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Reza Farasat, PhD - Drexel Chemistry Assistant Teaching Professor

Reza Farasat

Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Chemistry


  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2015
  • MS, Chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2014
  • MS, Applied Chemistry, Azad University of Tabriz, 2005
  • BS, Chemistry, Urmia University, 2001

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Research Interests:

  • Modifying and functionalizing polymers for applications such as drug delivery and addressing environmental concerns
  • Applying novel methods such as Automatic Continuous Online Monitoring of Polymerization Reactions (ACOMP) and Automatic Continuous Mixing (ACM) to study the polymers
  • Utilizing Multi-detector Size Exclusion Chromatography System (Refractive Index, UV, Light Scattering, and Viscometry) with different types of polymers such as water-soluble polymers, highly branched polymers, and polyolefins to determine their key properties and to explain their behaviors
  • Applying Thermoanalysis techniques such as Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) to study thermodynamics and kinetics of both polymeric and non-polymeric systems
  • Creating nanocomposites by incorporating an appropriate substance into selected polymers to improve thermal, mechanical and electrical properties of polymer materials


Reza Farasat, PhD is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Chemistry at Drexel University. He earned his PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Polymer Reaction Monitoring and Characterization (PolyRMC) at Tulane University, New Orleans.

His areas of expertise are polymer, physical, and analytical chemistry. He is interested in determining properties of materials, developing theories about their properties, and discovering potential applications of materials. He is also interested in exploring the interactions and transformations of materials.

Moreover, he has extensive industrial experience. While in industry, he collaborated with and provided consulting for universities and companies regarding polymer-based projects. He has experience conducting interdisciplinary research to apply techniques such as Thermoanalysis, Multi-detector Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC), and ACM (Automatic Continuous Mixing of Polymers) in the fields of Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science, and Physics. Farasat strives to portray to his students the many exciting and practical applications of chemistry across diverse disciplines. His goal is for students to leave his courses empowered with strategies, techniques, and critical thinking and problem solving skills to promote a smooth transition from college to career.

Teaching and course development are his passions. He has taught a diverse population of students. He currently teaches Polymer Chemistry and Physical Chemistry courses at Drexel University.

Selected Publications:

  • Farasat, R., Vyazovkin, S., 2015, Solid-Solid transitions in nanopores: Attempt to separate the size and surface effects, J. Phys. Chem. C, 119, 9627-9636.
  • Farasat, R., Vyazovkin, 2014, S., Coil-to-globule transition of poly(Nisopropylacrylamide) in aqueous solution: Kinetics in bulk and nanopores, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 215, 2112-2118.
  • Farasat, R., Yancey, B., Vyazovkin, S., 2013, High temperature solid−solid transition in ammonium chloride confined to nanopores, J. Phys. Chem. C, 117 (26), 13713–13721.
  • Farasat, R., Yancey, B., Vyazovkin, S., 2013, Loading salts from solutions into nanopores: Model and its test, Chemical Physics Letters, 558, 72–76.