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(Credit: Texas A&M University at Qatar)

DOHA, Qatar --

Texas A&M University at Qatar chemist Dr. Hassan S. Bazzi has been selected to receive a $4.6 million grant to develop new ways to synthesize polymers as part of the National Priorities Research Program -- Exceptional Proposals (NPRP-EP) program sponsored by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).

Bazzi's project, "Synthesis of Novel and Sustainable Functionalized Linear and Cyclic Polymers via Olefin Metathesis," is one of two Texas A&M at Qatar proposals funded during the latest cycle, the sixth provided thus far by the QNRF. The other successful proposal was submitted by Texas A&M at Qatar chemical engineer Dr. Nimir Elbashir.

Bazzi, who also serves as assistant dean of research and graduate studies at Texas A&M at Qatar, will be collaborating on the project with the California Institute of Technology's Dr. Robert Grubbs, co-recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and holder of the QAPCO Chair in Polymer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M at Qatar.

"Texas A&M at Qatar is committed to build research capacity in Qatar and to the Qatar National Vision 2030 goal of building a knowledge-based economy," said Dr. Mark H. Weichold, dean and CEO of Texas A&M at Qatar. "Our nationally and globally relevant research programs, like these selected in the recent QNRF cycle of Exceptional Proposals awards, support our mission to be a valued resource to the State of Qatar. I am very proud of our faculty, like Drs. Bazzi and Elbashir, who work tirelessly to expand Qatar's research environment and advance the Qatar National Research Strategy."

Bazzi and Grubbs plan to use their grant funding to develop novel and environmentally friendly ways to synthesize polymers that, like polyolefins, are produced on an immense scale in Qatar.

"With the widely accepted drive toward more sustainable technologies, there is an urgent need for developing cleaner sustainable concepts in olefin metathesis," Bazzi said. "The novelty of the concept is the development of environmentally benign synthetic procedures and technologies for the production of new, sustainable, high-performance linear, cyclic polymers (CP) and elastomers that can be utilized in tires, as food packaging materials, medical implants or drug delivery materials from CP and their derivatives."

The NPRP-EP program is an extension of QNRF's flagship National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) that offers a maximum budget of $5 million for a period of up to five years to proposals of exceptional scientific merit requiring resources in excess of the normal level of funding available under the NPRP. The NPRP-EP was created to enable scientists with exceptional ideas, approaches, procedures and models to undertake grand projects aimed at solving key issues for Qatar and the world.

QNRF is a center of Qatar Foundation Research & Development. The NPRP-EP accepts proposals throughout the year from distinguished researchers inside and outside of Qatar. Visit www.qnrf.org to learn more about NPRP-EP and other QNRF Programs for funding research.

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Contact: Nehal Maher, nehal.fleifel@qatar.tamu.edu or Dr. Hassan S. Bazzi, hassan.bazzi@qatar.tamu.edu
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    (Credit: Texas A&M University at Qatar)

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