July, 2006: Ph.D. in Theoretical and Computational ChemistryChemistry Department, University of Crete, Greece.
December, 2003: M.S. in Applied Molecular SpectroscopyChemistry Department, University of Crete, Greece.
December, 2001: B.S. in ChemistryChemistry Department, University of Crete, Greece.
August, 2011 – July 2013: Senior Researcher Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI), Energy Frontier Research Center, University of Delaware, USA
co-Principal Investigator on Project: Biomass Conversion to Fuels and Chemicals
April, 2008 – April 2011: Post Doctoral “Marie-Curie” Research Fellow Center for Catalytic Science and Technology (CCST), Chemical Engineering Department, University of Delaware, USA
Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece
September 2006 – April 2008: Post-Doctoral Researcher
Chemical Engineering Department, University of Delaware, USA
research expertise is interdisciplinary, blending concepts and techniques from
Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering. We use theory
and computation to investigate the physicochemical properties of nanomaterials
with potential applications in diverse nanotechnological areas, ranging from
energy generation and storage, to materials design and catalysis.
the colloidal nanoparticle growth in the presence of solvents and capping
agents. We provide insights into the nanoparticle growth mechanisms and propose
design guidelines to control nanoparticle characteristics (size, shape,
dispersity) during synthesis.
the bonding characteristics of adsorbates on nanoparticles and develop
relationships predicting their binding energy versus the nanoparticle
structural characteristics (size, shape, metal composition). Additionally, we
investigate the catalytic mechanisms on both metals and metal oxide supports by
taking into account complex physical phenomena (support effects and
reconstruction) occurring on the catalyst. Finally, we propose novel
nanocatalysts with optimal catalytic activity under experimental conditions.
We investigate the dehydration of simple alcohols on
various metal-oxides in the presence of water. We develop structure-activity
relationships as a function of the metal-oxide acidity and the alcohols
properties, aiming to predict the dehydration behavior of polyols on different