Professor Mohamed S. El-Aasser


Vice President for International Affairs
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Lehigh University
32 Sayre Drive
Bethehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-2981 (Voice)
(610) 758-2982 (Fax)

Ph.D., McGill University, 1972
M.S., University of Alexandria, 1966
B.S., University of Alexandria, 1962

Research Interests:

  • Emulsion Polymerization and Latex Technology
  • Miniemulsions: Formation, Stabilization, and Polymerization
  • Preparation of Monodisperse Latex Particles
  • Characterization of Latex Systems and Particle Surfaces
  • Role of Surfactants in Emulsion Polymerization and ColloidalStability
  • Morphology of Composite Latex Particles: Synthesis and Characterization
  • Latex Film Formation

Mohamed S. El-Aasser is the vice president for international affairs at Lehigh University, where he helps oversee Lehigh’s efforts to become an international university. Before he was appointed to this position in 2009, he was Lehigh’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

He came to Lehigh as postdoctoral fellow in 1972, joined the faculty as professor of chemical engineering in 1974, and has served as director of the Emulsion Polymers Institute, Lee Iacocca Professor of Engineering, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, and dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

At Lehigh, El-Aasser led the creation of several interdisciplinary research centers and creative education programs, such the Center for Polymer Science and Engineering, which offers master’s and doctoral degrees; a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Polymer Interfaces; and bachelor’s degree programs in integrated business and engineering, computer science and business, and bioengineering.

El-Aasser is an expert in the field of polymer colloids and emulsion polymerization processes. He pioneered an area of research known as “Miniemulsions” (he coined the term in 1980). He has advised 65 and co-advised 32 Ph.D. students, and also advised 53 M.S. students and 31 postdoctoral fellows. He and his students have authored more than 400 scientific articles. He holds nine U.S. patents and has published five edited books.

Long a leader in the international science field, El-Aasser has served as a member and adviser of numerous groups, most recently as the co-chairman of the Engineering Foundation Conference on Polymer Colloids in Germany (2002) and a member of the Malaysian Rubber Board’s Scientific & Economic Advisory Committee (2010 – 2015).

El-Aasser received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, and a Ph.D. from McGill University, Canada. He has received numerous awards, including the 2007 Fellow of the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering, Lehigh University’s 1999 Hillman Extraordinary Service Award, and the 1985 NASA Inventor of the Year Award (shared).

Emulsion Polymers Institute, 2014