leader of the polymer division's combinatorial and high-throughput methods group; and as National Nanotechnology Initiative liaison for the NIST director, among other roles. Karim received his Ph.D. in physics from Northwestern University.

Karim's research interests include 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; and dynamic and static gradient approaches for rapid polymer thin film processing.

Karim, also a Fellow of the American Physical Society, will receive his AAAS Fellow honor at a Feb. 12, 2012 induction ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia.