Fouad Teymour

  • S.C. Johnson Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Director of the Center for Complex Systems and Dynamics


Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin, Madison (Chemical Engineering, 1989)
M.S. from Cairo University, Egypt (Chemical Engineering, 1982)
B.S. from Cairo University, Egypt (Chemical Engineering, 1979)

Research Interests

Professor Teymour's research interests are in the areas of polymer reaction engineering, mathematical modeling, and nonlinear dynamics. His present research activities in these areas are:

Polymer Reaction Engineering and Mathematical Modeling

His research in the area of polymer reaction engineering is aimed at improving polymer properties and polymerization processes through the fundamental understanding gained from the coupling of mathematical modeling and experimental validation. Professor Teymour's current research areas in this field focus on the molecular weight distribution characteristics for polymerization systems subject to long chain branching and/or crosslinking. These systems, which can result in gel formation, pose a two-faceted problem involving not only polymerization process issues, but also polymer product quality concerns. He also conducts research in the areas of interfacial polycondensation for both microencapsulation and polymer membrane production, electropolymerization fundamentals, and polymer applications in fuel cells.

Nonlinear Dynamics

In the area of nonlinear dynamics, Professor Teymour's research is aimed at understanding and analyzing the complex phenomena of dynamic systems behavior. This is mainly applied to chemically reacting systems from the fields of polymerization, catalysis, and biochemical and enzymatic reactions. His research is concerned with such phenomena as steady state multiplicity, limit cycle behavior, deterministic chaotic behavior, and complex oscillations.


Nichols D, Pimentel M, Borges FT, Hyojuh SK, Teymour F, Hong SH, Zaborina OY, Alverdy JC, Papavasiliou G. Sustained Release of Polyphosphate from Hydrogel Nanoparticles Suppresses Bacterial Collagenase and Biofilm Formation In Vitro. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. Forthcoming; doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2019.00153.

Borges FTP, Papavasiliou G, Teymour F. Characterizing the Molecular Architecture of Hydrogels and Crosslinked Polymer Networks beyond Flory-Rehner-I. Theory. Biomacromolecules. 2020 Dec 14;21(12):5104-5118. doi: 10.1021/acs.biomac.0c01256. Epub 2020 Nov 30. PubMed PMID: 33253542.

Pimentel MB, Borges FTP, Teymour F, Zaborina OY, Alverdy JC, Fang K, Hong SH, Staneviciute A, He YJ, Papavasiliou G. An in vitro tissue model for screening sustained release of phosphate-based therapeutic attenuation of pathogen-induced proteolytic matrix degradation. J Mater Chem B. 2020 Mar 25;8(12):2454-2465. doi: 10.1039/c9tb02356a. PubMed PMID: 32108210; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7183213.

Nichols D, Pimentel MB, Borges FTP, Hyoju SK, Teymour F, Hong SH, Zaborina OY, Alverdy JC, Papavasiliou G. Sustained Release of Phosphates From Hydrogel Nanoparticles Suppresses Bacterial Collagenase and Biofilm Formation in vitro. Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 2019;7:153. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2019.00153. eCollection 2019. PubMed PMID: 31297368; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6607000.

Vadlamudi S, Nichols D, Papavasiliou G, Teymour F. Phosphate‐Loaded Hydrogel Nanoparticles for Sepsis Prevention Prepared via Inverse Miniemulsion Polymerization. Macromolecular Reaction Engineering. 2019; 13(1):1800066.

Borges FT, Papavasiliou G, Teymour F. Synthesis of Polyphosphate‐Loaded Nanoparticles Using Inverse Miniemulsion Polymerization for Sustained Delivery to the Gastrointestinal Tract. Macromolecular Reaction Engineering. 2019; :1800068.

Borges FT, Papavasiliou G, Murad S, Teymour F. Effect of Phosphate Salt Concentration and Solution pH on the Aqueous‐Phase Homo and Copolymerization of N‐Vinyl Pyrrolidone. Macromolecular Reaction Engineering. 2018; doi: 10.1002/mren.201800012.

