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Dr. Nasrollah Hamidi
Nasrollah Hamidi

Biological & Physical SciencesProfessor of ChemistryHodge Hall 311803-536-8506

Nasrollah Hamidi

Dr. Nasrollah Hamidi serves as a full-time professor of chemistry. His area of expertise includes synthesis and characterization of polymers, and depolymerization and recovery of waste plastics.


  • Ph.D. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(dialkyl phenyl methacrylate)s (Distincción Maxima, 1983-1988) 
  • B.Sc. Universidad de Chile (1979-1983)
  • B.Sc. Pars College, Persia, Sciences: Chemistry Major, Physics Minor (1974-1978)


Dr. Hamidi has synthesized over a dozen of poly acrylate and methacrylate, and characterized them in solution by density, viscosity, GPS, light-scattering, and osmometric, and evaluated their thermal properties by DSC and TGA. He also has collaborated and worked in detection of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in water using EPA methods, and manufacturing carbon composite materials for high temperature environments. He has served as PI/PD in several successful Evans-Allen projects during the past decade, and he worked as a participant faculty in HBCU-UP/NSF project and co-PI in Minority Leadership Program. He has published over hundred peer reviewed publications, and conference presentations.

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric water generation techniques.
  • Using post-consumer plastics to build atmospheric water harvester.
  • Assessing natural attenuation pathways of VOCs in freshwater resources.
  • Syntheses of new polymeric materials, study their solution characteristics and thermal properties of polymers.
  • Reprocessing and upcycling post-consumer plastics such as poly(ethylene terephthalate), high and low-density polyethylene, and expanded polystyrene. and others.
  • Kinetics study of the combustion of post-consumer plastics and food containers
  • Recover polymeric resins by solvent extraction such as extracting PVC from PVC-waste and other resins.


  • General Chemistry laboratory and lecture
  • Organic Chemistry laboratory and lecture


  • Nasrollah Hamidi, Mehrdad Yazdani-Pedram and Nurannahar Abdussalam, Upcycling poly(ethylene terephthalate) wastes by solvent extraction: Thermal stability and kinetics studies of the recovered PET, J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2022, 139(14), 51950, e51905.
  • Nasrollah Hamidi, Nurannahar Abdussalam, and Mehrdad Yazdani-Pedram, Upcycling Poly(Ethylene Terephthalate): Identification of the Recovered Poly(Ethylene Terephthalate) by Thermogravimetry Analysis, J. Macromol. Sci. Part B. 2022, 61(2), 206-224.  * Nasrollah Hamidi and Mitra Ganewatta, Influence of the rosin pendent group on the solution properties of a high molecular weight hydrogenated poly(norbornene), Polymer, 2021, 232(12), 124167, ISSN 0032-3861, (
  • Nasrollah Hamidi and Nurannahar Abdussalam, Kinetics study of the thermal decomposition of post-consumer water bottle made of poly(ethylene terephthalate) in a nitrogen atmosphere, Acta Scientific Applied Chemistry, 2021, 1(1), 6-21
  • Nasrollah Hamidi and Allisonne Sarvis, Kinetics study of the combustion of post-consumer food containers made of poly(propylene) International Journal of Research in Engineering and Science (IJRES). ISSN (Online): 2320-9364, ISSN (Print): 2320-9356 Volume 9 Issue 8 ǁ 2021 ǁ PP. 01-13
  • Nasrollah Hamidi, Upcycling postconsumer high-density polyethylene (PC-HDPE): Thermal stability and kinetics study of the filaments extruded from PC-HDPE, Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part B. 2021, 61(1), 37-60.
  • Nasrollah Hamidi and Tianyu Zhu,  Characterization of Amphiphilic Cobaltocenium Copolymers via Size Exclusion Chromatography with Online Laser-Light Scattering and Viscometry Detectors, Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part B. 2020, 60 (1) 30-50
  • Nasrollah Hamidi (2020) Characterization of Recovered Polyvinylchloride by Size Exclusion Chromatography and Triple Detectors Technique. Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part B Physics 59(3), 137–156.
  • Nasrollah Hamidi (2019): Kinetics study of the thermal decomposition of post-consumer poly(ethylene terephthalate) in an argon atmosphere, Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part B Physics 58(2) 219-247, DOI: 10.1080/00222348.2019.1576102
  • Nasrollah Hamidi, Shantavia Edmonds, Victoria Frazier & Felecia Clemons (2018): Temperature Dependence Characteristics of Biodegradable Polycaprolactone Grafted Propargyl Dehydroabietic Ester (PCL-g-DAPE), Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part B Physics, 57(2) 129-150. DOI: 10.1080/00222348.2018.1429750
  • Ganewatta, Mitra; Ding, Wenyue; Rahman, Anisur; Yuan, Liang; Wang, Zhongkai; Hamidi, Nasrollah; Robertson, Megan; Tang, Chuanbing. (2016) "Biobased Plastics and Elastomers from Renewable Rosin via “Living” Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization"