Kourosh Kabiri was born in 1974 in Tehran. He got his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in polymer engineering and technology, from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1997, 1999, and 2008, respectively. He has been working as Researcher in Paint, Resin, and surface Coating Department of Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute (IPPI) since 2000, then he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008. His main interests are in polymer synthesis particularly hydrophilic polymers, organogels, polymer composites, and polymer nanocomposites. He has a special interest in superabsorbent polymers. Most of his publications (46 ISI paper) are related to superabsorbent polymers such as creating porosity for increase of water absorption rate in superabsorbent polymers, developing procedure for reducing residual monomer in superabsorbent polymers which is an essential requirement in hygienic superabsorbent, increase of gel strength of superabsorbent and preparation of hybrid superabsorbent through grafting acrylic monomers onto natural polymers. In addition of superabsorbent hydrogels, he has an interest to organogels particularly alcohol absorbent gels. He has several publications on synthesis of alcohol absorbent polymeric gels specially based on sulfonated monomers. Clay modification and preparation of polymer nanocomposites are another fields of his interest. Modified clays can be prepared through different methods using conventional heating, ultrasound, microwave, or their combination. These modified clays can be used for preparation of polymer nanocomposites. He mostly used in situ polymerization method for preparing polymer nanocomposites. Microgel preparation is one of his current interests. He used inverse emulsion polymerization method for preparation of microgels. These microgels can be used as rheology modifier for thickening water or polar organic solvents.
Biography Updated on 27 August 2012