The 3rd Saudi International Petrochemical Technologies
Conference 2015 (3rd SIPTC)
Prof. Jamil Baghdachi
Professor and Center Director, Coatings Research Institute, Eastern Michigan
University – United States of America
Dr. Baghdachi is a Professor of Polymers and Coatings and the Director of Coatings
Research Institute at the Eastern Michigan University. He joined the Coatings Research
Institute in 1997, after spending 20 years at various technical and managerial capacities at
BASF Corporation, DuPont, and ARCO Chemical Company. He received BS and MS
degrees from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi
in 1982 and has conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst. He is the author/editor of 7 technical books in related areas and has published
124 papers including eight book chapters and numerous conference proceedings and
holds 46 U.S. and international patents. He has given over 200 invited lectures and
keynote addresses, with the most recent keynote address being at China Coat 2014. He
served as the 2014 Chair of the Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering, continues
to chair the science and technology committee of the American Coatings Association and
is the recipient of 2015 American Chemical Society’s Roy W. Tess award in coatings. In
2014 he was inducted the Fellow of the American Chemical Society for his scientific and
service contributions, 2012 he was recognized by the American Coatings Association for
many years of industry service and technical contribution and received the Industry
Excellence Award from this Association. At the University level, Baghdachi has
received 2007 and 2012 Distinguished Research Excellence Awards, Alumni-level
Outstanding Teaching Awards, 2009, and 2014, and the Roon Foundation Best Paper
award of the Federation of Societies for Coating Technologies in 2009. In the research
arena, he is actively pursuing the expanding field of smart polymeric materials and
emerging technologies in coatings and has been awarded over $15 million research funds
during his 18 year tenure. His current research interests include applied research and
development in the areas of multi-functional polymers and coatings, stimuli responsive
materials-self-healing, self-stratifying, thin film optics, biomaterials and in conductive
polymers, Nano composite materials, adhesion, and corrosion science and technology. He
has been organizing the Smart Coatings Symposium since 2005 and currently serves on
the editorial boards of three polymer and materials journals, as well as on the Scientific
Advisory Board of Asian Paints, Oxiteno, Paragon Industries, and Mitsui Chemicals.