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Mohamed S. El-Aasser

Department: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Position: Professor

Address: Lehigh University
Iacocca Hall - Room D332
111 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-4810 - phone
(610) 758-5880 - fax

Areas of Research

  • Emulsion Polymerization Processes & Latex Technology
  • Polymer Colloids, Latex Particle Morphology, & Latex Film Formation
  • Surfactands and Colloidal Stability of Latex Systems


Mohamed El-Aasser, professor of chemical engineering at Lehigh University, served the university as vice president for international affairs (2009-2015), provost and vice president for academic affairs (2004-2009), dean of P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science (2001-2004), chairman of chemical engineering department (1996-2001), co-director of the emulsion polymers institute (1978-1989), director of the emulsion polymers institute (1989-2009), director of the center of polymer science and engineering, and director of the NSF polymer interfaces center (1991-1996).

He is internationally known for his research on polymer colloids, emulsion polymerization processes and latex technology, latex particle morphology, latex film formation, surfactants and colloidal stability. He and his students pioneered the field of miniemulsions. He authored more than 400 scientific articles, edited 5 books and holds 9 U.S patents. El-Aasser advised 66 Ph.D. students and co-advised 32 Ph.D. students, 53 MS students and 31 postdoctoral fellows. He delivered numerous invited lectures at national and international conferences.

El-Aasser earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Alexandria University, Egypt, and a Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He has received numerous awards, including the 2007 Fellow of the American Chemical Society's Division of Polymetric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE), Lehigh University’s 1999 Hillman Extraordinary Service Award, the 1985 NASA Inventor of the Year Award (shared) and the 2002 Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings, also from the American Chemical Society.


  • Ph.D., McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
  • M.S., University of Alexandria (Egypt)
  • B.S., University of Alexandria (Egypt)