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.


Kim, Sung Hun, Fouad Teymour, and Jon A. Debling. "A Unifying Approach for Melt Rheology of Linear Polystyrene." Journal of Applied Polymer Science 000(000), pp.000-000, 2006 (In Press).

Kizilel, Seda, Victor H. Perez-Luna, and Fouad Teymour. "Mathematical Model for Surface-Initiated Photopolymerization of Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Diacrylate." Macromolecular Theory and Simulations 000(000), pp.686-700, 2006 (In Press).

Kizilel, Seda, Erin Sawardecker, Fouad Teymour, and Victor H. Perez-Luna. "Sequential Formation of Covalently Bonded Hydrogel Multilayers through Surface Initiated Photopolymerization." Biomaterials 27(8), pp.1209-1215, 2006.

Tabash, Rima Y., Fouad A. Teymour, and Jon A. Debling. "Modeling Linear Free Radical Copolymerization by Digital Encoding." Macromolecules 39(2), pp.829-843, 2006.

Campbell, J. D., F. Teymour, and M. Morbidelli. "Production of Hyperbranched Polystyrene by High-Temperature Polymerization." Macromolecules 38(3), pp.752-760, 2005.

Papavasiliou, Georgia and Fouad Teymour. "Bifurcation Analysis of Nonisothermal Nonlinear Polymerization." Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 44(8), pp.2754-2766, 2005.

Tatara, Eric, Iinanc Birol, Ali Cinar, and Fouad Teymour. "Measuring Complexity in Reactor Networks with Cubic Autocatalytic Reactions." Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 44(8), pp.2781-2791, 2005.

Tatara, Eric, Inanc Birol, Fouad Teymour, and Ali Cinar. "Agent-Based Control of Autocatalytic Replicators in Networks of Reactors." Computers and Chemical Engineering 29(4), pp.807-815, 2005.

Campbell, J. D., J. A. Allaway, F. Teymour, and M. Morbidelli. "High-Temperature Polymerization of Styrene: Mechanism Determination with Preparative Gel Permeation Chromatography, Matrix-Assisted Laser desorption/ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry, and13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance." Journal of Applied Polymer Science 94(3), pp.890-908, 2004.

Kizilel, Seda, Victor H. Perez-Luna, and Fouad Teymour. "Photopolymerization of Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Diacrylate on Eosin-Functionalized Surfaces." Langmuir 20(20), pp.8652-8658, 2004.

Fouad Teymour

Contact Information

312.567.8947 312.567.8874 Room 106 Perlstein Hall