Professor Mohamed S. El-Aasser


Professor of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical and BiomolecularEngineering

Emulsion Polymers Institute

Lehigh University

Iacocca Hall,111 Research Dr.

Bethehem, PA 18015

Phone: (610) 758-4810 Fax: (610) 758-5880


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 El-Aasser, professor of chemical engineering in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA. He served in various senior administrative roles at Lehigh University, namely vice president/associate provost for international affairs (2009-2015) provost and vice president for academic affairs (2004-2009), dean of the P.C. Rossin college of engineering and applied science (2001 – 2004), chairman of chemical engineering department (1996 – 2001), director of the emulsion polymers institute (1989 – 2009), director of the center of polymer science and engineering, director of the NSF polymer interfaces center (1991 -1996).

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 came to Lehigh University as postdoctoral fellow in 1972, joined the faculty as professor of chemical engineering in 1974.

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).

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, 2015