Young DA, Pimentel MB, Lima LD, Custodio AF, Lo WC, Chen SC, Teymour F, Papavasiliou G. Design and characterization of hydrogel nanoparticles with tunable network characteristics for sustained release of a VEGF-mimetic peptide. Biomater Sci. 2017 Sep 26;5(10):2079-2092. doi: 10.1039/c7bm00359e. PubMed PMID: 28744527.

Yin Y, Papavasiliou G, Zaborina OY, Alverdy JC, Teymour F. De Novo Synthesis and Functional Analysis of Polyphosphate-Loaded Poly(Ethylene) Glycol Hydrogel Nanoparticles Targeting Pyocyanin and Pyoverdin Production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa as a Model Intestinal Pathogen. Ann Biomed Eng. 2017 Apr;45(4):1058-1068. doi: 10.1007/s10439-016-1740-1. Epub 2016 Oct 19. PubMed PMID: 27761766; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5364061.

Demirel Özçam D, Teymour F. Chain‐by‐Chain Monte Carlo Simulation: A Novel Hybrid Method for Modeling Polymerization. Part I. Linear Controlled Radical Polymerization Systems. Macromolecular Reaction Engineering. 2017; 11(1). doi: 10.1002/mren.201600042.

Ozturk M, Serrat F, Teymour F. Optimization of aeration profiles in the activated sludge process. Chemical Engineering Science. 2016; 139.

Ozturk M, Teymour F. Bifurcation Analysis of Wastewater Treatment Processes. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2014; 53(45):17736-17752.

Lee CY, Teymour F, Camastral H, Tirelli N, Hubbell JA, Papavasiliou G. Characterization of the Network Structure of PEG Diacrylate Hydrogels Formed in the Presence of N‐Vinyl Pyrrolidone. Macromolecular Reaction Engineering. 2014; 8(4):314-328.

Turturro,M. V.,M. V.,,, Rendón D, Teymour F, Papavasiliou G. Kinetic Investigation of Poly (ethylene glycol) Hydrogel Formation via Perfusion‐Based Frontal Photopolymerization: Influence of Free‐Radical Polymerization Conditions on Frontal Velocity and Swelling Gradients. Macromolecular Reaction Engineering. 2013; 7(2):107-115.

Perk S, Teymour F, Cinar A. Adaptive agent-based system for process fault diagnosis. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2011; 50(15):9138-9155.

Balasubramanian S, Teymour F, Cinar A. Design and Evolution of an Agent Based System Applied to an Autocatalytic Network. Procedia Computer Science. 2011; 6:297-302.

Artel A, Teymour F, North M, Cinar A. A multi-agent approach using perceptron-based learning for robust operation of distributed chemical reactor networks. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence. 2011; 24(6):1035-1045.

Perk S, Teymour F, Cinar A. Statistical monitoring of complex chemical processes using agent-based systems. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2010; 49(11):5080-5093.

Balasubramanian S, Cinar A, Teymour F. Effect of asymmetric manipulations in autocatalytic network. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2010; 49(11):5044-5052.

Eltayeb AE, Khalil O, Al-Hallaj S, Teymour F. Design and modeling of optical modules for use in the “Emerald Forest” algae photobioreactors. Computers & chemical engineering. 2010; 34(9):1323-1340.

Teymour F, Al-Hallaj S, Eltayeb A, Khalil O. "The Emerald Forest”: An integrated approach for sustainable community development and bio-derived energy generation . In: Design for energy and the environment:. AlHalwagi M, Lininger A, editors. Breckenridge, CO: Taylor & Francis Group; 2009. p.1-9.

Kizilel S, Pérez‐Luna V, Teymour F. Modeling of PEG hydrogel membranes for biomedical applications. Macromolecular Reaction Engineering. 2009; 3(5-6):271-287.

Ahmadzadeh A, Arastoopour H, Teymour F, Strumendo M. Population balance equations’ application in rotating fluidized bed polymerization reactor. chemical engineering research and design. 2008; 86(4):329-343.

Tetiker M, Artel A, Teymour F, Cinar F. Control of grade transitions in distributed chemical reactor networks—An agent-based approach. Computers & Chemical Engineering. 2008; 32(9):1984-1994.

