LSTM Group:   Prof. Vlasis Mavrantzas

Director

Academic interests

• Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Statistical Thermodynamics, Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics

• Statistical Mechanics, Molecular Simulations

• Dynamics and Rheology of micro-structured fluids

• Finite-Element and Spectral-Element Numerical Methods

Research interests

• Modeling and simulation of polymers and of soft nanostructured polymeric materials at multiple time and length scales (atomistic, mesoscopic, macroscopic

• Multiscale modeling of chain dynamics and rheology (viscoelasticity) in polymers as a function of the molecular architecture of the chains (linear, branched, rings)

• Modeling polymers at interfaces (adhesion, self-assembly, dynamics in confined geometries)

• Thermodynamics of complex fluids under non-equilibrium conditions

• Constitutive modeling of polymer viscoelasticity

• Molecular modelling and simulation of the phase state of atmospheric organic aerosol particles, and prediction of their physicochemical properties

• Quantum Field Theory

Education

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, April 1994
• GPA: 4.0/4.0
• Dissertation: “Surface effects on the conformation and rheology of polymer solutions”
• Advisor: Prof. A.N. Beris
• Minor: Mathematics and Physics (GPA: 4.0/4.0)

Diploma in Chemical Engineering

National Technical University (NTU), Athens, Greece, July 1988
• GPA: 9.24/10.00 (top 1%)
• Diploma thesis: “Regional energy planning in the islands of the Cyclades complex”
• Advisor: Prof. M. Koukios

Professional experience

Dozent-Lecturer (September 2016- today)
Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (with Prof. S.E. Pratsinis), Particle Technology Laboratory, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Guest Professor (September 2014- September 2016)
Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (with Prof. S.E. Pratsinis), Particle Technology Laboratory, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Guest Professor (September 2013- August 2014)
Department of Materials Science (with Prof. Hans Christian Öttnger), Institute of Polymers, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Professor (July 2011-today)
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

Associate Professor (July 2003-July 2011)
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

Researcher B’ (November 2001-July 2003)
Institute of Chemical Engineering and High-Temperature Chemical Processes, ICE/HT-FORTH, Patras, Greece

Researcher C’ (October 1997-October 2001)
Institute of Chemical Engineering and High-Temperature Chemical Processes, FORTH-ICE/HT, Patras, Greece

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (January 1996-October 1997)
Institute of Chemical Engineering and High-Temperature Chemical Processes and Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

Military Service (May 1994-December 1995)
War Material Corps, Didymoteicho, Evros, and Army Chemistry Labs, Piraeus, Greece

Ph.D. Research Assistant (September 1989-April 1994)
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, USA

Other professional activities

Visiting Scientist
– Institute of Polymers, Department of Materials, ETH-Zürich, Switzerland (January-February 2013, June-July 2012, February 2006, February 2002, February 2000, with Prof. Hans Christian Öttinger)
– Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark (June-July 2010, with Prof. George Kontogeorgis)
– Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway (February 2010, with Prof. Zhiliang Zhang)
– Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo, Japan (June-July 2005, with Prof. Masao Doi)
– Dow Chemical Company, Midland, USA (December 2000, with Dr. Joey Storer)
– University of Delaware, Department of Chemical Engineering, Newark, DE, USA (August 1999, with Prof. Antony Beris)

Collaborating Faculty Member
– Inter-Departmental Programme of Graduate Studies in “Polymer Science and Technology”, University of Patras (1999-today)
– Department of Materials Science, University of Patras (2000-2002)

National Delegate
– In the Working Party on Thermodynamics and Transport Properties (WP-TTP), one of the seventeen WPs of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE)

Awards and honors

• On the International Advisory Board of the Journal: Macromolecular Theory and Simulation, Wiley-VCH, Germany, since 2005
• President of the Hellenic Society of Rheology (HSR), September 2004-to date
• Director, Inter-department Programme of Graduate Studies on “Polymer Science and Technology”, University of Patras, 2003-to date
• The Allan P. Colburn Prize in Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, for the PhD thesis dissertation titled: “Surface Effects on the Structure and the Rheology of Dilute Polymer Solutions”, University of Delaware, 1993-1994
• University of Delaware Competitive Fellowship, 1991-1992
• Thomaidis Excellence Award for graduating first in class of 1988, NTUA
• Economou Excellence Award for graduating first in class of 1988, NTUA
• Technical Chamber of Greece Excellence Award for graduating first in class of 1988, NTUA
• Outstanding Undergraduate Student Excellence Awards, annually 1983-1988, NTUA

