Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz assumed his responsibilities as the sixth President and Vice-chancellor of the University of Prince Edward Island on July 1, 2011. The formal installation ceremony for Dr. Abd-El-Aziz was held September 24, 2011 during the Celebrate UPEI! Weekend.

Dr. Abd-El-Aziz received his BSc and MSc degrees from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan. After completing an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, he joined the chemistry department of the University of Winnipeg, becoming a full professor in 1997. He served as Dean of Science, Associate Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies, and Vice-President, Research, International & External Affairs.

Most recently, Dr. Abd-El-Aziz was Provost of the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus in Kelowna, which he joined in 2006. As Provost, he provided leadership and direction in the areas of planning, policy development, and resource management. His responsibilities also encompassed the Okanagan campus’ academic and research mandates.

Throughout his administrative career, he has remained actively engaged in chemistry and plans to continue while at UPEI. He has made significant contributions to research and teaching in his field.

The UPEI Presidential Search Committee, led by UPEI Board of Governors Chair Frederick Hyndman, selected Dr. Abd-El-Aziz after a 12-month search that involved extensive outreach to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.

Recent Publications

Metallopolymers for advanced sustainable applications [Advance Article]

Chemical Society Reviews, 2019

Macromolecules incorporating transition metals: Tackling global challenges

Royal Society of Chemistry, 2018

Fe3O4–β-cyclodextrin–chitosan bionanocomposite for arsenic removal from aqueous solution

Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, 2018

Emerging opportunities in the biomedical applications of dendrimers

Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, 2018

Advances in light-emitting dendrimers [Epub ahead of print]

Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 2018

Research Interests

  • Electrochemical studies of organometallic oligomeric and polymeric materials
  • Investigation of structural variations on the thermal properties of polymers
  • The role of different metals in changing the reactivities of substituted benzenes toward nucleophilic aromatic substitution and addition reactions
  • Degradation of organic contaminants
  • Development of new synthetic methodologies for organic and organometallic polymers
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