Kizilel S, Papavasiliou G, Gossage J, Teymour F. Mathematical Model for Vinyl‐Divinyl Polymerization. Macromolecular Reaction Engineering. 2007; 1(6):587-603.

Tatara E, Çınar A, Teymour F. Control of complex distributed systems with distributed intelligent agents. Journal of Process Control. 2007; 17(5):415-427.

Kim SH, Teymour F, Debling JA. A unifying approach for melt rheology of linear polystyrene. Journal of applied polymer science. 2007; 103(4):2597-2607.

Kizilel S, Sawardecker E, Teymour F, Pérez-Luna VH. Sequential formation of covalently bonded hydrogel multilayers through surface initiated photopolymerization. Biomaterials. 2006 Mar;27(8):1209-15. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2005.08.025. Epub 2005 Sep 12. PubMed PMID: 16157371.

Tabash R, Teymour F, Debling JA. Modeling linear free radical copolymerization by digital encoding. Macromolecules. 2006; 39(2):829-843.

Kızılel S, Pérez‐Luna V, Teymour F. Mathematical Model for Surface‐Initiated Photopolymerization of Poly (ethylene glycol) Diacrylate. Macromolecular theory and simulations. 2006; 15(9):686-700.

Campbell JD, Teymour F, Morbidelli M. Production of hyperbranched polystyrene by high-temperature polymerization. Macromolecules. 2005; 38(3):752-760.

Papavasiliou G, Teymour F. Bifurcation analysis of nonisothermal nonlinear polymerization. Industrial & engineering chemistry research. 2005; 44(8):2754-2766.

Tatara E, Birol I, Teymour F, Çınar A. Agent-based control of autocatalytic replicators in networks of reactors. Computers & Chemical Engineering. 2005; 29(4):807-815.

Tatara E, Birol I, Çinar A, Teymour F. Measuring complexity in reactor networks with cubic autocatalytic reactions. Industrial & engineering chemistry research. 2005; 44(8):2781-2791.

Kizilel S, Pérez-Luna VH, Teymour F. Photopolymerization of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate on eosin-functionalized surfaces. Langmuir. 2004 Sep 28;20(20):8652-8. doi: 10.1021/la0496744. PubMed PMID: 15379488.

Shahidi N, Teymour F, Arastoopour H. Amphiphilic particulate phase semi-interpenetrating polymer networks based on recycled rubber matrix. Polymer. 2004; 45(15):5183-5190.

Tabash R, Teymour F. Analyzing compositional drift transients in copolymerization systems using digital encoding. Chemical engineering science. 2004; 59(22):5129-5137.

Tatara E, Birol I, Teymour F, Çinar A. Static and dynamic behavior of autocatalytic replicators in reactor networks. Industrial & engineering chemistry research. 2004; 43(14):3972-3993.

Campbell JD, Allaway JA, Teymour F, Morbidelli M. High‐temperature polymerization of styrene: Mechanism determination with preparative gel permeation chromatography, matrix‐assisted laser desorption/ionization time‐of‐flight mass spectrometry, and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance. Journal of applied polymer science. 2004; 94(3):890-908.

Chaivorapoj W, Birol I, Çinar A, Teymour F. Feedback control of a continuous-flow stirred tank reactor with competing autocatalators. Industrial & engineering chemistry research. 2003; 42(16):3765-3785.

Campbell JD, Teymour F, Morbidelli M. High temperature free radical polymerization. 2. Modeling continuous styrene polymerization. Macromolecules. 2003; 36(15):5502-5515.

Campbell JD, Teymour F, Morbidelli M. High temperature free radical polymerization. 1. Investigation of continuous styrene polymerization. Macromolecules. 2003; 36(15):5491-5501.

Papavasiliou G, Teymour F. Reconstruction of the Chain Length Distribution for Vinyl‐Divinyl Copolymerization Using the Numerical Fractionation Technique. Macromolecular theory and simulations. 2003; 12(8):543-548.

Birol I, Parulekar SJ, Teymour F. Effect of environment partitioning on the survival and coexistence of autocatalytic replicators. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2002 Nov;66(5 Pt 1):051916. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.66.051916. Epub 2002 Nov 26. PubMed PMID: 12513532.