Professional affiliations

• Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
• Member, American Physical Society (APS)
• Member, Society of Rheology (SOR)
• Member, Polymer Processing Society (PPS)
• Member, Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE)
• Secretary, Hellenic Society of Rheology (HSR)

Teaching activities

Undergraduate Courses
1. “Introduction to informatics. I”, Laboratory, Department of Materials Science, University of Patras, Fall 2000 (with Dr. A. Terzis, Dr. E. Serpi, Dr. A. Vanakaras).
2. “Introduction to informatics. II”, Department of Materials Science, University of Patras, Spring 2002 (with Dr. A. Vanakaras, and Dr. M. Paspalakis).
3. “Physical Chemistry ΙΙ”, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013.
4. “Special Topics of Physical Chemistry”, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Fall 2005.
5. “Polymer rheology and processing”, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012.
6. Introduction to Nanomaterials Engineering”, Department of Mechanical Engineering, ETH-Z, Fall 2016 (with Prof. S.E. Pratsinis and Dr. K. Wegner).

Graduate Courses
1. “Computer simulation of polymers”, Interdepartmental Programme of Graduate Studies on “Polymer Science and Technology”, University of Patras, Spring 1999, Spring 2000, Spring 2002 (with Dr. A. Terzis and Prof. D. Theodorou).
2. Molecular Simulation and Statistical Mechanics, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Spring 2003, Spring 2005, Spring 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012.
3. “Polymer rheology and processing”, Interdepartmental Programme of Graduate Studies on “Polymer Science and Technology”, University of Patras, Fall 2000, Spring 2002 (with Prof. J. Tsamopoulos).
4. “Graduate Thermodynamics”, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011.
5. “Polymer rheology”, Interdepartmental Programme of Graduate Studies on “Polymer Science and Technology”, University of Patras, Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012.
6. “Advanced Course on: Molecular simulation of Complex Chemical Systems with Emphasis to Practical Applications”, Danish Technical University (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark, June 28-July 9, 2010.
7. “Theory of Open Quantum Systems”, A crash course based on the book by Breuer-Petruccione: “The Theory of Open Quantum Systems (Clarendon, Oxford University Press, 2002)”, Department of Materials Science, ETH-Z, Switzerland, June 25-July 20, 2012.

Reviewer for scientific journals

Reviewer for manuscripts submitted for consideration for publication in:

  • ACS Macro Letters
  • ACS Nano Letters
  • Advanced Composite Letters
  • AICHE Journal
  • Chemical Engineering Research and Design
  • Chemical Engineering Science
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Computers & Chemical Engineers
  • Computer Physics Communications
  • European Polymer Journal
  • Europhysics Letters
  • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
  • Journal of Advanced Physics
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Journal of Applied Physics
  • Journal of Chemical Physics
  • Journal of Crystal Growth
  • Journal of Fluid Mechanics
  • Journal of Fluorine Chemistry
  • Journal of Hazardous Materials
  • Journal of Membrane Science
  • Journal of Molecular Modeling
  • Journal of Nanostructured Polymers and Nanocomposites
  • Journal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics
  • Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
  • Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry A,B,C
  • Journal of Rheology
  • Journal of Supercritical Fluids
  • Korea-Australia Rheology Journal
  • Fluid Phase Equilibria
  • Langmuir
  • Macromolecules
  • Macromolecular Rapid Communications
  • Macromolecular Theory and Simulation
  • Materials Chemistry and Physics
  • Molecular Simulation
  • New Journal of Physics
  • Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP)
  • Physics Letters A
  • Physical Review E
  • Physical Review Letters
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Polymer
  • Reactive and Functional Polymers
  • Rheologica Acta
  • Royal Society Advances
  • Soft Matter
  • Theoretical and Computational Polymer Science

Reviewer for funding organizations

Reviewer for proposals submitted for consideration for funding in:

  • Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI, The Netherlands)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF, USA)
  • The Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF, USA)
  • Greek Secretariat For Research and Technology (GSRT, Greece)
  • Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs (Greece)
  • Research Committee, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA, Greece)

Languages

English, Greek, some German

Leisure activities

Literature and poetry reading, listening to radio, playing soccer

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