Diploma in Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece (1989)
Ph. D. in Polymer Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece (1994)
RESEARCH AND TEACHING APPOINTMENTS
Senior Researcher, Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece
Associate Researcher, Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece
Visiting Researcher, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece
Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece
Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
MAIN RESEARCH INTERESTS
- Synthesis and molecular characterization of well defined polymers by anionic polymerization and controlled free radical polymerization.
Amphiphilic block copolymers and polyelectrolytes.
Block copolymer self-assembly in solutions.
Nanoscale complexes from polyelectrolytes, surfactants, proteins and DNA.
- Morphology, bulk properties and phase transitions of block copolymers of various architectures.
Polymer nanostructures in hybrid materials synthesis.
Nanostructured organic-inorganic hybrid materials based on polymers.
EXTERNAL FUNDING PROJECTS
Participant in 20 national and international research projects in collaboration with academic and industrial organizations (in 8 as a coordinator).
CONFERENCES AND INVITED TALKS
Over 200 announcements in international and national conferences. 21 invited lectures in academic/research institutions and conferences. Member of the organizing committee of the IUPAC-International Symposium on Ionic Polymerization-IP 2001" (Athens, 2001), the XXIII Panhellenic Conference on Solid State Physics and Materials Science (Athens, 2007) and the ICO-Photonics 2009 Topical Meeting (Delphi, 2009). Member of the scientific committee of the 74th Prague Meeting on Macromolecules (Prague, 2010).
Participation in the teaching of four graduate courses in the framework of the Graduate Program "Polymer Science and its Applications" (Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, 1998-2008). Supervision of 10 Ph. D., 17 Masters and 14 honors students and 7 post-doctoral fellows. Member of Ph.D. and Masters examination committees.
HONORS & AWARDS
The American Institute of Chemists Foundation Award for Outstanding Post-doctoral Fellow (1995). A. K. Doolittle Award (2003, American Chemical Society).
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Associate Editor for the European Physical Journal E: Soft Matter (2003- ). Member of the Editorial Board of The Open Macromolecules Journal (2007- ). Member of the Association of Greek Chemists and Greek Polymer Society. Reviewer of national and international project proposals. Reviewer for several international journals on macromolecules, materials science and physical chemistry.
Over 150 original research papers in refereed journals. 12 invited review articles. 27 publications in conference proceedings. Five chapters in books and encyclopedias. Co-author of a book on block copolymers. Over 3900 citations and h-index=30.
"Thermoresponsive core-shell brush copolymers with poly(propylene oxide)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) side chains via a "grafting from" technique", J. Zhao, G. Mountrichas, G. Zhang and S. Pispas, Macromolecules 43, 1771 (2010)
"Sustained and extended release with structural and activity recovery of lysozyme from complexes with sodium (sulfamate-carboxylate)isoprene/ethylene oxide block copolymer", G. Gao, Y. Yan, S. Pispas and P. Yao, Macromol. Biosci. 10, 139 (2010)
"Polymer covalent functionalization of carbon nanohorns using bulk free radical polymerization", G. Mountrichas, S. Pispas, T. Ichihasi, M. Yudasaka, S. Iijima and N. Tagmatarchis, Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16, 5927
"Multicompartment nanoparticles formed by a heparin-mimicking block terpolymer in aqueous solutions", M. Uchman, M. Stepanek, K. Prochazka, G. Mountrichas, S. Pispas, I. K. Voets and A. Walther, Macromolecules 42, 5605 (2009)
"Polymer mediated formation of corona-embedded gold nanoparticles in block polyelectrolyte micelles", A. Meristoudi and S. Pispas, Polymer, 50, 2743 (2009)
"Supramolecular hydrogels made of end-functionalized low-molecular-weight PEG and á-cyclodextrin and their hybridization with SiO2 nanoparticles through host-guest interaction", M. Guo, M. Jiang, S. Pispas, W. Yu and C. Zhou, Macromolecules 41, 9744 (2008)